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Kim Cattrall: Hollywood ignores midlife

Kim Cattrall has said Hollywood still struggles to find fulfilling roles for older women on screen.

The 56-year-old Sex And The City star plays faded Hollywood star Alexandra Del Lago in the new production of Tennessee Williams' play at The Old Vic theatre in London, and admitted she could relate to a lot of the issues dealt with in the play

Kim revealed ahead of opening night: "When I turned 35 the amount of scripts I was sent cut in half, or a little bit more, three quarters of the roles were available," she revealed.

"It was relegating to supporting roles and mum roles, which can be rewarding, but I thought 'Well, I have more life experience'.

"I'm part of the baby-boomer generation. If I want to see more stories about women my age and people my age, I'm sure other people do."

The actress credits television with "filling the void" of stories about middle-aged people.

She said: "I was lucky to be a part of Sex And The City which was about women, and my character a woman in her 40s. So there is less of that. But I think in feature films, you are really hard pressed to find a lead story of a woman in her 50s plus, that's rare."

Her next project is a US adaptation of BBC comedy Sensitive Skin, which she sees as her own personal follow-up to Sex And The City.

"This is a series that was on BBC two with Joanna Lumley and I got the rights to it," she explained.

"It's a half hour comedy series about a middle aged woman going through a mid-life crisis and I'm also a producer on it. I'm very excited about it. It's sort of the next chapter of Sex And The City for me, for men and women in the 50s."

Sweet Bird Of Youth runs at The Old Vic until Saturday, August 31.

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