26/05/2018 07:43 SAST | Updated 26/05/2018 07:43 SAST

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

Thandie Newton has spoken about an embarrassing encounter, in which Victoria Beckham had a whole conversation with her believing she was Zoe Saldana.

Thandie Newton told a British talk-show audience 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 U.S. 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 okay, 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 hit cinemas on Friday, but has received a mixed reaction from critics, including HuffPost UK. Read their review here.