‘I hope that she will be laughing like crazy!’ Greg Wise holds back tears as he dedicates couple’s choice dance to his late sister Clare who died from cancer  

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An emotional Greg Wise shed tears as he dedicated his couple’s dance of choice to his late sister Claire, who died of cancer on Saturday at Strictly Come Dancing.

The Sense and Sensibility actor, 55, danced with his partner Karen Hauer to a disco dance for If You Can Read My Mind by Ultra Nate, Amber and Jocelyn Enrique.

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His late sister Claire – who was a fan of disco music – died of cancer in 2016 at the age of 51.

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Difficult: An emotional Greg Wise shed tears as he dedicated his couple’s dance of choice to his late sister Claire, who died of cancer on Saturday at Strictly Come Dancing.

Speaking after the performance, Greg was overwhelmed with emotion as he told Claudia Winkleman: ‘The people who left us, they never left us, they come back, they come to visit us, we can dance with them, And they leave again. That’s what it was about.

In a VT before the dance, Greg talked about his ‘disco diva’ sister and how he took care of her during her illness.

Greg recalled how Claire was first diagnosed with breast cancer and had ‘brutal’ chemotherapy treatment, but later learned she also had bone cancer.

Memories: At a VT before the dance, Greg talks about his 'disco diva' sister and how he cared for her during her illness

Memories: At a VT before the dance, Greg talks about his ‘disco diva’ sister and how he cared for her during her illness

Family: His late sister Claire – who was a fan of disco music – died of cancer in 2016 at the age of 51 (pictured with Greg and his wife Emma Thompson)

Family: His late sister Claire – who was a fan of disco music – died of cancer in 2016 at the age of 51 (pictured with Greg and his wife Emma Thompson)

The Star: The Sense and Sensibility The 55-year-old actor danced a disco to If You Could Read My Mind by Ultra Nate, Amber and Jocelyn Enrique with his partner Karen Hauer.

The Star: The Sense and Sensibility The 55-year-old actor danced a disco to If You Could Read My Mind by Ultra Nate, Amber and Jocelyn Enrique with his partner Karen Hauer.

He added: ‘Family is fantastically important to me. I feel very fortunate that we have molded Emma and I, a family over the years and an extremely important part of the family was my sister Claire.’

He continued: ‘It’s one of the hardest things to do when you’re with someone you love, looking at their pain and their fears and figuring out what you can do to ease it. Wat can be done.

‘I think my sister would be absolutely thrilled that I’m doing this because of her. I hope she is laughing like crazy.’

Emotional: Greg said: 'Family is fantastically important to me.  I feel so lucky that we have molded Emma and I, a family over the years and an extremely important part of the family was my sister Claire' (pictured with daughter Gaia)

Emotional: Greg said: ‘Family is fantastically important to me. I feel so lucky that we have molded Emma and I, a family over the years and an extremely important part of the family was my sister Claire’ (pictured with daughter Gaia)

She continued: 'I think my sister would be absolutely thrilled that I am doing this because of her.  I hope she is laughing like crazy'

She continued: ‘I think my sister would be absolutely thrilled that I am doing this because of her. I hope she is laughing like crazy’

Reaction: Strictly after performance, audience judge Craig Ravel Harwood slams 'harsh' for his scathing decision on the dance

Reaction: Strictly after performance, audience judge Craig Ravel Harwood slams ‘harsh’ for his scathing decision on the dance

‘My beautiful sister Claire has always had great disco music, so I wanted to dedicate this to my disco diva sister.’

After the performance, Strictly audience judge Craig Ravel Harwood was “stern” for his scathing decision on the dance.

The actor was close to tears after his couple’s choice routine with partner Karen, but Craig was largely unhappy with his move – giving him just 3.

Happy: Greg was thrilled after the performance while chatting with host Claudia

Happy: Greg was thrilled after the performance while chatting with host Claudia

Before announcing his score, the notoriously tough judge said: ‘For me it lacked any intrinsic rhythm, too much cardboard cut out I’m afraid.

‘Though that being said, in the beginning the story was absolutely grand and emotional and the lift was spectacular.’

Shirley Ballas was more impressed, telling Greg: ‘I think your disco diva sister sprinkled some magic dust on you today because your performance was delightful, it went on, you had a party-like feel in it Your lift was outstanding.

Oh dear: The actor was close to tears after his couple's choice routine with partner Karen but Craig wasn't quite impressed with his move - just giving them 3

Oh dear: The actor was close to tears after his couple’s choice routine with partner Karen but Craig wasn’t quite impressed with his move – just giving them 3

‘The whole thing was just progressing so well for me.’

Motsi said: ‘I loved the whole set, very quiet, …

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