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Dame Joan Collins Talks Plastic Surgery: 'Cosmetic Surgery Is Scary... I Don't Want To Look Like A Barbie Doll'

24/01/2015 12:09 GMT | Updated 24/01/2015 12:59 GMT

Joan Collins has admitted she doesn't understand why so many stars choose to have plastic surgery, when the results can look "horrific".

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The iconic British actress, who is about to play the Queen Mother in new drama 'The Royals', claimed that she stays away from plastic surgery because: "I don't want to look like a plastic Barbie doll".

Speaking in the latest issue of Hello! magazine, Joan said: "I saw a very famous actress the other day. You could see the lumps under her skin from the fillers and she could barely move her face. It was horrific.

"Elective surgery is scary. A legendary actress memorably sent her maid to test the end results of the surgery and when she came back, she looked so good she decided to try it. The doctor cut a nerve and she was disfigured for life."

However, Joan did confess that she'd been tempted by cosmetic surgery in the past, but says she's "too scared" to pursue it.

She added: "I have thought about it. I pull my face back and think, 'Wouldn't I look better like this?' But I am too scared.

"I like my laugh lines - it would be crazy not to have any at my age - and luckily I have good cheekbones."

Joan went on to say she is unimpressed with the "sheep mentality" she sees among younger actresses, adding that it appears as though no one wants to break the mould anymore.

"There seems to be a certain sheep mentality among some of the actresses to look the same," she explained, "When I came here [to Hollywood] I was 21, which was still the golden age - Lana Turner, Barbara Stanwyck, Susan Hayward, Marilyn Monroe...Everybody had their own style.

"These women, including Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor, did their own hair and make-up and they always looked incredible."

So far, 2015 has got off to a great start for Joan, as well as her forthcoming role opposite Elizabeth Hurley in 'The Royals', she was also listed in the Queen's New Year Honours list, alongside Sheridan Smith and James Corden.