I’m a Celebrity 2017: Who is Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine?
As the soap star gears up for her first taste of camp life, here is everything you need to know.
Who is Jennie McAlpine?
Jennie McAlpine, 33, is a Bury-born actress and comedian, and is of Scottish and Irish descent.
While she is most known for her long-time role on the northern cobbles of Coronation Street, the actress also had a brief stint on fellow ITV soap Emmerdale in 1999.
Jennie has enjoyed flexing her acting muscles in a number of harrowing storylines as Fiz, such as a premature birth, a hostage situation, and even murder.
When she’s not getting into mischief as Fiz, the star runs and co-owns Manchester teashop Annies with her husband.
Does Jennie McAlpine have any children?
Jennie has a two-year-old son named Albert, who she revealed she has struggled to leave behind.
“I had to really think about this because the biggest thing is leaving my little boy,” she explained. “Even the thought of it beforehand made me shudder. It’s going to be his birthday whilst I am in the Jungle and I spend all my time with him when I am not working on Corrie.
“Leaving Albert when I first go into the camp will be my trial… It really will.”
Why is Jennie McAlpine taking part on I’m A Celebrity?
Jennie has credited her late father Tom McAlpine, who was awarded an OBE for his work in mental healthcare, for helping her to have a successful career.
Not only did he encourage his daughter to pursue her dream of drama at the young age of eight, but the actress recently revealed that Tom was the one who inadvertently pushed her to accept the opportunity for I’m a Celeb following the news of his death in March this year.
“I lost my dad earlier this year and that was a big thing,” Jennie commented. “But I knew he would have told me to do it.”
The actress, who married partner Chris Farr in January, said that the mental health campaigner “always encouraged me”.
Jennie continued: “He kept saying ‘Give it a go to find out if you are good enough or not’. And so that was a big part of it.”
Who is in the I’m a Celebrity 2017 line-up?
This year’s offering of the series has confirmed a total of 10 stars going into the jungle once again, and all of them are already in the Outback and gearing up for their entrance to the famous camp on Sunday.
Alongside Jennie, Made in Chelsea’s Georgia Toffolo, YouTube sensation Jack Maynard, Shappi Khorsandi, Dennis Wise and Vanessa White will also feature on the three-week series.
What time does I’m a Celebrity 2017 start?
The new series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! kicks off at 9pm on Sunday November 19, and will run for three weeks.
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! airs Sunday at 9pm on ITV.