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‘Full of baloney’ Danny John-Jules reignites row with Lorraine presenter over Z-list swipe

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Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules, 61, has spoken out against GB News presenter Dan Wootton, 38, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk. The Death In Paradise star has branded Dan a “villainous character” after the remarks he made on Lorraine following the former’s Strictly elimination in 2018.

This Monday, Danny will be starring in the theatrical adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, where he will portray Sir Leigh Teabing – a character brought to life by legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen in the 2006 film.

When the actor was asked where he drew inspiration to play such a villainous character, he made reference to GB News presenter Wootton. 

Danny explained: “He called me a Z-lister and he doesn’t even know me! Villainous character? Yeah, him. 

“You see, this is what happens when you start fights you can’t finish. I didn’t do anything to him and he’s a villainous character.

“Never said a word and he don’t know me from Adam. He called me a Z-lister.”(sic)

Danny went on to recall the day that Dan had spoken about him live on Lorraine. 

“Full of baloney! Like you’re telling me you’re showbiz, keep it showbiz. But you’re not showbiz, you’re an imposter. 

“You don’t keep it showbiz because it’s not a political scenario that you’re talking about. 

“I keep my business and pleasure separate. So when I’m an artist, I’m an artist, and when I’m outside of work, I’m a different person. 

“So, you take it upon yourself to talk about the guy off-stage, not the guy on-stage, but you don’t know the guy off-stage, you only know me for my performances.”

The actor then went on to reveal why Dan’s comments had affected him on such a personal level.

“The reason why it was personal was because on the night, I was in that room with my mother,” he explained.

“And what he said about me on telly was a lie and my mother knows it was a lie. 

“And so from that moment on, me and you are enemies. And that’s why he’s a villainous character.

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“I remember I once saw him in a room and he made a big beeline across the other side of the room like he was in danger. 

“You see, people got short memories but I don’t forget nothing,”(sic) the actor stated. 

This is not the first time Danny has called out Dan, as is evidenced by his previous tweets.

The day after Caroline Flack’s tragic death on February 15, 2020, Danny retweeted Twitter user Steven Bonaventure after he criticised Dan for his role in the negative press coverage surrounding the former Love Island presenter. 

In view of his 68,300 followers Danny wrote: “He’s a sh*t cu*t who was swanning around backstage at #Strictly with one of the judges the night I was evicted then went on #Lorraine the day after I was on her show only to see him slagging me off while she nodded along. F**^% ALL of them! RIPCF.” (sic)

Express.co.uk approached Dan Wootton, who declined to comment on this story. 

Speaking about his upcoming part in The Da Vinci Code, Danny spoke about how excited he was about the production and suggested that a certain amount of fearlessness was required in order to take on such an iconic role. 

Speaking about how he felt to be following in Sir Ian McKellen’s footsteps, Danny said: “I mean, it’s a dream role, isn’t it? If you want to be a real actor, this is the kind of stuff you’ve got to do.

“How many actors in the world have got to take over from the Lord of the Theatre?

“Well, you know what? Big roles, big balls. You want to play those kinds of roles, you’ve got to have a big pair.

“Especially if you want to follow in the footsteps of someone with a huge pair like Sir Ian McKellen.”

The UK tour of The Da Vinci Code is set to make its theatrical debut on January 10, 2022 at Churchill Theatre in Bromley.

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