Actors and actresses are used to being recognised and approached by fans who feel they know them.
But as Victoria Beckham knows only too well, a case of mistaken identity can prove more than a little embarrassing.
Thandie Newton, who stars in Line of Duty and Westworld, has revealed that the former Spice Girl was “mortified” when she engaged her in conversation after confusing her with Zoe Saldana.
There began an awkward exchange that left Newton baffled before it dawned on her that Beckham thought was talking to someone else.
Although both women are actresses, one is British and the other American.
That annoyance at finding out that what they were renting out all those years were the fading youth and beauty, not actual talent.