Corrie’s Steve McDonald and EastEnders Ian Beale ‘to face off in I’m A Celeb’

Fan favourite and Coronation Street star Simon Gregson will reportedly go head-to-head with his soap rival, EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt as the pair both sign up for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Simon, 47, is well known for playing Corrie’s Steve McDonald for 32 years and has been rumoured to be the latest big-name signing.

The news comes after it was also alleged that EastEnders veteran Adam, 53, who plays the long-running character of Ian Beale, would also be joining the line-up.

Speaking to The Sun, a source said: “To have both Simon and Adam on this series is a real coup. Bosses think they’ll provide some real comedy moments together.”

The insider added: “Bosses know Corrie fans will get right behind him. Everyone knows Simon as Steve but now they’ll get to see a completely different side of him for the first time.

“Simon has previously shunned all reality shows and he has turned down I’m A Celeb a number of times before. But now his children are older, Simon started to think the timing was right.

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“And after the show was moved from Australia to Wales it made it easier for him to commit.”

Simon follows in the ­footsteps of his on-screen mum Liz, played by Beverley Callard, who appeared on the last series of the hit show.

He previously teased his co-star when she signed up, joking that she was faking her veganism to get out of trials.

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He said last year: “Rebecca, her daughter, is vegan and I’m sure Bev has done it for all the right reasons, health and to save the planet . . . if you believe that, I’m a mango.

“I’m pretty sure it’s because she doesn’t have to put a willy in her mouth.”

Simon and Adam will reportedly be joined at Gwrych Castle by Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Madeley, 65, who is thought to have signed a £200,000 deal to appear on the show.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, 78, has also been tipped to be part of this year’s line up.

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