Jessica Plummer - things you didn't know about the I'm A Celebrity star

Jessica Plummer I'm A Celebrty
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From shaving her hair off to sharing a stage with Taylor Swift, there's lots to learn about ex EastEnders star and I'm A Celeb campmate Jessica Plummer...

Jessica Plummer became a household name thanks to her recent role as EastEnders' Chantelle Atkins and now she's part of I'm A Celebrity 2020!

The singer-turned-actress joined EastEnders back in March 2019 and quickly made a big impact on the soap.

She left the show earlier this year when Chantelle was murdered by her husband, Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith).

Most fans of the actress will know that:

  • Jessica has been a life-long fan of EastEnders before joining the show
  • She was starstruck meeting some of the other EastEnders actors
  • Jessica gets on brilliantly with former on-screen husband Toby Alexander-Smith

But what else do we know about Jessica Plummer? Here are several things you probably don't know...

1. Jessica was scouted for Neon Jungle 

Jessica Plummer Neon Jungle

Jessica was part of four-piece girl band, Neon Jungle (Picture: Shirlaine Forrest/Getty) (Image credit: Shirlaine Forrest)

Jessica was out shopping in Brick Lane when she was scouted by a music manager and asked to audition for the four-piece girlband, Neon Jungle. Alongside Jessica in the band were Shereen Cutkelvin, Amira McCarthy and Asami Zdrenka. The band enjoyed great success earning top 10 chart positions for both their singles and their album.

More: Things you didn't know about Emmerdale star Jeff Hordley 

2.  EastEnders wasn't Jessica's first TV role 

Back in 2013 Jessica made her television debut in a British science fantasy series called Wizards vs Aliens. Jessica played the role of Chloe and the series focused on the adventures of a 16-year-old wizard called Tom Clarke and his scientifically gifted best friend, Benny Sherwood.

3. She is a very proud mum

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Jessica has a beautiful four-year-old daughter called Noa and often delights fans by sharing photos of the adventures they have together on Instagram. Noa was born in July 2016 and Jessica announced the news on social media, telling her followers that she couldn't wait to start a family.

More: Things you didn't know about Emmerdale star Zoe Henry 

4. She has a surprising celebrity crush 

Stacey Dooley on the set of EastEnders

Jessica has got a secret girl crush on Stacey Dooley (Picture: BBC)

While filming EastEnders spin off show Secrets from the Square with host Stacey Dooley recently, Jessica admitted that she's always had a bit of a crush on the presenter. She said: "Meeting Stacey was the highlight of filming Secrets from the Square, I've always had a bit of a girl crush on her!"

5. Jessica is also a movie star

In 2017 Jessica starred in a film called How to Talk to Girls at Parties, which also starred huge names like Nicole Kidman and Matt Lucas. The movie, which was a science fiction romantic comedy, premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

6. She once shaved all her hair off 

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While we might all have total hair envy every time we look at Jessica's beautiful locks, she hasn't always loved her hair and back in 2015 she shaved it all off. She showcased her new look online saying that she was fed up with her hair being so damaged after years of heat and dye, which had left her long gorgeous curls matted and frizzy.

7.  She's shared a stage with Taylor Swift 

Back in 2013 Neon Jungle supported Jessie J on her live arena tour. The following month Jessica and her bandmates performed alongside American singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift, at the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Jessica Plummer's Fact File 

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the actress....

How old is she?

Jessica Plummer's age is 28. She was born on 16 September 1992.

Does she have children?

Jessica Plummer has a daughter called Noa.

Where was she born?

Jessica Plummer was born in London.

How tall is she?

Jessica Plummer is 5ft 8.

Instagram: @jessicakate_plummer

I'm A Celebrity is airing on ITV (see our TV Guide for full listings). 

We work hard to ensure that all information is correct. Facts that change over time, such as age, will be correct, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of the last article update.

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Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

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.