Ant McPartlin appears 'etched with anxiety' as he's spotted for the first time behind the wheel following his after his drink-drive shame last year, according to a body language expert.
The 42-year-old presenter was slapped with a 20 month ban last April after colliding his mini into another vehicle while twice the legal limit.
After cutting his sentence short by five months, Ant returned to the road this week and was seen taking a Range Rover for a spin with girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett in the passenger seat.
While friends claimed Ant was ' delighted' to have his keys back , the Britain's Got Talent star failed to raise a smile and looked noticeably glum on the outing.
According to body language expert Judi James, Ant's look of sadness mirrors his appearance as he emerged from Wimbledon Magistrates Court last April.
Judi said: "Ant’s face looks etched with anxiety here but is the tension down to the fact he’s driving for the first time since his 15month ban or is he struggling with the fact the press are watching?
"He appears generally upbeat walking across to the car, with just one arm raised in a partial barrier to hint of any discomfort.
"His lower jaw begins to jut though, which can be seen as an aggressive ritual but which looks more like an attempt at creating resolve and determination in the face of a challenge here though.
"His brows are raised and his eye expression looks quite sad and wary, which is similar to the expression he wore when he appeared in court.
"Anne Marie seems to be in the familiar role of his rock and support here, keeping a cautious-looking eye on the road as he turns out and prompting a more relaxed and up-beat look from Ant as he hands her some paperwork."
The presenter had been banned from the road for 20 months in April last year but has had five months cut off his sentence after completing a rehabilitation course.
He was arrested in March, 2018 after his mini collided into another vehicle in south West London.
Ant was later found to have been over the drink-drive limit, and pleaded guilty during a court appearance the following month.
He was sentenced to a 20-month driving ban and ordered to hand over £86,000 – Britain's largest ever drink-driving fine.
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