Gemma Atkinson on hotel check-in
Gemma Atkinson might be one of the UK’s top celebrities, but she seemingly received far from a warm showbiz welcome on Sunday as she attempted to check into her London hotel.
The 38-year-old actress turned fitness influencer and radio host took to her Instagram account to share the angsty moment she’d had with a receptionist.
Updating her 1.9 million followers, she explained: “We’re just waiting to get into our room. Same thing as last year – you check in, your room’s not ready. Not stressing, are we?”
Gemma, who gave birth to second child Thiago this summer, told the receptionist she had a room booked under the name Atkinson, only for him to apparently quiz: “Are you staying here?”
The former Hollyoaks star replied: “Yes I am, yes”, and, sensing her tone, partner Gorka Marquez warned: “Gemma!”
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“I thought, ‘What’s up with the lumberjack? Wait till you see me tonight in my outfit!'” Gemma continued fierily.
“I’m gonna do a little Pretty Woman moment. I’m gonna walk past the same place but like you work on commission, right? Big mistake. Big. Huge,” she quipped.
While she might have been very casually dressed at the time, in a baggy checked shirt and leggings, she was about to make a dramatic transformation and get dressed up to the nines in time for the big event.
First though, Gorka posted footage of Gemma looking furious as she sat and waited for the room to be ready, joking in the caption: “I give her two more mins before she goes full Manc to the receptionist!”
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The Spanish dancing pro had received some bad news that day, with himself and radio host Nikita Kanda becoming the second couple to be eliminated from Strictly, following hot on the heels of Les Dennis and Nancy Xu.
In spite of that, he stayed calm during the hotel mishap, and even included some footage on Instagram of a delighted-looking Gemma finally gaining access to the room.
The couple were among many fellow celebrities on the star-studded night, with cancer-stricken Strictly pro Amy Dowden pulling out all the stops to rock a “beautiful bald” head following several sessions of chemotherapy.
Gemma was also joined by Strictly judge Shirley Ballas who matched her fiery shade of red while wearing a long gown.
Pro dancers Nadiya Bychkova and Kai Widdrington, plus celebrity contestant Angela Rippon all showed up for a group photo together too.
The results show – featuring a dance inspired by the Barbie movie – was filmed on Saturday night, allowing everyone to make it to the Pride of Britain Awards too.
Gorka had attracted plenty of attention for his role as Barbie’s boyfriend Ken, appearing alongside Dianne Buswell in her pink gingham dress and blonde wig, and fans swooned that it was the “perfect casting”.
Helen Flanagan, also a former soap star who appeared in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! after a longstanding role in Corrie, wowed at the event too in a classic black dress.
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