Keith ChegwinKeith Chegwin’s been the surprise hit on Dancing on Ice and Woman’s Own caught up with him…

How’s your body coping, Keith?

It’s OK. After I broke my shoulder and hurt my ribs the last time I skated on the show, I was nervous about taking part again. But as soon as I got on the ice I was fine. I get up at 3am and do four hours of skating a day and I love it. This weekend I’m doing the most complicated routine I’ve ever done in my life!

It looks like you’ve lost a few pounds?

I’ve lost two stone. It’s unbelievable. I’m now exactly 12 stone and I feel good. I’ve never been this fit and healthy in all my life. People keep telling me, ‘Wow, you’ve lost weight!’ I’m eating healthier too. I went to the doctor yesterday and did a blow test to check my lung capacity and it’s improved 200 per cent since my last visit. I feel like a 24-year-old!

What does your wife Maria think of your new trim tum?

She’s really shocked. The other day she said to me, ‘Oh my god, you’ve got biceps!’

Is there any more acting work on the horizon for you?

I’ve been working with Ricky Gervais recently for a special one-off Easter Bank Holiday special of Life’s Too Short with Shaun Williamson and Les Dennis. Ricky’s lost 20 pounds, just by cutting out rubbish and doing exercise. We’ve been confiding in each other about losing weight.

Tell us about your new job at Daybreak.

I’m doing the outside broadcasts for them. They phoned up and asked me and I can’t tell you how happy I am about it. I love morning telly and it’s going to be really lovely surprising the nations’ mums with messages from their families – I think it might get a bit emotional but hopefully they’ll all be pleased to see me! It will be just like the old days going out knocking on doors again – I used to have such a blast doing it for GMTV and I’m sure it’ll be the same for Daybreak. I’m the luckiest person in the world!

You keep having career renaissances – what’s your secret?

I don’t give a toss. It’s not about the money, I just enjoy the work and I don’t hope to gain from it. I don’t want anything in return. I just want to have a good time. To be honest, I could go and work in Asda and I’d enjoy it. I just keep getting asked to do things. I don’t say yes to everything. People think I turn up to the opening of a fridge, but I don’t.

You’re renowned for being a happy bloke. Do you ever get moody?

No, very rarely do I go quiet. My wife gets annoyed with me when I wake up in the morning and say, ‘Wahay!’ though. But I have to be serious and calm down on Dancing On Ice, because you’re skating across concrete on two razor blades.

Keith will present a feature on ITV’s Daybreak from 4 March called Thanks Mum ahead of Mother’s Day.

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