November 23, 2020

Im A Celebrity stars are being protected by over 40 security guards – Daily Mail

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More than 40 security guards are protecting the I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! campmates at their new Welsh base, MailOnline can reveal.

The army of guards have surrounded haunted Gwrych Castle – the show’s new home after relocating from Australia due to the coronavirus pandemic – and have closed nearby roads in preparation of the show’s launch on Sunday.

The ring of steel includes wardens in high-vis jackets at the entrances which have been sealed with wire fences.

High-level: More than 40 security guards are protecting the I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! campmates at their new Welsh base, MailOnline can reveal

High-level: More than 40 security guards are protecting the I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! campmates at their new Welsh base, MailOnline can reveal

High-level: More than 40 security guards are protecting the I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! campmates at their new Welsh base, MailOnline can reveal

MailOnline can also reveal that guards with night-vision goggles have even been placed inside the forest surrounding the camp.

Paths leading into the 4,000-acre estate have been blocked including those near Emily’s Tower which is above the Grade I listed 19th century castle.

Pavements in front of the main entrance have been blocked off to stop people congregating and a camp site and Manorfan Farm Park next to the castle have also been closed.

The ten celebrities including Olympic athlete Sir Mo Farah, 37, funnyman Shane Ritchie, 56, and Corrie legend Bev Callard, 63, are being kept safe by staff believed to be former members of the military.

Shake-up: The army of guards have surrounded haunted Gwrych Castle and have closed nearby roads in preparation of the show's launch on Sunday

Shake-up: The army of guards have surrounded haunted Gwrych Castle and have closed nearby roads in preparation of the show's launch on Sunday

Shake-up: The army of guards have surrounded haunted Gwrych Castle and have closed nearby roads in preparation of the show’s launch on Sunday

Changes: North Wales is the ITV1 show's new home after relocating from Australia due to the coronavirus pandemic

Changes: North Wales is the ITV1 show's new home after relocating from Australia due to the coronavirus pandemic

Changes: North Wales is the ITV1 show’s new home after relocating from Australia due to the coronavirus pandemic

Secure: The ring of steel includes wardens in high-vis jackets at the entrances which have been sealed with wire fences

Secure: The ring of steel includes wardens in high-vis jackets at the entrances which have been sealed with wire fences

Secure: The ring of steel includes wardens in high-vis jackets at the entrances which have been sealed with wire fences 

Impressive: MailOnline can also reveal that guards with night-vision goggles have even been placed inside the forest surrounding the camp

Impressive: MailOnline can also reveal that guards with night-vision goggles have even been placed inside the forest surrounding the camp

Impressive: MailOnline can also reveal that guards with night-vision goggles have even been placed inside the forest surrounding the camp

No access: Paths leading into the 4,000-acre estate have been blocked including those near Emily's Tower which is above the castle

No access: Paths leading into the 4,000-acre estate have been blocked including those near Emily's Tower which is above the castle

No access: Paths leading into the 4,000-acre estate have been blocked including those near Emily’s Tower which is above the castle

Locals who approached the castle in Abergele, North Wales were challenged by dozens of security guards put in place for the 20th series of the survival series.

Richard Hughes, 32, told us: ‘People are being asked what they are doing. Some of them look like proper close protection security with night goggles and everything.

‘My mate got talking to one and he said: ”We like it here – it makes a change from guarding princes in Saudia Arabia”.

‘I think that means they’re ex-military. I don’t think anyone’s getting inside the castle or near any of the stars that’s for sure.’

Precautions: Pavements in front of the main entrance have been blocked off to stop people congregating and a camp site and Manorfan Farm Park next to the castle have also been closed

Precautions: Pavements in front of the main entrance have been blocked off to stop people congregating and a camp site and Manorfan Farm Park next to the castle have also been closed

Precautions: Pavements in front of the main entrance have been blocked off to stop people congregating and a camp site and Manorfan Farm Park next to the castle have also been closed

The best of the best: The ten celebs - including Olympic athlete Sir Mo Farah, 37, and funnyman Shane Ritchie, 56 - are being kept safe by staff believed to be ex-military

The best of the best: The ten celebs - including Olympic athlete Sir Mo Farah, 37, and funnyman Shane Ritchie, 56 - are being kept safe by staff believed to be ex-military

The best of the best: The ten celebs – including Olympic athlete Sir Mo Farah, 37, and funnyman Shane Ritchie, 56 – are being kept safe by staff believed to be ex-military

Upcoming: The series will start tonight at 9pm and a handful of vans drove in for last-minute preparations

Upcoming: The series will start tonight at 9pm and a handful of vans drove in for last-minute preparations

Upcoming: The series will start tonight at 9pm and a handful of vans drove in for last-minute preparations

Mother-of-one Sian Thomas, 26, added: ‘I tried to get into the grounds recently as I was walking my dog but was stopped.

