Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Phillips sees future in comedy

Arlene Phillips received a CBE from the Queen

Arlene Phillips has revealed she wants to reinvent herself as a comedian as she approaches a landmark birthday.

The choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge, who received a CBE for her dance and charity work from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, said she would like her own sketch show.

She said: "I want to be funny this year. I'm about to turn 70 so now I can let myself go. I'd like to be in a comedy or do something totally over the top, maybe a sketch show."

The dancer was emotional after being presented with the honour, which she described as "a real treasure".

She said: "I feel like weeping. As I stood before the Queen an incredible emotion came over me. From where I came from, I never expected to be here receiving the CBE. It's incredible I've been able to do so much in terms of theatre and TV and music videos. I feel I've been so lucky to experience that."

Arlene had nothing but praise for a fellow Buckingham Palace guest, Olympic gymnast Louis Smith who was awarded the MBE. She said she would like to snap up the champion of last year's Strictly to appear in a show.

"I think he's brilliant," said Arlene. "He's very magnetic. I believe he can sing as well and once auditioned for the X Factor - I just need to know if he can act, as I would star him in a show in a heartbeat."

Louis would not commit to doing such a show, but said: "Maybe towards the end of summer."

Screenwriter Jeremy Lloyd, responsible for television classics including 'Allo 'Allo and Are You Being Served?, was made an OBE for services to British comedy.

He said the Queen told him she was a fan of the programmes as she presented him with the award. "This is an incredible great tick in the report book of my life," the writer said. "I asked her if she watched the shows, and she said: 'Of course we do.' She was smiling away."

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