EastEnders’ Shane Richie ‘signed’ by I’m A Celebrity and heads into quarantine

Shane Richie is preparing to wave goodbye to his swanky home and saying hello to a historic Welsh castle.

The actor famed for his role of Alfie Moon on the BBC soap EastEnders is believed to be going into quarantine two weeks before the latest series of I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is to return.

Richie, 56, often delights fans across the country in the lead up to Christmas starring in pantomimes but will be donning his overalls, rather than fancy dress.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, I'm A Celeb will swap its normal location of the Australian jungle for the haunted Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales.

Speaking about the shows latest signing, an insider revealed to The Sun: "ITV have always wanted Shane for the jungle but with panto not happening this year and other work opportunities less likely, he decided this was the time to take the plunge.

"Going to North Wales is less of a huge commitment than flying halfway across the world, too, so he jumped at the chance."

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The mole went on to say that production staff already think he's in the running to win the show as he is a "likeable bloke".

Coleen Nolan's ex will be one of several EastEnders alumni who have participated in the show with the likes of Charlie Brooks, Jacqueline Jossa and Joe Swash all being crowned the winner.

Fans couldn't contain their excitement after the news was revealed, instantly taking to social media to share their delight.

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"And now SHANE RICHIE! This is such a good lineup. Really excited. #ImACeleb," said one.

While a second added: "Shane Richie to win he will be awesome #ImACeleb."

"Alfie Moon on this years I'm A Celeb is single-handedly going to save 2020," exclaimed one excited Shane fan.

Shane's signing comes after it was revealed that Olympian Sir Mo Farah had decided to venture into reality television and put himself through the paces.

Sources told The Sun that Farah believes this will be the "opportunity of a lifetime."

The show was thrown into turmoil when the Welsh government decided to close the borders to tourists earlier this month following an increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases.

Newly implemented rules mean that only those working in Wales can enter the country via the borders with Chester and the M4 bridge.

However, as the reality show is classed as a place of work, celebrities and the crew working on the show will be allowed to travel to Gwrych Castle in Abergele.

A statement released via the official Twitter account for the historic castle read: "Following the announcement today from the First Minister, the overriding message is that filming can continue in Wales providing related activity cannot be undertaken from home, and there is full compliance with Welsh law.

"We cannot wait to see I'm A Celebrity on our screens!"

Daily Star Online has contacted Shane's representatives for comment.

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