Suffragette star Romola Garai has said that creches should feature on film and television sets.

Garai plays the wife of an MP in the movie, which is currently screening in Irish cinemas. The actress, who became a mother in 2013, told UK's Independent newspaper that women with children were being unjustly held back in their careers because of the necessarily long hours involved in film-making.

“Sets never have childcare,“ she said. “I think it doesn’t happen because it hasn’t occurred to anyone. It’s stymying women’s careers. In an industry that has such a big problem with female representation, it would be such a support.”

The actress added that she would have been obliged to decline her role as news producer Isabel Rowley in the successful BBC television drama The Hour had she been offered the role after giving birth to her daughter.