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Farrell: I wanted to marry Taylor

IRISH actor Colin Farrell has proved he does have good taste in women – even if she was 40 years his senior.

The Dubliner has opened up about his "romantic relationship" with late screen icon Elizabeth Taylor.

Farrell (37), described the actress, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 79, as one of the loves of his life.

The Saving Mr Banks star admitted to US chat show host Ellen DeGeneres that he had a two-year relationship with Taylor towards the end of her life.

Describing her as a "spectacular, spectacular woman", Farrell said he wanted to become Taylor's eighth husband.

"It was kind of like ... the last kind of romantic relationship I had, which was never consummated," he said.

Castleknock native Farrell explained love first began to blossom when he discovered the actress was in hospital when his youngest son was being born.

He bumped into Taylor's manager and her friend in the hospital, who told him the actress was having a stent put into her heart. Farrell said: "Will you tell her I said hello? She probably won't know who I am.

"And they go, 'No, she knows who you are,' and I went 'wow, cool. Well, tell her I said hello and I wish her the best'."

Farrell said he was surprised a few days later when he inquired about Taylor's health to discover that she had sent him a bouquet of flowers.

The flowers were accompanied by a note from the actress and the pair later arranged a meeting.

After his rep made some calls, the two started hanging out.

"That was the beginning of a year-and-a-half or two years of what was really cool," he said.

"I wanted to be (husband) number eight but we ran out of road."