According to Heat magazine, O’Grady said: “Ah, he's lovely. Such a great fella. Tom's not like a film star at all.
“He likes coming down to Battersea to hang out with the dogs.
“People come in to look at the dogs and you see them staring at him thinking ‘Is that Tom Hardy?’. I have his number and, yes, we text each other.”
O’Grady has a handful of famous names stored under code names in his phonebook – but joked that he struggles to remember who is who.
“Yes [everyone has a code name] and I can’t remember who half the people are,” he said.
“Cilla [Black] was always Cauliflower for some reason.
“I think Alan Carr is Andy Pandy. So if you find a phone with Andy Pandy in you know who you’re calling.”
Hardy made a guest appearance on O’Grady’s show in 2015 when he joined the TV presenter at Battersea Dogs and Cats home.
The Hollywood star won over viewers as he played around with the canine companions and was introduced to a dog called Titch.
“All dogs are great but sometimes you connect with one, immediately,” he said as he gave the playful pup a smooch.
“Titch is cut from my very fabric. He feels like an extension already of me and my family.”