Actress Brooke Vincent has admitted to avoiding stressful Christmas shopping while juggling both Coronation Street filming and training for Dancing On Ice.
The 25-year-old, who plays Sophie Webster in the ITV soap, has added to her busy winter work schedule by signing up for the comeback series of the broadcaster’s glamorous contest.
Vincent, who usually spends Christmas with her family in Gran Canaria, said: “I’m trying to do it all online because I feel like the second I walk to the shops I’m going to get stressed and if I get stressed I end up buying things for people that I’ve already got things for.
“I’m trying to balance it all at the minute.”
Just days before she makes her television debut in the rink, she continued: “It’s hard but it’s different, it definitely pushes me.
“We have to learn a new skill in four weeks and then perform it, so that makes me really nervous, but I can do a turn on the ice so far and I have my own little language for it. I make up my own names for moves like a ‘swoosh’ and a ‘swirl’.”
Vincent joined other members of the Corrie cast in sharing their festive traditions and memories, with Eva Price actress Catherine Tyldesley confessing that she wishes she could put up her Christmas tree straight after Halloween.
Yorkshire’s Jack P Shepherd, who plays David Platt, admitted to tucking into a plate of Yorkshire puddings as a Christmas lunch starter, while Tristan Gemmill (Robert Preston) said his family’s traditions include hanging actual stockings over the fireplace.
Julia Goulding (Shona Ramsey) starts her Christmas Day in lavish style with two breakfasts: prawn cocktail and Bucks Fizz at Mum’s, and pate on toast washed down with tequila at Dad’s.
Meanwhile, actor Rob Mallard will be focusing much of his festive energy on his New Year’s resolution to read a book a week in 2018, but guessed that his character Daniel Osbourne’s Christmas wish would be a kiss under the mistletoe with Sinead Tinker.