Who is I’m A Celeb star Russell Watson? Here’s what you need to know about the singer

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has begun again and so far we are absolutely loving it.

Set in the chilly Gwrych Castle in North Wales, this year we have so watched with baited breath as a whole host of famous faces including Coronation Street star Beverley Callard, radio DJ Jordan North and presenter Vernon Kay complete horrific trials and get to know each other in the less-than-homely camp.

But tonight, 18 November, there are two new celebrities entering the castle to be terrorised by Ant and Dec.

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The newbies are West End Ruthie Henshall and singing sensation Russell Watson.

But for those of you that haven’t heard of Russell, here is everything you need to know…

Who is Russell Watson?

Russell Watson is an opera singer. More specifically he is a tenor and has released ten studio albums in both a pop and operatic style.

The Voice, his debut album, rocketed straight to the top of the UK charts in 2000 and held the top spot for 52 weeks which was a world record.

It also got to number one in the USA, which meant that he was the first British male artist to have simultaneous transatlantic number ones.

He has performed at the Commonwealth games, as well as at Buckingham Palace and the Ruby Union World Cup.

Additionally, although many people don’t know this, Russell also voiced the Star Trek series enterprise soundtrack.

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Who is Russell Watson married to?

Russell has been married to Louise Watson since 2015, and he has two daughter, Hannah and Rebecca, from a previous marriage.

Louise is 31, meaning that her and Russell have a 22 year age gap.

What has Russell Watson said about appearing on I’m A Celebrity?

Speaking ahead of the show, Russell, who has beaten two brain tumours, said: "I'm feeling fitter and stronger than I have for a long time.

“I've been training like a lunatic for the last couple of weeks. I have got one of those Peloton bikes and last week I did 60 miles on it.

"And I have been hammering the weights as well so I feel like I am in a good place to go in there and also to test my mettle against the challenges.

“I am a very competitive human being.

“I would like to win. There are some very strong characters in there, so I would never assume it will happen but if someone asks 'would I like to win' then yeah of course I would.

"You don't get from where I came from which is the factory floor of a Salford workshop to being the best selling classical artist in the UK without being a driven lunatic.

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"I have always worked hard and been driven. I always grab a challenge with both hands.

“So I'm not going in there to fade into the background, that is for sure.”

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