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Simon Gregson hopes IAC viewers can see past his Corrie character

Simon Gregson hopes viewers will see he has “a modicum more” intelligence than his on-screen persona Steve McDonald in the latest series of I’m A Celebrity.

The Coronation Street stalwart, who first appeared on the show in 1989, said he looks forward to people seeing “a different side to me” instead of his usual soap opera antics.

Gregson said he felt calm but admitted his feelings may well change, as his arrival at Gwrych Castle was teased alongside fellow soap star Adam Woodyatt, of EastEnders.

Asked if there was much difference between himself and McDonald, he replied: “Not a lot at all.

“For the simple reason that I had no idea what I was doing when I joined the show, I’d never acted, I didn’t know what I was doing, I kind of learned on the job.

“As the decades rolled by I thought well the simplest way to do this is maybe just be a more exaggerated me.

“Obviously the big differences are I probably wouldn’t do half the things that idiot does, and he wouldn’t do half the things I do.

“It would be nice for people to see I’ve got a modicum more of intelligence than Steve.

“It’ll be nice for people to see a different side to me, hopefully that’ll come across if I’m not too absolutely nervous.”

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