Article Oct 30, 2016

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Bryan Cranston once worked as a dating guru

Bryan Cranston once worked as a dating guru who hosted interviews with men and women looking for love.

The six-time Emmy winner confessed to his unusual job before he hit the big time in Hollywood while on The Graham Norton Show on Friday night (28Oct16), where he was a guest alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne.

After being asked by host Graham about his life as a dating guru in the 1980s, Bryan explained why using the video service was so popular.

"Before the online companies of dating and that sort of thing, you had to go into an office. This company was called Great Expectations, and it was actually very, very successful," he said.

"They would match people up. Basically, you would go in, you would take a picture, you would write out a profile of who you are. Then you would have a short videotape so men or women could watch and decide, 'I like the feel of this person. It feels genuine'. So, I would conduct the videotape interviews," the 60-year-old added.

After previewing some of the cheesiest dating videos from the 1980s, Graham persuaded his guests to record their own romantic pitches for their very own dating video.

"Hi, I'm Bryan," the Breaking Bad star cheekily grinned. "I'm 60 and if you like threesomes, just remember - I like Malcolm in the middle!"

Next up was a nervous Eddie, who was unprepared for the impromptu dating session. "Hi, I'm Eddie. I'm 34 - and if you're looking for a Fantastic Beast, I know where you can find one!" he joked, in reference to his new movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

And finally it was Benedict's turn, who played on his new role as Marvel's Doctor Strange to woo the ladies.

"Hi, I'm Benedict - but you can call me Big Ben," he smiled slyly. "I'm... somewhere over 30. If you're feeling a bit strange, the Doctor will see you now."