Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman has revealed that acting opposite her husband William H Macy forces her to up her game.

Felicity Huffman.
Felicity Huffman (Richard Shotwell/AP)

Speaking on the red carpet at the premiere of their latest film together, Stealing Cars, Felicity said: “I love working with him, it raises the level of my game but we don’t go out there looking for it.”

Felicity Huffman and William H Macy.Celebrating their success: Felicity Huffman and William H Macy (Vince Bucci/AP)

Felicity, 52, who found fame as housewife Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives – and won an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild award for the role – is also scheduled to appear in her husband’s next directorial effort, Krystal, opposite Sienna Miller, Jane Fonda and Josh Hutcherson.

“It feels like you have street cred when you do independent films and it’s where the exciting work is being done,” she said.

“It’s either independent films or a huge Marvel movie – and we haven’t been asked to do that yet so we are sticking with the independent films.”

William H Macy and Felicity Huffman.Felicity Huffman and William H Macy on the red carpet (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The couple have worked together on numerous projects, most recently in Cake with Friends star Jennifer Aniston and in Rudderless, which was also directed by William, 65.

Felicity’s latest TV role is in the acclaimed US TV series American Crime, which has yet to be picked up by a UK network.

William has just been seen playing Frank Gallagher in the American version of the Channel 4 hit series, Shameless.