Countryfile star Ben Fogle eyes up East End gangster role in Guy Ritchie film

Countryfile presenter Ben Fogle wants to play an 'East End gangster' in a Guy Ritchie film.

The 49-year-old telly host – known for fronting gentle shows like One Man And His Dog, Crufts and Animal Clinic – said he dreams of playing a "baddie of some kind – everything I'm not".

Ben told Woman's Weekly magazine he had "always" wanted to follow his actress mum Julia Foster "onto the stage".

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The 79-year-old starred in 1966 movie Alfie, alongside Michael Caine, 1967 film Half A Sixpence with Tommy Steele, TV comedy Doctor In The House, BBC productions of William Shakespeare's plays Henry VI Parts I and II and Dr Who in 2020.

Ben said he fancied a role in film by Brit crime film director Guy, 54, whose hits include Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and The Gentlemen.

"One of the things I've always wanted to do is be an actor and follow my mother onto the stage,'' Fogle said.

"It is my dream to be in a proper film, so if Guy Ritchie is reading this I'd love a part.

"I'd love to play something that goes against the stereotype so I'd happily take an East End gangster or a baddie of some kind – everything I'm not.''

Last year, the BBC presenter urged I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! bosses to "respect" nature during an exclusive chat with Daily Star.

The broadcaster said: "I hope I’m A Celebrity will reinforce that we should respect and marvel at wildlife. There’s plenty of ways of making celebrities suffer.

"How we treat one species should be our attitude to all flora and fauna. A lot of kids watch that show. Sticking a live animal in your mouth, I struggle to see what message that is giving to youngsters.

“The suggestion that one animal is more important than another and we should be scared of insects. Why is a dog more important than a cockroach or spider? I’d like to see how we treat animals being more considered.”

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