BURY actor Antony Cotton has made it through to week seven of Dancing on Ice.

Antony and partner Brandee Malto danced to Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water, in a moving tribute to the armed forces, as part of Love Week.

The duo were awarded a score of 21 for their routine — the highest they have achieved so far in the competition.

Judges Christopher Dean and Jason Gardiner both praised the stoicism of the performance, but Jason added that he would have like to see more "moments of connection" between the two dancers in light of their personal investment.

The Corrie star was also twice interrupted by Dancing on Ice host Phillip Schofield as he addressed the judges — explaining that he was suffering with an injury.

Speaking on the show Jane Torvil said: "What I see Antony is a couple of weeks ago you were making big strides with the skating.

"And tonight I see moments of really good positions, really good gliding, and then you stumble again; and I don't understand why that that isn't so consistent."

Antony responded saying: "I've got broken ribs babes. I'm kind of in pain. I'm doing my best."

However Phillip interjected, twice saying "bruised".

Antony had suffered damage to his ribs after an accident during training last week, which left the soap star unable to breathe when Brandee fell on top of him.

He was taken to hospital as a precaution, where it was confirmed he had fractured two ribs.

Ahead of the show the pair, who both have connections to the military, with Antony being a supporter of Help For Heroes and Brandee's father having served in the Vietnam War, went to visit the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment to ensure authenticity.

Lemar Obika became the fifth person to be axed from the competition, after securing a score of 20 from the judges.

The singer found himself and partner Melody Le Moal in the skate off for the fourth time, but their skills were not enough, and the Ice Panel voted to save actor Donna Air.