Emmerdale star Michael Parr would ‘love to play Bond’ as 007 odds race ramps up

Emmerdale star Michael Parr has declared that he'd "love to be Bond" as the race to become the next 007 ramps up.

The 35-year-old actor, who first appeared on the ITV soap as Ross Barton in 2013, made the confession to his nearly 250,000 Instagram followers.

Parr was actually reacting to rumours linking him to a different acting job.

He shared a post from another Instagram user which read: "There's strong rumours on social media that Emmerdale actor Michael Parr will be playing the role of Paul Sykes in the forthcoming film, I'm saying nowt but he's a good look-a-like isn't he?!"

Paul Sykes was a notorious British heavyweight boxer who spent much of his adult life in prison and a film about his life is supposedly in the works.

The Instagram user also shared an image of Parr donning a Sykes-like moustache, bearing an uncanny resemblance to the well-known Yorkshireman.

Sharing the post, Parr himself wrote: "This is actually my dream role.

"Obviously I'd love to be Bond one day but this is what I would be most excited about playing."

Parr, who also played Bill Parker in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, will have to beat some stiff competition if he is to one day secure the coveted Bond role.

According to Sky Bet, Bridgeton star Regé-Jean Page is mostly likely to become the next British super spy at 5/2.

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Irish actor Aidan Turner – most well known for playing Poldark – and Henry Cavill from Superman are joint second, both at 6/1.

Michael Fassbender (9/1) and James Norton (10/1) complete the top five.

Previous favourites Idris Elba and Tom Hardy, as well as Hardy's Peaky Blinders co-star Cillian Murphy, all come in at 12/1.

Some of the most outlandish shouts are Rylan Clark-Neal, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Chris Eubank, all at 500/1.

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