‘You can see security guards everywhere even as you walk around it. There are even plain clothes security as you walk in fields nearby keeping an eye on it.

‘Some people even think there are some ex-SAS people but who knows. I’d be more concerned by the ghosts myself’.

Details: I think that means they're ex-military. I don't think anyone's getting inside the castle or near any of the stars that's for sure', a local told us

Details: I think that means they're ex-military. I don't think anyone's getting inside the castle or near any of the stars that's for sure', a local told us

Details: I think that means they’re ex-military. I don’t think anyone’s getting inside the castle or near any of the stars that’s for sure’, a local told us

Not available: Locals who approached the castle in Abergele, North Wales were challenged by dozens of security guards put in place for the 20th series of the survival series

Not available: Locals who approached the castle in Abergele, North Wales were challenged by dozens of security guards put in place for the 20th series of the survival series

Not available: Locals who approached the castle in Abergele, North Wales were challenged by dozens of security guards put in place for the 20th series of the survival series

'You can see security guards everywhere even as you walk around it. There are even plain clothes security as you walk in fields nearby keeping an eye on it', another added

'You can see security guards everywhere even as you walk around it. There are even plain clothes security as you walk in fields nearby keeping an eye on it', another added

‘You can see security guards everywhere even as you walk around it. There are even plain clothes security as you walk in fields nearby keeping an eye on it’, another added

Spooky! Many believe Gwrych Castle is haunted by the White Lady who is thought to be previous owner, Winifred, the Countess of Dundonald, who died in 1924

Spooky! Many believe Gwrych Castle is haunted by the White Lady who is thought to be previous owner, Winifred, the Countess of Dundonald, who died in 1924

Spooky! Many believe Gwrych Castle is haunted by the White Lady who is thought to be previous owner, Winifred, the Countess of Dundonald, who died in 1924

Many believe Gwrych Castle is haunted by the White Lady who is thought to be previous owner, Winifred, the Countess of Dundonald, who died in 1924.

She has been seen at the windows and it is thought she is angry with her husband who she cut off in her will but who then bought back the castle and stripped it of her possessions and sell its contents.

Locals believe she also fell out with caretaker Bill Price, who would lock up the library at night only to find it opened the next morning.

New beginnings: A rainbow was seen over the Grade I listed 19th century castle hours before the show kicked off

New beginnings: A rainbow was seen over the Grade I listed 19th century castle hours before the show kicked off

New beginnings: A rainbow was seen over the Grade I listed 19th century castle hours before the show kicked off

Chilly: Conditions are the most bleak that celebrities have faced in the show's history with crumbling sleeping quarters equipped with rickety iron framed beds and hammocks

Chilly: Conditions are the most bleak that celebrities have faced in the show's history with crumbling sleeping quarters equipped with rickety iron framed beds and hammocks

Chilly: Conditions are the most bleak that celebrities have faced in the show’s history with crumbling sleeping quarters equipped with rickety iron framed beds and hammocks 

There also rooms where dogs refuse to enter, including a room where the Countess’ spiritual healer is thought to have held seances.

The series will start tonight at 9pm and a handful of vans have been seen driving in for last-minute preparations.

Conditions are the most bleak that celebrities have faced in the show’s history with crumbling sleeping quarters equipped with rickety iron framed beds and hammocks.

The ten celebrities were driven into the camp on Friday night after completing their first challenges.

Shocked! Campmate Jessica Plummer was horrified as she entered the rusted and unclean bathroom which they will have to use for the duration of the show

Shocked! Campmate Jessica Plummer was horrified as she entered the rusted and unclean bathroom which they will have to use for the duration of the show

Shocked! Campmate Jessica Plummer was horrified as she entered the rusted and unclean bathroom which they will have to use for the duration of the show

Radio I DJ Jordan North, 30, was sick and Jessica Plumber, 28, looked terrified as they did abseiling off a cliff in nearby Anglesey.

The weather has not been kind to them since their arrival at their Welsh home with torrential rain and high winds.

Storm conditions are forecast tonight with rain and winds gusting up to 48mph as the celebrities compete in terrifying challenges in the early hours of Monday morning.

