Win a date with the 'Baron', Rupert Penry-Jones

Win a date with the 'Baron', Rupert Penry-Jones
Win a date with the 'Baron', Rupert Penry-Jones (Image credit: EMPICS Entertainment)

Rupert Penry-Jones has revealed he is secretly nicknamed 'Baron' by his friends. The 40-year-old star of Spooks, Whitechapel and legal drama Silk is offering fans a chance to win a date with him as part of the Haagen-Dazs a-LIST campaign, and disclosed some secrets about himself ahead of the competition. Rupert, who loves to play the ukulele in his spare time, said: "My ideal night in is with a movie and a bottle of good red wine." Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Hobbit star James Nesbitt are also giving admirers the chance to go on a date with them as part of the competition. Benedict revealed: "I behave like a gentleman and make sure my date feels relaxed and happy. My ideal date would involve great conversation and enough laughter to get the digestion going." He added: "I do a very good Alan Rickman impersonation." Rupert's date is a cocktail lesson at his favourite bar Blind Tiger in Battersea, while Benedict is offering his winner a boat trip to Heston Blumenthal's award-winning gastro pub The Hind's Head in Bray. James will treat his winner to dinner at The Ivy. The actors all reveal more about themselves at www.hd-alist.co.uk (opens in new tab) where there are also more details of their dates and the competition.

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


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