Rupert Penry-Jones has revealed he is secretly nicknamed ‘Baron’ by his friends.

The 40-year-old star of Spooks, Whitechapel and legal drama Silk is offering fans a chance to win a date with him as part of the Haagen-Dazs a-LIST campaign, and disclosed some secrets about himself ahead of the competition.

Rupert, who loves to play the ukulele in his spare time, said: “My ideal night in is with a movie and a bottle of good red wine.”

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and Hobbit star James Nesbitt are also giving admirers the chance to go on a date with them as part of the competition.

Benedict revealed: “I behave like a gentleman and make sure my date feels relaxed and happy. My ideal date would involve great conversation and enough laughter to get the digestion going.”

He added: “I do a very good Alan Rickman impersonation.”

Rupert’s date is a cocktail lesson at his favourite bar Blind Tiger in Battersea, while Benedict is offering his winner a boat trip to Heston Blumenthal’s award-winning gastro pub The Hind’s Head in Bray. James will treat his winner to dinner at The Ivy.

The actors all reveal more about themselves at www.hd-alist.co.uk where there are also more details of their dates and the competition.