Emma Thompson has said she once turned down an offer from Donald Trump to stay in Trump Tower and have dinner with him.

Thompson recalled a phone call with the now-President of the United States when she was filming in America in 1998, which ended with him asking her to dinner.

The actress was a guest on Swedish news outlet SVT and as the host and guests talked about Trump, Thompson said: "He asked me out once. You wanna hear?"

She explained that she was filming the Mike Nichols-directed Primary Colors and that her divorce papers from her marriage to Kenneth Branagh, which lasted from 1989 to 1995, had just come through.

Donald Trump reportedly called the actress and asked her to dinner

Thompson said: "The phone rings in my trailer, which it's never done before, so it's like a moose had just entered my trailer.

"I lift up the phone, 'Hi, it's Donald Trump here.' I said, 'Really? Can I help you?'

"He said, 'I wonder if I could offer you some accommodation in one of my Trump Towers, they're really comfortable. I think we would get on very well, maybe we could have dinner some time'."

Thompson continued: "I didn't know what to do with myself. I was on my own and I just said, 'Erm, I'll get back to you'."

She said that she had not met up with him, but joked: "I wish I had, think of the stories."