Denise Van Outen tackles her spider phobia for screen

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.

ANI

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