Kim: Why I'm so proud to be a Scouser; EXCLUSIVE Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall talks to ECHO showbiz reporter Tina Miles about her love for Liverpool, the proposal she made to playwright Willy Russell and how different her life might have been had she stayed here.
AS THE uber-confident, glamorous Samantha Jones in Sex And The City, actress Kim Cattrall always gets her man.
But on one occasion her powers of persuasion failed her - when Liverpool playwright Willy Russell turned her down.
Mossley Hill-born Kim, whose parents are both from the city, reveals: "I would love to do a play in Liverpool. I contacted Willy Russell a few years ago because I wanted to do a version of Educating Rita. The idea was to make it about a working class woman in her 40s, a woman's realisation of herself and the different possibilities for her.
"Now her kids have grown up this was going to be her chance to change her life through education, I thought it would be an interesting twist. But he said it had been written for an actress in her 20s, which I respected.
"I would have liked to come back to Liverpool to work for 08, it would have been such a great experience.
But I plan to visit, it is such an exciting and important year."
Since the spotlight was thrown on all four Sex And The City actresses following the release of the feature film, it's been awhirl wind of premieres, photo shoots and glitzy ceremonies for the Golden Globe winner.
Despite the jam-packed schedule, the 51-year-old is up early to speak to the ECHO before another busy day of work in New York.
Today she is meeting a theatre director to discuss a possible role in a play and is recording the voice of talk show host Dee for Canadian cartoon Producing Parker.
But acting is not the only reason why Kim - who is set to star in her own comedy programme for HBO, an adaptation of British series Sensitive Skin - is longing to return to her native city.
Says Kim: "I still have a lot of family in Liverpool and on the Wirral.
"I came to Liverpool last year to visit both my aunts. I have an aunt Hilary, who is in her 60s and lives in Aigburth, and my aunty Dolly lives on the Wirral, and I have cousins there."
Kim's family moved from Liverpool to Canada when she was three months old.
"There are many times I think about what my life would have been like if I would have stayed," says Kim.
"In some ways I think I would have been much happier surrounded by family. In Canada it was just us.
"We are a very close family, but it would have been fantastic to spend afternoons with my grandma and aunties. I would have liked living in close proximity to them, we grew up barely knowing each other."
It wasn't until she was 11 years old, when she returned to Liverpool to stay with her great aunt Mai Bradbury in Wavertree, that Kim began pursuing her acting dream.
Kim's dad Dennis enrolled his daughter at St Edmund's College for Girls in Princes Park in September 1968.
After more than a year in Liverpool, Kim reluctantly returned to Canada.
She says: "It was my first theatre experience. I had so many friends in Liverpool. I went to the pictures and had such a laugh. It was a big, exciting city.
"When my dad came to collect me and take me back to Canada I remember, every night, praying to go back to Liverpool.
"He said my brothers and sisters missed me, I knew it was the right thing to do, but I was giving up so much.
"I loved St Edmund's and didn't want to leave my friends and family."
Despite her fame, award-winning actress Kim keeps in contact with her family in Merseyside.
She says: "I haven't spoken to them since the film opened last week, I've been knackered. But I heard from my mom that they have all seen it and they loved it. They can't believe it, it's just been so popular.
"I am coming to do a charity event in England this month so I am hoping to come north. So much has changed in Liverpool, the down-town area looks fantastic.
"The last time I was here, I remember ringing Paul O'Grady, who is a wonderful friend, and asking him where I could take my aunt out for dinner.
"I love driving past Lewis's and the Adelphi because those are places my mom remembers, and I love going to Marks & Spencer to see my aunt, she works there.
"I am very close to my mom and dad. My dad Dennis, was a great Liverpool champion in athletics. He is in a senior facility now but he has a wonderful long-term memory. He talks about Liverpool and the places he used to take us when we were kids like Sefton Park, and Claremont Road, Wavertree, where he lived, so I feel very close to different areas of Liverpool."
Kim, who says she has a "kinship" with fellow Scousers, puts on her best Scouse impression to animate her stories. She laughs: "My dad has more of a Scouse accent than my mom. I love the accent, it's fantastic.
"He is very proud of coming from Liverpool and is a strong Liverpool supporter. I have bought him all kinds of paraphernalia. He watches the game wearing his Liverpool scarf, sitting on his Liverpool pillow and drinking out of his Liverpool mug."
Kim's mum Shane, who lives near Vancouver, has also taught the star a lot about the city. She says: "What I have realised about women in Liverpool is that they are incredibly strong. My mum grew up without a dad, so she was raised by my grandmother.
"Although my family moved to Canada when I was young, we would go back to Liverpool quite a few times because my mom missed it so much. She had some terrific times in the city."
Says Kim: "My mom loved the movie, she thought it was wonderful.
She could only go to a 10 o'clock screening, which was quite late for her because she is 79, but she got all dressed up in her glad-rags and went with sister-in-law Morgan and pals.
"She got home and I was on a late night programme in Canada, so she told me she stayed up to watch that and didn't go to bed until very late."
Kim is patron of Liverpool cinema FACT, which held a launch party for the opening of the movie to which hundreds came dressed up in their finest.
So what does she think about the city's reaction to the movie?
"Women dressing up after a hard week at work and going out with their girlfriends is just what the women in the film do."
"It's fantastic to think women in Liverpool are doing that, too.
She adds: "I was asked to become a patron of FACT a few years ago. I was so happy to do it, it is such an amazing organisation."
And says Kim: "I think it's tremendous the city is the European Capital of Culture.
"Liverpool is a noble city and one of the greatest ports there ever was.
"I'm proud to be a Liverpudlian.
"When I come home I feel a real connection and attachment, especially to the people and I love the sense of humour."
And as she ends our trans Atlantic call with a chirpy "ta-ra, ta-ra", it's obvious she hasn't lost her own Scouse sense of humour.
MERSEYPRIDE: Actress Kim Cattrall is so proud of her Liverpool roots; OUR VERY OWN: Kim Cattrall (above)with her co-stars. From left - Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis. Left: pictures of Kim from her visit to Liverpool in the 1960s. It was while she was staying with her aunt Mai Bradbury in Wavertree that the budding actress was introduced to the stage when she was enrolled for a year at St Edmund's College for Girls in Princes Park; AT PLAY: Kim in her aunt Mai's garden