Caroline Quentin details advice from Strictly finalist Debbie McGee: ‘You’ll never know’
24th October 2020

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Caroline Quentin, 60, admitted that although she has some prior dance experience, she will not be this year’s Debbie McGee on Strictly Come Dancing, as she is a “lot worse” at performing than her. However, the actress divulged that the former show finalist had given some practical advice on how to keep her fitness up while appearing on the show.

Do some cardio

Caroline Quentin

She said: “I spoke to her the other day and she said, ‘Do some cardio. You’ll never know days like it’.”

Caroline took the advice from the former ballerina and has now begun a running schedule to keep up with her Strictly partner Johannes.

“So, I’m doing the Couch to 5K running programme. But obviously, I can’t keep up with Johannes, because he’s a machine,” she added to Radio Times Magazine.

The revelation came as Caroline recalled the time that she first was cast in a stage production alongside Debbie.

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She shared: “I did my first ever job with her (Debbie), she was the fairy in a pantomime at Luton Library Theatre and I was a lot worse at dancing than her.”

Debbie, the late wife of magician Paul Daniels, was a contestant in the 15th series of Strictly.

The performer reached the final alongside her partner Giovanni Pernice but was beaten to the trophy by Joe McFadden and Katya Jones.

This year, Caroline will take part in the first-ever socially distanced version of the popular BBC One programme.

The actress admitted she is competing on the show to prove it is possible to learn “something new” as she gets older.

She told The Sunday Post: “One of the reasons I thought about doing this now is because we should be taxing ourselves and learning something new as we get older.”

Owing to the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, Caroline said that she hopes to “encourage” people over 60 to dance and be positive.

“It’s been a difficult and dark time for mental health issues, for a lot of people. I hope this encourages people 60 and over to do a bit of dance, even if it’s just on your own to a bit of music.

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“It’s so good for your mental health and wellbeing,” she added.

The actress has starred in shows including Jonathan Creek, Blue Murder, and Kiss Me Kate, but is most famous for playing Dorothy, opposite Martin Clunes, in the hit 90s sitcom Men Behaving Badly.

The star is aiming to use her vast acting experience to help go far in the competition.

“Having showed off for a living, I’m hoping I won’t be too embarrassed to really go for it during the more dramatic dances, and can use that to cover up any nasty footwork or bad arms,” she said.

However, the star is prone to “pre-show nerves” and is hoping that she won’t get the “shakes” as she has experienced before going on stage.

The actress will be supported through her journey on the show by husband Mike and her two children.

Strictly airs on BBC One tonight at 7.25 pm.

Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times – out now.

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