Loose Women star refuses to be ‘the joke one’ on Strictly Come Dancing

Linda Robson tries out healthy recipes for Better Health

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The official line-up for Strictly Come Dancing 2021 is yet to be announced, although Loose Women panellist Linda Robson has ruled herself out completely as she admitted in an exclusive interview with “I can’t dance”. The Birds of a Feather actress explained that in the past she has been asked to take part in both Dancing on Ice and Strictly, although, one of the main reasons why she has refused the BBC show is because she fears she’d be the “joke one”.

The actress admitted: “I’ve been asked to do Strictly and Dancing on Ice, but you’ve got to know your limitations and I can’t dance.

“I can’t remember one routine so there’s no point in me doing it.

“I’d be the joke one. Honestly, the one that is in lycra being swung around.”

Linda, who has been a firm favourite on Loose Women since 2012, went on to address her acting career.

The 63-year-old, who starred in Birds of a Feather with Pauline Quirk, went on to explain she wouldn’t want to star in a soap because of how time-consuming it is.

She continued: “I’ve never wanted to be in a soap just because I like spending time with my family.

“When you do something like a soap it takes over your life.

“Because if you’re not in the studio, or if you’re not filming, you’re at home learning your lines for the next day.”

“I mean [I would do a] one-off,” she added. “I’d like to do a one-off for it (EastEnders) or a couple of episodes, but I wouldn’t like to do it regularly.”

Linda said as she has got older, she never says “no” to any opportunities that come her way.

“As I’ve got older, I don’t say no to anything,” the presenter admitted.

“I just think it’s like I’m 63, if I’ve not done it before and I’m asked to do, then I will give it a go.”

Last year, filming for Loose Women was brought to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, luckily for the panellists, they were able to go back to filming for the chat show after five weeks.

Linda explained Loose Women has been a “saviour” for her over the past 18 months.

She said: “I think what has kept me going is that we went back to work five weeks after the first lockdown.

“That was a saviour really. It was just like at least I was getting up in the morning and going to see my friends at work.”


“I found it really hard not being able to see my family and not being able to see my sisters,” Linda added.

The actress also opened up about struggling with her diet and not exercising as much during the pandemic.

This led the star to join forces with Public Health England for its Better Health Campaign.

Speaking about the benefits of the campaign, which encourages people to lead a healthier lifestyle, Linda praised: “The NHS has been the most amazing job over the last 18 months, they’ve been fantastic.

“I just think a lot of us just become a bit lazy to not have not been able to go out or anything.

“This [campaign] is an easy way to start changing your lifestyle and just be healthier, and maybe do a little bit of exercise.”

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.

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