Johnson Beharry set to Dance on Ice?
- Bang Showbiz
- 3 September 2010
War hero Johnson Beharry is learning how to ice-skate in preparation for spearing in the next series of 'Dancing On Ice'
War hero Johnson Beharry is preparing to appear on 'Dancing On Ice'.
The former serviceman - who was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for bravery in the British armed forces, after saving the life of two comrades in Iraq - has started training for the ice-skating show to see how he would cope with the strains and pressures of competing every week.
An insider told The Sun newspaper: "Johnson would be an exciting addition and bring a new dimension to the refreshed show. The fact he is already highly regarded by the public helps. He is a very determined character."
The 30-year-old Lance Corporal is unable to return to full duties in the army, because he was left with shrapnel in his brain and still suffers nightmares caused by his time on the front line.
In 2008, Johnson attempted to commit suicide by driving his car into a lamppost at 100mph but narrowly escaped serious injury.
He is now testing out his ice-skating skills, with the hope of competing in the new series of the show providing he isn't left in too much pain.
The source explained: "He's training despite being in pain from his injuries. If he copes well then he is a cert to appear in the final 12 in January."
If his training goes well, Johnson can expect to appear alongside Robbie Williams' friend, TV presenter Jonathan Wilkes, and Kerry Katona - who are both believed to be in training.