Strictly fans gobsmacked as Russell Crowe makes surprise appearance on BBC show

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Strictly fans were floored when Hollywood legend Russell Crowe made a surprise appearance on the BBC dancing show.

The Les Misérables actor paid a visit to the BBC ballroom via video call after Strictly star Tom Fletcher danced to the Les Misérables soundtrack on Musicals Week.

It was an emotional performance for Tom on Saturday night (November 20), because the special dance was a sweet nod to his sister Carrie, who is a musical theatre star herself.

Carrie is currently playing Cinderella in the West End, so Tom's dance was a hark back to his sister's first ever performance on the West End theatre circuit.

However, that wasn't the only thing that made the dance special, because after the routine, Tom and Amy got a call in from Russell Crowe himself, who starred in the 2021 Les Misérables film.

Tom and Amy bagged 31 points from the judges, but that wasn't before Claudia revealed the Gladiator star was dropping in to say "hi" first.

Claudia said: "We have a message for you from somebody who was in that very musical [Les Mis]."

Russell then appeared on the screen and said: "Hello Tom Fletcher, how are you, young man? Russell Crowe, here.

"So I hear you've succumbed to your passion for dancing, and I also hear you're doing very well.

"I do expect you to achieve at a high level, because that is in your nature, young Tom.

He then admitted that he couldn't remember the details of what he was supposed to say in the message, but wished Tom well in the competition.

Fan on Twitter were in disbelief, with many sharing their excitement at the A-lister's video call on Twitter.


A second wrote: "Russell Crowe on strictly? HOOK IT TI MY VEINS"

A third commented: "RUSSELL CROWE VT OMG IT'S MAXIMUS AND THE ACCENT JUST WENT AND I am now VERY disappointed that he didn't make a joke about SURELY the audience were very entertained."

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