David Hasselhoff is to get a taste of British panto when he stars as evil Captain Hook in London.

The former Baywatch star has bagged the role in the New Wimbledon Theatre production of Peter Pan, four years after he pulled out of the same role due to TV commitments.

The Hoff will tread the boards this Christmas alongside camp telly star Louie Spence, who will play the cabin boy, Roger.

David Hasselhoff said: “Peter Pan is a show that has always been close to my heart, as my first theatre role was playing Lost Boy Nibs when I was a child.

“I am so delighted to be asked to join this British tradition. I know all about pantomime as some of my good friends have already appeared in previous productions. They’ve told me how much fun it is. Get ready London for Hoff The Hook!”

David follows in the footsteps of fellow ex-Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, who played the Genie in the theatre’s production of Aladdin last year.

In 2006, Henry Winkler, AKA The Fonz from Happy Days, stepped into David’s shoes to play Captain Hook.

Kevin Wood, chief executive for the panto’s producers First Family Entertainment, said: “I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to be working with David.

“This is without doubt the most exciting piece of panto casting in history, and is so fitting as the New Wimbledon Theatre is celebrating its 100th birthday on Boxing Day.

“Peter Pan is going to be the hottest ticket in London this Christmas”.

David makes his panto debut on December 10…