Heart surgery

Robert Webb says open heart surgery motivated him to do Strictly Come Dancing

Peep Show Star Robert Webb said his health issues motivated him to take part in the next series of Come dance strictly.

Last year, the actor and comedian underwent open heart surgery after discovering in 2019 that he was suffering from a heart murmur, caused by mitral valve prolapse.

On Saturday 18 September he will be on the dance floor for the BBC Celebrity Dance Competition.

When asked why he decided to participate, Webb, 48, said: ‘It’s partly my age and partly, almost two years ago I had a big health problem.

“I had open heart surgery, so since then I think my attitude is basically, ‘Now is not the time to be cool and sit on the edges watching other people dance. “

“If you have something to give, maybe it’s time to give it.”

He added: “I have spent the last few years writing a lot with How to be a boy and Say again and I felt an itch and just a need to reconnect with the audience as a performer. It sounds like a lot of fun. Very tough, but fun.

Webb said it would be “a lot to win.”

“If I get more than halfway through I expect to become very competitive and expect to start poisoning other people’s energy drinks and setting up traps for Greg Wise.” , he added.

Webb said his comedy partner David Mitchell was “absolutely thrilled” to hear he was playing on the show.

“I don’t know if it’s necessarily obvious because we are in Peep Show, we’ve partnered up with a slightly cool late night show on Channel 4. But David and I have always been pretty dominant in our hearts.

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He added: “Strictly it’s a lot of things, but cool isn’t the first word that comes to mind. It is joyful and it is engaged.

Come dance strictly returns to BBC One on Saturday, September 17. Read the full list of competitors here.

Additional reporting by the Press Association

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