Strictly’s Gemma Arterton fears fall from grace
STRICTLY COME DANCING’S latest contestant Gemma Arterton isn’t bothered by the glitz and glam of the contest — but she’s getting panicky about the thought of being dropped on the deck by her partner.
The 5ft 9in Emmerdale actress (pictured above), who became the fourth name to be confirmed for the show, is worried her statuesque form might prove a problem for her leading man.
She said her prospective partner had to be ‘someone tall and strong because I don’t want someone lifting me and dropping me — that’s my only fear, being dropped.’
Atkinson, 32, who played Carly Hope on the ITV soap, said spray tans, heels and sparkly dresses were out of her comfort zone.
She said: ‘Even wearing heels for m is a big one.’
The host on Key 103 Breakfast told that show: ‘I am more likely to fit in on a show like Gladiators.
‘I dress like a 14-year-old boy in work. I am a trackies and Converse kind of girl, but I have been wearing stilettos around my house.
‘I don’t know how women do it all the time. I am not graceful, my mum says I’m like a baby elephant. I’m a big lass.’
Earlier, the former Bond girl told BBC Breakfast hosts Naga Munchetty, a former Strictly contestant, and Charlie Stayt: ‘I did disco dancing from age nine to 10 but it was kind of like cartwheels across the floor, cartwheels back and then go home.
‘As far as any dance training goes I’ve not had any.’
The actress admitted: ‘After a few drinks I kind of think I’m Britney Spears but I’m absolutely not, so I’m not good at all.’
Arterton, who recently left the Dales but has hinted she will return, said of keeping her Strictly signing a secret: ‘I felt so snide lying to all my family. My mum’s obviously known… ‘
She added: ‘I can finally say to my family: “I’m doing it.” I’m sorry for lying.’
Author: Simon Wilgress-pipe