I'm a Celebrity star Nick Pickard says the crew on Hollyoaks crew call him Ken after Ken Barlow.

Actor Nick, 48, has been playing Tony Hutchinson since 1995. He is Hollyoaks’ version of Coronation Street actor Bill Roache who has been on the cobbles since the show began in 1960 as Ken.

Nick said: "The sparks call me Ken on Hollyoaks set and I do see it as a badge of honour. It is to me and I’m proud of the show. The show has been on for 28 years and shows don’t stay on 28 years if people don’t watch it. It’s as simple as that."

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He added: "You do worry about soaps at the minute because obviously what’s happened to Doctors, BBC soap which got axed, and when I first started and when I was younger, Coronation Street and EastEnders where there were on like 20 million viewers but obviously with the way the world is now with so many different platforms to watch TV on, everyone is struggling.

Nick Pickard
I'm a Celebrity star Nick Pickard says the crew on Hollyoaks crew call him Ken after Ken Barlow

"But you know, we’re still there and it seems to be going strong so I’ll stay as long as they want me. We’ve been told that we definitely go on until at least the 30th anniversary so that’s as far as I know and we only ever get one year contracts. You never know they might shove me off after what happens in the jungle!"

Bill Roache
Bill Roache has been on the cobbles since Corrie began in 1960 as Ken Barlow

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Nick likes a midnight snack but has been trying to cut down on food as his family fear he might shout at someone if he gets hangry in camp. He added: "My missus is always having to go because she says sometimes I’ve been asleep for a little bit and then I wake up and then I cannot get back to sleep before I’ve gone and made myself some food.

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"So for the last sort of months, she’s really been trying to snap it out of me. I’ve been doing intermittent fasting, so just trying to not eat like throughout the day and even that’s been tough. I really don’t know what I have let myself in for her. But I mean, I’m sure I’m sure it’ll be OK.

My mum was so worried about me having a go the last thing she said was 'Nick, please don’t shout at anyone if they don’t bring any stars back'"

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