Soap stars are set to ‘strip’ for new show

Natalie Anderson.
Natalie Anderson.
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Two Emmerdale actors are preparing to strip on national TV for an exciting new show.

Matthew Wolfenden and Natalie Anderson are among some of the nation’s best-loved stars appearing in a new programme which pairs celebrities with some of the world’s most talented variety acts.

Famous faces including Ann Widdecombe, Sinitta, Phil Tufnell and Gaby Roslin have been studying some jaw dropping skills, from contortion to fire dancing, ventriloquism to acrobatics and plate spinning.

Matthew and Natalie, who play David Metcalfe and Alicia Metcalfe in the Dales soap, will perform with Keelan Leyser’s Quick Change Act – featuring instant costume transformations from one style and colour of costume to another.

However, if they fail, they could quite possibly end up naked on live TV.

Natalie is reported to have said: “The act is basically taking my clothes off and then putting them on again very quickly - but it’s really hard.

“You’ve only got about three seconds to do it and you only have to get one thing wrong and you end up with no clothes on in front of the nation.”

Talented Leeds acrobat Billy George – one of the UK’s best Cyr wheel performers – is one of the mentors tasked with training the celebrities in their particular discipline for the new show called Get Your Act Together.

Billy, who appeared on ITV gymnastics show Tumble last summer partnered with The Only Way is Essex star Lucy Mecklenburgh, is paired with another TOWIE cast member - Elliott Wright.

The former pupil at Intake High School in Bramley, who has performed for star-studded audiences including the Beckhams, said he had relished the challenge.

He said: “I trained him for three weeks but only for two hours a day.

“It was a bit touch and go but he ended up being really good on the wheel.”

Hosted by Stephen Mulhern, each weekly show will feature five celebrities taking to the stage with their mentors, which include magicians Penn and Teller and the team at The Moscow State Circus.

Viewers will also get to see all the backstage action as the stars attempt to overcome their nerves ahead of their moment in the spotlight.

Get Your Act Together is due to start on Sunday January 18 on ITV.