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Kim says success is due to Scouse roots; _ Sex And The City star wows the West End.

Byline: DAWN COLLINSON

SEX And The City star Kim Cattrall is the toast of the West End and the actress says the secret of her stage success is in her Liverpool genes.

Mossley Hill-born Kim received a standing ovation from a sell-out house at the Comedy Theatre on the opening night of her play Whose Life Is It Anyway?

The audience, including celebrities Jerry Hall, Germaine Greer and Janet Street-Porter, cheered Kim's portrayal of a woman paralysed in a road accident who fights for the right to die.

At an after-show party, Kim revealed that she credits her Liverpool roots for helping her tackle tough roles.

``It's fantastic that the ECHO is here because I always think of Liverpool as my true home, '' said Kim. ``I like playing confident, strong women and rebels.

I love rebels, and I think my Liverpool background definitely has an influence on my playing those sort of characters.

``My parents didn't have much but they had an amazing sense of humour and, coming from a lower-middle-class family which didn't have money to spare, humour certainly came in handy.

``What they did have they gave to all four of us kids - a belief that learning and bettering yourself always came first. ''

Kim, who lives in New York, has been in Britain since before Christmas preparing for her role in the drama directed by Sir Peter Hall.

``I still have an aunt who lives in Liverpool and it would have been lovely to come and see her, but since rehearsals I've only had one day a week off, '' said Kim.

``I would love to do more work in Britain. ''

Having become a worldwide sex symbol playing man-mad PR woman Samantha Jones in Sex And The City, 48-year-old Kim's stage role is quite a departure.

Her character, Claire Harrison, is a sculptor struggling to come to terms with being left paralysed from the neck down. Faced with a life of total dependency, she opts to take on a legal battle to be discharged from hospital to die.

Kim said there were similarities between Claire and Samantha, but they are two very different personalities.

``There is still a sexuality there, though, '' said Kim. ``Because sexy is not just about having a good body, a cleavage and wearing sexy lingerie. Sex is really in your mind. I've met some people who are not physically attractive but are incredibly sexy. Somebody who is sexy has a confidence about them. ''

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SHOW STOPPER: Kim Cattrall with Sir Peter Hall at the Whose Life is it Anyway? afters how party. Inset: Kim (right) with her Sex And The City co-stars
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