Julie Walters has complained that US actresses have had so much surgery that it leaves the audience confused.

The star, 64, who plays housekeeper Mrs Bird in the new Paddington film, said that she had been put off ever moving to Hollywood because of its attitude towards women.

Julie Walters

Julie Walters says she was never tempted to move to the US (PA)

She said it was bewildering to see women who have gone under the knife playing the role of mothers in US sitcoms and dramas.

The Harry Potter star told Good Housekeeping magazine: “I can’t imagine living there (in the US). It’s the facelifts and the whole attitude to women. Everyone who lives there says you have to have a facelift. And everyone has had them… Everyone.

Julie Walters

Julie Walters has stayed natural (PA)

“As people get older, they do this half-facelift stuff so they can pretend they haven’t had them! I think, don’t do it – be beautiful anyway…

“You see some American programmes and think: ‘Oh my God is that supposed to be her mother? I thought she was meant to be her sister? Oh please! Have some real faces!’”

The Calendar Girls actress added that she was more than happy to age naturally, telling the magazine: “I don’t mind the face looking older. That’s just the way it is.”