Legendary director SIR RIDLEY SCOTT secretly gives his girlfriend, Italian actress Giannina Facio, cameo roles in all his movies.

The acclaimed movie-maker has cast the previously unknown 49-year-old beauty in all his projects, including OSCAR-winning film Gladiator, war epic Black Hawk Down, and this year's (05) blockbuster Kingdom of Heaven.

Ridley says, "She was Russell Crowe's wife in Gladiator, found hanging in his burnt-out home, and she is SALADIN's sister in Kingdom of Heaven with just one line in Arabic.

"It's just a bit of fun to put her somewhere in each film."

31/05/2005 13:57