Who is Nick Pickard in ITV's I'm A Celebrity 2023?
I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here is back for another year with ten new stars spending three weeks in the Australia outback. The popular ITV show returns on Sunday evening and is set to air nightly.
Among the stars ready to face up to gruelling bush tucker trials is actor Nick Pickard. The 48-year-old, from Surrey, is best know for playing Tony Hutchinson in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks. He's portrayed the role since the show began in 1995, making Tony the longest-serving cast member and cinching the British Soap Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2017.
Nick was just 12 years old when he made his acting debut as the lead character in the film Mio in the Land of Faraway alongside Christian Bale. He picked up a minor role in EastEnders before appearing on other shows as even music videos.
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Hollyoaks became a family affair for Nick in 2005 when his brother John joined the cast as Dominic Reilly, the half-brother of his character Tony. Nick has also had a career in theatre, taking part in productions including Richard II, An Enemy of the People and Edward II.
Having previously made it as a runner-up in MasterChef in 2011 and owning a number of restaurants in Sheffield, Nick reckons his role in the camp would be either 'grafter or chef.' He said: "I am quite good at cooking - but I’ve never cooked on a fire before."
Having portrayed his character for so long, Nick is looking forward to go to the camp as himself and not as Tony. However he has reassured fans that he isn't quitting Hollyoaks to take on I'm A