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Dame Helen MirrenWow, Dame Helen Mirren news stories are like buses nowadays. It was only a few days ago that the Oscar-winning actress blasted Hollywood for making too many British villains and now she's back claiming that British actors are 'lazy' and take longer to learn their lines than American performers.

The 64-year-old, speaking in Los Angeles at the Brit Week Film & TV Summit, described British actors as "struggling" and revealed how rehearsals had to be cut short so that they could learn the script.

Find out what else Dame Helen said after the jump... Dame Helen MirrenWow, Dame Helen Mirren news stories are like buses nowadays. It was only a few days ago that the Oscar-winning actress blasted Hollywood for making too many British villains and now she's back claiming that British actors are 'lazy' and take longer to learn their lines than American performers.

The 64-year-old, speaking in Los Angeles at the Brit Week Film & TV Summit, described British actors as "struggling" and revealed how rehearsals had to be cut short so that they could learn the script.

Her comments were related to a 1994 London theatre production of 'A Month In The Country', in which she starred along with Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt - although she made no mention of individual members of the cast. Dame Helen has revealed that there had been no such problem with the American version when the play moved to New York several months later.

"They were two wonderful casts and great productions," says Dame Helen. "But in England, at the first rehearsal, a lot of the cast were still not on top of their lines. We used to finish at two in the afternoon so everyone could learn lines. In America, by the second week the whole cast had their lines down."

And to add a touch more coal to her fiery controversial outburst, Dame Helen further championed the US take on theatrical productions.

"And they did a full day's rehearsal which we didn't do in England," she said. "There were no complaints, they just took that as being what you do. I've always loved American actors for their work ethic, their absolute commitment."

Stay tuned for more outbursts from Dame Helen over the coming days...