Samia Longchambon almost turned down 'Dancing On Ice'.

Samia Longchambon

Samia Longchambon

The 'Coronation Street' actress, 35, fell in love with her now-husband Sylvain Longchambon on the skating show after they were partnered together for the series back in 2013, but she has admitted her fairy tale nearly never happened as she was in two minds about doing the series five years ago due to how dangerous it was.

She told OK! magazine: "If we hadn't been skating partners I'd never have met Sylvain - it was life-changing. Weirdly, it's the one reality show I always said I wouldn't do because it was so dangerous, but I'm very happy that I did do it now."

However, the couple's relationship didn't receive much support at the time because Sylvain, 37, was still in a relationship with Jennifer Metcalfe - who he met on the show in 2011 - and dumped her when he realised he wanted to be with Samia.

The French skater - who married Samia in 2016 and has two-year-old son Yves with her - has just returned to the rebooted show alongside Stephanie Waring but, despite the nature of the programme, the actress is "so excited" for her spouse.

She explained: "I'm excited for him. Skating is Sylvain's passion and it's what he was trained to do for his whole life. I love watching him skate. I feel so proud watching him do something he's really good at."

And the couple are pleased that Sylvain is based in Manchester for training because they were dreading him having to relocate to London for a few months.

Sylvain added: "When they told me I was going to be based in Manchester, I was really happy. Probably not as happy as Sam. We were both dreading me being based in London or some place far from home."

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