The Star Wars actress, 59, has been given her very own advice column by editors at The Guardian, with readers being encouraged to write to her about their personal problems.

In her debut column for the publication's website on Friday (10Jun16) the star opened up about her own eventful life and asked the paper's younger readers to contact her.

"I will provide solicited advice, based on a life filled with pratfalls and accidents," she writes. "But – and I say this with a thing like love – let the questions come from the younger members of our congested world."

Carrie has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and battled drug addiction, an experience she documented in her memoir Wishful Drinking.

Unlike a traditional agony aunt, Carrie says she will write about her own colourful life experiences as well as doling out guidance.

"Tell me your story, I’ll tell you mine," she adds. "We’ll meet at the pub and get back into the swing. What have you got to lose? Time mostly (which is a human construct), but you’ll have an anecdote and advice in exchange – who could ask for anything more? Most people could, and do. The rest of you – young folk – ask me your questions and I’ll tell you no lies."

Carrie is not the first celebrity to have her own advice column at The Guardian, as in 2014, The Breakfast Club star Molly Ringwald joined the paper as an agony aunt, a post taken up in January this year (16) by Canadian singer Alanis Morissette.

Carrie has been visiting the U.K. this week (beg06Jun16), and on Tuesday (07Jun16) protested outside the Chinese Embassy in London against the country's Yulin dog meat festival, during which dogs are beaten to death and eaten.

She was joined by her pet French bulldog Gary, politicians and other celebrities including Scottish singer Sandi Thom and English actress Jenny Seagrove, to present a 11 million signature strong petition calling for an end to the dog meat festival to Chinese officials.