ITV I’m A Celebrity: EastEnders' star Ian Beale confirmed as wildcard and fans are ecstatic

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EastEnders star Ian Beale is making an appearance in the latest series of I’m A Celeb, joining the cast as one of the new wildcards.

Two wildcards have been announced and fans are “ecstatic” that Ian Beale is one of the new contestants that has been added to the line up.

Adam Woodyatt plays the actor and he hasn’t competed on the show before but will join contestants tomorrow during a live trial, that he has to take part in!

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One fan said: “I’m actually ecstatic that Ian Beale is joining the series. He will single handily save it in my opinion.”

Another said: “Come on ITV give the fans what they want… Ian Beale. Yesss my dreams have come true”

One also said: “Ian Beale is the only person that I believe would save the show. He is meme central.”

One also put: “Now my voting starts so that the rightful winner is chosen, Ian Beale.”

Tonight, 24 November, the celebs joint camps after a rocky patch in yesterday’s show saw Arlene Phillips and Naughty Boy both threatening to quit the show in only the third episode.

This year the celebrities are back at Gwrych Castle in Abergele where a new cast returned in this year’s series.

I’m A Celebrity is back on screens at 9.00pm tonight, 24 November, and can be caught up with on the ITV Hub.

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I’m A Celebrity fans left stunned by Adam Woodyatt’s appearance as EastEnders star arrives

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Adam Woodyatt’s appearance in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here has finally been confirmed.

The EastEnders legend’s participation in the ITV reality show was teased at the end of Wednesday night’s episode.

He’ll enter the castle alongside another soap icon, Simon Gregson.

The Ian Beale and Steve McDonald actors will join the camp in Thursday night’s show as they all take on the next trial.

READ MORE: I’m A Celebrity fans blast ‘unfair’ trial as they’re left baffled by Richard Madeley blunder

I’m A Celeb fans caught their first glimpse of Adam during their introduction packages after hosts Ant and Dec introduced them both.

Adam was heard saying: “I’m Adam Woodyatt and I’m probably best known for being a resident of Albert Square and playing Ian Beale for 37 years.”

After reeling off his fears, including snakes and rats, he joked: “I’m gonna be about as much use as a chocolate teapot.”

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Before his appearance on the show, the 53-year-old, who was one of the original characters in EastEnders when it launched in 1985, spoke of his excitement and why he’s finally agreed to appear.

“I’ve known about doing I’m A Celebrity for a long time and I can’t wait to go in now. I don’t mind if I am first or last in the castle – I am just really looking forward to being on the show,” he said.

“Why have I finally said yes? Because I am not in EastEnders. That is the honest answer. I am not in contract with the BBC so I can come and do it.

“Everyone thinks I am Ian Beale and so it’s going to be great to show I am not.”

But upon seeing him on screen, fans were stunned by Adam’s new look.

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@Auntiepamsy tweeted: “#ImACeleb Wow has Adam Woodyat been in waiting at the castle dungeon for a few weeks already? He’s a shadow of his former self?!”

“Just going to throw it out there but Ian Beale is looking fantastic #ImACeleb,” @misscatxxxx added.

@_Mxarzz said: “Wiiit is that Ian beale?? He’s lost soo much weight!! #ImACeleb.”

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“Is that really Ian Beale? Been so long since I’ve watched a recent Eastenders clip. Looks like a different person,” @DFTPNK02 commented.

@0X1WON screamed: “IAN BEALE LOOKS SO DIFFERENT OMG.”

“Develops a crush on Ian Beale,” @JinnySkeans tweeted.

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I’m a Celeb fans ‘screaming’ as they realise the same thing about Simon Gregson and Adam Woodyatt’s arrival

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I’m A Celebrity is going to be shaken up by the arrival of two newcomers and fans of the show are ‘screaming’ with excitement.

Simon Gregson, who plays Coronation Street icon Steve McDonald, and Adam Woodyatt, who plays EastEnders legend Ian Beale, are both heading into Gwrych Castle tonight (Thursday November 25).

And fans of the ITV reality show reckon it’s bound to be epic.

READ MORE: I’m A Celebrity’s Simon Gregson confesses fears as Corrie fans will see ‘different side’ to him

@ruinhev said on Twitter: “The way the whole of the UK is literally screaming over Steve McDonald and Ian Beale right now… iconic.”

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@rockyroo10 tweeted: “Honestly Ian Beale and Steve Macdonald on #ImACeleb this THE YEAR.”

@greglee91I commented: “I can’t believe that Richard Madeley, Steve McDonald and Ian Beale are going to be in the castle together, what a time to be alive.”

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@siennaspassey wrote: “I’m actually excited for these late arrivals.”

GDogWinship1999 said: “So #ImACeleb has been good so far but we all know that when Adam Woodyatt (aka Ian Beale) and Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) arrive tomorrow the series is going to get miles better.”

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And @TotallyTonio decided: “Steve McDonald and Ian Beale entering as the late duo is probably the best move @imacelebrity has ever made.”

Viewers gripped by the ITV reality show have realised that with Simon and Adam joining the camp the series is going to become a battle of the soaps, especially as Emmerdale’s Danny Miller is already in the castle.

Alex Stanger said. “I can hardly Adam and Steve it.

“Hopefully this soap battle with Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale) and Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) will be worth watching.”

@PastelUnicorn5 cheered: “Yay!!! We now have Ian/Adam from Eastenders, Steve/Simon from Coronation Street and Aaron/Danny from Emmerdale; it’s suddenly turned into a battle of the soaps.”

@SINGULARITAE07 said: “Who will get the furthest the Emmerdale, Eastenders or Corrie actor?! the battle of the soaps.”

And @MisTintehotbabe tweeted: “Yessss rumours are true 3 soaps stars in the camp this year now all we need is some one from #Hollyoaks to joining we got Danny from #Emmerdale Adam from #EastEnders and Simon from #Corrie #ImACeleb.”