11/10/2016 15:52 BST

'Strictly Come Dancing': Danny Mac Admits Nerves Made Him Turn Down The Show In The Past

2016 felt like his year, apparently.

Danny Mac has revealed he was so nervous about taking part in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ that he turned the show down for four years.

Despite the fact the former ‘Hollyoaks’ star is slaying the competition so far, Danny has admitted the pressure of being on one of the most popular shows on TV nearly stopped him from appearing on ‘Strictly’ at all.

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Danny Mac

He told Nick Grimshaw during Tuesday’s (11 October) Radio 1 Breakfast Show: “People mention the viewing figures all day long and it leaves you physically wanting to throw up.

“I’ve never known nerves like it in my life. I think, being an actor it turns into adrenaline which then hopefully turns into performance.

“You have to trust that your head, your arms and your legs know what they’re doing.

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Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse

“It took me four years to agree to sign up for Strictly. I was terrified of doing it,” he confessed.

“Being myself on screen always worried me, because I’ve always played characters. I didn’t become an actor to be myself.”

Three weeks in to the competition, Danny is currently one of the favourites to win, after some very well-received performances with professional partner Oti Mabuse.

His most recent routine, during which he dressed up as Zorro (and trust us, we weren’t exactly mad about it), saw him bag nines across the board from all four judges, landing him at the top of the leaderboard alongside Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane.

‘Strictly’ returns on Saturday (15 October) on BBC One.

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