Nick Pickard thanks Hollyoaks bosses for letting him do I'm a Celebrity

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Hollyoaks star thanks bosses for I'm a Celeb roleITV

Hollyoaks star Nick Pickard has thanked bosses on the soap for allowing him to participate in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

The actor, who plays Tony Hutchinson on the Channel 4 soap, was confirmed as a cast member for the 23rd series of the ITV reality show, which is set to premiere later this week (November 19).

With the action in the Jungle set to get underway, Nick has expressed his excitement at taking part, with the actor thanking the showrunners at Hollyoaks for allowing him to participate.

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“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and as soon as I was approached, I said ‘yes’,” he said. “I am not quitting Hollyoaks to take part. My bosses have been really supportive of me doing it. Now it is getting near to going into camp, I am so excited.

“I am obviously not looking forward to eating kangaroo balls, but at the same time, I am looking forward to the trials – that’s the fun part of doing this show. I love the ones where you climb up and jump for a star, or the ones getting submerged in water.”

Nick, who has played Tony since 1995, also spoke of his castmates on the soap, saying they would support him as he ventures into the unknown: “I know they will be rooting for me when they find out – this is going into the unknown,” he said.

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“I will miss my home comforts but I want to come away not thinking, ‘What have I missed?’ but a greater appreciation for what you do have in life. I can’t wait to start now. This is so out of my comfort zone and it’s the best show you can do.”

Nick's appearance on I'm a Celeb comes after his co-star Owen Warner (Romeo Nightingale) appeared on the show last year, where he finished second behind Lioness Jill Scott. Can Nick go one better?

Hollyoaks streams first online via Channel 4 each weekday at 7.30pm. Episodes then air on E4 the following day, before getting their YouTube premiere a week after that.

Selected omnibus episodes are available via Prime Video.

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