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Gladiator actor said he was 'hooked' after watching Leeds United as a kid

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Leeds United's return to the Premier League after a 16-year hiatus has pleased no one more than Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe.

The 56-year-old star has followed the club since he was a boy growing up in New Zealand.

Crowe – whose love of rugby league led him to buy Aussie side South Sydney Rabbitohs – said in a recent interview he has "loved Leeds all my life" and was "hooked" watching them on TV growing up.

The actor, who won the Best Actor Oscar in 2001 for blockbuster Gladiator, narrates an upcoming documentary on the club's rise back to the Premier League after missing out on promotion in 2018/19.

"After years of pain, seeing the white army marching on together back to the Premier League where they should be has given me nothing but pleasure," he said.

"To be able to help tell the incredible story of the past two seasons through Take Us Home has been a real honour."

Leeds lost their Premier League opener to defending champions Liverpool 4-3 on Saturday.

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