Don't give up the day job! Emma Thompson gatecrashes Heather Small on stage at a charity gala with some VERY embarrassing dance moves - including a cringe-worthy attempt at pole dancing

  • EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner boogied hard at the People's Postcode Lottery event 
  • Wearing a bright blue Teddy Boy-style suit, Love Actually star was in Edinburgh to collect a £500,000 cheque for The Helen Bamber Foundation
  • When M People singer Heather Small belted out her 90s classic Movin' On Up, Thompson joined her on stage for a rather enthusiastic performance
  • Crowd loved Thompson's moves - including an impromptu pole dance attempt

Emma Thompson was clearly in possession of her dancing feet last night as she attended a charity gala event in Edinburgh. 

The English actress, 58, couldn't resist an enthusiastic boogie as she joined Heather Small on stage as the M People singer belted out 90s pop classic Movin' On Up.

And the Nanny McPhee star brought all of her moves; mixing Saturday Night Fever-style jabs in the air with a grand finale that included an attempted pole dance with part of the set.

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Sporting a chic, shorter blonde and a bright blue Teddy Boy suit with matching pumps, the award-winning star stole the show, with the crowd whooping along as she threw a myriad of eye-catching shapes.

Heather Small managed to stifle her giggles as Thompson staggered across stage although the singer's backing singers found it harder to contain their laughter, particularly as the Love Actually star began gyrating with part of the set. 

At the end of the song, Small uttered 'Thanks, I think!' while Thompson soaked up the applause. 

Earlier in the evening the star, who attended the event in her role as president of the Helen Bamber Foundation, had collected a cheque for £500,000 to help fund the charity's work with refugees and asylum seekers.

Addressing the audience, the environmental and human rights campaigner spoke movingly about the courage of women affected by sex trafficking and modern slavery.

Double acts you never thought you'd see! Emma Thompson dances behind Heather Small on stage in Edinburgh after the Nanny McPhee actress collected a cheque for £500,000 for The Helen Bamber Foundation

Double acts you never thought you'd see! Emma Thompson dances behind Heather Small on stage in Edinburgh after the Nanny McPhee actress collected a cheque for £500,000 for The Helen Bamber Foundation

While M People star Heather Small sang 90s hit Movin' On Up, Thompson broke out her best moves including some Saturday Night Fever-style jabbing

While M People star Heather Small sang 90s hit Movin' On Up, Thompson broke out her best moves including some Saturday Night Fever-style jabbing

The crowd lapped up Thompson's hilarious stage antics during the upbeat song including when she gyrated with part of the set (pictured far right)

The crowd lapped up Thompson's hilarious stage antics during the upbeat song including when she gyrated with part of the set (pictured far right)

Clinging on? The star left the singers on stage giggling as she cut some shapes while hanging on to the side of the stage

Clinging on? The star left the singers on stage giggling as she cut some shapes while hanging on to the side of the stage

Wednesday night fever! Thompson offered up some moves John Travolta would be proud of

Wednesday night fever! Thompson offered up some moves John Travolta would be proud of

The star opened up about a friendship made with a young woman called Elena from Moldova who had been forced into prostitution after being tricked into travelling to the UK.

After meeting through the Helen Bamber Foundation, they worked together to create an art exhibition, first shown in London in 2007, based on Elena's experience to highlight the plight of those affected by trafficking.

She told the Press Association that she first became involved with the charity after meeting founder Helen Bamber. 

'I met Helen when I was in my 20s, she was dealing largely with people who had been tortured by state security in places like Argentina and Chile.

'I suppose she opened my eyes to an awful lot of things, when I was very young actually.

'She taught me about what she used to describe as the death of compassion, and that people do forget quite quickly about populations that require our compassion.'

Wearing a stylish Teddy Boy-style suit, the 58-year-old environmental and human rights campaigner spoke movingly about her work with the Helen Bamber Foundation, which works to help refugees and asylum seekers

Wearing a stylish Teddy Boy-style suit, the 58-year-old environmental and human rights campaigner spoke movingly about her work with the Helen Bamber Foundation, which works to help refugees and asylum seekers

The Love Actually star, who is married to actor Greg Wise, collected a cheque for £500, 000 for the foundation, of which she is president 

The Love Actually star, who is married to actor Greg Wise, collected a cheque for £500, 000 for the foundation, of which she is president 

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Thompson addressed the audience with a 

Thompson addressed the audience with a 

The star also spoke briefly about the Hollywood stars who recently donned all black at the Golden Globes to highlight the anti-sexual harassment #TimesUp campaign. 

She said: 'Discomfort is going to be the order of the day for a while. And that's fine. We've been uncomfortable for centuries, so suck it up.' 

Previously in the day, after the 2018 Oscar nominations were announced, she actress, who is married to Greg Wise, told reporters that actors were 'fed up'  with awards season. 

She complained: 'Seriously – we trot up and down those bloody carpets like circus ponies, time after time, and everyone is fed up of it, never mind the sexual harassment aspect of it all.'

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