This is hell: Viewers will watch on Sunday's show the ten terrified celebrities arrive at The Gates To Hell- a huge gatehouse-like building in front of the derelict castle

This is hell: Viewers will watch on Sunday's show the ten terrified celebrities arrive at The Gates To Hell- a huge gatehouse-like building in front of the derelict castle

This is hell: Viewers will watch on Sunday’s show the ten terrified celebrities arrive at The Gates To Hell- a huge gatehouse-like building in front of the derelict castle

I’M A CELEBRITY… GET ME OUT OF HERE! 2020: Who are the celebrities?

Name: SIR MO FARAH CBE

Age: 37

Claim to fame: The most successful British track athlete in Olympic Games history 

Phobias: Any animal that moves

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me doing something other than running

Role in the camp: Cook

Miss most: Coffee, my wife and children

Dream campmate: Samuel L Jackson would be pretty cool

Relationship status: Married

Name: SHANE RICHIE

Age: 56  

Phobias: Human faeces. If I see one, it is over! I am hoping the camp toilet will be enclosed

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: Nothing. I don’t think I am that interesting

Role in the camp: Person who will muck in with anything 

Miss most: My family and routine at home

Dream campmate: Eric Cantona, any 80s’ pop star or The Roc

Relationship status: Married

Name: BEVERLEY CALLARD

Age: 63

Claim to fame: Corrie legend 

Phobias: Ghosts and insects 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People think I am glamorous as I have played Liz for so long but I am not

Role in the camp: Cleaner 

Miss most: Dogs and my husband, Jon

Dream campmate: Ricky Gervais – he would keep us all going

Relationship status: Married

Name: AJ PRITCHARD 

Age: 26 

Claim to fame: Former Strictly professional

Phobias: Heights, claustrophobia

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: People see me with sparkles and fake tan but nobody knows what I am like

Role in the camp: Keeping spirits up and the cleaner

Miss most: My warm and comfy bed

Dream campmate: Any celebrity with an intriguing background

Relationship status: Dating

Name: VERNON KAY

Age: 46

Claim to fame: TV and radio presenter

Phobias: I don’t like being confined underwater!

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I think I have always been the same throughout my career – so I don’t have any.

Role in the camp: Person to keep spirits up.

Miss most: My family.

Dream camper: Anybody who has won the Super Bowl!

Relationship status: Married.

Name: VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE

Age: 52  

Claim to fame: Award-winning journalist

Phobias: I am not a fan of spiders or confined spaces and I don’t know what I am going to be like when I get there! 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t think I have any as people just know me as the news and current affairs person! 

Role in the camp: Shoulder to cry on. 

Miss most: My boys, husband, dog and Mum. 

Dream campmate: Madonna, Gary Lineker and Jamie Oliver to cook for us. I think you could have some really geeky chats with them! 

Relationship status: Married.

Name: GIOVANNA FLETCHER

Age: 35

Claim to fame: Author and podcaster

Phobias: Heights. My legs go wobbly and you can’t rationalise it

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I am not that controversial so nothing

Role in the camp: Mum, friend and the giver of hugs

Miss most: My husband, Tom, and my three children

Dream campmate: The Queen, Judi Dench and Ant Middleton so he can help us with all the survival skills

Relationship status: Married

Name: JESSICA PLUMMER

Age: 28

Claim to fame: Former EastEnders actress

Phobias: Arachnophobia, fear of heights –just about every phobia

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: It will be nice for people to see me for who I am rather than my EastEnders character

Role in the camp: Chatterbox and little sister

Miss most: My daughter. It’s going to be the longest we’ve been apart

Dream campmate: Denzel Washington would be awesome. I would listen to every word he said

Relationship status: Single

Name: JORDAN NORTH

Age: 30

Claim to fame: Radio 1 DJ 

Phobias: It’s just easier to say what I am not scared of. I have so many phobias

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: On my Radio 1 show, I am always bubbly and energetic but everyone has down moments too, so it will be nice for people to see what I am really like

Role in the camp: Entertainer and the tidy up person –I love a tidy house

Miss most: A nice cool pint of Guinness

Dream campmate: Barack Obama and Liam Gallagher. He would be great entertainment value

Relationship status: Single

Name: HOLLIE ARNOLD MBE  

Age: 26

Claim to fame: Paralympic gold medallist 

Phobias: Spiders

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the castle: I don’t want it to focus on my disability

Role in the camp: Cook/shoulder to cry on 

Miss most: My boyfriend, food and my cats

Dream campmate: Michelle Keegan –she is beautiful

Relationship status: Dating