She is known as Britain’s bendiest woman – and now South Yorkshire’s Pixie Le Knot has become entangled in one of TV’s biggest shows.
Pixie – born Jennifer Keith – is all limbered up to perform on ITV show Get Your Act Together on Sunday, February 15.
The contortionist, a former pupil at Broomhill’s Sheffield High School and Birkdale School, has trained Emmerdale actress Roxy Shahidi to bend and flex her body ready for a performance in front of a live studio audience.
The pair will be up against other celebrity acts, including flamboyant pop duo Jedward and Welsh TV presenter Matt Johnson.
Pixie, aged 27, said: “I spent 10 lessons with Roxy and in that time I had to choreograph an act and everything. It’s hard enough teaching a child to do it, but teaching an adult who has never done gymnastics was a big challenge – both for her and for me.
“She had to work really hard, but I think what we ended up with was pretty good. I think people will be surprised about what you can achieve in a short amount of time.”
Pixie grew up in Moorgate, Rotherham, and joined a circus school based in London and Bristol when she was 19.
She said: “I did a lot of dance and gymnastics as a kid, but I never thought about doing anything like this as a job.
“My dad and brother are doctors and mum’s a nurse so it’s certainly not a family thing. I was a bit lost, so I thought I would do something completely crazy and random.”
Pixie first discovered contortion after seeing a contortionist perform on TV talent show Britain’s Got Talent.
She said: “I started looking at pictures and videos and I just copied them. When I was doing gymnastics and ballet in Sheffield I was the most flexible kid, but I had never seen contortion and definitely didn’t think it was something you could do for a living.
“It was all trial and error. It was about realising what your body could do.”
In 2010, Pixie began performing at small events and joined a circus, travelling all over the country in a caravan. A back injury cut short her circus career, but within a year she was cast in The Devil Inside, which was her big break into the film industry.
She has since acted in a number of movies and will this year be seen playing parts in films called It Never Sleeps and My Feral Heart.
See how Pixie and Roxy get on in Get Your Act Together on ITV1 on Sunday, February 15, at 7pm.