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Series 23, Episode 7 - Emilia Clarke, David Tennant, Gloria Estefan, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Leon Bridges

Emilia Clarke reveals how she missed out on a date with Brad Pitt; Phoebe Waller-Bridge says she has no idea what she was auditioning for in Star Wars; Gloria Estefan jokes about not going to the royal wedding; David Tennant talks about Doctor Who; and Leon Bridges performs live in the studio.

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Emilia Clarke, talking about Star Wars and partying with Chewbacca, says, "I did what I could - we had a dance-off under the Millennium Falcon to gangster rap. It turned into a dance-off between Chewwy and Phoebe." Phoebe interjects, "We were grinding for ages and no one took any notice."

On being in Cannes for the film festival, she says, "We just kept knocking on doors to find out where the party was. We knocked on a few until we found the right one. We'd already gate crashed one of Stella McCartney's!"

Revealing the 'best night of her life', Emilia says: "There was an auction for a charity do that I was asked to take part in so I offered time with myself and as the bidding started I realised Brad Pitt was trying to buy me. I looked across the room and he had his paddle up! Sadly, he was outbid and it didn't work out."

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, talking about auditioning for her role in Star Wars, says: "I had no idea what a droid was. On the way to the audition I asked the cab driver and he rang his family. Nobody knew so I decided to do it as a human. I was then asked to make it more like a robot!"

Revealing she recently met Camilla Parker Bowles, she says: "We had a rather raunchy conversation about the film I am writing... we talked about girl on girl action but it turned out she had no idea who I was!"

David Tennant, talking about being Dr Who, says, "It's quite a small club. It does feel like once you've been The Doctor, you're always The Doctor. We do form a small support network. It's quite an unusual job and it's humbling to be at the centre of that. It has such a huge fan base all over the world that it is quite scary at first."

On receiving an Emmy for doing just one hour's voice work for a Star Wars animated film, he says: "I loved doing it but about a year later I got the award in the post. I felt like I should have strived more and it didn't really feel like I had earned it. It went against my Scottish Presbyterian work ethic just get one in the post when you didn't even know you were up for it!"

On being cast in his wife's new movie - You, Me And Him - he says, "it went to lots of other actors before it came to me - I thought I would be a shoe in!"

Gloria Estefan, joking about not being invited to the Royal Wedding, says: "What would I have sung? Stay Away From You?"

Revealing she has meet every President in recent years but stopped after Obama, she says, "I don't need any more! The press asked me if I would meet Trump but I said, 'If I happen to run into him I would like to talk to him about a number of things, but he didn't turn up!"

Talking about the musical of her life - On Your Feet - coming to London following Broadway success, she says, "It's wonderful but pretty emotional watching it."

On being with the same man for 43 years, she says, "Emilio, was my first and only partner. He says I don't know any better and that's why it is good! It is wonderful." Revealing he is the most absent-minded person she knows, she says, "He has left places forgetting I am with him and he always gets names wrong. Do you know what he calls the queen of soul? 'Urethra Franklin.' He keeps me laughing and that's why we've lasted 40 years."

Leon Bridges performs Beyond live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat about how it took just one year from washing dishes to performing at the White House.


Miriam Margolyes was originally billed to be a guest on this week's show, but didn't appear.

Broadcast details

Friday 18th May 2018
50 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
David Tennant Guest
Emilia Clarke Guest
Gloria Estefan Guest
Phoebe Waller-Bridge Guest
Leon Bridges Guest
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Christine Rose Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Rina Dayalji Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Vicky Taylor Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer

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