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Chef Oliver turned down hobbit role

TV chef Jamie Oliver has revealed he turned down the chance to play a hobbit in Peter Jackson's screen adaptation of the literary classic.

The culinary guru said he was asked to cook at the director's 50th birthday, which took place during filming, and in exchange he was offered a role.

But Jamie said that despite looking forward to the prospect of taking his costume home to impress wife Jools in the bedroom, he had to reject the offer as he had work commitments.

He spoke about the missed opportunity while filming his new Channel 4 series with pal Jimmy Doherty, Jamie And Jimmy's Friday Night Feast.

While chatting with guest Kate Hudson about parts she has missed out on, Jamie explained: "The worst thing that happened to me was that I got phoned up by the exec producer and asked did I want to go and cook for Peter Jackson's birthday, the big birthday.

"And if I did, they would fly me over and I could be a hobbit in the film. But I was working, I couldn't get out of it. I really wanted to do it, I would have got right into it as well, I would have taken the costume home and said 'Jools, let's make love!'."

The first edition of the six-part series - filmed in a pop-up cafe on Southend pier - is to be screened on January 2. Other guests in later weeks include Hugh Bonneville, Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah, Michael Sheen and Paloma Faith.

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