Nicole Kidman loved playing the villain growing up.

The 47-year-old actress has admitted that she loves playing the baddie in movies because she was ''happiest'' pretending to be the villain as a child.

Nicole - who voiced the evil Millicent in 'Paddington' - explained: ''I was the kid who loved the wicked witch in 'The Wizard of Oz', so of course I grew up to be the girl who wants to play the villain in a movie.

''I'm always happy to play the bad girl.''

Speaking at the 'Paddington' premiere in Leicester Square, London last night (23.11.14), she told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that she wasn't always focused on being bad though, as she revealed that she had a Paddington bear growing up.

She said: ''I know all about Paddington. I had a teddy bear but I also had a Paddington Bear. I remember being about six or seven and just hoping I would find my own little Paddington stranded on the street.''

The film - which also stars Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville and Peter Capaldi - is based on the novels by Michael Bond and 'Paddington' director Paul King admitted that he was relieved to hear that the author approved of his interpretation of the classic tale.

He said: ''It was like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.''