Comedian and actress Emily Atack says she hopes she has the backing of family member Paul McCartney on the show – but is unsure if he will have time to watch I’m A Celebrity.
The 28-year-old’s mum Kate Robbins, a singer and comedian herself, is the cousin of Beatles star Sir Paul and he even sang to Emily and her sister when they were younger.
Emily said: “I hope he will be supporting me, that would be nice. I am sure he is quite busy and has other things to do but it would be lovely if he was.
“He was a big part of my childhood growing up. Paul is a family man and a lovely man, caring and loving. He was always kind to me, my brother and sister and always treating us. He is a really lovely guy.
“He once sang Martha My Dear to my sister Martha and my mum used to sing it to her. My sister said to Sir Paul ‘oh you know that song as well’ and he said ‘yes I wrote it’.
“My whole family are in the entertainment industry. It is always something I was used to, I was quite lucky growing up. To all my friends it was quite exciting but to me it was quite normal. I have been brought up in an environment which was quite an exciting childhood.”
Emily is known to millions from playing Charlotte Hinchcliffe in the hit Channel 4 show Inbetweeners but she hopes that I’m A Celebrity will show off her own personality and be a springboard to a comedy career as she has a solo tour beginning next year.
Asked about being typecast after the Inbetweeners, she said: “I think that if you have been associated with something so great and it brings so much joy to people I dont think you can moan about it. It is hard as an actor when you are typecast at a really young age and come out of that pigeonhole thing.
“But it is like saying my diamond shoes are too tight. I was part of something so brilliant and I loved it. It brought so many amazing things in my life. I wouldnt be doing Im A Celebrity right now without doing that. So I will always thank the InBetweeners and think nothing but positive things. I feel lucky and privileged more than anything.
“I think in a show like this it is nice to showcase who you are as a person. I think as an actor you are constantly playing other people, I would like people to get to know me on a more personal level.
Especially when you have been typecast in sexy promiscious roles, you want to show people you have got more strings to your bow than just that. And I think this show is perfect for that.”
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