Tom Fletchers famous sister terrified of following in his Strictly footsteps

Carrie Hope Fletcher says she is "petrified" of following in her famous brother Tom's footsteps and taking to the Strictly Come Dancing dance-floor.

The West End legend is used to making her mark in theatre, having appeared in everything from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella to Les Miserables.

But as she is set to make her pantomime debut this year, she confessed that the stress of Strictly might not be right for her – despite her brother Tom Fletcher becoming a fan-favourite last year.

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The McFly star was partnered with Amy Dowden, but was voted off after dedicating a Musical Week dance to his sister Carrie.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star, Carrie confessed: "I’ve always said – not that I am anywhere close enough to being a celebrity to even be asked – the idea of doing Strictly absolutely terrifies me.

"I’m not very good at doing one-off concerts. I feel like I need a really long rehearsal process, a pre-show, then a press night, and by then I’m into a run where I’m doing the same thing every night.

"I can get used to it, get it into my body and then really perfect it by the time I leave. Whereas with Strictly, you’ve got a week to learn this routine then you’ve got one chance to get it right!"

Carrie confessed: "That absolutely petrifies me. Never say never, but it absolutely terrifies me."

However, she's fully down to do a rival ITV reality show – and has her sights firmly set on the I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! jungle.

She continued: "I think my ideal TV show like that would probably be something like I'm A Celebrity, because I’m always up for a challenge and I’m always up for eating weird stuff. I’m always the person to try the weirdest thing at a buffet!

"I love doing physical challenges. Plus there’s not a lot that I’m scared of, either. I’m not scared of snakes or creepy crawlies or spiders. I think I’d be quite good at doing that kind of stuff."

Carrie is making her pantomime debut this Christmas at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury for Sleeping Beauty – and is excited to take on her first ever villain role.

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She gushed: "I’m playing the role of Carabosse, but they've changed my name to Carriebosse. This is my debut. It’s also my villain debut which I’m very excited about – I don’t think anyone has ever been so excited to be booed before!

"I’ve always thought villains are more fun than the hero because you get to be a bit more outlandish, especially in a pantomime. I think I’m going to have a lot of fun.

"And to be in the Canterbury panto as well, at the Marlowe… it was voted Pantomime of the Year last year. The theatre itself has been given the title of Best Theatre in the UK, as well, so what an honour to have that be the venue for my first ever pantomime."

Tickets are on sale now for Sleeping Beauty featuring Carrie Hope Fletcher, which runs from Friday, November 25 until Sunday, January 8.


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