Actress Kim Cattrall has spoken out against being labelled ‘childless', just because she is not a biological parent. The ‘Sex And The City’ star was guest editing BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme on Monday, where she participated in a discussion about the idea of motherhood.

Kim CattrallKim Cattrall guest edited BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on Monday.

“I am not a biological parent, but I am a parent. I have young actors and actresses that I mentor, I have nieces and nephews that I am very close to,” Cattrall told host Jane Garvey. “There is a way to become a mother in this day and age which doesn’t include your name on the child’s birth certificate.”

“You can express that maternal side, very clearly, very strongly. It feels very satisfying,” the actress continued. “I didn’t change nappies, which is okay with me, but I did help my niece get through medical school. I did sit down with my nephew when he was [going through] a very tough time to join the army. And those are very motherly things to do, very nurturing things to do.”

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Speaking specifically about the term ‘childless’ Cattrall said, “It’s the ‘less’ that is offensive: childless – it sounds like you’re less because you haven’t had a child. I think for a lot of women from my generation it wasn’t a conscious choice. It was a feeling of, ’Well, I’m on this road and things are going really well, I’m really happy, I’ll do it next year, I’ll do it two years, I’ll do it in five years.’”

“And then suddenly you’re in your early 40s and you think: ‘Maybe now?’ And you go to your doctor and she says: ‘Yes we can do this but you have to start to become a bit of a science experiment here because we have to find out how you can stay pregnant.’ And I just thought: ‘I don’t know if I want it that much,’” Cattrall added.

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The 59 year old also spoke about how hard it is for her to date in later life, “I’m not your average single woman. I come with, as all men and women of a certain age, they come with baggage,” Cattrall said.

“It’s hard for everybody. To be single at this age is really difficult, because you know so much more about what you want and what you don’t want and what you’ll put up with, and you’ve been there and done that so many times at this point. I have anyway. I feel in that area, romantically, retired,” the actress added.