Actress Anna Friel has shown her support for a breast cancer campaign by handing over one of her bras after she was inspired by her elderly grandmother's battle with the disease.

The Pushing Daisies actress is currently in her native U.K. and on Monday (14Oct13) she handed a padded pink bra to Tv show host Lorraine Kelly as part of the Bin Your Bra fundraising drive.

The items of underwear are collected by staff at the Against Breast Cancer charity and are then recycled to boost its coffers, and Friel reveals she was moved to help after her grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Handing over the bra, Friel told Kelly, "I have something for you... It's come with me from Los Angeles. I have worn it once and it's pink. My nana literally, just two days ago, had a mastectomy. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. At 87. I couldn't believe she went in the morning to have the operation and was released by 4 o'clock. She is just a wonder."

The clearly emotional actress then sent her gran a touching message, saying, "Ellen, if you are listening, I'm immensely proud of your strength."