Strictly’s Caroline Quentin says Liz Hurley is show fan and gave her advice

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Caroline Quentin opened up about her nerves for the live shows, her support from famous faces like Liz Hurley and how she'll react to criticism from the judges.

The 60-year-old Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek star is part of the celebrity lineup for the new Strictly series, which is set to begin later this month.

Caroline told Daily Star Online that she's worked with Hurley and her son Damien before, and they're both huge Strictly fans.

She admitted that the model was overjoyed at her taking part as she said: "I've been working with Elizabeth Hurley and she's more excited about it than anyone I've ever met."

The mum-of-two explained: "When they found out, because I revealed on The One Show, and I was shooting with Elizabeth Hurley and with her boy Damien.

"Elizabeth said things like "darling, what you mustn't do is just, you know, keep your powder dry, don't blow everything in one go, try really hard but don't give too much away"…she loves it so yeah."

Caroline also opened up about getting nervous before shows, and admitted she feels "trepidatious" about the live performances.

She said: "I'm not used to that [live audience and live TV], I'm feeling quite trepidatious about the live show. I can't pretend I'm not. I do suffer quite badly from first night nerves as well when I'm in plays, and it always takes me quite a long time to get rid of the shakes."

The actress continued: "That might be a hurdle I'll have to overcome, but listen, I'll give it my best shot."

Caroline was also asked how she deals with criticism, and she revealed she "hated it".

She said when asked how she'll deal with the judges comments: "I hate it and I'm not going to like that at all. I'm really not going to like that.

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""I don't know how I'm going to react."

She joked: "I'll either fight back, run away or cry."

Caroline explained: "It must be so difficult when you've really turned yourself inside out, literally, sometimes and been thrown around and bumped your knee and all that stuff… and suddenly somebody goes "well that wasn't very good was it", who's not going to react."

Quentin added that she hopes her taking part in Strictly will inspire older people to "do a bit of dance", as well as spread joy during the coronavirus pandemic.

She said: "Anything that challenges the cortex/synapses is so good for our mental health and mental wellbeing… and it's been a difficult and dark time for mental health issues for a lot of people, and I hope it encourages people of 60 and over to do a bit of dance, even if it's on your own to a bit of music."

"I just think it's really good for our spirit and our wellbeing," she explained.

Strictly Come Dancing launches on BBC One on October 17.

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