Claire Danes bravely attended the London premiere of her new movie SHOPGIRL last Friday (28OCT05), despite learning of her best friend's death just 24 hours earlier.

The Romeo And Juliet actress smiled during press interviews prior to the screening, but repeatedly broke down in tears in between appointments.

She said, "My best friend in America has just died. I found out only last night.

"I'm so upset, I can't even talk about it."