Secret connections of I’m A Celeb contestants as Jordan North worked as Victoria Derbyshire’s tea boy

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I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! has returned to our screens to an audience with 12m viewers on the launch night watching famous soap stars, a dancer, broadcasters and athletes as they battle against the brutal cold of a Welsh castle.

And with the world of entertainment it doesn't come as much of a surprise that the celebrities staying in the castle have crossed paths with one another in some way over the years.

Here we take a look at who knows who and how, after Radio 1 DJ Jordan North shocked viewers when he revealed he'd started out as Victoria Derbyshire's tea boy!

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Jordan North and Victoria Derbyshire

Radio 1 DJ Jordan grew up in Burnley, Lancashire and he graduated with a BA in Media Production from the University of Sunderland.

After that Jordan worked his way up through before landing a job at BBC Radio 5 Live as a researcher. This is where he crossed paths with Victoria, who presented on the station for 16 years before leaving in 2014.


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The pair were stunned to see each other in the Welsh countryside before heading to the castle, with Victoria enveloping her former colleague in a hug: "Ahh Jordan! How are you??

Equally excited to see a familiar face, Jordan said: "Guys this is Victoria Derbyshire, I used to be her tea boy! I used to make her tea," Jordan beamed as the rest of the contestants laughed at their reunion."

Shane Richie and Beverley Callard

Soap stars Shane Richie and Beverley Callard have made their names on EastEnders and Coronation Street, and you'd probably never expect to see them on screen together.

But back in 2010 Beverley, who plays Liz McDonald on Corrie, and Shane who plays Alfie Moon on EE, joined forces along with a whole host of their co-stars including Kym Marsh, Jessie Wallace, and Helen Worth for a Children in Need special.


They joined forces for a one-off episode with the Corrie stars visiting the EastEnders set, like the Queen Vic.

Bev said at the time: "I've visited the EastEnders set many years ago but this is the first time I've worked on it and it was great. We've had a great time and the script is so funny."

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Jessica Plummer and Shane Richie

Perhaps a not-so-secret connection between actors Jessica Plummer and Shane Richie is EastEastenders.

Both starred in the BBC soap, with Jessica's character Chantelle recently being killed off.


Meanwhile Shane's Alfie Moon has left the soap a few times since joining in 2002, most recently to take part in stage show Everybody's Talking About Jamie, which has been put on hold due to coronavirus.

Shane and Jessica haven't shared a scene, but they belong to a long list of EastEnders' stars who had taken part in I'm A Celeb, with three alumni going on to win the show – Jacqueline Jossa, Joe Swash and Charlie Brooks.

Victoria Derbyshire and Shane Richie

Probably more six degrees in separation than a secret connection, but Victoria Derbyshire worked with Shane Richie's ex-wife Coleen Nolan when they both appeared on The Real Full Monty.

Coleen has been in firm support of her ex-husband's stint on I'm A Celeb as it relocates to Wales from the Aussie jungle.

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Shane has been married to Christie Goddard since 2007, and share three children together, but was first married to Coleen in 1990 to 1999 and have two grown sons Shane Roche Jr, 31, and Jake Roche, 28.

The exes are on good terms and Coleen took to Instagram after the launch: "Loving @imacelebrity so much already.. especially with @beverleycallard @vicderbyshire and of course @theshanerichie who’s bloody hilarious already!"

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