Patrick Stewart wanted to compete on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

Sir Patrick Stewart

Sir Patrick Stewart

The 'Star Trek' actor thinks the celebrity dance competition is a "wonderful" programme but though he was keen to take part when it first aired on the BBC in 2004, he has since had a change of heart as he feels the "tone" of the show has changed.

Speaking while hosting 'Have I Got News for You', he said: "Strictly Come Dancing', it's a wonderful show, it's delightful.

"I wanted to [do it] at the beginning. "And then the tone, it changed somewhat, and I thought.... yeah, I'll pass."

The 76-year-old screen legend isn't the only star to rule themselves out of taking part in the programme, as 'This Morning' host Holly Willoughby recently admitted she would be "horrendous" as a contestant and her moves would draw comparisons to last year's hapless hopeful Ed Balls.

Speaking about the possibility of appearing on the programme, she said: "Everyone would be watching me do it and that would be horrendous because I'm not very good at dancing.

"I'd probably be as bad as Ed Balls. I'd be more Ed Balls than Abbey Clancy, put it that way.

"I'd love to learn to dance but I wouldn't want to do it on telly."

And fellow daytime TV host Lorraine Kelly has also laughed off suggestions she could compete on the show as she doesn't think she'd ever be as good as last year's winner, Ore Oduba.

She told the sports presenter: "It's terrible, I look like a tree. I said to Anton Du Beke, 'Can you teach anybody to dance?' and he said, 'Yes I can and then he said, 'Oh no, it's like dancing with a tree'. I would be so rubbish at it, you just make it look effortless."