Dame Helen Mirren has said she "often" had to deal with men flashing her as a young actress, in an interview with NBC's Sunday Today.

Speaking about the film industry's recent spate of sexual harassment and assault allegations, the Oscar-winning actress said that although she had not had any such experiences in Hollywood, she had put up with unwanted advances frequently while still living in England.

"Because I came to Hollywood in my 30s... I was too old," she said. "It doesn't happen to you unless you're really young."

Mirren, 72, continued: "When I was between 16 and 23-24, men would expose themselves to me often, I would say about once a week."

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"On the subway, on the tube, on the bus, walking down a road. And it's like, urgh. Weird, because it's not like you're going to go, 'Oh my god, that's the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen'. It's the opposite. It's horror!"

Helen Mirren attends the Goldene Kamera 2016 on February 6, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. Photo / Getty
Helen Mirren attends the Goldene Kamera 2016 on February 6, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. Photo / Getty

Mirren received a nomination for last month's Golden Globes for her role in the forthcoming film The Leisure Seeker, alongside Donald Sutherland.

The film, out in UK cinemas from May 4, is an adaptation of Michael Zadoorian 2009 comic romance novel of the same name.

The full interview with Mirren will be broadcast on NBC this Sunday.