CHARLES IS REVVING UP

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - EX­CLU­SIVE by Ja­nine Yaqoob TV ED­I­TOR

HE was in the bot­tom two last week but Charles Venn says he’s not wor­ried about his Strictly fu­ture – he is only warm­ing up.

And the Ca­su­alty star has even com­pared him­self to a sports car.

“I’m like a Fer­rari,” said Charles. “I need a good rev then you get the best per­for­mance out of me.”

Charles, 45, and part­ner Karen Clifton are de­ter­mined to do bet­ter, but he ad­mits he has bat­tled anx­i­ety all his life. “I’ve suf­fered since I was young,” he said.

“There have been times when I pan­icked and thought I was go­ing to have a heart at­tack.

“I was 15 when I first ex­pe­ri­enced it. It was scary. Through mind­ful­ness, I’ve been able to con­trol it.”

And the dad-of-four says his wife is lov­ing his new Strictly bod.

“I’m down to my weight I was in my mid 20s. I see her look­ing at me slightly dif­fer­ent. She’s think­ing: ‘All right, this danc­ing will help me out.’ She en­joys it.”

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