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Kate Beckinsale awarded libel damages.

Summary: Actress Kate Beckinsale has accepted Au20,000 libel damages from the Daily Express.

Actress Kate Beckinsale has accepted Au20,000 libel damages over a story in the Daily Express that she missed out on her dream role as Barbarella.

The 35-year-old star of films like Pearl Harbor, Underworld and Van Helsing was not at London's High Court for the settlement.

Her solicitor, Graham Atkins, told Mr Justice Eady that the story in the Daily Express, last month, was entirely false and had caused considerable embarrassment and harm.

He added that Miss Beckinsale was never in discussions about the film role and there was never a possibility she would be part of the project.

It followed that she had not been passed over in favour of rival Hollywood actress Rose McGowan, as the story claimed.

The newspaper's counsel, Ian Helme, offered its sincere apology and said it was happy to pay damages and Miss Beckinsale's legal fees.

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