Philip Glenister is reunited with Ashes to Ashes co-star Keeley Hawes as they attend the Christmas ballet


Pli back in time: Philip Glenister is reunited with Ashes to Ashes co-star Keeley Hawes as they attend the Christmas ballet

He played a tough-talking, hard-drinking, chain-smoking, politically incorrect misogynist who wouldn”t be seen dead watching women in tutus prance around.

Thankfully, actor Philip Glenister is nothing like his on-screen character DCI Gene Hunt, as he attended the the National Ballet tonight.

Glenister, 48, even showed off a couple of dance moves as he was reunited with his Ashes To Ashes co-star Keeley Hawes, who played his DI Alex Drake in the BBC drama.

Crime fighters: Ashes to Ashes stars Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes were reunited tonight as they attended a National Ballet performance of the Nutcracker in London

Crime fighters: Ashes to Ashes stars Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes were reunited tonight as they attended a National Ballet performance of the Nutcracker in London

The pair looked delighted to see each other as they mingled with the dancers from the production of the Christmas favourite, The Nutcracker, at the reception which was held at the St Martin”s Lane Hotel in London.

And he made Hawes, 35, laugh out loud as he showed off his dance moves and chatted to the ballerinas, making them chuckle too.

Showing off his moves: Keely and Philip pose for the cameras as he does a little dance Showing off his moves: Keely and Philip pose for the cameras as he does a little dance

Showing off his moves: Keely and Philip pose for the cameras as he does a little dance

So what do you lovely ladies do Philip chats to two ballerinas from the show as Keeley looks on in amusement

So what do you lovely ladies do Philip chats to two ballerinas from the show as Keeley looks on in amusement

Hawes wasn”t the only time-traveller to meet up with Glenister last night, as they was also joined by actor John Simm, who fans will know as DI Sam Tyler in Life On Mars, the prequel to Ashes to Ashes, and the show in which DCI Hunt was first seen.

And it proved to be an even bigger reunion for Glenister and Simm as they bumped into actor Marc Warren who starred alongside them in the comedy drama Mad Dogs last year.

All the gang: Philip and Keeley were joined by John Simm (L) who starred in Life On Mars, and Marc Warren, who appeared in Mad Dogs with Phlip and John

All the gang: Philip and Keeley were joined by John Simm (L) who starred in Life On Mars, and Marc Warren, who appeared in Mad Dogs with Phlip and John

Crime fighters: Keeley and Philip in Ashes to Ashes and Phlip with John in Life On Mars Crime fighters: Keeley and Philip in Ashes to Ashes and Phlip with John in Life On Mars

Crime fighters: Keeley and Philip in Ashes to Ashes and Phlip with John in Life On Mars

The production of Tchaikovsky”s famous ballet was watched by a star-studded audience on the eve of it opening to the public at the Coliseum tomorrow night.

And the dancers, who stayed in costume, were only too happy to pose with the celebrities as they made their way round the reception.

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Girls” night out: Pearl Lowe was joined by her daughters Daisy and Betty

Lovely ladies: Actresses Tamsin Egerton and Jessica Brown-Findlay were also among the guests Lovely ladies: Actresses Tamsin Egerton and Jessica Brown-Findlay were also among the guests

Lovely ladies: Actresses Tamsin Egerton and Jessica Brown-Findlay were also among the guests

Attending the preview night was Pearl Lowe and her daughters Daisy and Betty, and actresses Tamsin Egerton and Downton Abbey”s Jessica Brown Findlay, who plays Lady Sybil.

Austyralian star Melissa George was also a guest as well as actress Jodie Whittaker, who giggles in delight as she posed in the centre of the ballerinas.

This is fun! Actress Jodie Whittaker burst into giggles as she posed with some stars of the show

This is fun! Actress Jodie Whittaker burst into giggles as she posed with some stars of the show

Young stars: Jaime Winstone, who sported a Tudor-inspired dress also attended along with War Horse actress Celine Buckens Young stars: Jaime Winstone, who sported a Tudor-inspired dress also attended along with War Horse actress Celine Buckens

Young stars: Jaime Winstone, who sported a Tudor-inspired dress also attended along with War Horse actress Celine Buckens

War Horse starlet Celine Buckens also attended as well as Jaime Winstone, who looked very medieval in her Tudor-style dress.

The ballet opens at the London Coliseum tomorrow night and runs through until Friday December 30.

Ballet fans: Jodie ditched the dancers to pose on her own at the reception where Melissa George was also a guest Ballet fans: Jodie ditched the dancers to pose on her own at the reception where Melissa George was also a guest

Ballet fans: Jodie ditched the dancers to pose on her own at the reception where Melissa George was also a guest

Date night: Jerry Hall brought her partner Warwick Hemsley along while Brendan Cole was joined by wife Zoe Hobbs Date night: Jerry Hall brought her partner Warwick Hemsley along while Brendan Cole was joined by wife Zoe Hobbs

Date night: Jerry Hall brought her partner Warwick Hemsley along while Brendan Cole was joined by wife Zoe Hobbs