British director Steve McQueen was named after the famous Hollywood actor when nurses convinced his mother it was a fitting moniker.

The 12 Years A Slave moviemaker shares his name with the legendary Bullitt star, and he has revealed his mum decided to call him 'Steve' after staff at the hospital where she gave birth suggested it.

He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I was born the same year as Bullitt in 1969 and what happened was in those days, they had the baby at the end of the bed and 'MCQueen' was written on the basket. And the nurses would pass and say to my mother 'How's Steve doing?' And my mum thought, 'It's not Steve. Where is that coming from?'. But Steve, it started to have a nice ring to it."