Mischa Barton has admitted she doesn't like being like being remembered primarily for her role in The OC.

Barton played Marissa Cooper in the hit US show from 2003 to 2006. Cooper was killed off in the third season finale, a year before the show ended in 2007.

Speaking to TV Extra, the 28-year-old British actress said: "It makes me really happy that the show had such a cultural impact.

"It made me internationally famous - there's literally nowhere in the world I can go where people haven't seen it."

Barton's subsequent work includes the 2007 remake St Trinian'sClosing the Ring (2007) and Assassination of a High School President (2008).

She returned to television, starring in the short-lived Ashton Kutcher-produced CW series, The Beautiful Life: TBL (2009). In 2012, she performed in Steel Magnolias at  Dublin's Gaiety Theatre.

But when asked if it annoyed her that she was best-remembered for The OC more than a decade after the show started, she replied: "Yes, but what are you gonna do?"

She added: "There's just so much more to the work I've done."