DAME Helen Mirren is tired of movie bosses casting so many British actors as villains in films - insisting it panders to a stereotype.
The veteran actress has slammed film chiefs for frequently portraying baddies on the big screen with a U.K. accent, insisting not all Brits are "stuck-up, malevolent" characters.
And Mirren - who has played a British monarch in three films, including Oscar-winning movie The Queen - also wants Americans to realise that British people aren't "just the Royal Family".
She says, "It's unfortunate that the villain in every movie is always British. It's just nice to say we're not snooty, stuck-up, malevolent, malignant creatures as we're so often portrayed. We're actually kind of cool and hip.
"It's very important to let Americans know that we're not just the Royal Family. I love the idiosyncrasy of the British, their eccentric nature and their boldness in fashion. They have a very good eye for what's cool and hip and nuts."