Strictly Come Dancing contestant Amanda Abbington has revealed she has fallen sick just weeks before the BBC show launches.
The Sherlock star, 51, said on her Instagram Story on Thursday (August 24) that she was suffering from a ‘particularly vicious’ bout of food poisoning.
With Strictly reported to be starting on September 23, she begged her followers: ‘Any tips on how to feel back to normal GREATLY appreciated.’
It comes after her Strictly competitor Adam Thomas, 35, announced he had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis before joining the cast.
Adam explained on Instagram that he had been in ‘a lot of pain’ since January before tests revealed he had the condition.
The NHS describes it as a ‘long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints’ with the main affected areas being the hands, feet and wrists.
But he said Strictly couldn’t have come at a better time as he believes that everything happens for a reason.
The Waterloo Road star wrote: ‘The reason I signed up to Strictly is because I just want to be able to move again, get fit and do it, all with a smile on my face!
‘It really couldn’t have come at a better time I’m a firm believer of everything happening for a reason, and I know the journey I’ve been on was meant to happen, to never take small things in life for granted! …Like going for a run, playing with my kids and just being able to walk with no pain!
‘I know it’s going to be tough and I’ve definitely got my work cut out but am up for the challenge and can not wait to get on that dance floor!!’
Amanda, meanwhile, has recently been the subject of a social media storm after comments she made about a child performing a drag act in March.
Denying she was transphobic, she said: ‘I’m sorry if you feel like you need to boycott Strictly for a tweet I made about a drag show but I don’t think 12-year-olds should be doing overly sexualised drag acts.
‘That’s my personal opinion, that’s all. I’m not pushing it on anyone else, I’m just saying that’s how I feel.
‘I didn’t associate (the tweet) with the trans community nor would I. I’m an ally of the LGBT community and I’m an ally of women’s rights and I’m an ally of kids being kids, and I’m an ally of live and let live.”
Amanda also said that she’ loves drag queens’ and thinks the performance art is an ‘amazing form of entertainment which is ‘brilliant and hilarious.’
The cast announced for this year’s celebrity dancing competition also includes broadcaster Angela Rippon, Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy, presenter Angela Scanlon, Bad Education star Layton Williams and comedian Eddie Kadi.
In 2022, British wildlife presenter Hamza Yassin lifted the glitterball trophy alongside professional dancer Jowita Przystal.
Strictly returns to BBC One and iPlayer later this year.
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