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Saturday 17 November 2018

'Nothing is signed' - Fair City's Johnny on dance show 'offer'

Johnny Ward has been asked to do a reality show – but which one?
Johnny Ward has been asked to do a reality show – but which one?

Johnny Ward could be set to join the latest series of hit TV programme Dancing With The Stars.

The Love/Hate actor has told the Herald he has been asked to appear in a reality show that will begin filming at Christmas - but he has not said which one.

"There's only a few reality programmes around Christmas, so I'm sure you can work it out. But nothing's been signed. It's not definite," he said.

Ward is well-known to viewers for his roles as gangster Pauley in Love/Hate and crazed kidnapper Ciaran in Fair City.

The Dubliner said he has not yet made up his mind about the reality show offer.

Declined

Ward, who is currently starring in Copper Face Jacks: The Musical at the Olympia Theatre, said this is not the first time that he has been asked to appear in the reality show.

On that occasion, he declined because of work commitments.

"It's something I was supposed to do in the past and couldn't," he said.

While Ward (31) remained tight-lipped about the reality show, speculation is mounting that he is among the next crop of celebrities who have been asked to strut their stuff on Dancing With The Stars.

While the RTE juggernaut does not begin airing until January, the contestants get to work on brushing up their dancing skills over the Christmas period before they take to the dance floor at Ardmore Studios in Bray, Co Wicklow.

The actor could not join last year's show because he was starring in the Gaiety Theatre's panto production of Rapunzel.

"I'll never say no to a gig, once it's right for me. As an actor, you should be able to jump into anything," Ward said.

When he is not appearing on screen, the actor works as a drama teacher at the Talented Kids Performing Arts School and Agency in Co Kildare, which is his first love.

"When I'm not working, I like to teach drama. To be honest, that's what I love doing most," he said.

"It's great because it keeps me in the industry and I can pass my knowledge to kids who would like to make a career in the business."

Wish

Several other stars are said to be on the wish list of Dancing With The Stars.

Insiders previously revealed they were eager to sign broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan, as well as GAA star Bernard Brogan and rugby great Brian O'Driscoll.

Show boss Larry Bass previously revealed he would like to see Daniel or Michael Healy-Rae in the series. He said other politicians had expressed an interest in the past to join the dance show.

An RTE spokesperson would not comment on whether Johnny would be appearing in next year's series.

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