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Holly Willoughby admits she was ‘embarrassed’ during Midsomer Murders role 

The star discussed the popular show with Neil Dudgeon, who plays John Barnaby 

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
October 1, 2021
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Holly Willoughby had a giggle over her appearance on Midsomer Murdersadmitted that she was “so embarrassed” after forgetting her lines on the set of the hugely popular murder mystery drama. 

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Neil Dudgeon, who plays DCI Tom Barnaby in the series, revealed that Holly stepped when he forgot a line, saying: “We’d do a line run and rehearse the scene a bit. We as actors go, “Oh Dorothy, what’s her name? Dorothy? What’s my line?” and all that, and of course Holly just stepped up.’” 

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The mum-of-three replied: “That is not necessarily quite true. I forgot my line! You’re being very kind, I was so embarrassed to open my mouth and act because you know I’m not confident with that sort of thing. So to anyone who would listen I said my two lines repeatedly at them over and over.”

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Neil explained: “It’s more than two lines! But that’s what you’ve got to do. You’ve got to rehearse just to get better at anything.”

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The TV presenter previously opened up about filming the show, joking on This Morning: “Well, you know, I wasn't take one put it that way. Or take two, or take ten! About take 25 I finally got the words out, but it's fine!" 

She continued: "I had a few scenes, but one line and I couldn't get it out! But I had a really good day." Phillip then couldn't resist further teasing his co-star, adding: "Do you think you'll get invited back?", to which Holly candidly responded: "I don't think so…"

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