The British star makes an appearance in the upcoming eighth instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise, for which she begins filming this week (ends19Jul16) in Atlanta. But it's not the car racing that has her frightened.

“I’m very nervous,” she admits to Entertainment Weekly. “Because when you’re going on to a set with people who have been doing this for (so long), basically, they all know each other, they’ve worked together, they know what they’re doing. I’ll be, you know, the newcomer, the newbie.”

Fortunately, the Academy Award-winning actress, who has long voiced her desire to appear in the fast driving franchise, won’t be the only new addition to the set. She joins Charlize Theron, who will play the first-ever female villain in the popular series, as well as rising star Scott Eastwood.

Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham and Tyrese Gibson are all on board to return as well, and Helen is hoping they will welcome her into the fold.

“I’ve only got one day, and I’ll probably f**k it up, oh God,” Helen adds, laughing. “I think they’ll be nice to me. I hope they’ll be nice to me.”

However, it seems that the 70-year-old will not be buckling herself in the driver’s seat on the big screen. Helen shares that though she expressed a desire to get behind the steering wheel in the flick, producers have another storyline lined up for her.

"Maybe that will come in the future, in Fast and Furious 12,” she joked.

Fast 8, directed by F. Gary Gray and also starring Vin Diesel, is due to hit theatres on 14 April next year (17). Parts nine and 10 of the franchise have already been confirmed as in the works.