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Beckinsale considers study return
Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner in The Aviator
Beckinsale starred in Pearl Harbor and Underworld
The Aviator actress Kate Beckinsale says she would consider a return to university to finish studying.

Beckinsale, who plays Ava Gardner in Martin Scorsese's film, did not complete her degree at Oxford.

"I'm 31 years old and if I'm going to go back to college... then it's probably time to do it now," she said.

Beckinsale was speaking ahead of the UK premiere of the film, in London's Leicester Square on Sunday, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes.

The Aviator has earned six Golden Globe nominations and is also tipped for Oscar success.

Beckinsale went to Oxford University to study French and Russian literature, but left before graduating after her acting career took off.

The film also stars Gwen Stefani, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe and Sir Ian Holm.


The actress denied recent reports that her acting career had lost its allure.

"I'm not in any terrible depression. Career-wise I'm happier than I've ever been. I've just worked with Scorsese and Leonardo and that's all great."

Her next film is a sequel to Underworld, directed by her husband Len Wiseman, in which she plays a vampire warrior.

"I love that I can go from a Scorsese movie to revisiting a character that I should never be playing, because I'm so unathletic."


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