The 59-year-old has returned to the spotlight thanks to the latest Star Wars instalment, The Force Awakens, but her appearance during the movie's press tour has come under scrutiny from cruel online trolls, who poked fun at the star.

Rather than take the abuse lying down, Carrie has confronted the comments head on, taking to her Twitter account on Tuesday (29Dec15) to lash out at her attackers.

"Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well," she began. "Unfortunately it hurts all three of my feelings. My body hasn't aged as well as I have, Blow us."

It isn't the first time Carrie has spoken out about her weight issues - she told Britain's Good Housekeeping earlier this month (Dec15) she had to drop over 35 pounds (15.8 kilograms) before resurrecting her iconic role as Princess Leia in the new Star Wars movie.

"They don't want to hire all of me - only about three-quarters!" she said. "Nothing changes, it's an appearance-driven thing. I'm in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that's how easy it is."

Having spent much of her life in Hollywood, Carrie has witnessed firsthand how obsessive Tinseltown is with image over general wellbeing.

"We treat beauty like an accomplishment and that is insane," she added. "Everyone in L.A. says, 'Oh you look good,' and you listen for them to say, 'You've lost weight.' It's never 'How are you?' or 'You seem happy!'"