Emmerdale’s Roxy Shahidi to take break from soap to focus on Dancing on Ice

Actress Roxy Shahidi, who portrays Leyla Harding in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, is adamant about giving Dancing On Ice 2024 her all.

The 40-year-old Roxy Shahidi, star of Emmerdale, has teamed up with Sylvain Longchambon for the ITV series Dancing On Ice this year. For the competition, she will, however, be stepping back from the serial drama set in the Yorkshire Dales.

“At the end of the day, I want to give a hundred percent,” stated the Emmerdale actress in an interview prior to Dancing On Ice’s weekend premiere. I doubt I could have done the show if I was a heavy storyteller.

“Well, actually, we’ll just poke you with some questions,” they said. We won’t be spoiling anything major for you at the start of the year; instead, we’ll just try to tease you with information so you can concentrate on Dancing on Ice.”

“Otherwise, I don’t think it’d be fair,” the actress continued, “not only to me but to the shows.” You don’t want someone showing up and performing only partially. With that, I’ve been extremely fortunate. They’ve been really helpful.”

She also expressed her hope that some of her co-stars from the enduring ITV soap opera would be present at the rink to support her as the competition gets underway.

In response to a question about changing into colorful attire for weekly ice routines, Roxy yelled, “Yes, please! Huge makeup and hair, spray tan me, and give me the nails. I want to spend the rest of my life looking like Cher, and I start here.

“I’m enjoying how well everything is staged. In my opinion, the costume team has done a great job.

“I’ve discussed with them what and how I feel comfortable with both of those things. I firmly believe in the empowerment of women. Although I think it’s great when women look strong, attractive, and seductive, everyone has to feel comfortable in their clothing.”

Roxy will compete against the following celebrities on Dancing On Ice, which Holly Willoughby will once again host:

Miles Nazaire
Lou Sanders
Ryan Thomas
Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards
Ricky Hatton MBE
Claire Sweeney
Hannah Spearritt
Amber Davies
Ricky Norwood
Adele Roberts
Roxy Shahidi
Greg Rutherford MBE

When asked if Roxy was a competitive person, the actress said, “I’m competitive with myself.” And that’s it. I’ve never had the feeling that I must defeat someone else when I look at them. I’m thinking, “I know you’re capable of more.” You can accomplish this if you put in more effort.

“It really has much more to do with my desire to give my all. For me, for the program, and for the audience. Let us put on a show for the people, please.”

In 2012, Matthew Wolfenden, her co-star in Emmerdale, triumphed in Dancing On Ice. Will Roxy be able to win Emmerdale another trophy?

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