Warwick Davis used to dream of being a racing car driver.

The 44-year-old star really wanted to rally like his father when he was a youngster but his dreams were dashed when he became an actor because racing motors is ''too dangerous'' for an actor, but he has partly made up for it by becoming obsessed with racing car set Scalextric.

He said: ''I really like playing Scalextric. My dad used to rally minis when he was younger and I must have inherited that gene.

''I always wanted to race cars but with my career it's too dangerous and I'm not allowed.

''I can't get in a Scalextric car, they're just a bit too small, but it's a hobby I enjoy with my children.''

While Warwick used to dream of becoming a racer during his younger years, he didn't have much time to do so on Christmas Eve because he never used to get a great deal of sleep the night before Christmas Day as he was too scared thinking about a strange man being in the house delivering gifts.

He added to Metro newspaper: ''I've still got vivid memories of how exciting it was but, at the same time, it was also scary that this guy was going to come to your house and bring presents while you were asleep.

''I don't think I ever slept beyond about 5am.''