Brenda Blethyn has revealed how a director told her he wanted her in his film because she is "so very ordinary".
The actress - who has been Oscar-nominated for downtrodden roles in Secrets And Lies and Little Voice - has been shooting Western movie Enemy's Way in New Mexico with Robert Duvall and Forest Whitaker. The film will reunite her with the French director Rachid Bouchareb with whom she worked on the independent film London River.
Brenda revealed: "When I was working with him, he said [puts on a French accent], 'Brenda what would you like to do?' I said, 'I'd like to do a Western'.
"A month ago he rang and said, 'Brenda, we are going to make movies. I want you in my Western!' I asked if he was sure and he said, 'I want you in my movie because you are so, so... very, very ordinary!'
"I'm flattered because I know what he means. He wants 'real' people. I just like characters who aren't pretending to be someone else."
Meanwhile, as part of the run-up to Comic Relief's Red Nose Day, Brenda is starring in a one-off drama about the deadly effects of malaria.
She said: "It's a remarkable story of the courage, dignity and humour of two very different women in their effort to make the world a better place. Just the number of children! More than half a million die every year and it's so affordably preventable. Comic Relief supplied thousands of nets to badly-affected parts of Uganda and the deaths went down by a third."
:: Mary And Martha is a one-off drama airing on BBC One on Friday, March 1. Comic Relief's Red Nose Day is on Friday, March 15