Estranged Karen and Kevin Clifton join forces for hilarious Strictly video

They might no longer be a couple, but Karen and Kevin Clifton have managed to put their differences aside by working together during this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing .

And now, the estranged husband and wife have both made an appearance in the same hilarious backstage video clip.

Despite the pair not appearing together, both Karen and Kevin had a laugh while filming the funny quiz.

Shared by the BBC on Strictly’s official website, the game, titled Bruno or Bust, saw professional dancers and their celebrity partners attempt to lip read each other to work out which critique of show judge Bruno Tonioli their partner is referring to.

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Estranged Karen and Kevin Clifton join forces for hilarious Strictly video

Karen and Kevin Clifton appeared in the same Strictly backstage video
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Kevin is seen playing the game with his celebrity dance partner, filmmaker Stacey Dooley.

He reads out the Bruno quote: “That was tighter than Craig’s girdle!”

But Stacey can’t quite make out what he is saying, hilariously mistaking the word “girdle” for “colonel”.

Meanwhile, Karen has similar problems with her celebrity dance partner Charles Venn.

Estranged Karen and Kevin Clifton join forces for hilarious Strictly video

Kevin announced that they had split back in March
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Charles reads out the same Bruno quote, but Karen mistakes the word “girdle” for “journalist” and “perm”.

Kevin confirmed the couple’s split in March during a radio interview.

He explained: “We just wanted to let everyone know that privately we are not together anymore but professionally we are stronger than ever before.

“Dance is how we came together and is the glue that has held us together for years now. We’ve danced on Broadway, the West End, we have five Strictly finals between us.

Estranged Karen and Kevin Clifton join forces for hilarious Strictly video

Kevin previously stated that he and Karen still get on well
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“We’re still the best of friends – we’ve got a lot of love and respect for each other. I still see Karen pretty much every day… we’re always throwing ideas around and putting things together creatively."

Meanwhile, Karen’s dance partner Charles has revealed to Daily Mirror that he was once so consumed with anxiety and hypochondria he could not swallow food.

Speaking about the health anxiety he began suffering in his teens, Charles says: “I remember getting so nervous about getting a heart attack.

Estranged Karen and Kevin Clifton join forces for hilarious Strictly video

Charles Venn and Karen Clifton
(Image: BBC)

Estranged Karen and Kevin Clifton join forces for hilarious Strictly video

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton
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"I wouldn’t go as far to say it was bulimia, but I would chew the food and then spit it out.

“I literally just wanted to taste it. I really love food but at that time I didn’t want to ingest it.

"I thought it would clog my arteries. Health anxiety is a problem I’ve had since I was young.

“The very first time I ever came across it I was about 14 or 15 and I just felt like my heart was pumping. It’s a very powerful, psychological thing.

"It makes you feel like you’re literally about to die.”

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