THE Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore has told of her Scottish ancestry and love of one particular west coast town.

Speaking with Lauren Laverne on her BBC Radio 6 Music programme on Friday, Moore spoke of how her Scottish mother, a psychologist and social worker from Inverclyde, was forced to renounce her British citizenship after moving to the United States as a child.

“My mother was from Greenock,” she said.

“[She] felt very thoroughly Scottish, she immigrated to the United States when she was a kid and I don’t know that she thought she would stay.

“She grew up and met my father and they married very young but she didn’t get her citizenship until she was probably 27.

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“At that time you had to renounce your British citizenship, which was really hard for her, so when it became available for me to have both, I applied. So, I have my UK passport, which is nice”.

Moore, known for her roles in The Hunger Games, Still Alice and Boogie Nights, is currently promoting Mary & George – a Jacobean-era mini-series inspired by the true story of Mary Villiers and her son George.

The drama follows Villiers, played by Moore, as she utilises her son’s good looks to gain power (many scholars believe George became the favourite lover of King James VI of Scotland).

The actress said playing the role of Villiers allowed her to reconnect with her ancestral roots.

“I love working here,” she said.

The National: Julianne Moore as Mary Villiers and Nicholas Galitzine as George VilliersJulianne Moore as Mary Villiers and Nicholas Galitzine as George Villiers (Image: Sky)

“It was really a thrill to be able to tackle something like this, it was tremendously unusual for me and I loved it.

“I love Scotland and obviously from what I look like I fit right in”.

It comes as Moore prepares to work with another Scottish actress in an upcoming film with acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar.

She added: “It’s me and the fabulous Tilda Swinton and we start shooting next week”.