Vicky McClure shares her Royal Ballet dancing past

Jen Crothers
·2-min read
Photo credit: John Phillips - Getty Images
Photo credit: John Phillips - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Line of Duty star Vicky McClure has revealed she was on the road to becoming a professional ballerina as a child.

The actor went viral last year dancing with her castmates Adrian Dunbar and Martin Compston on set, and now she's opened up about her love of dance - even auditioning for the Royal Ballet in London when she was younger.

Vicky told the hosts of the BLANK podcast that she began dancing on her third birthday, after being inspired by her older sister, who was taking lessons.

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"I used to go with my mum to pick her up and I remember looking through the curtains watching the last ten minutes of the class and being like, 'I want to do it'," she explained.

"Then that was it. I wanted to do tap, I wanted to do modern. Everything they could throw at me. I enjoyed the attention [and] I enjoyed performing for my mum and dad. I always loved pratting about, and dancing got rid of all that energy."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

In a parallel universe, Vicky could have been the next Dame Darcey Bussell. "I was good, I auditioned for the royal ballet but I didn't get in," she explained. "I'd love to look back and find out exactly what didn't work out for me. I know that they do a body medical and my ankles aren't very sturdy and going en pointe was going to be problematic but I'm sure there were other things.

"It wasn't like I was some failed ballerina - I was decent, but the acting definitely distracted me from the age or 11, 12 onwards."

The dance world's loss is truly AC-12's gain.

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