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SATC star keeps fans guessing

Sex And The City star Kim Cattrall has kept fans guessing about whether there would be a third movie of the hit series.

The Hollywood star (53), who plays Samantha Jones in the TV and movie series, said "Who knows?" when asked if Sex And The City will return to the big screen.

She added: "I don't know. I haven't heard anything."

The Golden Globe winner said she was focusing on her stage role in Cleopatra at Liverpool Playhouse in October.

She said: "It is one of the great roles ever written for a woman of a certain age and I wasn't going to let it go by."

The actress, who was born in Liverpool but raised in Canada, said her Cleopatra will be "different" to Elizabeth Taylor's legendary film portrayal.

There were also comparisons between the role, considered Shakespeare's strongest female character, and that of sex-mad Samantha.

Cattrall said: "I think they were both very strong women.

"The biggest difference is that Cleopatra had two men in her life, Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony, and Samantha had countless men.

"Samantha is iconic. She's a female Dionysus -- really enjoys life.

"I love strong women. I'm drawn to them. I was brought up with strong women so I feel comfortable in their presence and in their skin.

"It's a challenge to play strong women because each one is uniquely different."

Cattrall returned to Liverpool last year to trace her family roots for an episode of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? programme.

She is also a patron of the city's Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT).

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