The Queen actress Helen Mirren has criticised the movie industry for forgetting "huge audiences" of people.

The 67-year-old Academy Award winner explained that older cinemagoers are a discerning audience who also have money to spend on movies.

Speaking to Reader's Digest, Mirren said: "It's the funny thing about the film industry. They're constantly forgetting about certain huge audiences.

"They completely forgot about teenage girls for a while; then Titanic came out and made something like £3 billion - basically from teenage girls."

She added: "Before that, I remember they forgot about [young] kids. In this case, they forgot about the baby-boomer generation, which is an awful lot of people who are now in their 50s and 60s, and grew up on the cinema.

"They've got money in their pockets, they're free of having to go home to look after the children, and they want to go to the movies."

The Red 2 star further added: "They're a pretty discerning audience. They're not like the male 18- to 25-year-olds who'll say, 'Hey, it's got guns in it', or a car chase.

"The older version of that audience want wit, character development and some kind of vague sense of reality, even if the film's fantastical."

The full interview appears in the July issue of Reader's Digest, in shops on June 25.