Bafta winner Kate Winslet has dedicated her award to all the young women who have been put down by teachers, friends and parents.
Winslet, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Steve Jobs, was speaking just after coming off the stage – and said she regretted not dedicating her award to anybody during her acceptance speech.
“I often, in a moment like that one, I find myself afterwards thinking, ‘I should have said something, I should have'” Winslet said.
Brandishing her Bafta Award, the 40-year-old actress added: “When I was younger, when I was only 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do OK if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts.
“Look at me now, look at me now. “
Winslet has previously told of how she was bullied as a schoolgirl and nicknamed “Blubber”.
She said: “So what I feel like saying in those moments is, any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher or a friend or even a parent, just don’t listen to any of it.
“Because that’s what I did – I didn’t listen, and I kept on going, and I overcame all my fears and I got over a lot of insecurity. And just keep doing it and keep believing in yourself, that’s what I felt like I really had to dig deep and do.
“So I would dedicate it to all those young women who doubt themselves, because you shouldn’t be doubting, you should just be going for it.”
This was Winslet’s third Bafta Award: she first won the Best Supporting Actress gong for Sense And Sensibility two decades ago.
“I’m just still so grateful to be doing this job,” she said.
“I mean I really am. I’ve been doing it since I was 15 and I still love it as much as I did then, and actually probably even more, because I know how hard it is to pull it off and juggle everything with life and work, and so it really does mean so much to me.”