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I'd do I'm A Celebrity... says Julie Walters - if it wasn't for the spiders

Published 15/03/2016

Julie Walters has a fear of spiders, she told Radio Times
Julie Walters has a fear of spiders, she told Radio Times

Actress Julie Walters reckons she could handle a stint in the I'm A Celebrity... jungle.

But the Brooklyn actress ruled out backing up her boast because of her fear of Australia's arachnids, which ranked alongside Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood on her list of nightmare encounters.

Walters, 66, told Radio Times: "The (reality show) that makes me think, 'I could do that', is always I'm a Celebrity...

"Of course, I'd never do it because of the spiders, but the thought of overcoming fear is quite interesting to me. But I'm too old now.

"It would be a toss-up between that and Strictly Come Dancing, but I couldn't bear Craig Revel Horwood telling me, 'Stand up, dear!' because of my posture."

Walters does not need to face a Bushtucker trial for a thrill, revealing that she was having the best time of her life playing domineering social queen Cynthia Coffin in the second series of Channel 4 drama Indian Summers.

"It's been one of my favourite jobs. It's an adventure. The first year especially, it was like a holiday... I love my character Cynthia because she's not defined by age. She's 65, like I am, but she's not an old lady."

While doddery tea-lady Mrs Overall from Victoria Wood's Acorn Antiques is Walters' favourite character, she admitted her dare-devil streak would have loved to have done "a bit of gun-toting" as half of detective duo Cagney and Lacey.

Despite six BAFTAs and a fellowship, even Walters finds crying on screen a difficult task.

She said: "I'm not the sort of person who cries easily. I wish I was! If a script demands you cry, it's hard."

Indian Summers airs on Sunday on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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