Arlene Phillips proud to fly flag for older women on TV as she joins Dancing on Ice panel

Dame Arlene, 78, says it is important older women are on shows on a regular basis after her guest stint on the Dancing on Ice judging panel

Arlene Phillips says older women need to be represented on TV

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Dame Arlene Phillips is proud to fly the flag for older women on prime-time TV after her guest stint on the Dancing on Ice judging panel.

The star, 78, says: “We need to be represented on television.

“Otherwise older women will just disappear from prime time.”

She said it was important older women were on shows “that everyone sees on a regular basis with young people”.

It comes after Dame Joan Collins completed a stint on the Masked Singer at the age of 88.

Arlene says: “She is the eternal glamour queen and it was so good to see her on the show.” As well as Dancing on Ice, Arlene is directing a UK tour of The Cher Show, which opens in April.

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Arlene during her stint on Dancing on Ice



In May she will be choreographing the musical Grease.

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She says she doesn’t want to think about ageing, explaining: “I just want to get on with my life and see where it takes me. I am probably ridiculously young and stupid. Your brain doesn’t seem to grow with age.”

Despite being young at heart, Arlene doesn’t mind when she is offered a seat on the Tube.

She explained: “As soon as I walk on the Tube, three people will stand up for me! It always makes me smile, and I say, ‘Thank you,’ and sit down.”

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