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Tamzin Outhwaite feared ‘heart attack’ in horrific near-death experience on BBC show

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The actress had to face her fears for Wim Hoff’s new cold water therapy show, hosted by Holly Willoughby

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Tamzin Outhwaite feared for her life while filming new BBC show Freeze The Fear in sub-zero temperatures

We’re used to actress Tamzin Outhwaite facing many challenges when playing a character – but in her latest TV project, viewers will see her navigate some daunting real-life trials.

The 51-year-old, who soap fans know and love as EastEnders’ Mel Owen, is one of the stars to have the experience of a lifetime as she uses the wellness ideas of Dutch motivational speaker and cold-water therapy advocate Wim Hof ​​in his explore new BBC show Freeze The Fear.

But within the first few minutes of being filmed in sub-zero temperatures in northern Italy, Tamzin had to confront a painful memory from her past.

Tasked with jumping feet first into a frozen lake, under eight inches of ice, Tamzin began reflecting on how her mother, Anna Santis, died suddenly in 2018 at the age of 67.

“My mum died of a very sudden heart attack and in my head, jumping into ice cold water might trigger something like that,” Tamzin exclusively tells Love Sunday of stepping into the freezing water – which can lead to hypothermia in minutes.

“My main fear was, ‘Will I have a heart attack if I go on the water?'”







Tamzin Outwaite feared he might have a heart attack while filming Freeze The Fear
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However, the down-to-earth star tells us she felt like her late mother was with her every step of the way, to help her navigate whatever she faced.

And Wim helped them learn breathing techniques to change their attitude towards the cold. Tamzin, who describes herself as a “soul seeker,” says, “I’ve shared my feelings with everyone. I just felt like I was meditating, and I definitely felt like my mom was there, which was a nice, warm feeling.

“Everyone had their own journey. Everyone had their own breakthrough. The main attraction, I thought, would be the cold therapy, but it was just so much more than that – the breathing, the unlocking of things.”







Tamzin joins celebs Owain Wyn Evans, Chelcee Grimes, Gabby Logan, Professor Green, Dianne Buswell, Patrice Evra and Alfie Boe (left to right) for the BBC show
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And it meant all the more to Tamzin that her extended family — including cousin Dan Baldwin, who produced the show, and his wife Holly Willoughby, who co-hosts alongside Lee Mack — were there to witness her journey.

“Dan and I used to live together in the same apartment. He was in the guest room in my old apartment many years ago. And all our lives, growing up, we were all very close,” explains Tamzin. “So [it was strange] to see him not as my funny little cousin, but as this big boss.

“He came into the tent to break two pretty big pieces of news for us and he looked like he’d gotten quite emotional. I looked at him and I was like, ‘If only our whole family could see this moment,’ and I got very emotional.”

The experience continues to have a profound impact on her home life with partner Tom Child, 30, and their daughters Florence, 13, and Marnie, 9, who she shares with ex-husband Tom Ellis.







Tamzin is now safely back home with her boyfriend Tom Child
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Tamzin, who began perimenopause during lockdown and has been on HRT to keep her symptoms in check since last August, has seen significant improvement.

“I can go to bed pretty early and fall asleep because I’m exhausted, but sometimes I’m up at 4 a.m. But my insomnia since I got home is practically non-existent,” reveals Tamzin. “I don’t know if HRT will kick in or if I can actually access some of the things I found there, like breathing.”

She also tries to get Tom to feel the body and mind benefits of the cold.







Wim Hof ​​leads the cold water therapy experiment
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“I asked him to swim to the Hampstead ponds with me, but we haven’t quite made it yet. And I said, ‘Why don’t you take a cold shower and see how it feels?’ but he hasn’t done that yet,” she smiles.

“I understand that completely because I find it difficult and I experienced it with this great man – the steward. I’m probably the most out of shape I’ve ever been outside of pregnancy or just after the babies were born, but at the same time I don’t make it difficult for myself. The fitness phase is approaching.

“And what I’ve brought with me is a lot more respect for my own strength. My strength is way better than I thought. You can do a lot more than you think. You can challenge yourself more, so I think what I’ve learned is that I’m strong.”

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