Movie tough guy Russell Crowe has been photographed next to a raunchy blonde dancer in a strip club in Hamburg, Germany.

Images of the OSCAR-winning star - whose wife Danielle Spencer is expecting their first child in January (04) - enjoying himself in the DOLLHOUSE club have been published in national tabloid BILD.

Crowe headed to the club following the German premiere of his new movie Master And Commander: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD and, according to the newspaper, four minders offered the snapper money for the pictures.

The lapdancer, known only as NICOLE, adds that she didn't recognise the famous customer until a pal pointed him out.

She says, "I didn't recognise him at first. It wasn't until afterwards when a colleague told me who it was.

"Russell looks much better in the flesh."

27/11/2003 17:20