It’s ice ice Janey as star faces fears at 40


Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by SU­SAN HILL sun­day@dai­

COR­RIE star Jane Dan­son is feel­ing the fear at 40 as she gets her skates on for Danc­ing On Ice.

The ac­tress, who ar­rived in the Street as Leanne Bat­tersby 21 years ago, took on the chal­lenge to mark her big birth­day.

The mum-of-two, 39, hasn’t done any re­al­ity telly since singing on Soap­star Su­per­star in 2007 and ad­mits she is ter­ri­fied.

She said: “I can stand up on the ice. Does that count? Yes it is dan­ger­ous and yes I am ter­ri­fied but they’ve got a great team work­ing on the show and we have train­ing, so I’m hop­ing that I’ll be fine. I will be fine! “It’s ex­cit­ing be­cause I’ve been Leanne for so long and it’s go­ing to be nice to just be me for a bit, to just do some­thing that’s me. “I’m turn­ing 40 in Novem­ber and I’d not done any­thing new for a while, so I thought ‘do you know what…’. “I’d have been so up­set with my­self if I’d turned it down. To get the op­por­tu­nity to work with Torvill and Dean, and to learn to dance well – that’s a real chal­lenge for me be­cause I can’t dance. I want to learn some­thing new.”

Jane’s co-star Brooke Vin­cent, 26, took part in the ITV show last year.

And with one of her best pals be­ing for­mer con­tes­tant Samia Longcham­bon,

36, who is mar­ried to pro skater Syl­vain, she is al­ready get­ting tips.

She added: “Brooke was so amaz­ing and has been great with the tips, and Samia is one of my best mates.

“When you’re younger you don’t have the fear and then I had my kids and started think­ing, ‘Oh no, I can’t do that’. But now I’m all for giv­ing it a go. And if it all goes wrong then it goes wrong, hope­fully it doesn’t.” Jane told hus­band, fel­low ac­tor Robert Beck, but had to keep it a se­cret from sons Harry, 12, and Sam, nine.

She said: “My youngest would’ve told every­one. I just couldn’t tell them.” Dur­ing last week’s Cor­rie episodes, Leanne was knocked over by drug dealer Ronan Tru­man. The hospi­tal called her ex-hus­band Nick Til­s­ley, ac­tor Ben Price, 46, as he was still down as her next of kin de­spite view­ers not see­ing him for the last 18 months.

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