Sally Dynevor refused to do Dancing On Ice multiple times due to fear of injury

Coronation Street's Sally Dynevor, 58, has admitted that took her almost three years to accept an offer to do Dancing On Ice.

The soap legend, who plays Sally Metcalfe, said it was her fear of injury that prevented her from taking part when she was previously offered a place in the competition.

Speaking to The Mirror, she revealed: "It was just too scary, and I was worried about hurting myself.

"My younger daughter Hattie used to go, and I'd get a coffee and watch her from the side.

"But I'd never go on the ice. I was first asked about Dancing On Ice three years ago, but it's taken me this long to pluck up the courage to do it."

She continued: "The lockdowns were a factor in me deciding to take up the offer.

"They made me think I should take every opportunity that comes my way, as I don't know how many more there will be."

Sally sees the series as a way to "push herself out of comfort zone" and believes if she hadn't accepted the opportunity now, she never would.

She has been partnered with long-time DOI professional Matt Evers, admitting she felt relieved and that she is in "safe hands", due to him being on the show from the very beginning.

The other celebrities joining Sally on the ice this year include Love Island's Liberty Poole; BMX Olympic silver medalist Kye Whyte; Paul Gascoigne’s son Regan Gascoigne and The Vamps' Connor Ball.

Rugby star Ben Foden; Paralympian Stef Reid; presenter Ria Hebden; pop star and actress Kimberly Wyatt; singer Rachel Stevens; professional dancer Brendan Cole and Happy Mondays dancer Bez.

Meanwhile, show host Phillip Schofield, 59, says the show's younger contestants may have an advantage.

He told The Mirror: "It’s incredibly dangerous. Ice skates are fairly sharp. And so we’ve had some nasty cuts. We’ve had big falls. They’re great fun, so long as nobody hurts themselves."

"What we love is the ­fearless nature. Now, you can really only have that if you’re at the younger end of the age spectrum, when you know if you fall over, it’s not going to break."

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