Laila Morse ignores doctor's advice to pull out of DOI

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 January 2012
Laila Morse

Laila Morse

'EastEnders' actress Laila Morse has snubbed advice from doctors to pull out of 'Dancing On Ice', despite injuring her shoulder in a fall

'EastEnders' star Laila Morse has been advised by doctors to pull out of 'Dancing On Ice'.

The 66-year-old actress - who plays 'Big Mo' Harris in the BBC One soap - needs surgery on her shoulder after a fall, but has ignored the advice of medical experts and is determined to continue on the ITV1 skating show.

She said: "It's like being in the war - you just have to carry on and think to yourself: 'Come on girl, get down in the trenches and get on with it.' I don't want to let anyone down."

But Laila - who will be skating alongside professional ice dancer Lukasz Rozycki - isn't bothered if she's the first contestant eliminated from the show, as she plans to spend her fee on a holiday during a three-month break from Albert Square.

She told the Daily Star newspaper: "If I am out first, then great. I've got three months off 'EastEnders' so I'll take the money and go on holiday."

However, Laila isn't the only 'Dancing On Ice' star to fall victim to an injury during training.

TV personality Keith Chegwin has already quit the ITV1 show after breaking his collarbone while rehearsing late last year and skater Sylvain Longchambon was forced out after his bicep "exploded" during a routine.

Elsewhere, singer Chesney Hawkes is believed to be unlikely to appear in the launch show on Sunday night (08.01.12) after hurting his ankle, while Sugababes singer Heidi Range was recently rushed to hospital after breaking her wrist.

She told The Sun newspaper: "I had my bone come out of my wrist and it happened to my ribs as well. I was doing a flying cartwheel and I heard my rib go and then the same thing happened to my wrist.

"I was sobbing in the hospital because I thought I couldn't do the show because they thought my wrist might be broken."

An ITV spokeswoman said: "The health and safety of our celebrities is always our main concern. We have paramedics and a physio on standby round the clock."

Skier Chemmy Alcott, ex-'Blue Peter' presenter Andy Akinwolere, 'Dallas' star Charlene Tilton and exercise broadcaster Rosemary Conley have also damaged ligaments during training.

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