Greg Wise paid an emotional tribute to his late sister on Strictly Come Dancing, after her death from cancer.
Tess Daly introduced the special sentiment behind his couple’s choice dance with partner Karen Hauer, saying: ‘Tonight, Greg is dedicating this very special performance to the memory of his sister Clare.’
Greg’s sister Clare died of cancer in 2016 at the age of 51, just a year after she was diagnosed with cancer.
Karen and Greg spoke in training about the disco number, with the latter explaining his late sister would ‘always have banging disco music on whenever you came round.’
‘Family is fantastically important to me,’ Greg continued, ‘I feel very fortunate – Emma [Thompson] and I, that we’ve moulded a family over the years.’
He went on to explain his sister’s illness, telling viewers: ‘My sister was first diagnosed with breast cancer and she had the brutal treatment of chemotherapy but I don’t think she was ever out of the woods.
‘She had got bone cancer and she died just over a year from her diagnosis.
‘It’s one of the hardest things being with someone you love, witnessing their pain and fear It’s an extraordinary privilege to be able to care in that way.
‘The privilege and trauma wrap themselves up in the love. I think my sister will be absolutely thrilled that I’m doing this because of her and I hope she will be laughing like crazy,’ said the actor.
After the pair’s incredible routine, Karen hugged her partner as they shared an emotional moment.
‘People who’ve left us, they’ve never left us. They come back and visit us, we can dance with them, and then they leave again,’ Greg told host Claudia Winkleman. ‘And that’s what this was about.’
When the Sense and Sensibility star was announced for the billing, he shared at the time he had decided to do the show in his sibling’s honour.
He explained Clare was a massive Strictly fan and would have loved to have seen him take part.Greg previously told MailOnline: ‘I was asked and I thought ”no absolutely I can’t do it,” and then I thought about it, and almost exactly five years after my sister died we’ll be doing our first routines.
‘My sister was a real disco diva she was the dancer in the family and she left this world in a glitterball coffin, so as this world is all glittery I have to go it for her.’
Strictly Come Dancing returns Sunday at 7:05pm on BBC One.
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