Hugo Speer, star of The Full Monty, has been sacked from a Disney+ reboot series of the hit film after allegations of “inappropriate conduct”.
The 53-year-old English actor had been booked to reprise the role of Guy – alongside former castmates, including Robert Carlyle as Gaz and Lesley Sharp as Jean – 25 years after the release of the 1997 Bafta-winning film about a group of unemployed men in Sheffield who create a striptease act.
But after an investigation, Disney+ said he had been sacked from the follow-up series.
The streaming service said: “Recently, we were made aware of claims of inappropriate conduct by Hugo Speer on the set of a commissioned production.
“As is policy, an investigation was launched. Upon its completion, the decision was made to terminate his contract, with immediate effect.”
A spokesperson for Speer, who is married to the writer Vivienne Harvey, told the Times he denied the claims and planned to challenge them. The spokesperson did not immediately respond to the Guardian’s request for comment.
The show, set in post-industrial Sheffield, will follow the original characters over eight episodes amid struggles with deteriorating healthcare, education and employment systems.
The original film, which had a budget of just £2.8m, went on to gross £207m worldwide. For a period, it was the highest grossing film in the UK until being eclipsed by Titanic.
More recently, Speer has been featured in the BBC’s remake of Father Brown and as Lucius in the drama Britannica, produced by Sky Atlantic and Amazon Prime.