Meryl Streep has responded to Donald Trump’s ‘overrated’ jibe, describing herself as the most ‘overrated’, ‘over-decorated’ and currently ‘the most over-berated actor’ of her generation.

The Oscar winner came under fire from the President last month after she criticised him in her Golden Globes speech, causing him to respond by calling her 'overrated' during a Twitter rant.

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Accepting the Ally for Equality Award at Saturday night's fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign, Streep told the audience: “I am the most ‘overrated’ and most over-decorated and currently, currently, I am the most over-berated actor… of my generation,” drawing huge cheers.

Much like her Golden Globes speech, Streep delivered a rousing address during the fundraiser, where she launched an impassioned defence of LGBTQ rights, civil rights and women's rights, arguing they were now in danger with Trump taking office.

"If you think people got mad when they thought the government was coming after their guns, wait until they come and try to take away our happiness,” Streep said.

“We’re not going to go back to the bad old days of ignorance and oppression and hiding who we are. We owe it to the people who have died for our rights, and who have died before they even got their own."

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Streep continued: "If we live through this precarious moment. If [Trump’s] catastrophic instinct to retaliate doesn’t lead us to nuclear winter, we will have much to thank our current leader for. He will have woken us up to how fragile freedom is.”

Streep closed her speech by launching a call to arms for those who feel angry and upset over Trump’s election. “We have the right to live our lives, with God or without, as we choose.

“There is a prohibition against the establishment of a state religion in our constitution, and we have the right to choose with whom we live, whom we love, and who and what gets to interfere with our bodies," she concluded.

"As Americans, men, women, people, gay, straight, LGBTG. All of us have the human right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”