Stephanie Beacham on why she hated Strictly as she admits she wished she had Anton

Strictly: Stephanie Beacham dances with Vincent in 2007

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Actress Stephanie Beacham competed on the fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2007. Reflecting on her time on the show, the 74-year-old said didn’t enjoy it and claims she knows several others who thought the same.

“I was absolutely dire at it,” she spilled, adding: “I hated it, I really did. I did not enjoy it.

“I’ve also spoken to a few people who have privately admitted they didn’t enjoy it.

“I was one of the few people who had to say, ‘This was a shoe that didn’t fit’ thank you so much.”

The Dynasty went on to say while that many loved the glamorous side of Strictly, she couldn’t relate.

“There was nothing really, apart from the dancing, which I said is hard, there was nothing I could transform into being.

“I also had personal reasons for not really wanting to do it, but they said, ‘Just do it for fun’,” Stephanie added.

Advising this year’s contestants, The Colbys actress urged them not to do the show for fun and to only take part if they’re ambitious.

“I felt like a sulky teenager at a party I didn’t want to be at,” she laughed.

Stephanie put her dancing skills to the test with ex professional dancer Vincent Simone.

Insisting it wasn’t all smiles behind-the-scenes, the actress said he was “not really a happy bunny”.

“Not just because of me, perhaps I didn’t help,” she added.

The Dynasty star believes she should’ve had Anton Du Beke instead, who was partnered with Kate Garraway at the time.

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Despite not enjoying the show herself, Stephanie said she loves the show and still enjoys watching it.

This year, Anton will step into Bruno Tonioli’s shoes as a judge.

The latter will not be a part of the series due to ongoing travel uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Stephanie said of the change: “I’m sure he will be great, he has an insider’s eye.

“We’re going to miss the Italian [though] aren’t we.”

Santander’s ‘Push Off, Politely’ campaign is in partnership with The Chelsea Pensioners and supported by Stephanie Beacham.

Together, they want to empower Brits to simply hang up the phone on scam callers.

Check out the Pensioners’ video and head to Santander’s website at to find out how to spot and deal with fraud and scams. #PushOffPolitely #Santander.

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