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SWANSONG WIGS

SWANSONG WIGS

Matt Smith was not the only one wearing a wig in the Doctor Who Christmas special as writer Steven Moffat revealed Karen Gillan also had a hairpiece fitted for her return to the show.

The Scottish actress made a brief appearance as Amy Pond at the end of the episode as viewers saw Smith bow out as the time lord and hand over the controls of the Tardis to Peter Capaldi.

Smith had to wear a wig after having his head shaved for his role in Ryan Gosling's film How to Catch a Monster, while Gillan had her hair cut off for the Marvel sci-fi film Guardians of the Galaxy. Moffat said: "They're very good wigs but they're both wigs. Though in Karen's case that's her own hair. T hat wig is made of her own hair, it's just detachable now."

REDFORD EMBRACED LONELINESS

Robert Redford has revealed he embraced the loneliness of working on his new film All Is Lost.

The 77-year-old actor plays a man stranded on a yacht in the middle of the Indian Ocean in the film, written and directed by J C Chandor. Robert admitted he especially enjoyed the quiet moments, when his character was just pottering about in the boat.

"In those moments of peace, he would just look out and contemplate what's there," he said. "He could see a vast expanse of nothing but space. And then underneath him on that small boat, just miles and miles of deep water. I can't imagine how you can feel more alone than that."

PRIVACY WARNING

US whistleblower Edward Snowden will warn about the global threat to privacy when he delivers the Channel 4 Alternative Christmas Message.

Snowden, who was behind the leak of documents revealing mass surveillance programmes, says in the broadcast: "Great Britain's George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information. The types of collection in the book - microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us - are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go. Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person.

"A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They'll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalysed thought. And that's a problem because privacy matters, privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be."

CLEGG v BALLS 'PERSONAL'

Nick Clegg has said shadow chancellor Ed Balls is the only politician with whom he has a personal feud.

The Deputy Prime Minister told a special Christmas edition of his LBC radio show at Great Ormond Street hospital in London that he made it a rule to keep arguments focused on policy, but he "made an exception" for the combative Labour MP.

Asked what techniques he used to win people over in discussions, Mr Clegg said: "I always try to keep a good sense of humour, and if I have an argument with someone to keep the argument about what the argument is about and not allow it too often to become sort of personal. I make one exception, for a man named Ed Balls. But other than that I try not to make it about insults and stuff."

HOUND WINS STRICTLY

Comedian Rufus Hound has triumphed in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special - his second win in a BBC dance contest.

The funnyman and stage star beat the likes of DJ Sara Cox and Saturdays singer Rochelle Hulmes to lift this year's trophy for his tango with partner Flavia Cacace.

Hound previously won the BBC1 series Let's Dance For Sport Relief in 2010.

ENGLISH ACCENT 'HARDER'

Matthew Rhys has claimed it's harder for him to do a posh English accent than it is to do an American one.

The Welsh actor - who has starred in US shows The Americans and Brothers And Sisters - is playing Mr Darcy in Pride And Prejudice spin-off Death Comes To Pemberley.

Rhys confessed: "It's harder for me to play a posh Englishman than it is an American, because I sound so thick. I'm sure I'm in for a bit of a sledging for this one."

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