You’ve said you’d always be too nervous to do Strictly Come Dancing, what’s changed?
“I’d always wanted to learn how to dance, but I thought I’d be too scared about being judged. But then I thought, you know what, they can say what they like, I’m here to dance!”
How have you found your time on the show so far?
“This whole show is like a rollercoaster… you go up, then you go down, then you go up again. I’m completely strung out and tired with all the yo-yo-ing. But I just want to work hard, do the best I can and not let my partner Robin [Windsor] down.”
Has your husband [Queen guitarist Brian May] been supportive of you taking part in Strictly?
“He has actually. He was really shocked when I first said I really wanted to do it and said: ‘I feel I’m outside of this while you’re on TV dancing with a partner’. But now I think he’s really pleased.”
It’s been 23 years since you quit EastEnders, do you mind still being regarded as a soap icon?
“Not at all. Anything you have created that lives on, you have to be proud of. Some people never achieve anything in their life, but I have achieved something that, 23 years on, people still talk about – fans still come up to me in the street and say: ‘You’re a legend.'”
*Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC1 on Saturday, October 8