Martine McCutcheon hopes her debut lead role in upcoming movie LOVE ACTUALLY will make her a Hollywood star, like her fellow Brit CATHERINE ZETA-JONES.

The brunette - who previously appeared in British TV soap opera Eastenders and My Fair Lady on London's West End - hopes playing Hugh Grant's onscreen love interest in Richard Curtis' romantic comedy will help her become the new Zeta-Jones.

Martine says, "The Hollywood music thing is something I've wanted for ages. People have said to me, 'You're going to be the next big British talent, you're the new movie star.'

"Catherine Zeta-Jones did that brilliantly and I'd love to be the next Catherine Zeta-Jones. I'm really excited about everything that's happening."

31/10/2003 14:13