Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Denise axes spider fears for screen

Denise Van Outen handled a tarantula for a film

Denise Van Outen has swapped singing for screaming - as she gets to grips with a tarantula.

The star, who became a mum earlier this year, posed with the eight-legged creature as she tackled her spider phobia.

Van Outen helped to calm her fears with a 3D film of spiders created by Sky as an arachnophobia therapy.

The film is being shown at Liverpool's BugWorld Experience in the build up to the consumer launch of Sky 3D on October 1.

A range of spiders - from domestic and wild bugs, to nasties such as false widows and tarantulas - was filmed, with narration by actor Ralf Little, who is himself no fan of creepy crawlies.

Van Outen, who handled a Chilean rose tarantula after watching the film, said: "I have never been good with spiders - I'm the stand-on-the-bed-screaming type.

"At times I felt like the spiders were crawling all around me and that I could almost touch them.

"I came out a far braver and calmer lady and was even prepared to hold a spider afterwards."

The film will be shown at BugWorld until September 5.

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