I’m A Celeb stars’ secret former careers from underwear model to EastEnders star
22nd November 2022

It's easy to say that all the contestants in this year's I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! are bursting with talents and personality. That's what's expected when you put athletes, media personalities and politicians all in one place.

But did you know that a lot of the contestants also have secret talents or career moments that they have failed to mention on the show?

From being an entrepreneur and owning their own successful business to being an underwear model in a calendar, this year's contestants have done it all.

But do you know Mike, Matt, Jill or Babatúndé's secret career moments? Here's everything you need to know.

Mike Tindall

Mike Tindall, husband of Zara Phillips, has posed in his underwear for a charity calendar. The now 44-year-old is pictured as 'Mr June' in the new Rugby for Heroes 2012 calendar.

The sportsman, who married the Queen's granddaughter in July 2011, is a patron of the charity, which was set up by players to raise money for ex-servicemen. Mike has endorsed the charity since its inception along with several other Premiership team players.

Mike first rose to fame as a rugby union player. He played outside centre for Bath and Gloucester, and won 75 caps for England between 2000 and 2011. He was also a member of the England squad which won the 2003 World Cup.

Matt Hancock

The former MP Matt Hancock is the first MP in modern times to win a horse race, having raced to victory at the Newmarket July Course in August 2012.

Matt won the first charity race involving amateur jockeys to be ridden on Newmarket's world famous July course. The race was staged at 5.35pm on 18th August, as part of the Horsemen and Heroes charity day.

As well as the victory, Matt, who was dubbed Action Matt at the time, also helped raise £10,000.

In preparing for the race Matt lost almost two stone in 10 weeks

Jill Scott

Jill Scott is not only an amazing footballer – she's also a successful entrepreneur and business owner. Together with her partner Shelly Unitt, they run a Manchester-based cafe called Boxx2Boxx.

The dynamic duo purchased their coffee shop together back in 2021, and decided to name their business after Jill’s infamous role as a box-to-box midfielder.

Less than 24 hours after she received her enormous Euro 2022 medal, the Northern lass picked up a shift at her coffee shop much to her customer's surprise.

Babatúndé Aléshé

Babatúndé Aléshé is best known for his comedy work and for being on Celebrity Gogglebox, but did you know he's also acted in EastEnders, Doctor Who and other big TV shows?

In 2010, Babatunde played a character called Sean in BBC's Doctor Who alongside Karen Gillan, Matt Smith and James Corden. In the episode, The Lodger, the comedian portrayed a footballer who played a match alongside the Doctor.

A year later, Babatunde starred in EastEnders as a nurse named Sam, in scenes with Tanya Branning. Nurse Sam supported Tanya when she first began her chemotherapy, after her cancer diagnosis.

Sam reappeared a few weeks on from this, and broke the news that a friend of Tanya's had passed away, while he also appeared in a scene with Lauren Branning.


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