Stacey Dooley has said the theatre world has an “element of snobbery” as she discussed making her stage acting debut in 2:22 A Ghost Story this week.

The Luton-born presenter, 37, is taking on the role of the character of Jenny, which has previously been played by singers Cheryl and Lily Allen in the West End supernatural thriller.

Dooley, who won Strictly Come Dancing in 2018 with her partner Kevin Clifton, was asked about if she was nervous that theatre critics will be harsh in their reviews during an interview on BBC Breakfast on Monday.

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Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton (Ian West/PA)

She replied saying: “I think there has always been an element of snobbery surrounding that world.

“And that’s why it’s felt like certain sections of society, they can’t tap into … you know I mean, (a) certain demographic.

“But I feel like this play, I like it for that reason, actually. It doesn’t feel too highbrow or (like) people (are) sat there with their arms folded, saying, ‘right, you know, impress me’. It’s an experience and it’s a ghost story … it’s quite thought provoking.

“So I’m not too fussed about the critics and again, it’s so subjective.”

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Lily Allen, who previously played Jenny (Ian West/PA)

Dooley also said that the conversation in the play is “very ordinary” and it was a “total joy” working with the other actors, which include Inbetweeners star James Buckley as colourful dinner guest Ben.

“You can sort of get into your head and think, ‘Oh, am I going to do a good job?’. All you can do is try your best, (and) go for it,” she said. “And hopefully people enjoy it.

“It’s a hugely successful play and it’s done so well and I think they’ve always cast in quite unexpected ways … like the first it was Lily Allen’s role, really, and she just smashed it and she was nominated for an Olivier Award.

“And then, ever since then, I think Jenny particularly … hasn’t been as traditionally cast as other places.”

The show, directed by Matthew Dunster, sees Jenny raise concerns about her home being haunted while belief and scepticism clash.

Jenny and husband Sam (Joseph McFadden) argue with their dinner guests, an old friend Lauren (Donna Air) and her new partner Ben.

Dooley, who shares one child with Clifton, has presented the Panorama episode Stacey Meets The IS Brides and the documentaries Stacey Dooley: Locked Up With The Lifers, and Stacey Dooley: Stalkers.

Previews for the latest run of 2:22 A Ghost Story begin at the Gielgud Theatre on May 25 and the 10-week run will end on August 4.