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Greg Wise, Strictly’s Head of Dance, fears he’ll fall over the dance tribute to the late sister

Greg Wise fears he’ll break down sobbing while performing a tribute to his tragic “disco diva”Sister at Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing

The actor, 55, says his Couple’s Choice dance is for his film executive sibling Clare, killed by bone cancer in 2016 aged 51 – and buried in a glitterball coffin to the sound of a Gloria Gayner track.

Greg, who shares two kids with his actress wife Emma Thompson, 62, said about feeling Clare’s ghost guiding him through the BBC One show: “We are doing our Couple’s Choice this week. And this is the reason I am on Strictly – for my disco diva sister, Clare.

Greg Wise bravely opened up
Greg Wise bravely spoke out

“I was her 24/7 carer for the last months of her life, as she was dying, at 51, from bone cancer.

“She left us in a glitterball coffin to the banging sounds of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive.

“She has her hand at the small of my back, now, guiding, enthusing, chiding.

Greg Wise is paying tribute to his late sister
Greg Wise has paid tribute to his sibling.

“This is her dance. And her chance to see her little brother in a disco-frenzy.”

Greg added he will dance with pro partner Karen Hauer, 39, to a version of Gordon Lightfoot’s If You Could Read My Mind, as it is “about lost love, and the sadness of the unattainable”.

Greg Wise affectionately calls his late sister a 'disco diva'
Greg Wise affectionately called his sister, a ‘disco divas’.

The Crown actor was also added: “But within this feeling of loss, within our dance, is an explosive meeting, as if in a ghostly dream, coming together and moulding, celebrating, and finally parting.

“I hope I do it without sobbing. Or falling over.”

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Greg Wise, Strictly's Head of Dance, fears he'll fall over the dance tribute to the late sister
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