Helen Mirren has claimed that she does not see herself as beautiful, but is comfortable with being sexy.

The actress told Yours magazine: "I'm not beautiful. I was never beautiful. I just clean up nice! Sexiness is different. I don't mind being sexy - but on my own terms. I've always felt very comfortable about my sexuality.

"Women don't lose their sex appeal as they get older, it just moves into a different kind of arena. I don't mean full-on sex appeal - that's really for the young. No, it's some kind of indeterminate thing - an appreciation of life and wisdom and other things, perhaps. There should be a special word for it."

Mirren also admitted that it makes her angry that women are put under so much pressure to look good.

She said: "I like getting dressed up and looking good, but there's far too much emphasis placed on what women look like and it makes me cross there's so much pressure on women to be beautiful all the time.

"I don't really want to be a part of that and we don't need it. It's irrelevant."