“There seems to be something about me that makes directors want to see me dead and in a corset,” admitted Mary Nighy, one of the talented newcomers honored at the United Kingdom Film Council’s Breakthrough Brits luncheon hosted by award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn.

Nighy’s corseted roles in two films due out next year include a courtesan in “The Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha” and Princess de Lambelle, close friend of the doomed French queen in Sofia Coppola‘s much anticipated historical drama “Marie Antoinette.”

“The costumes were very beautiful,” admitted the daughter of actor Bill Nighy at the Four Seasons luncheon Tuesday. “But it’s impossible to do anything like run or eat in them.”

Hey, don’t knock the corset technique. It seems to be a sure-fire career move for actresses. Look at Helena Bonham Carter. After wearing boned undergarments in several Merchant-Ivory films, she died so beautifully corseted in “The Wings of a Dove” that she received several international awards and was nominated for a best lead actress BAFTA, Oscar and Golden Globe in ’98.

Acclaimed British actresses Rachel Weisz and Kate Winslet have all done serious corset time; Weisz in “Sunshine” and “The Mummy” (and sequel), Winslet in “Titanic,” “Jude,” “Sense and Sensibility” and “Hamlet.” But both are already on several of this season’s lists for best actress nominations: Weisz for “The Constant Gardener” and Winslet for “Sex and Cigarettes.”

Note that neither role required a corset.

Photo: Mary Nighy gives us a smile at the Breakthrough Brits luncheon.
(Dale Wilcox / WireImage)

]]>Photo: Mary Nighy gives us a smile at the Breakthrough Brits luncheon.
(Dale Wilcox / WireImage)

Emily Blunt was the other young actress honored with Nighy and other talented British filmmakers such as directors Amma Assante and Gaby Dellal, cinematographer Natasha Braier, and composer Jane Antonia Cornish. Blunt couldn’t make it to the lunch due to a change in schedule for her new film, “The Devil Wears Prada,” shooting on location in New York.

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