Scottish Daily Mail

My fears for Maisie

Strictly’s teen star feels vul­ner­a­ble in iso­la­tion and she’s miss­ing her fam­ily, says wor­ried mum

- By Eleanor Sharples TV & Ra­dio Re­porter Television Presenters · Supermodels · Viral · Gossip · Celebrities · Harry Potter · Maisie Smith · Harry Potter

THE mouthy EastEnders t eenager she plays can be hard as nails.

But Maisie Smith, t he ac­tress be­hind Ti f f a n y Butcher, is any­thing but – and nowhere has that be­come more ap­par­ent t han as a con­tes­tant on Strictly.

In f act, ac­cord­ing t o her mother Ju­lia, Maisie is ‘vul­ner­a­ble’ and ‘ner­vous’.

At just 19, Maisie is the youngest con­tes­tant on this year’s Strictly and is tonight fac­ing a tough bat­tle to stay in the BBC com­pe­ti­tion.

Mrs Smith re­vealed her daugh­ter is strug­gling with liv­ing alone and miss­ing the ‘com­fort’ of see­ing her par­ents in the au­di­ence. She ad­mit­ted see­ing Maisie in the bot­tom two, twice, while she was un­able to at­tend the live shows in per­son, due to Covid-19, had left her ‘tear­ful’ and given her sleep­less nights.

This year’s tight bub­ble rules – which have en­abled the show to go ahead – meant Maisie was forced to move out of the fam­ily home and live alone for the first time. Mrs Smith said that while Maisie ini­tially saw it as ‘ex­cit­ing’, she has since con­fessed that re­turn­ing to an empty apart­ment af­ter train­ing means the ‘nov­elty is wearing off ’.

She told the Daily Mail: ‘As a par­ent, it’s not about her win­ning, it’s not about her be­ing at the top of the leader­board in my eyes, in my opin­ion. It’s see­ing my daugh­ter up­set and vul­ner­a­ble…I want to grab her. In the early days me and my hus­band were al­lowed to sit in the au­di­ence …and she would look over and we would give her a big thumbs-up and she said she misses that.

‘Know­ing that we’re nowhere near, I feel her vul­ner­a­bil­ity, so it has been quite tear­ful. The last cou­ple of week­ends have been … you know, I didn’t sleep on Sun­day night. I was up for three hours just pac­ing around in the night, think­ing, “How can I help her?”

‘If it was any other year but Covid year, it could be so much bet­ter that she would come home, I’d cook her a nice meal with all her veg­eta­bles and we’d talk it through, and it would all be OK.’

Maisie, who is part­nered with pro­fes­sional dancer Gorka Mar­quez, 30, found her­self in the bot­tom two for her cha cha cha and salsa.

Their cha cha cha re­ceived 24 points from the judges, finishing mid table, and their salsa was awarded 27, which left them joint sec­ond on the leader­board. How­ever, the pub­lic votes saw them plunge down the rank­ings.

Re­flect­ing on why that had hap­pened, Mrs Smith sug­gested view­ers like to see a con­tes­tant go on a ‘jour­ney’.

Mrs Smith went on to say it had also been dif­fi­cult for her daugh­ter to be ‘Maisie Smith’ on the show, as she can usu­ally ‘ hide be­hind’ her Tif­fany char­ac­ter. ‘I was so ner­vous for her to be Maisie Smith in front of the na­tion be­cause I know how she gets so ner­vous,’ she said.

Maisie first appeared as Tif­fany on EastEnders in 2008 when she was aged just six. Mrs Smith re­vealed how much she en­joyed en­ter­tain­ing the fam­ily as a child.

‘Most girls went to “dress-up day” at pri­mary school as Hermione Granger from Harry Pot­ter, but not Maisie, she was adamant she was go­ing as a fla­menco dancer. From the age of two Maisie would be in fancy dress and putting on a show.’

‘I know how ner­vous she gets’

 ??  ?? On Strictly: With Gorka Mar­quez
Fam­ily sup­port: A young Maisie and mother Ju­lia
On Strictly: With Gorka Mar­quez Fam­ily sup­port: A young Maisie and mother Ju­lia
 ??  ?? Tiny dancer: Maisie in a fla­menco cos­tume for her school dress-up day
Tiny dancer: Maisie in a fla­menco cos­tume for her school dress-up day

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