Stroud actress Emma Samms, former star of mega-hit US soaps Dynasty and The Colbys, is limbering up for her latest role - or should that be roll - in new Saturday night entertainment show, Tumble.
Samms, from Stroud, who has also starred in General Hospital and Holby City, will be vaulting, tumbling and flipping head-over-heels alongside current world boxing champion Carl Froch, Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding, fitness legend Mr Motivator, EastEnders actor John Partridge and Loose Women host Andrea McLean on the BBC One show, labelled the 'new Splash!'.
Also joining the celebrity line-up are TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh, BAFTA Award-winning Wolfblood actor Bobby Lockwood, Sugababe Amelle Berrabah and Ian ‘H’ Watkins from Steps.
Alex Jones will preside over each show, and judging the celebrities’ performances will be world-renowned Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci,
Strictly Come Dancing champion and London 2012 medallist Louis Smith, MBE, Commonwealth Games gymnastics champion turned sports broadcaster Craig Heap and world-renowned cirque artist/aerial performer Sebastien Stella.
Emma, who starred in the Everyman Theatre’s production of Everyman Christmas panto Jack and the Beanstalk in 2011, said: “Well who hasn't watched Cirque Du Soleil and not wanted to join in?! I am very excited to be part of this despite the fact I have never done gymnastics before!”
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Amelle Berrabah said: “I've been asked to do other shows before but this is something I genuinely wanted to do, especially because I'm so into my health and fitness. I've always loved gymnastics, I used to watch it as a kid. I'm really looking forward to the physical challenge, pushing myself and learning new skills!”
Andrea McLean said: “I’m so excited about taking part in the show! I’ve never tried gymnastics before but I love fitness so hopefully I can hold my own with the others and stay the distance. I'm also thrilled to be part of the first ever series of this new brand-new show.... I’m definitely ready to Tumble!”
Bobby Lockwood said: “This is the first time I have ever been involved in such a huge competition. I am very excited (and scared!) by this amazing opportunity to learn new skills. Bring on the handstands and backflips!”
Carl Froch said: “After a fight of such magnitude it will be great for me to get my body and mind stuck straight into a new discipline. I am excited to learn these new skills as gymnastics, backflips and somersaults are something that have always impressed me and I have wanted to be able to do."
Ian 'H' Watkins said: “I don't know what I'm more nervous for - the training or having to wear the lycra! Whatever happens, I'm up for the challenge and actually can't wait to get going…"
John Partridge said: “I can't wait to get started on Tumble. I'm always up for a new physical challenge and, as I've had no former gymnastics experience, this will definitely be one. Plus what better way to get killer abs in time for the summer!”
Lucy Mecklenburgh said: “I'm scared, nervous and more excited than I can describe about Tumble! To have the opportunity to learn a new skill is a dream come true for me. Although I'm sure I'll be falling over a lot before then!"
Mr Motivator said: “As I rise to this new challenge I am going to stretch, ache, smile and have a great time. I will gravitate to my dominant thought which is right now, I am fabulous, fit, and soon to be an accomplished gymnast.”
Sarah Harding says: “I'm really excited but a bit nervous about what it is going to be like doing Tumble! I'm really looking forward, but also a little bit scared, about all the training I'll be doing ... but at least it beats going to the gym!"