Veteran actress Imelda Staunton hopes her Best Actress OSCAR nomination will increase her public appeal because she is rarely recognised in the street.

The VERA DRAKE star - who's been recognised for her superlative performance in Mike Leigh's controversial tale of a 1950s back street abortionist - feels neglected by the UK public despite ranking alongside KATE WINSLET and Hilary Swank for this year's (05) prestigious ACADEMY AWARD.

Staunton says, "No one recognises me - more's the pity.

"One person on a bike did shout at me the week after the nominations were announced, but that has been it."

22/02/2005 14:26