Steph McGovern, 37, who is just days away from giving birth to her first child, took the opportunity to laugh at herself in a throwback BBC Breakfast video. The business correspondent took to Twitter after comedian Dawn French, 62, shared an old clip of the journalist Irish dancing live on the BBC Breakfast show. In view of her 383,000 followers, Steph retweeted the post from the Vicar of Dibley actress, which said: “Happy Tuesday everyone. Here’s some joy for you @stephbrakfast Steph McGovern Irish dancing on BBC Breakfast.” The pregnant star replied: “Blast from my jig filled past #gettingjiggywithit,” followed by a laughing face emoji.
The video dates back to 2012 when former BBC Breakfast veteran Bill Turnbull, 63, and presenter Susanna Reid, 48, fronted the show.
Susanna said: “We should say, you are a proper Irish dancer.”
Steph replied: “Yes. I’m retired now but I used to be.”
Presenter Bill then asked the business correspondent to show them her Irish dancing skills as Steph kicked off her shoes to perform a quick routine.
After the jig, Bill cheekily quipped: “That gives a whole new meaning to the FTSE index,” before she was met with an applause for her footwork skills.
Fans inundated the mum-to-be with comments, as one person said: “You can tell how much you enjoy it!”
Another person commented: “Wow! @stephbreakfast I had no idea! How fabulous are you.”
While a third person quipped: “No wonder you never went on Strictly – true pro!”
Steph is a former champion Irish dancer and still often attends international competitions, where she helps to coach dancers.
Meanwhile, she recently stepped down from her role on BBC Breakfast after eight years on the show.
The host revealed she will be fronting her very own self-titled show on Channel 4 from spring next year.
In a lengthy statement confirming her exit, Steph called her co-stars “show offs” and told fans she was due “any day now”.
Addressing the “kind messages” she had received from fans, she began: “Its been a bit overwhelming and given I’m due to give birth any day now, I thought I better take a day or two before I tweet.”
Speaking of her team: “I love them. They have looked after me through thick and thin, and made me sound and look better than I really am.”
Talking about her co-presenters which include Dan Walker, Louise Minchin and John Kay, she joked the team are “the most supportive of group of show-offs you’ll ever meet”.
She added: “Whatever is happening in each of our lives, we’ve covered for each other, fought for each other and of course regularly taken the mick out of each other too.”(sic)
The mum-to-be went on to thank her fans for their encouragement and support as she added: “Thank you, you got me through the ups and downs too. Always making me feel welcome in your homes.
“And I haven’t [got] tired of, ‘I often wake up with you’ being one of the most common things said to be in the street.”