It’s ice ice Janey as star faces fears at 40
THE COBBLES’ LEANNE IS NO RINK OUTSIDER
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.