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PACKING A PUNCH

Strictly Come Dancing’s CHARLES VENN traded in his boxing dream to become an actor but we think you’ll agree that he’s still a knockout

Styling Nick Byam

Charles wears shorts, by PE Nation
Photography Markus Bidaux

I can’t believe you’re 45. You are looking good.

Thank you. When I started Strictly, my kids didn’t want me to do it: “Nah, dad, it’s going to be embarrassing, you can’t dance.” Now I can do the jazz splits.

So, your family had doubts about your dancing?

Most of my family were excited about it. My wife did ask: “Are you sure you want to do this, babe, the attention the show attracts?” But I thought, “I’m just going to do it.”

As a married man, was the famous Strictly “curse” something you discussed with your wife?

It has become synonymous with the show. My wife did ask that question. I said: “Babe, if our marriage was fractured, if there were any creaks or cracks in it, then I would understand, but no, there are no issures in our relationship, we’re good. As long as that remains, there’s no reason why anything would afect it, we are solid.” We’ve been together for 20 years, there are so many things that could have broken us up and they didn’t. So I said, “Don’t worry about [the curse].”

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