Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton has spoken about what her queer identity means to her.

The A Bigger Splash star is currently in a relationship with painter Sandro Kopp. She shares 23-year-old twins, Honor and Xavier, with ther former partner, artist John Byrne.

In an interview for the February issue of Vogue Swinton said: "I always felt I was queer – I was looking for my queer circus and I found it.

"And having found it, it’s my world," she continued, referring to a host of film directors that she has worked with. 

"Now I have a family with Wes Anderson, I have a family with Bong Joon-ho, with Jim Jarmusch, with Luca Guadagnino, with Lynne Ramsay, with Joanna Hogg."

"I don’t know if I could ever really say that I was a girl – I was kind of a boy for a long time," she said. 

"It changes.

"That whole idea of transformation is at the heart of what I’m interested in as a performer and not least through the idea of gender."

"It’s a very personal matter. I can categorically say, I’m probably a woman."

Swinton said she never dreamt of being famous when she was a young girl. 

"If you’d asked me when I was 10 or 20, I would have said my only ambitions were to live in a family, to have friends that made me laugh and laughed at my jokes, and to live in the Highlands of Scotland, by the sea with a lot of dogs and a kitchen garden. Seriously," she said.

"And I have been blessed to be able to achieve them. Everything else is just icing and candles and flowers."