British comic Ricky Gervais is thrilled his actress friend Kate Winslet failed to win an Oscar in February (05) - because it would have ruined a sketch he wrote about her for his forthcoming TV sitcom EXTRAS.

THE OFFICE star was horrified when he discovered Winslet had been nominated for sci-fi movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, because she'd agreed play a spoof of herself in his comedy which focuses on her desperation to win her first Oscar.

He says, "We were worried that she was going to win. We had written the script and then she got nominated.

"We really felt bad. We were thinking, 'If she wins that could ruin the script.'

The show premieres on UK network BBC2 on Thursday (21JUL05).

20/07/2005 01:54