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25/05/2018 10:52 BST | Updated 25/05/2018 15:32 BST

Thandie Newton Reveals Mortifying Moment Victoria Beckham Confused Her For Zoe Saldana

'Really? Up close? Come on!'

Thandie Newton has spoken about the mortifying moment Victoria Beckham once had a whole conversation with her, believing she was Zoe Saldana

The ‘Line Of Duty’ actress was at a cycling class in the US when she bumped into the former Spice Girl, who mistook her for the ‘Star Trek’ actress.

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Thandie Newton 

Recalling the awkward encounter on Friday’s ‘The Graham Norton Show’, Thandie says: “Recently I was in SoulCycle in LA and Victoria Beckham, who I have actually met a few times, was there.

“We were chatting away when she said, ‘It’s so great that you are here when you are pregnant.’ I said, ‘I actually had my baby a couple of months ago.’

“We carried on chatting and it was obvious she thought I was someone else so I said, ‘Do you think I am Zoe Saldana?’

“Victoria was absolutely mortified!”

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Zoe Saldana 

Thandie admits she didn’t mind being mistaken for Zoe, adding: “It was actually OK as Zoe is a rare beauty, but really? Up close? Come on! And I am British!”

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Victoria Beckham

Thandie is appearing on the BBC chat show to promote her new ‘Star Wars’ film, ‘Solo’, in which she has the most “prominent” role for a woman of colour in the franchise’s history. 

Speaking to Radio Times about her character, Val, Thandie explained: “I’m the first woman of colour to have a prominent role in the ‘Star Wars’ legacy. 

“There have been others with one line and Lupita Nyong’o was a computer-generated character [Maz Kanata, in ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Last Jedi’], but you didn’t get to see the colour of her skin. I’m the first. 

“I’m going to have a toy and everything. It’s exciting, but that’s all I can say. It is a big deal.”

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Thandie with the cast of 'Solo'

The film hits cinemas on Friday but has received a mixed reaction from critics, including HuffPost UK. Read our review here

‘The Graham Norton Show’ airs on Friday at 10.40pm on BBC One.