Caroline Quentin graces the cover of Good Housekeeping

‘We women are so tough on ourselves!’ Strictly’s Caroline Quentin reveals she cares ‘much less’ what people think of her since turning 60 as she graces the cover of Good Housekeeping

She was the fourth contestant to be eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing this year. 

And in a new interview, Caroline Quentin has revealed that she cares ‘much less’ what people think of her and admitted that she’s ‘not really frightened of much’ since turning 60.

While gracing the cover of Good Housekeeping, the Jonathan Creek actress also branded her Strictly stint as ‘the greatest learning curve’ as she detailed the advice she’d giver her younger self. 

Fearless: Caroline Quentin has revealed that she cares ‘much less’ what people think of her and admitted that she’s ‘not really frightened of much’ since turning 60

On turning 60, Caroline confessed: ‘I suddenly thought: “I have less time ahead of me than I have behind me – what am I going to do? What do I want to do?”

‘My children are well and they’re growing up, so I decided to start doing things that I fancy doing; things that I haven’t done before and will be a bit of a challenge.

‘It’s almost a mindset, I think. I’m not really frightened of much any more. I care much less about what people think about me (except my family, obviously).

‘As an actor, you tend to have to be a bit of a people-pleaser, and I think that I just don’t really care about that so much any more.’

Learning curve: While gracing the cover of Good Housekeeping, the Jonathan Creek actress also branded her Strictly stint as ‘the greatest learning curve’

The Men Behaving Badly star spoke fondly of her challenging Strictly experience and admitted she learned to focus on entertaining people through dance.

She said: ‘It was the greatest learning curve. It’s grindingly difficult and terrifying.

‘It’s like having an opening night every Saturday night, but I learned that I can forget myself long enough to just be there to entertain people.

Out now: Read the full interview with Caroline Quentin in the February issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale the 30th of December

I was there to bring two minutes of joy into people’s lives.’  

Asked what advice she would give to her younger self, Caroline didn’t hesitate in reeling off her powerful response.

She said: ‘I know exactly what I’d say: “Stop apologising for who you are and start being who you are.” If I had my time again, I’d stop worrying about the perception of oneself: what you look like, how you sound, what you say and what you wear.

‘I’d get on with being me and actually knowing that I’m good enough. We women are so tough on ourselves.

‘We screw up, make mistakes, put on weight, have terrible haircuts, buy horrible jumpers – but so what? I’m still doing that!

‘I’m out and proud with my terrible haircuts and jumpers. I think my younger self would be amazed at the way my life has turned out, actually.’  

Read the full interview with Caroline Quentin in the February issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale the 30th of December. It is available in all supermarkets and online at MagsDirect. 

Stop apologising, stop worrying! Asked what advice she would give to her younger self, Caroline didn’t hesitate in reeling off her powerful response

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