Kate Winslet wowed the crowds with her best supporting actress BAFTA win for her role in the biopic Steve Jobs but the British star created immediate controversy with her acceptance speech. Taking to the stage with her award, the 40-year-old claimed as a young woman she had once been to “settle for the fat girl parts”.

Kate WinsletThe star took home the Best Supporting Actress BAFTA

The three times BAFTA winner dedicated her award to all women who have previously been the subject of criticism.

Following Sunday night’s ceremony, she said: "When I was 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do ok if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts.

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"So what I always feel in those moments is that any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher, by a friend, by even a parent, is just don’t listen to any of it because that’s what I did - I kept on going and I overcame my fears and got over my insecurities."

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The star’s spokeswoman finally confirmed the alleged comments were made at an independent drama workshop in London, prompting Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, Berks., to dismiss the idea that a teacher had said that to the actress.

June Rose, 85, founder of Redroofs taught Winslet speech and drama classes and said: "She would surely have complained to us.

"I take a very dim view of somebody who said that."