The former Love Island contestant, 27, who will be starring on the ITV series with pro partner Simon Proulx-Senecal, was trained in musical theatre at Urdang Academy in London, before going on to secure a job as a dancer at Cirque Le Soir nightclub.
The West End star is currently starring as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman: The Musical as she hits the road in the UK and Ireland, but has insisted her background is render useless when it comes to ‘balancing on two blades.’
Speaking in an exclusive interview with MailOnline as she fronts a drink spiking awareness campaign with Malibu, Amber admitted it’s ‘going to be difficult.’
The actress explained: ‘I think people will not think that because honestly in skating I’ve had to bin half of my dance training anyway!’
She continued: ‘Everything in dancing is keep straight legs and you kind of have to let go when you’re on the ice.
‘The only quality that I’ve got is that I can perform. I will be able to tell the story whether it’s a sad number or whether it’s a happy number – but other than that it’s going to be difficult.
‘But I feel like people will sympathise. At the end of the day you’re balancing on two blades – I don’t think it matters what training you’ve got.’
Discussing how rehearsals are going so far, Amber said: ‘So far, it’s so basic, but it’s the backwards skating! I was so confident going forward.
‘As soon as Simon said let’s go back, and because I don’t know where I’m going and every rink I’ve gone in has been different I just get the fear so bad!
‘By the end of today’s session I actually skated backwards by myself and that’s a big achievement for me!’
The stellar line-up of celebrities that will be featured on the 2024’s ITV series will see the likes of pro boxer Ricky Hatton, actress Claire Sweeney, comedian Lou Sanders, BBC radio presenter Adele Roberts, Olympic ski jumper Eddie Edwards, and more.
Alongside her appearances on Dancing On Ice and in Pretty Woman: The Musical Amber has partnered with Malibu rum as part of their new I Got You B.A.B.E.S campaign to create five simple steps to take if someone you know gets spiked.
Following her stint on Love Island in 2017, she was the victim of a horrific drink spiking ordeal while on a night out in the pub with friends in North Wales.
The campaign is rooted in looking out for your friends and having each other’s backs on nights out.
Amber said she was fortunate because her cousin happened to be in the pub opposite and emergency services were called straight away.
She told MailOnline: ‘Everybody knows what to do if there’s a fire – you go to a safe space. So it’s good to know for this situation too.’
‘If I’d had this message years ago maybe the situation would have turned out differently.’
Search Malibu I Got You B.A.B.E.S to learn more about the campaign and find resources to learn about dealing with spiking situations.
PROFESSION: Former pro boxer
WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘If I can hold my nerve in the boxing ring I should be able to hold my nerve in the ice rink’
WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I’m really excited about learning a new skill. It’s so easy to live your comfortable life and that aspect of mixing things up is very appealing’
WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘I like a challenge and I needed a reason to go out and do stuff again and here we are. I want to perform something that’s never been done before, that’s my aim.’
Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards
PROFESSION: OLYMPIC SKI JUMPER
WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘Dancing on Ice is a show I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a challenge I think I’m going to relish!’
PROFESSION: EastEnders star
WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘It’s come at such a great time in life. I can’t skate at all! No rehearsals as yet, I’ve just had some physiotherapy to strengthen the body.’
PROFESSION: Corrie star
WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘Everyone keeps asking me, “are you doing it?” I’ve told everyone!’
WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I am stepping into the unknown here. I don’t know how I will feel. But I am very excited.’
PROFESSION: WEST END STAR
WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I would definitely say that I’m an adrenaline junkie but I do get more nervous as I get older and I hope that I can contain them’
PROFESSION: REALITY STAR
WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘I’ve always loved to dance but it’s usually on a dance floor on a Saturday night and Dancing on Ice looks so difficult.’
WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I’m nervous about cracking my head open, or just bashing the old head. I can’t afford to lose any more brain cells.’
PROFESSION: RADIO PRESENTER
WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘It’s ”bricking it on ice” for me! I think the hardest part is putting myself out there as I usually hide away’
PROFESSION: Emmerdale star
WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I can’t ice-skate. I haven’t really said anything to anyone but mainly because I’m so nervous about it!’