Rachel Weisz has spoken for the first time about having a miscarriage.

The actress, 51, was a guest on The News Agents podcast to discuss her new Amazon Prime series, Dead Ringers.

It’s a retelling of the 1988 David Cronenberg film of the same name, which starred Jeremy Irons as twin gynaecologists, Elliot and Beverly Mantle, who push the boundaries of medical ethics in their upmarket New York clinic.

Weisz plays the twin medics in the new series, and while it has been lauded by many critics, some viewers were left disturbed by the show’s portrayal of childbirth - using footage of real births - and miscarriages.

She told Emily Maitlis that she was surprised that some people were disturbed by situations that are familiar to millions of women - including herself.

'I think I probably was surprised because I was just telling this story about the female experience, and it didn't seem to have been like heightened or overdramatised,’ she said.

'Women have miscarriages, I've had a miscarriage, so you suddenly you see blood coming out of your body and these are just all part of a female experience of being alive.

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'So, we're not used to it. I think we're not used to seeing any of those things being represented cinematically or fictionally. So maybe this is breaking some new ground, this show.’

It is not known when Rachel lost her pregnancy or any further details, and it is not something that she has spoken about before.

Rachel has two children, Henry, 16, whose dad is director Darren Aronofsky, and Grace, 4, with husband Daniel Craig.

In the podcast she also shared her POV on America’s anti-abortion laws, and questioned the reasoning behind pro-life activists also being pro-death penalty.

She said: ‘Both ends of life have different rules, it is very strange… Children have to they have to be born but there's going to be no free health care for them. There's no free schooling for children under the age of five.

'And now every day, there seems to be more and more of a chance that you might get shot by an assault rifle at school… You can take life at the end of life; the government can choose to say you deserve to die. But at the beginning of life a woman has no choice. How do you rationalise that?’

If you would like support with pregnancy loss, The Miscarriage Association have a helpline, 01924 200 799, or you can email them to ask to be put in touch with a support volunteer - info@miscarriageassociation.org.uk