Who is I’m A Celebrity 2017 contestant Shappi Khorsandi?
Shappi Khorsandi is a stand-up comedienne best known for appearing on shows such as Just a Minute, Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats and QI.
The 44-year-old will also be familiar to some audiences thanks to her performances on comedy show Live at the Apollo.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! contestant Shappi is of Iranian origin and had to flee her native country as a child after the Iranian Revolution.
As of January 2016, she became the president of organisation Humanists UK, a charity campaigning for non-religious people and striving for a fair and more secular society.
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She was working on her novel when the opportunity to take part in the ITV reality series came up, which she described as the “perfect excuse” to stop writing.
The comic revealed that in preparation for the tough living conditions of the camp, she temporarily went vegan.
However, this could come into conflict with eating jungle critters and other animal parts as part of the Bushtucker Trials.
Speaking about entering the jungle, Shappi said: “I just felt that it was a good time for me to do something like this.”
“It’s something a bit challenging and really out of my comfort zone. I didn’t talk to Joel about it beforehand as it’s been a big secret but I am feeling both excited and terrified about the prospect.”
Shappi Khorsandi is joining I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
When it comes to the trials, it will be my son and daughter who I will be wanting to impress and not let them down because I was too scared
I'm A Celebrity 2017 contestant Shappi Khorsandi
Shappi is a mother-of-two to son Cassius with ex-husband and fellow comedian Christian Reilly as well as a daughter.
She explained: “When it comes to the trials, it will be my son and daughter who I will be wanting to impress and not let them down because I was too scared.
“I’d like to think I am gutsy. You can’t let people down. I am a single mum and I’ve always had to do my best and get through everything. You haven’t got time to sit down and have a whinge.”
The British comedian came out as bisexual and is currently single but said she’d “never say no to a bit of love” if a jungle romance did come up.
Shappi Khorsandi is a British-Iranian comedienne joining I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
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Who is in the I’m A Celebrity 2017 line-up?
A total of 10 celebrities are taking part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and were confirmed by ITV yesterday.
When is I’m A Celebrity 2017 airing on TV?
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! will be starting on ITV this Sunday (November 19) at 9pm.
The series is expected to run for a total of three weeks and will be broadcast each evening.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! airs on ITV this Sunday at 9pm.