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THIS Coronation Street LEGEND is the first star to sign up for this year's I’m a Celebrity?

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Could Coronation Street's Beverley Callard be heading to the Australian jungle?

It has been hinted that Coronation Street legend Beverley Callard could be swapping drinks in The Rovers for bush tucker trials as she reportedly becomes the first star to sign up for the new series of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

As always at this time of year, there have been rumours circulating about who might be heading to the other side of the world to try their hand at jungle life.

Beverley Callard as Liz McDonald

It has been hinted that Beverley is swapping The Rovers for the Australian jungle (Picture: Getty Images) (Image credit: UK Press via Getty Images)

Last year's winner of the series was former EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa, but could Beverley make it two years in a row that a soap star wins the jungle crown?

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The actress, who has played Weatherfield's legendary Liz McDonald since 1989, recently left the soap to try her hand at something new and, according to The Mirror, her new venture is signing up for I'm A Celebrity.

The newspaper has reported that a few stars have been in virtual talks for the new series, which is set to hit our screens in November.

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Could Beverley be part of the 2020 I'm A Celebrity line up? (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

It has also been claimed that ITV is still hopeful that the series can go ahead despite the fact we are currently in lockdown thanks to coronavirus.

With the new series due to start in November, it has been revealed that there are hopes that social distancing rules might have been lifted by then.

A source told the publication: "Everyone was thrilled when Beverley said yes, she is such a well-loved face."

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Ant and Dec are hoping to be back in the Australian jungle in November (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

It has also been suggested that The One Show presenter Matt Baker could be heading to the jungle, along with ex footballer John Barnes.

Coronation Street will temporarily air a reduced schedule of three episodes a week. Watch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm on ITV. 

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.