Actress KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS is ditching Hollywood in favour of the stage because she's so fed up of the ageism she encounters from casting directors.

THE ENGLISH PATIENT star, 49, is tired of losing out on lead roles to younger actresses and hopes the theatre will recognise her talent rather than obsessing over her age. She says, "I would like to do a London theatre show because there is so much more freedom there compared to Hollywood. "Right now, all the big parts go to girls like SCARLETT JOHANSSON and I have to accept that's not for me." (HD/WNSMA/SH)