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Simon nervous over acting role

Simon Amstell has admitted he had nerves over taking on his first acting role.

The former Popworld presenter plays himself in new BBC Two series, Grandma's House, which also stars East Is East actress Linda Basset as Grandma.

"It was very scary and that's one of the reasons why I needed such a good cast because then I'd be good at it maybe with them around, or they'd detract from my ungood acting," he said.

Simon claimed that the version of himself in Grandma's House is "quite close to me, upsettingly so".

He continued: "When we were writing it we realised we needed to take everything that was awful about me and put it into the show and so it's essentially me. Even when we'd finished it and I bought some new clothes and I thought, 'I won't be that idiot any more', I'm still that idiot.

"I don't know if you could get much closer to exposing who I am. I think it's all there. There's nothing missing, to the point that I got a new therapist the other day and I thought of just sending her a few DVDs and telling her not to ask me any questions," he quipped.

:: Grandma's House begins on August 9 on BBC Two.

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