Veteran actress Britt Ekland regrets going under the knife in a bid to preserve her looks.

The former Bond girl, 71, has undergone a number of cosmetic procedures over the years, but insists she only resorted to drastic measures to battle her insecurities.

She tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "I think people look so much better without surgery... Whatever I did 15 or 20 years ago, I'd never have done now. I turned 50, and you get insecure. The funny thing is for the last few years my career has been in the theatre, where natural expression is seen as a good thing."

The Swedish star adds, "I've realised this is just not me, but it is what it is and you have to live with it."