Quirky Welsh actor Rhys Ifans nearly ran away with the circus as a younger man after falling in love with a sexy acrobat.

The NOTTING HILL star, 36, was an impressionable 21-year-old when he was wowed by the performer's flexibility during a circus show in Welsh capital Cardiff.

Ifans recalls, "There was the girls doing acrobatics and I fell head over heels in love with her and went back to the circus fives times to see her.

"That sort of thing is supposed to happen when you are 13 and there I was at 21 fantasising about running away with the circus."

10/11/2004 09:08