Ilkeston born actor, Robert Lindsay, appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show this weekend.
Robert appeared alongside comedian Rufus Hound. The pair were promoting their upcoming West End show, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
During the interview 64-year-old My Family star Robert revealed his regrret after declining an invite to dine with Margaret Thatcher.
He said: “I was playing King Edward II and Derek Jacobi was Becket. Derek said to me Margaret Thatcher and Dennis were in that night and would love to take me to The Savoy for dinner.
“I’m from a small mining town in the East Midlands and I didn’t think it was appropriate, so I said no. But then she knocked on my dressing room door and demanded to know why I wasn’t having dinner with her.
“She said ‘is it because of my politics?’ and I said ‘of course it is’. And then she told me what a terrible performance I’d done and how wonderful Derek Jacobi was!”
He added that he regretted turning the ex-prime minister down after speaking to his father.
“My dad was furious with me, he was right, absolutely right. I should have gone.”