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Ex-Westholme pupil and Corrie actress Helen Flanagan set for jungle
10:30am Friday 9th November 2012 in News
FORMER Westholme pupil and Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan is aiming to steam things up in the jungle on I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!
The 22-year-old is planning to bring some glamour to the jungle as she revealed she is taking three bikinis into the rainforest.
The blonde bombshell said she can't wait to rough it in the wild and show the millions of TV viewers how different she is away from her soap character in real life.
Helen, who quit the Coronation Street cobbles in February after 12 years, said: "People don’t expect me to be in the jungle and one of my big reasons for doing I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is I like to have different options. I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket and I like to take things how they come.
“I also always go with my instinct too and when the offer came through, it felt right to do this.
“What’s so nice about this show is I can go in as me. It won’t be my toughest role yet because I am being me rather than someone else.
“People say you make friends for life and so I am really excited about making some new friends in the jungle.
“It will be good to discover things about myself too – my different strengths and weaknesses.
“I will make sure I am tanned, manicured and I have got my lashes on!”
Helen said she is determined to brush off her fears of creepy crawlies and heights when she enters the jungle.
She said: "I will deal with it when I get in there. I deliberately kept myself busy before flying out to Australia so I would not think too much about what lies ahead.
“I am fearful of heights. I have never jumped out of a plane and I don’t even like rooms high up in a hotel.
“I will scream if I see a spider at home but we will all be in the camp together and we will all deal with it.”
While she’s in the jungle, eating grubs and sleeping rough, she will miss her sister’s 20th birthday.
She also said she would miss her boyfriend Scott Sinclair, who plays for Manchester City.
She said her dream camper would be someone funny who will make her laugh.
I’m a Celebrity 2012 begins on Sunday, November 11, with a 95-minute opening episode following the X Factor.
ITV1 bosses have promised new nasty surprises to put the 10 famous faces through their paces before a King or Queen of the jungle is crowned.
Tory MP Nadine Dorries - Conservative MP of mid-Bedfordshire since 2005. She decision to take part has sparked an outcry from party activists, constituents and MPs. She hopes to highlight her views on various issues such as abortion.
EastEnders' Charlie Brooks - Best known for her role as Janine Butcher in the BBC soap Eastenders, Brooks won the 'Villain of the Year Award' for her character at the British Soap awards in 2004. She took part in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2011.
Former heavyweight boxer David Haye - British world heavyweight boxing champion has been pursuing an acting career but could be tempted back into the ring by Wladimir Klitschko’s brother Vitali after being defeated by Klitschko in 2011.
Dr Who Colin Baker - A stage and TV star, most famous for being the sixth incarnation of the Doctor in the BBC's science fiction television series Doctor Who.
Former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts - the American singer and dancer is an ex-member of the pussycat Dolls. She left the group in 2010 to pursue her solo music career and to launch her own lingerie line.
Legendary darts player Eric Bristow - The Crafty Cockney became a household name in the 80s. He won five World Masters while throwing arrows with his signature raised pinky finger.
Comic Brian Conley - Presenter, comedian and chat show host. He has a recurring role as Buttons in pantomime versions of Cinderella in various venues across the UK.
Former Birds of a Feather actress Linda Robson - Most famous for her role in Birds of a Feather as Tracey, opposite Pauline Quirke and Lesley Joseph. She is a regular panellist on Loose Women.
Made in Chelsea star Hugo Taylor - One of the Chelsea boys on the reality soap cast member. He briefly dated Made In Chelsea co-star Millie Mackintosh but the couple split when her cheated on her.