Anne Hathaway has said that she feels a special connection to Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle after taking on the star’s signature song I Dreamed a Dream in the movie adaptation of Les Miserables.

The 30-year-old actress admitted that she watched Susan’s performance of the iconic song to prepare for her role as Fantine in the movie.

Speaking to Ok! magazine, Hathaway said: "I think she's adorable, and her story was so heart-warming. Before I knew I was going to play Fantine, I'd watched that clip (of Britain's Got Talent), when I was having a low day, and it just made me feel so wonderful.

"The thing about it was of course her, but the thing that's also fun is to watch Simon Cowell's mind racing, as a producer and an adding machine! I just loved that clip!"

Hathaway adds of the song: "It was really exciting to take this iconic song, which is so beloved, and find a way to put it through the prism of film - and that meant having to go very, very, very deep inside myself to some uncomfortable places.

"But that's what we do, and those are the jobs that you remember and those are the ones that make you grow."