Angelina Jolie reveals she is planning to give up acting

Oscar-winning star says she wants to focus on her new career behind the camera

Angelina Jolie has revealed that she is hoping to give up acting to focus on her new career as a director.

Jolie made her directorial debut with 2011’s In The Land Of Blood And Honey, but is drawing much stronger reviews for her second effort behind the camera, Unbroken, a biopic of Olympic runner-turned-prisoner of war Louis Zamperini, which is due for release in the UK on December 26, and is being tipped for Oscar nominations.

“I’ve never been comfortable as an actor; I’ve never loved being in front of the camera,” Jolie admitted in a new interview with DuJour magazine. “I didn’t ever think I could direct, but I hope I’m able to have a career at it because I’m much happier.”

Asked whether she hopes to give up acting entirely, Jolie replied: “Absolutely.”

Jolie, 39, made her big screen debut in 1995 and has now appeared in 15 films, including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider , Maleficent, Gone In 60 Seconds, Wanted and Girl, Interrupted, for which she won an Oscar. She has recently finished filming By The Sea, a romantic drama set for release next year which she has written, directed and starred in alongside husband Brad Pitt.