Martine McCutcheon 'too old' for TV roles
Martine McCutcheon thinks she is ''too old'' to play TV leading ladies when compared to ''gorgeous, pouting twenty-somethings'' like Keira Knightley.
Martine McCutcheon thinks she is "too old" to be a TV leading lady.
The 'Love Actually' actress - who shot to fame in the 90s playing Tiffany Mitchell in 'EastEnders' - thinks she is at a "funny age" where she is not old enough to play a mum, but too mature for a leading role, unlike "gorgeous, pouting" Keira Knightley.
She said: "I'm growing older, I'm just starting to realise that it's really good to be proactive and tailor-make some sort of projects for yourself, because otherwise they are not just going to come and knock at your door.
"And I'm at a funny age for an actress, because I'm not kind of young enough to be the lead, but I'm not old enough to be the mum. So it's that funny time. I'm not like a gorgeous pouting twenty-something Keira Knightley, so I need to kind of bear that in mind and be honest with myself and start getting some projects ready for me and that's what I'm doing."
The 34-year-old beauty - also explained while she is "really, really happy", people think she has disappeared from the limelight because she hasn't taken part in a reality TV show.
Speaking on ITV1's 'Lorraine', Martine added: "You know what it's like, if you're not on a reality TV show now, they don't think you're doing anything.
"But I've been doing some gorgeous dramas, some films, I've been working on some new music, had a number five Times bestseller novel last year, so I'm really, really happy. And just doing work I believe in and work I love - charity or otherwise - and I'm in love and happy."
As well as talking about her acting career, Martine appeared in 'Lorraine' to highlight the need to protect child victims of trafficking.
The star took to Downing Street yesterday (12.05.11) to present a petition to help vulnerable youngsters, which has been signed with handprints by high-profile celebrities including Robert Pattinson, Jamie Oliver, Ricky Gervais, Piers Morgan, Nicole Kidman, Sienna Miller, JLS, Lily Cole and Jonathan Ross.