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Raza Jaffrey has landed the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago

Raza Jaffrey has landed the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago

Raza Jaffrey has landed the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago

Raza Jaffrey has confessed he jumped at the opportunity to take to the stage in Chicago.

The British-born actor, who's currently starring in American TV series Smash, said he was a huge fan of the musical.

"I'm going back to London on Wednesday, actually, and I'm being a Brit again for a little while, I'm going back to play Billy Flynn," he said at the launch of Brit Week in Los Angeles.

"I bit their hand off."

He added: "I've loved the show for a long time, I love the music."

And the former Spooks star has had some recent practice at song and dance routines on Smash.

The most recently-aired US episode of the show saw him tackle a Bollywood-themed performance alongside co-stars Katharine McPhee and Debra Messing.

"Last night was the first time I'd sung in Smash - it came as a surprise to me as well," he laughed.

"I ended up singing and dancing, it was the biggest production number we'd done."

PA