Dancing on Ice's Faye Brookes puts on an animated display as she heads to rehearsals with new partner Matt Evers

EX Coronation Street star Faye Brookes looked full of life as she headed to Dancing On Ice training with new partner Matt Evers.

The 33-year-old actress threw her arms in the air as she arrived at the studio, days after her professional partner Hamish Gaman was forced to quit the show.

Faye, who recently opened up about how the “cut-throat” showbiz industry left her feeling “insecure” and “her own worst critic", looked all smiles before the rehearsal.

The soap star was re-partnered with American pair skater Matt after Hamish, 36, lost his place in the competition.

The swap has sparked something of a mystery as Hamish insisted doctors had cleared him to perform with his injury hours before he was axed.

Faye said she felt like she was "starting again" in an Instagram post, telling fans she was ready for "round two".

Faye has made no secret of the fact she's devastated that Hamish, who she called her "brother", lost his place in the competition.

ITV confirmed the news yesterday, after the skater revealed he had performed with Faye on Sunday with the injury – and the pair had changed the routine at the last minute.

This weekend she will dance alongside Matt, previously partnered with Denise van Outen, who sadly had to leave the show after she broke her shoulder in three places while training.

A very happy Matt, 44, took to Instagram to share a snap of the new dynamic duo getting ready for their debut on the ITV show.

It comes after actress Faye opened up about the trials and tribulations of fame – admitting she had to "train herself to pick herself up" again.

She said: "“I’m probably a bit of a worrier, but I don’t really show that side to my personality and I think we have to guard ourselves in this industry – it’s cut-throat.

“I had to train myself to pick myself up. Exercise helped me with my mental health, I can be my worst critic.

"I put myself down all the time, I’m so insecure, I don’t tell people that.”

Speaking on The Capsule podcast, she added she struggled to cope without work last year as the UK was plunged into two national lockdowns.

“I had those days in lockdown where I would just burst into tears, it just came over me like a ton of bricks, it washed me and drained me and I had to pick myself up," she explained.

“Then when an audition came along I could take my mind off the pandemic for a day, then it was like a groundhog day again."

Dancing On Ice returns to ITV on Sunday at 6pm.

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