Hollyoaks star Nick Pickard is reportedly heading for the jungle to star on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!.
The 48-year-old soap legend is famed for playing Tony Hutchinson on Channel 4's Hollyoaks, where he's the longest serving member of the cast. But it seems he'll be ditching Chester for Australia's Gold Coast as it's said he's in talks to star on the ITV reality show, hosted by Ant and Dec.
It's said it comes at a good time for the soap, too, given that Hollyoaks was recently moved from E4 and moved online. Throwing Nick up against the creepy crawlies could help the soap attract a younger audience.
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A TV source told The Sun: "Tony from Hollyoaks – as Nick will always happily be known as – is an absolute soap legend and a huge signing for I’m A Celeb. Soap stars always do brilliantly on the show because they come with a loyal following and they don’t come more down-to-earth and likeable than Nick.
"He would be fantastic and make great telly if he makes the final cut. Of course Hollyoaks was recently moved online by Channel 4 so it comes at a helpful time for the soap too, helping introduce that younger online audience to Nick via I’m A Celeb’s huge reach."
Nick would follow in the footsteps of fellow Hollyoaks stars such as Owen Warner, who plays Romeo Nightingale and finished second on the show last year. Soap stunner Jorgie Porter, who played Theresa McQueen, also went down a storm with fans in 2015.
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Nick joined Hollyoaks back in 1995 and appeared in the very first episode of the soap. During his time in the village, Tony has had romances with the likes of Mandy Richardson (Sarah Jayne Dunn) as well as shocking relationships with his stepdaughter Sinead O'Connor (Stephanie Davis) and an underage Theresa (Jorgie).
The actor joins the likes of fellow Channel 4 star Sam Thompson, who is also said to be in talks for the hit reality show. A source told The Sun: "Sam is a great signing because he has a huge fan base and a funny, self-deprecating personality."
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