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Keeley Hawes finds new-found fame ‘weird’ after Bodyguard success

In demmand: Keeley Hawes finds her new-found fame interesting to say the least

BODYGUARD star Keeley Hawes has said she finds it ‘weird’ to be in demand as an actor after years of hard work.

The Bafta-nominated actress, 43, played home secretary Julia Montague in Jed Mercurio’s hit BBC drama series, opposite Richard Madden as her troubled bodyguard.

Previous to that she appeared in lesser known roles in a slew of productions including The Casual Vacancy and the rebooted Upstairs, Downstairs.

She said on tonight’s Graham Norton Show: ‘When you’re 43 it’s a bit weird — you’ve been in the business for so long and suddenly you’re “hot”. It’s an interesting thing.’

Comedian Matt Lucas joined Keeley on the sofa to discuss his recent return to the stage for Les Misérables and also touched on being mistaken for his Bridesmaids co-star Rebel Wilson when out in Los Angeles.

Double-take: Matt Lucas talks about on his doppelganger dilemma involving Rebel Wilson (below) PICTURES: PA/GETTY

The 45-year-old said: ‘People recognise me there because of Doctor Who but also for Bridesmaids, but they think I am Rebel Wilson.

‘It’s a bit weird, but they do, or they think we are brother and sister, husband and wife, the same person, or all three.’

The Graham Norton Show is on BBC One tonight at 10.35pm.