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TOM ELLIS is in talks to appear in Downton Abbey, according to reports.

The Miranda heartthrob has apparently been shortlisted for a role after he auditioned to play the love interest of Lady Mary Crawley (MICHELLE DOCKERY) in the ITV period drama, the Daily Mirror said.

The father-of-three, who is married to former EastEnders star TAMZIN OUTHWAITE, is tipped to be a major character in season four following the death of Lady Mary’s husband Matthew (DAN STEVENS) in a car crash at the end of the last series.

An ITV source told the newspaper: “Tom has always been popular but he has really become hot property since his role as Gary in Miranda.

“He really showed his versatility and he’s also incredibly popular with the female viewers. It was an absolute no-brainer to get him in for an audition.”

KATE HUDSON played the supportive fiancee as MUSE performed an intimate, sold-out gig in London.

The Almost Famous actress, who is engaged to frontman MATT BELLAMY, cheered on her man and took photos at the War Child Brit Awards concert at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.

She also faithfully sang along to the songs throughout the night, which included Black Holes and Revelations and the official 2012 Olympics anthem, Survival.

Matt sent his epic performance crashing to a crescendo, smashing his guitar into the drum kit and jumping on top of his piano.

LILY COLE has revealed she gave up eating meat after having a dream that she was vegan.

The 25-year-old model and actress - who is an ambassador for Sky Rainforest Rescue - told The Sun how she often follows the guidance of her dreams.

Lily said: “I dreamed that I became vegan and I woke up feeling really good about it. I thought, ‘This feels great and I’m going to stay like this’.

“I listen to my dreams quite closely. Dreams are often you talking to yourself. It is listening to the deeper voices of yourself and the noises of your mind you don’t hear clearly.

“If I have a strong dream about something, it doesn’t mean I commit to it 100 per cent, but if it feels right to me, I’ll often end up committing to it later.

“I’ll let it sit in my consciousness for a while. Some of them are silly dreams and some say quite a lot.”

MORRISSEY is to play the first ever meat-free gig at Los Angeles Staples Centre.

The long-time animal activist and vegetarian will perform at the Los Angeles stadium on March 1 and all the food vendors inside and around the venue will be vegetarian.

According to a press release from Morrissey’s representative, the former Smiths frontman asked the Staples Centre to close down their McDonald’s outlets and they agreed, a request that had previously apparently been denied to SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY.

Morrissey said: “I don’t look upon it as a victory for me, but a victory for the animals.”

NICOLE KIDMAN has offered her advice to budding actresses, telling them that they will need commitment and dedication.

The Oscar-winning Australian actress has been in the movie industry for three decades, starring in films such as Days Of Thunder, Moulin Rouge! and The Hours.

“Work on your craft. Be willing to put the time and the work in, and learn to be incredibly disciplined emotionally and physically, and if you want to be in it for the long run, then you have to be dedicated to the art form of it,” she said at a special screening for her new film Stoker in London.

Nicole plays widow Evelyn Stoker in the horror thriller - Park Chan-Wook’s English language debut - with MIA WASIKOWSKA as her screen daughter India and MATTHEW GOODE as the mysterious Uncle Charlie.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS has revealed her daughter is a big fan of her new movie Oz The Great And Powerful.

The former Dawson’s Creek actress is mother to seven-year-old Matilda Rose - whose father was the late HEATH LEDGER - and told People how she joined her on set for the movie, in which she plays Glinda the Good Witch.

Michelle said: “(Director SAM RAIMI) really welcomed her on set and he made a very kid-friendly space. She witnessed so much of it being made so she’s really excited to see it come together.”

The actress explained Matilda is a fan of The Wizard Of Oz, but, “she runs out of the room when... the baboons start to fly”.

But her daughter isn’t worried about seeing the new prequel.

“She said, ‘Mommy, don’t worry, I won’t be scared because I know how everything happens. She’s dying to see it. She’s very excited,” Michelle said.

 

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