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Presenter Michael Ball, 58, admitted he used to pull a fast one when he was studying at the Guildford School of Acting. In order to skip his morning classes, he would make up some sort of serious excuse to get out of it, something he admitted was a cover up for being late.

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I didn't want to be expelled!

Michael Ball

In a new interview with Gaby Roslin on her self-titled podcast, Michael laughed as he recalled his cheeky antics.

"I made the best mates. I didn't work terribly hard, if I'm honest..." he chuckled.

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"We always had that thing called ability in the morning… I invented a back injury and a heart condition, so I didn't have to go!"

"It was at 9 o'clock in the morning, I'd been up late, I'm not going to make it, and I didn't want to be expelled!"

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Michael Ball made up 'back injury and heart condition' to skip classMichael Ball made up 'back injury and heart condition' to skip class (Image: ITV•BBC)

Michael made up the excuses so he wasn't 'expelled'Michael made up the excuses so he wasn't 'expelled' (Image: BBC)

He confessed that, at the time, he wasn't sure whether he was going to go into the business of performing arts, but eventually found it was his "tribe".

Crediting one of the team at the Surrey Youth Theatre as being responsible for his career, he said: "She said, 'You should go to drama school, maybe that's where your future lies'.

"And she got me a late audition at Guildford.

"I got in and literally from the day one, I knew I was with my tribe!" Michael beamed.

And indeed it was, as the jaunty, confident performer has gone on to have a hugely successful career as an actor, singer and a TV presenter, with his latest stint on BBC's The One Show alongside Alex Jones.

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Michael was attending the Guildford School of Acting at the timeMichael was attending the Guildford School of Acting

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