Emma Thompson admits watching her husband on Strictly ‘took years off her life’

Dame Emma Thompson admitted that watching her husband take part on Strictly Come Dancing last year “took years off her life” on The One Show.

During Tuesday’s visit to the BBC studios, the Nanny McPhee star, 63, joined Zoe Ball and Jermain Jenas onto the sofa to talk about her new children’s book which is set to launch this weekend.

As they discussed her new book, the TV presenters couldn’t help but discuss her husband Greg Wise’s appearance on the beloved BBC One dance competition.

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Despite the hours of work he poured into the ballroom competition, the 56-year-old actor became the third celebrity to be booted from the show last year.

Now, the award-winning actress has revealed quite how anxious she was for her other half as he danced his heart out with his professional partner Karen Hauer.

She confessed: “No it took years off my life, years off my life from sheer terror. He worked so hard and he has no weight to lose and he lost weight.

“Every time I was there chewing the furniture when I wasn’t on camera so it was quite a thing. It was a big old thing, it was quite extraordinary.”

It comes after Greg confessed that Strictly was “not really about dancing” but more about “being alive” in an interview with the Big Issue.

He said: “Strictly is about being a human being. It’s about overcoming whatever obstacles you have to set up yourself or have been set up for you and going, ‘I’m going to give it a go’.

“And it’s fantastically exposing, because it’s live. That’s what makes it so extraordinary. You’ve got real jeopardy.

“So it is a remarkable show. Because it is not really about dancing, It’s about being alive.”


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During his time on the show, one of the biggest issues the star wanted to address was the discussion of death and grief on the primetime show following the death of his sister Clare Wise.

His sister passed back in 2016 when she tragically lost her battle with cancer, but the loving Hollywood star shared a sweet tribute to her through his fun-filled performance on the BBC show.

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