Denise Van Outen and mini-me daughter hit the beach in matching polka dots before heading home for Strictly
13:36 GMT, 14 September 2012
Original Essex girl Denise Van Outen might be about to start the gruelling training regime for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, but she managed to squeeze in one last holiday as she hit the beach in Thailand with her family yesterday (Thursday).
Showing off her toned physique, the 38-year-old West End actress and TV presenter looked relaxed as she frolicked in the clear sea with her young daughter, Betsy.
The blonde star is obviously besotted with her two-year old tot as they played in matching blue and white polka dot swimwear.
Mini-me: Denise Van Outen and daughter Betsy wear matching swimwear on holiday in Thailand
While Denise donned a curve-enhancing halter neck bikini top and frilly bottoms, showing off the butterfly tattoo on her hip, her mini-me daughter jumped around in a cute, frilly swimming costume of the same design.
The voice of TOWIE showed off her washboard stomach and tiny thighs and let her blonde hair hang loose as she ran around the beach, before scraping it into a ponytail to take a dip in the sea.
Fun in the sun: Denise unwinds with her family before her Strictly training regime starts
The playful star then grabbed a pink water pistol and proceeded to tease her young daughter with it, getting a few laughs from the curly-haired youngster.
If her fellow Strictly contestants weren’t worried about her before, they might be now as Denise’s athletic physique would rival some of the most seasoned dancers.
It's a hard life: Denise looks relaxed and happy as she strolls on the beach with Betsy in her arms
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Although she’s not a professional dancer, there has been some controversy surrounding the decision to include Denise in this year’s line-up as she’s been trained for her West End shows.
Radio Two’s Chris Evans spoke out about the decisions to let amateurs compete against more experienced performers like Denise on his radio show:
‘Isn’t it a story of aspiration from the beginning, the seeds of learning whether you do or don’t have two left feet, to perhaps better yourself and becoming good if not better than you ever thought you could be’
Catching the last rays: Denise soaks up the sun before having to return home for Strictly training
The actress, who rose to fame after presenting The Big Breakfast in the 1990s, has starred in musicals including Chicago and has admitted to being trained at theatre school.
She’ll be competing against less experienced stars including Fearne Britton, Johnny Ball and Colin Salmon.
I'll get you! Denise takes the opportunity to play with her two-year-old daughter before heading back to London