Suki Waterhouse feels like a ''scraggy dork'' on set at photoshoots.

The 21-year-old model and actress, who has posed for Burberry and French Connection, was ''overwhelmed'' by nerves when she first went to castings and is still getting used to being in front of the camera.

She told the January issue of ELLE Magazine: ''It's mad. Every new big job I do is more and more fantastic, but at the same time they feel more and more normal too.

''You never know what you are going to end up doing. I just want to be open to the future, to immerse myself in everything, and to take all the opportunities that come my way. Because you can't mess around.''

The blonde beauty - who is dating Hollywood star Bradley Cooper, who is 17 years her senior - dropped out of school at 16 and decided to give modelling a shot after being scouted at a party.

She said: ''My parents were like, 'Fine, but you will have to earn your own way', and now I've had four years of being self-sufficient.'' Although she admits she was ''scrabbling about for travel card cash'' for a while.

The model says she lives her life ''in a sea of clothes'' but her life isn't just about fashion, having tried her hand at photography, song-writing and appearing in the new film 'Love, Rosie', alongside 'The Hunger Games' heartthrob Sam Claflin.

Although she's living life to the full and travelling the world, Suki does have plans to settle down and start a family.

She said: ''I really like the idea of having kids in not too long. Not, like, now. And not next year. But in not too long.

''I talk to Jourdan [Dunn, the model] about it quite a lot. She made the decision and had her parents and agency supporting her. I think it's the coolest thing.''