I’m A Celeb winner ‘set to join EastEnders’

What will Mick Carter have to say about this?

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by Marianna Manson |
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In news we never knew we needed for 2021, it looks as though one of I’m a Celeb’s biggest names will be arriving in Albert Square and taking up a position and landlord Mick Carter’s sidekick.

But it’s not Jacqueline Jossa or Joe Swash returning to the soap – it’s 2018 winner Harry Redknapp, who made a career as a footballer and manager of Spurs and West Ham.

Harry Redknapp
Harry will be picking up a script ©Getty

Despite having no formal acting training, since his win Harry has gone on to host his own successful podcast and star in a number of TV adverts, and is now turning his attentions to the silver screen.

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“Harry will be a great addition to EastEnders,” a source told The Mirror. “Even though he has no traditional acting experience, his character and charm are more than enough to stand him in good stead on the show.

“And with him growing up in the real East End, it makes it even better.”

It seems it could be something of a dream come true for family man Harry, who recently revealed he’s long hoped to feature on the show and had even imagined his opening scene.

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With his I'm a Celeb co stars ©Getty


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“Mick Carter and his regulars are in The Vic,” said Harry. “They’re at the bar and one says, ‘Ere, you heard Redknapp has moved back in the area?’ Another says, ‘Nah, he’s moved to that posh Sandbanks’. Mick then says, ‘Nah, he’s had enough of it. He’s come back’.

“At this point, I come into the pub, they turn around shocked and I say, ‘I’ve moved round the corner’. Mick then says, ‘We’re starting up a little business. A bit of this, bit of that’.”

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