Daisy Lowe says Strictly has helped her cope with the tragic death of her granddad

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Daisy Lowe has said Strictly Come Dancing has helped her to cope with the tragic death of her granddad.

The model is one of the remaining celebrity contestants on this year's line up but had heartbreaking news on the very first day of rehearsals in September.

Daisy's grandfather Eddie Davis, nicknamed Fast Eddie by his family, sadly passed away aged 82.

In a new interview, Daisy told how Strictly helped to distract her from the pain.

She opened up to the Evening Standard newspaper: “I’m so grateful to Strictly. I feel really lost without him because he’s been the strongest male influence in my life.

“Strictly has been such a gift, not just for me but for my mum and grandma as well. Grandma has never missed an episode in the whole 14 years. She’s come with me to every fitting and every show.”

Meanwhile, Daisy revealed how appearing on Strictly had given her enough confidence to try other things away from her modelling work.

"I’ve always loved acting but never thought I could do theatre because I got the worst stage fright ever," she said.

Daisy is dancing with pro partner Aljaž Skorjanec on this year's series and on Sunday night the pair were over the moon to have avoided elimination after being in the dance off two weeks running.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 is back this Saturday and Sunday night live on BBC One.

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