Gary Barlow earned just 78p in royalties for re-runs of Heartbeat
- Bang Showbiz
- 21 April 2021
Gary Barlow has admitted his cameo in 'Heartbeat' was "the worst" career choice and "financial decision" he's ever made
Gary Barlow only made 78p in royalties this year for his 2000 cameo in 'Heartbeat'.
The Take That star made his acting debut in the ITV drama for the 150th episode as hitchhiker Micky Shannon.
And the 50-year-old pop singer – who has an estimated net worth of £80 million – has confessed it's "one of the worst things" he's ever done in his career and for his bank balance.
In an interview with Music Week, he recalled: "Oh f****** hell! I swear that thing will not leave me. It’s funny, when it gets repeated on something like Gold I get a cheque.
"And I got one this year for 78p, so it wasn’t even a financial decision!
"It was just one of the worst things I’ve ever done, it really was."
The 'Back For Good' hitmaker has since made a number of cameos, including in the BBC comedy 'Miranda' in 2013 and 2015, and as a Resistance trooper in the Battle of Crait in 2017's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'.
Gary was originally asked to sing in the sci-fi blockbuster and was gutted when the plans were scrapped.
He recalled last year: "We get a call from 'Star Wars' saying, 'We've got a part for Gary in the next movie. There's a bar and we would need a singer, and he would be in the film', and I couldn't speak.
"About a week before shooting, they came back saying, 'We're really sorry but the storyline has changed and it's now going to be an alien.'"
The 'Giants' hitmaker previously joked that he was worried that he may have scuppered his chances of having the part because the makers of the franchise like to keep details strictly confidential between the actors and team.
Quizzed on his role, Gary, who was first thought to have nabbed a part as a stormtrooper, said: "Well there is. I'm not a Stormtrooper. I am in it. Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen keep it down. Having said that I'll probably be out.
"I think the Star Wars people are so strict about information so probably by me saying that I've probably done myself out of a role."