Bruce Forsyth confesses that he's really "quite shy" behind the scenes

Bruce Forsyth

Despite a telly career spanning more than 7 decades, Strictly Come Dancing host Sir Bruce Forsyth has admitted that he is actually "quite shy" in real life. Speaking to The Mirror Sir Brucie claimed he was actually the "polar opposite" of his TV persona.

The 83-year-old will return for the latest series of BBC reality series Strictly Come Dancing later this year, in a deal understood to be worth around £500,000. Despite his huge success over the many years, culminating this month in a knighthood, the TV legend suggested he'd be even bigger if he was more outgoing.

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He said: “I’ve never been one for pushing myself into things. I can be quite shy – the polar opposite of my TV personality. It’s the other side of me.

“I often think I’d have got a lot further a lot quicker if I’d made those calls or buttered up the right person – it’s just not my way.”

Newly knighted Sir Brucie also admitted to being just as happy for his wife as for himself following the acknowledgement from the Queen at the start of the month.

“Honestly I’m as pleased for her as I am for me," he explained, "I’m hoping this will make her the first woman to be the first lady of a knight in Puerto Rico. She was, after all, their first Miss. World.”

Strictly Come Dancing 2011 starts in September.

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