Rose Byrne has praised Australian actor Simon Baker for helping her face her fear of birds when she was forced to work with doves in British comedy I Give It A Year.

The Bridesmaids star discovered her phobia on the set of the film when Baker's character attempts a big romantic gesture, and she could only marvel at her co-star's calmness as the creatures flitted above their heads.

She tells Wenn, "I was terrified. I'm not good with birds. I didn't realise how close the proximity was and I was a mess! The scene was hijacked by my fear. It turned what was supposed to be a really romantic scene into real hell!

"Simon was unflappable. He had the birds landing on his head and he didn't break a sweat. No one was pooped on, but I was so jumpy. It was awful."