Hugh Grant admits Strictly Come Dancing ‘secret fantasy’


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British actor Hugh Grant, who raised smiles for his 'dad dancing' Prime Minister in 2003 film Love Actually (above), has hinted that he’d like to take a turn on Strictly Come Dancing.

The foppish movie actor, 52, suggested he’d rather try his hand at BBC 1's Strictly than appear on any other reality television programme.

When asked by Tom Bradby on ITV1’s The Agenda if he’d consider following in MP Nadine Dorries’ footsteps and endure a spell in the I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! jungle, he said:  ''It probably isn't the most dignified thing you can do as an MP.”

''I've always wanted to be on the dancing one myself. That's my secret fantasy. That's out of the bag.''

Grant was on the programme to discuss press regulation in the wake of the BBC Newsnight crisis.

Following his appearance at the Leveson Inquiry there has been speculation that Grant might take up politics, but he quashed the idea: “Rather like as an actor I can only play one role, in politics I can only rant about one issue really,” he said. ''I don't have any other beliefs that hold steady for long.''

A vocal campaigner for privacy and press regulation, Grant is on the board of campaign group Hacked Off. Last month Grant and other members met with Culture Secretary Maria Miller to discuss the implementation of a new press regulatory body.

Asked what he believes the outcome of the Leveson Inquiry will be, Grant said: "It won't be statutory regulation whatever happens. You have to get that idea out of your head. No-one wants that, no-one's ever wanted that.  An independent regulator, independent of the industry and independent of Government is what we're after."