I’m A Celeb’s Nick Pickard unrecognisable in first role alongside Hollywood star

I’m A Celeb’s Nick Pickard unrecognisable in first role alongside Hollywood star

November 17, 2023

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Soap star Nick Pickard looks worlds apart from how fans are used to seeing him when he made his acting debut.

It’s that time of year again as ITV viewers eagerly wait to see a fresh batch of stars make their way into the Australian jungle.

This year on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Fans can expect to see the likes of Jamie-Lynn Spears, Josie Gibson and Sam Thompson tackle the nail-biting Bushtucker trails.

Another contestant who will be facing their fears is Hollyoaks legend Nick Pickard, who is best known as playing Tony Hutchinson in the Channel 4 soap.

Although the 48-year-old is the show’s longest-serving actor, having joined in 1995, he first made his acting debut alongside a now-Hollywood superstar.

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In 1987, Nick played the leading role of Mio in the motion picture Mio in the Land of Faraway.

It follows the journey of a lonely boy who is transferred away from his boring life with his adoptive parents to a magical place where his real father is royalty.

Helping him along the way is his best friend Jum-Jum, who is played by the award-winning actor Christian Bale.

Christian, who is best known for starring in The Dark Knight movies and American Psycho, was only a young boy when he featured in the film alongside Nick.

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Since his first acting role back in the late 80s, the Hollyoaks star has also featured in EastEnders and Grange Hill.

Ahead of his jungle debut, the 48-year-old confessed why he decided to star in this year’s series.

He said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and as soon as I was approached, I said ‘yes’.

“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 or jump for a star.”

Joining Nick is the likes of Marvin Humes, Nella Rose, Grace Dent, Fred Sirieix and Danielle Harold.

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Airs Sunday 19th November on ITV from 9pm.

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