Former Page 3 model Linda Lusardi dialled 999 at the weekend because she was late for her pantomime, it has been revealed.
The 50-year-old called emergency services after getting stuck in traffic on the M25 in Hertfordshire.
But Lusardi, who is playing the Wicked Queen in Snow White, was knocked back in her request to use the hard shoulder so she would not be late.
"We received a phone call from Linda Lusardi asking if she could have emergency permission to use the hard shoulder," a spokesperson for Hertfordshire police said.
"The request was denied. Being late for work is not a reason to call 999 or use emergency measures."
A spokesman for Lusardi's pantomime production, on at the Swan Theatre in High Wycombe, confirmed that the former soap actress, her husband and daughter both of whom are also in the panto were 35 minutes late for the matinee performance on Saturday.
Although Lusardi had no comment to make the spokesman added: "I can say everybody's human and we don't all run like robots."
This weekend police warned against people abusing the 999 number, releasing some of the worst cases of callers calling the emergency services with no good reason.
Among calls cited by police included a woman concerned about the state of her rabbit's ears, a man with too many mushrooms on his pizza and a priest stuck in an airport toilet.
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Former model Linda Lusardi has become the seventh contestant to be voted off ITV1's Dancing On Ice.
The Emmerdale actress and partner Dan found themselves in the bottom two after their dance to KT Tunstall's Suddenly I See earned them just 19 points.
And despite the fact the ex-Coronation Street star Zaraah Abrahams and partner Fred scored only 18.5 points for their performance, the judges unanimously chose to save Zaraah ahead of Linda following the skate-off.
"I've had a ball I really have. It had to end one night, and it was tonight," Linda said afterwards.
She had earlier blamed some slippery fingers for a failed lift that saw her skate nearly slice off Dan's ear, saying: "Everyone has fallen so much this week, and I just couldn't get hold of your trousers."
Hollyoaks actor Chris Fountain turned in another excellent performance earlier in the show, grabbing a score of 27 points out of 30 for his and partner Frankie's dance to Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers.
"You are so great to watch," said judge Robin Cousins afterwards. "Week after week you deliver and your relationship with Frankie that didn't exist at the beginning is now natural to watch."
But after a stunning dance to Madonna's Music, Suzanne Shaw and partner Matt jumped to the top of the leader board after being awarded 27.5 out of 30, the highest score of the series so far.
Judge Nicky Slater, whose wife Christianne had earlier given birth to their first child, paid tribute to Suzanne and Matt after their dance, adding: "What a day I've had - I've become a father and seen you skate".
He went on: "You captured the beat right the way through that routine. Well done. We are very near a six with us, you keep going and you could win this competition."
Continue reading: Linda Lusardi Is Latest Contestant To Leave Dancing On Ice
Tim Vincent has become the latest contestant to be voted off ITV1's Dancing On Ice.
The former Blue Peter presenter and partner Victoria found themselves in the bottom two with javelin thrower Steve Backley and his partner Susie after receiving the least amount of public votes.
And the judging panel unanimously chose to save Steve, sending Tim home.
A sanguine Tim said afterwards: "It's been fantastic, every week's been fantastic but I've found my level this week, everyone has been brilliant."
Tim and Victoria had received 12.5 points out of 30 from the judges for their performance to Mika's Love Today.
Jason Gardiner awarded the pair just 2.5 points and commented: "It was not indicative of a week five performance. Look at your competitors - that is what you have to be compared to."
Former tennis ace Greg Rusedski achieved his highest score of the series with 16.5 points, but model Linda Lusardi was criticised for the judges for letting partner Daniel do the lion's share of the dancing.
"You have fun but you look like you are stuck to Daniel the whole time," said Ruthie Henshall, to which Linda retorted: "Didn't you see me skating the whole way down the rink on my own?"
Hollyoaks actor Chris Fountain continued to wow the judges, scoring a massive 27 out of 30 after he and partner Frankie skated to Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake.
Awarding the pair 5.5, Karen Barber said: "Chris, you are amazing. You fumbled one of the lifts but I am shocked at your ability and the thing is you don't know good you are. You are amazing."
And the usually hard-to-please Jason added: "It was a Sublime performance. The choreography at the beginning had emotion and conviction.
"It wasn't a six from me but not because you messed up but with the high lifts be careful about the dismount. It was a little heavy-landed but this was an amazing performance."
Continue reading: Vincent Dances Off Ice
Pop Idol star Gareth Gates has been named as one of the 12 celebrities competing in this year's series of ITV1's Dancing On Ice.
Gates will be joined by former tennis great Greg Rusedski as well as Emmerdale actress Linda Lusardi.
Former Olympic champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will again be coaching the stars on the show, which was won last year by ex-England rugby player Kyran Bracken.
Emmerdale actress Linda Lusardi has also signed up for the show along with television presenters Tim Vincent, Michael Underwood, Natalie Pinkham and Sarah Greene.
Gates is not the only reality TV star to be taking part, with former Hear'say singer Suzanne Shaw involved. Irish pop star Samantha Mumba is also part of the lineup.
The roster is completed by two stars of the Channel 4 schedules - Aggie Mackenzie from How Clean Is Your House? and Hollyoaks actor Chris Fountain.
Coach Jayne Torvill said: "It's fantastic to be back after the success of the first series and we are looking forward to joining a new batch of celebrities on the ice."
And her one-time partner Dean added: "We have a great mix of stars from the worlds of sport, radio and TV who have the potential to match some of the outstanding talent we saw on the first series."
Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield return for hosting duties for the third time with the show kicking off at 17:50 GMT on Sunday.
Gates has already staked his claim, saying partner Maria Filippov is "by far the best skater", while 47-year-old Greene said she's dreading the barbed comments of judge Jason Gardner who returns to the panel along with Robin Cousins, Karen Barber, Nicky Slater and West End actress Ruthie Henshall.
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