Nick Pickard’s Hollyoaks on-screen wife’s reaction to his I’m A Celeb stint

Hollyoaks legend Nick Pickard has been backed to win I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! by his on-screen wife Alex Fletcher.

The actress, who plays Diane Hutchinson in the E4 soap, has logged into Instagram page to share her support to the Tony Hutchinson star as he battles to become King of the Jungle on the gruelling ITV reality show.

Alongside a throwback picture of them both appearing on Radio City 96.7, Alex wrote a gushing message. She began: "Wishing @nickpickardofficial aka Tony from @hollyoaksofficial All THE BEST FOR @imacelebrity. Alex continued: What an absolute ledge & boss on screen husband !!! Your gonna love him !!! Now go & eat some [poo emojo] so we can all laugh at ya. BRING THAT [crown emoji] BACK. #KINGOFTHEJUNGLE.

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Unsurprisingly, Hollyoaks fans rushed to leave a message in the comment section with one social media user writing: "Aww made up he’s going in can’t wait to watch." Another added: "He is definitely going to be #kingofthejungle #teampickard." A third person gushed: "I screamed when I heard the news. Love him so much!! Going to be amazing @nickpickardofficial."

It comes after Nick confirmed the future of Hollyoaks before heading into the Australian jungle. The show, which had been on the main channel since its inception in 1995, was brought onto sister E4 to keep him younger audiences engaged – with additional content being released online.

Nick, 48, has played Tony Hutchison on the show since the show first hit our screens 28 years ago but speaking ahead of his entrance on the ITV reality show, he admitted he was unsure of the show's future in the long time and confessed that actors that are on the show are employed on an annual basis.

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He explained: "It’s all about if the money’s still coming in and we’ve been told that we definitely go on until at least the 30th anniversary so that’s as far as I know. "I’m only contracted year to year anyway," he continued. "So I’ve always taken each year as it comes and like every there’s a few of us in the cast and every time we get a contract we go out and have a little drink and say it’s another year in the sunshine."

Nick has kept his head down since he first walked into the jungle on Sunday (November 19). Before going on the show, the soap legend confessed he was feeling nervous about certain aspects of the jungle experience. In a joke, he said that he was more concerned about keeping his clothes on to clean himself instead of the insects and dangerous wildlife. "I’ve always been fit but I’ve never been muscle toned and I’m nearly 50 now so I’m a bit worried about the jungle shower," he said.

I'm A Celebrity.. Get Me Out of Here! airs on ITV1 and ITVX nightly at 9pm

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