Actress Susan Sarandon has revealed she and David Bowie were lovers, describing him as "extraordinary".

The 67-year-old Thelma And Louise star said her time with the British rock star in the early 1980s was "a really interesting period".

In an interview with The Daily Beast website Sarandon, who is promoting her latest film The Last Of Robin Hood, showered Bowie with compliments.

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"He's worth idolising. He's extraordinary," she said.

"(He's) just a really interesting person, and so bright. He's a talent, and a painter, and... he's great."

Sarandon said the pair, who got together during their time filming The Hunger in 1983, parted ways as she did not want children.

She said: "I wasn't supposed to have kids, and I'm the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn't ever in a mode to where I was looking to settle down and raise a family, so that definitely changes the gene pool you're dipping into."