Victoria Pendleton interested in acting

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 June 2014
Victoria Pendleton

Victoria Pendleton

Victoria Pendleton says filming a cameo appearance on 'Emmerdale' has shown her how much fun acting can be

Victoria Pendleton wants to be an actress.

The Olympic medallist claims filming a cameo role on 'Emmerdale' has given her the acting bug and she would consider pursuing a TV career following her retirement from professional cycling after the London 2012 Olympics.

She said: "I'd genuinely love to learn acting skills. Just having done a bit, it's such a brilliant job! It seems so much fun. I was like, 'Is it always this relaxed? And they said, 'Yeah, it is actually.' "

Victoria, who got her first taste of television when she starred in 'Strictly Come Dancing', appears as herself in an upcoming episode of the ITV soap, which airs the night before the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire on July 5.

The storyline sees the athlete booked by Nicola King (Nicola Wheeler) for the grand opening of the newly-refurbished Home Farm.

She teased: "It's a comical scene, not so much me being comical but the other characters around me are being awkward. We laughed a lot filming it."

Victoria, 33, and her family are long-time fans of 'Emmerdale', so she brought her mum along to meet cast members including Gaynor Faye and Jason Merrells.

She said: "It was lovely because all the actors were so friendly and approachable and were all chatting to my mum.

"I didn't have to say too much and I'm playing myself so hopefully it's convincing. If there's anyone I can play, it's me."

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