The teenage star of Calendar Girls was delighted to get a part in the new movie - because it gave him the chance to see his childhood crush Helen Mirren naked.

John-Paul Macleod, 18, plays Jem in the film about middle-aged women who strip for a charity calendar - and the young actor admits it was his dream to see Mirren bare all in the flesh, despite the fact she's 40 years his senior.

He says, "I thought she wouldn't actually do it and I'd have to pretend to react. But she just calmly whipped off her bra and the gobsmacked reaction you see on screen is my genuine one.

"I fancied her before and now I think she's stunning."

16/09/2003 17:01