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Coronation Street star Samia Longchambon says her nerves were so bad that she couldn’t eat when she took part in Dancing on Ice.
Samia, 38, confessed to suffering from such bad anxiety during the 2013 stint that it led to a huge weight loss.
She told podcast The Capsule in Conversation: "My first week of Dancing On Ice, I weighed just under seven stone. I couldn't eat anything.
"Sylvian was giving me doughnuts for a bit of sugar because my anxiety was so bad. I couldn't sleep, I was running on empty for the first couple of weeks because I was so nervous."
The brunette beauty has played Maria Connor on Coronation Street for 21 years, with her first episode airing on ITV in May 2000.
While she was overcome by nerves during her DOI stint, her time on the ice was lifechanging for a very different reason.
Samia met her husband Sylvain when they were partnered together for the show.
The duo were eliminated from the competition following a skate off with boxer Luke Campbell in week eight of the show.
Behind the scenes romance had bloomed and the pair announced they were engaged in 2015, two years after the show had aired.
The couple married in August 2016 and share son Yves, five.
Prior to meeting and falling in love with Sylvain, Samia was married to property developer Matt Smith, who she shares daughter Freya, 11, with.
The actress opened up about her experiences with anxiety on the podcast and gave listeners advice if they were similarly struggling.
She said: “Don’t worry so much, chill out. I’ve spent my whole life worrying, I had anxiety from being a child, literally born worrying.”
Samia previously told The Sun that the Covid lockdown helped her anxiety.
She explained: “I’ve found it’s finally eased while being on lockdown. I’ve had social anxiety most of my life which has been very challenging.
"But I’ve found that now everyone has had to slow down and I don’t have that pressure to attend social events. The bustle of life has lifted.
“I’ve been trying things for years to help and some of it has been good. I do yoga every day and I did a webinar about anxiety yesterday with a clinical psychologist, but this period has really helped me.”
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