June, 2013

28 June
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The Queen looked absolutely amazing at Royal Ascot, I have so much admiration for her

Hi everyone,

Hope you’ve had a great week.

I wanted to share a couple of pictures of my very glamorous day out at Royal Ascot.

 

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James and I were invited by our lovely friends Barbara Wilkinson and Karin and Peter Swann last weekend. Despite the weather being typically British – in other words freezing for June – we had the most wonderful time.

I was incredibly unlucky when it came to the betting as I decided to go do my homework and back the favourites, however I wished I’d gone with my Grandma’s technique of picking a horse either by its name, or the colour of the jockeys silks because none of my horses won!

 

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Nevertheless we had great fun and it was fantastic to see all the gorgeous outfits and hats. As we were in the Royal Enclosure, we also got to see the Queen who looked absolutely amazing in a powder blue ensemble.

I have so much admiration for the Queen and was so thrilled that she’d won earlier in the week as it gave the whole event an added sense of excitement.

Speak to you all soon!

Love Natalie xxx

27 June
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I’m loving every minute of ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ – I can’t believe it airs on Saturday night!

Hello everyone,

Thank you so much for reading my blog and for all of your sweet comments, I really appreciate them.

The weeks seem to be flying by at the moment. It’s been all go again, what with juggling Emmerdale, Your Face Sounds Familiar and finding Freddie a nursery…eek!

I can’t believe Your Face Sounds Familiar goes live on ITV1 at 7.30pm THIS Saturday night. I have to say that the nerves are really kicking in now as we’ve had choreography sessions, vocal sessions and costume fittings and it’s suddenly all got very real.

 

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I’m performing as Katy Perry this week, which although has been great fun so far, it’s also been extremely challenging, as Katy’s voice is not one that I’ve naturally been able to pick up.

I’ve had to work quite hard at getting her sound and although I’m getting there with it, the minute I add the choreography to the performance it all seems to go out of the window….oh dear! Fingers crossed once I get the costume on and I’m on the set with all of the dancers and lights etc, it will come.

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Everyone at Your Face Sounds Familiar is absolutely lovely! The production staff have been so brilliant, juggling rehearsals with my schedule at Emmerdale. It definitely feels like a home from home as Emmerdale is such a lovely place to work too, I feel incredibly spoilt!

The other contestants (Denise Lewis, Bobby Davro, Alexander Armstrong, Matt Johnson and Cheryl Fergison) are so much fun. We’ve had such a laugh together, learning routines and filming videos, it’s been really lovely to get to know each other. I’m really looking forward to spending the next 6 weeks with everyone.

James and I enjoyed a really fab visit to Royal Ascot last week and I’ve got some lovely photos to share with you all on the blog next time.

Speak soon!

Love from Natalie xxx

12 June
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Exclusive details about the new ITV show that i’ll be singing on

Hello lovely readers,

Since I’ve been back from my lovely relaxing break, it’s been all go with numerous trips to London because alongside Emmerdale I’m also working on a new ITV show called Your Face Sounds Familiar. Basically it’s a Saturday night singing show with a twist and i’m very excited to be taking part! There are six contestants who have to perform live as a different music icon every week, with the artist being completely random – I have no idea who I’m going to end up being, I just know I have a week to ‘become’ that person – vocally and visually!

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I had to have my face cast for the programme in case they need to make any prosthetics

Although I do sing this is a huge challenge because impersonating someone is a completely different skill, but one that I’m really looking forward to learning and most importantly it’s an opportunity for me to raise awareness and much needed funds for a charity that is very close to my heart, Bliss, for babies born too soon, too small, too sick. T

The show starts at the end of the month but we are very busy getting ready for it, my high/low light has been having a face cast done in case we need any prosthetics making. For someone who has a fear of being suffocated, let me tell you it was hell! Having at least an inch thick of liquid rubber set onto your face before then having it paper mached is not my most favourite experience and I have to say I did struggle as I also had a terrible cold, but the production staff were amazing and really helped to keep me calm. Well we’ve got roughly 3 weeks before we go live, so I’ll keep you posted with how it’s going and whether the nerves are kicking in.

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I tried my hand at cricket last weekend

The weather was perfect for the Emmerdale cricket team’s charity match against the West Yorkshire police at Headingley stadium in Leeds this weekend. Despite only having played cricket once before, I somehow managed to get myself roped into being in the team. Now I’m not sure if either a) this cricket lark isn’t actually as hard as the boys were making out, b) I just got lucky with where I decided to stand or c) the boys had actually strategically positioned me away from where the ball was likely to go – I didn’t seem to do very much except stand and top up my tan in the sun and do the odd little jog backwards to widen the fielding range. Either way I had a very enjoyable time even though we lost. We finished the day in a very nice beer garden, eating and drinking in the sun….lovely!

Speak very soon!

Love Natalie xx

10 June
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My holiday photos from our family trip to Dubai and the Maldives

 

 

Hello everyone,

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and for all your comments.

It’s been a few weeks since my last post because I’ve been on holiday with my lovely family. I was so excited and really ready for it as I’d been so busy with Emmerdale and various other things that I was starting to feel really run down, and I have to say that fortunately I wasn’t disappointed! We went to the Maldives and Dubai, a trip that James and I have done before but as you can imagine was a little more daunting with our 10-month-old son Freddie. Thankfully my amazing mum was with us, so I felt a little less nervous.

 

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It was great all round as my mum got to spend some time with Freddie inventing all kinds of new games, with his favourite being ‘monsters sleeping’. She pretended to be a sleeping giant and then frightened him when she woke up!  He seems to enjoy being frightened and frightening other people at the moment – his first proper word and action is ‘boo!’

 

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He suddenly started doing it to everyone whilst we were away, I’m not quite sure what that says about James and I as parents, ha ha. Having my mum around was also lovely because James and I were able to have a bit of time together too. We celebrated his birthday with dinner in a restaurant that was on stilts over the sea, which was gorgeous.

 

 

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I have to say thank you so much to everyone who sent messages to me about what to pack etc, your advice was fantastic! We really did have a smooth time of it as Freddie had everything he needed and really enjoyed himself. The hotels that we stayed at were also brilliant with him. They both had baby packs for us with extra toiletries and a pushchair for us to loan which made things so much easier when packing and travelling. I’m definitely much more confident now about travelling with Freddie, I think as long as your organised and you get the essentials packed, you’re fine.

I’ve got another very busy week this week, another This Morning trip and of course back to the day job at Emmerdale!

Lots of love,

Natalie

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