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Dancing On Ice star Jason Donovan's company only had £4k in the bank before show as he turns to selling artwork

DANCING On Ice star Jason Donovan will be looking forward to his guaranteed £20,000 appearance fee if his UK company accounts are anything to go by.

The former Neighbours actor’s firm Chipvelvet Ltd had just £4,105 in reserves, according to its latest figures filed at Companies House.

The star is likely to hold money in other accounts. However, like a lot of musicians, the eighties heartthrob will be hit hard by the pandemic.

Jason's main source of income will be from touring and personal appearances, which may not happen again until 2022.

Chipvelvet was set up 31 years ago for 'artistic creation' and is the 52-year-old’s only UK company, but its income has dwindled in recent years.

Back in his heyday, it was making a gross profit of over £600,000 per year.

But at least the talented star has various revenue streams, as he's also an artist and sells his creations on the website jasondonovanart.com and Instagram account @jasondonovanart.

On Tuesday, he created a special painting for Australia Day, which he posted on Instagram, making clear the landmark day should be changed out of respect to the indigenous population.

In previous shows, the minimum Dancing on Ice contestants received was £20,000, with a record fee of £150,000 being paid to Pamela Anderson in 2013.

Earlier this month, Jason admitted he has refused to do "dangerous" Dancing On Ice moves because he’s terrified of getting injured.


In the premiere episode, viewers saw how multiple competitors – both celebrity and professional skaters – were rushed to hospital after suffering horrific injuries in rehearsals.

And the actor admitted he doesn't want to end up in A&E like Denise Van Outen, who dislocated her shoulder in a horror fall on the ice and has now quit the show.

What's more, he's determined to finish the series in one piece so he can take on other jobs after Covid put a dent in his finances in 2020.

He told OK! magazine: "My wife is worried about me getting injured, and so am I.

"If you've had a year like 2020 and you haven't really been earning and everything shifts to 2021 and you suddenly find yourself in A&E with a broken arm or leg, it doesn't bode well for cash flow."

He added: "It's not worth anyone's year for me to be injured, so I have to be careful."

Jason, who was once worth £8 million, had a well-publicised battle against cocaine addiction where he was taking up to three grammes a day.

On January 17, Jason made his debut on the show with professional skater Alexandra Schauman and the pair scored an impressive 25 points out of a potential 40.

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