Phoebe Waller-Bridge has admitted she is hoping for change in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

The 32-year-old actress has spoken out in defence of the two movements - which were born out of the recent sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood, and aim to bring an end to gender inequality - and has praised "female anger" for helping to "motivate and galvanise" people into getting involved with the pursuit of change.

She said: "It feels like, recently, a lot of female anger has been unleashed. Articulated anger. Which is exciting for me because I've always found female rage very appealing. I think rage can be something that motivates and galvanises and changes things, and I think that's what's happening now. It has a forward motion to it."

The 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' star also credited both movements for helping women to feel "genuinely empowered" by the progress being made, and insisted she would continue to make "outspoken" programmes such as her hit show 'Fleabag' in order to push for "fundamental system change".

Speaking to the May issue of Vogue magazine, Phoebe added: "The #MeToo and Time's Up movements have been a roar on behalf of women, and the voices are genuinely empowered now. I really feel that. I really hope [we see change]. But I suppose there's a risk that it's all just so much talking when we need to see the actual fundamental system change. I know that the more work I make and the more powerful I get, the more outspoken and controlling I'm going to be about that sort of stuff."

Phoebe's comments come after several Hollywood stars have also spoken out in favour of the movements, with Jessica Chastain even urging men who have been the victim of sexual harassment to start their own campaign.

She said: "I think, men also suffer a lot, because of the circumstances we live in ... Worldwide, the suicidal rate among men is much higher than that among women. No one talks about that. That's ultimately linked to our idea of the sexes, which only allows a strong man, but none that shows his feelings ... Of course, a man can be ambitious or whatever he wants to be. But he needs to be able to handle his own feelings competently. That's something I long for and it's the kind of character I encounter in my life again and again: men, who express their feelings openly."