London: `Essex Girl` star Denise Van Outen has faced up to her fear of spiders by handling a tarantula for a part in a short film.
She posed with the eight-legged creature as she tackled her spider phobia.
Van Outen helped to calm her fears with a 3D film of spiders created by Sky as an arachnophobia therapy.
The film is being shown at Liverpool``s BugWorld Experience in the build up to the consumer launch of Sky 3D on October 1.
A range of spiders - from domestic and wild bugs, to nasties such as false widows and tarantulas - was filmed, with narration by actor Ralf Little, who is himself no fan of creepy crawlies.
Van Outen handled a Chilean rose tarantula after watching the film.
"I have never been good with spiders - I``m the stand-on-the-bed-screaming type," the Mirror quoted Outen as saying.
"At times I felt like the spiders were crawling all around me and that I could almost touch them.
"I came out a far braver and calmer lady and was even prepared to hold a spider afterwards," she said.