It’s an unlikely friendship, but Paul O’Grady has revealed he regularly texts Hollywood A-lister Tom Hardy.
The pair bonded over their love of dogs several years ago and now remain good friends, who keep in touch.
Speaking to Heat Magazine Paul said: “Ah, he’s lovely. Such a great fella. Tom’s not like a film star at all.
“He likes coming down to Battersea to hang out with the dogs.”
“People come in to look at the dogs and you see them staring at him thinking ‘Is that Tom Hardy?’.
“I have his number and, yes, we text each other.”
The pair became friends after Peaky Blinders star Tom appeared on Paul’s TV series For The Love of Dogs in 2015.
Tom was spotted filming for the new series of Peaky Blinders last month – sparking a ‘Hardy Hunt’ across Liverpool, as eager fans searched the city for a glimpse of the Hollywood hunk.