Cripes! What WILL hap­pen in the jun­gle when Boris’s dad meets Bri­tain’s pushi­est WAG?

Not to men­tion a jeal­ous boxer, a short-fused ex-footie star and posh girl called Toff!

Daily Mail - - News - By Ali­son Boshoff

WHEN I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! re­turns to our screens on Sun­day, all eyes will be on pre­sen­ter Ant McPartlin, fresh from re­hab and hope­fully back to form with his side­kick De­clan Don­nelly.

But yes­ter­day, as con­tes­tants be­gan ar­riv­ing in Bris­bane, it be­came clear that Ant had se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion for the lime­light from ec­cen­tric Stan­ley John­son, the in­cor­ri­gi­ble show-off fa­ther of For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris.

Stan­ley, 77, a for­mer Tory MEP and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist, is pos­si­bly the most in­spired piece of cast­ing in the show’s his­tory.

Here, ALI­SON BOSHOFF gives you the low­down on the first con­tes­tants to be an­nounced – jun­gle beasts who prom­ise to make this year’s se­ries the most en­ter­tain­ing yet.


STAN­LEY and his son Boris were mem­o­rably de­scribed as a ‘pair of blond bears’.

Like his son, he is for­mi­da­bly bright and hugely am­bi­tious – and also like him, Stan­ley swathes his sharp edge in lay­ers and lay­ers of dotty charm.

He de­clared him­self ‘ex­cited’ to be tak­ing part in the re­al­ity TV se­ries as he ar­rived at Bris­bane air­port, look­ing spook­ily like gaffe-prone Boris.

An in­trepid sort, he is a trustee of the Go­rilla Or­gan­i­sa­tion and has spent time in the Congo and in Bor­neo, mean­ing he is likely to take his time in the jun­gle in his stride.

He’s an in­cur­able mis­chief-maker and once pre­sented a pa­per propos­ing the build­ing of a new pyra­mid in Egypt while he was work­ing at the loans com­mit­tee of the World Bank – sim­ply be­cause he found the joke ir­re­sistible.

Born in 1940, his fa­ther was a hero RAF pi­lot who later ran a farm on Ex­moor. His mother was halfFrench with Ger­man an­ces­try in the mix, con­nect­ing the fam­ily to the King of Wurt­tem­berg.

On his fa­ther’s side there are Turk­ish con­nec­tions – his grand­fa­ther, Ali Ke­mal, was a prom­i­nent politi­cian who was killed by his po­lit­i­cal ene­mies.

Af­ter at­tend­ing Sher­borne School in Dorset he read clas­sics at Ex­eter Col­lege, Ox­ford, where one un­der­grad­u­ate ad­ven­ture in­volved at­tempt­ing to travel to Afghanistan via Venice and In­dia on the Marco Polo route by mo­tor­bike and side­car.

He be­gan his lit­er­ary ca­reer at univer­sity, win­ning the Newdi­gate Prize for po­etry in 1962. The poet Robert Graves, who judged the com­pe­ti­tion, said his was the only en­try that showed poetic un­der­stand­ing.

Al­though he is prone to say he has ‘un­der­achieved’, he has had an im­pres­sive ar­ray of ca­reers. At the World Bank, for ex­am­ple, he was head of the pre­ven­tion of pol­lu­tion di­vi­sion in the Sev­en­ties.

He served as a Con­ser­va­tive MEP from 1979 to 1984 and worked as a bu­reau­crat at the UN. He has also pub­lished 21 books and has ap­peared on nu­mer­ous TV shows, in­clud­ing Point­less Celebri­ties and Have I Got News For You.

John­son was given a Green­peace Award for out­stand­ing ser­vices to the en­vi­ron­ment in 1984, and stood for the Con­ser­va­tives in Teign- bridge, Devon, at the 2005 gen­eral elec­tion, but came sec­ond.

Phys­i­cally fit, he has climbed Mount Kil­i­man­jaro twice in the past seven years. He once told an in­ter­viewer: ‘Ev­ery­thing has gone swim­mingly. I have had a won­der­ful set of jobs, a won­der­ful set of chil­dren and two re­mark­ably loyal and in­tel­li­gent wives. It’s not up to me to start com­plain­ing.’

He had four chil­dren with his first wife, Char­lotte, a pain­ter. They are for­mer London Mayor Boris – whom he calls by his first name, Alexan­der; the jour­nal­ist and for­mer edi­tor in chief of The Lady mag­a­zine Rachel John­son; the Tory MP and Fi­nan­cial Times jour­nal­ist Jo John­son, and Leo, a film maker. His mar­riage to Char­lotte failed in 1980, and she once cal­cu­lated that they moved house 32 times in 15 years.

Af­ter she was said to have had a se­ri­ous break­down, Stan­ley ad­mit-

ted: ‘I’m not sure that I no­ticed.’ He then had two chil­dren, Ju­lia and Max­i­m­il­ian with wife No2, Jenny. There are 11 grand­chil­dren.

Of Boris, he says: ‘He has done bet­ter in ev­ery re­spect.

‘I haven’t given up pol­i­tics, but I recog­nise that Boris – I call him Alexan­der, of course – has gone much fur­ther. On the writ­ing front, he has done much bet­ter. He’s a first-class writer.’

Asked last sum­mer at the height of the post- Brexit brouhaha whether he felt Michael Gove had knifed Boris by an­nounc­ing he was go­ing to stand as Tory leader, Stan­ley beamed broadly at the tele­vi­sion cam­eras and said sim­ply: ‘Et tu Brute.’

His daugh­ter Rachel said yes­ter­day: ‘He was al­ways bug­ger­ing off to live with re­mote tribes when we were kids — what’s new?’

As for his jun­gle camp-mates, you can bet that he will never have heard of any of them. Upon meet­ing the day­time TV stars Richard Made­ley and Judy Fin­ni­gan at a din­ner party, and find­ing out they both worked in tele­vi­sion, he en­quired mildly whether they had ever come across each other at work.


LONG ne­go­ti­a­tions were needed to se­cure Becky Vardy, the 35-yearold wife of Eng­land and Le­ices­ter City foot­baller Jamie Vardy.

She was ap­par­ently torn be­tween a de­sire for the star­dom of nightly TV ap­pear­ances and her ma­ter­nal in­stinct to be at home for her chil­dren Fin­lay, ten months, Sofia, three, Tay­lor, six and Megan, 11.

When she mar­ried Vardy last year, his mother and step­fa­ther re­fused to at­tend the wed­ding be­cause, along with his grand­par­ents, they didn’t ap­prove of her.

Small won­der. In 2001 she was in­ter­viewed for an in­dis­creet kissand-tell about a night of pas­sion with the pop singer Peter An­dre, whom she met af­ter they ex­changed glances in a res­tau­rant, and just four months af­ter her wed­ding to elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer Mark God­den.

It was a dis­ap­point­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, ap­par­ently. She said: ‘He was the worst lover I’ve ever had. It wasn’t even worth the train fare.’ Her mar­riage ended soon af­ter. Megan was born fol­low­ing a ro­mance with the boss of a time­share firm. Becky then met Luke Foster, who was play­ing for Ox­ford United, and they had son, Tay­lor.

She was work­ing as a party or­gan­iser in a Sh­effield night­club when she met Vardy, and they had daugh­ter Sofia in 2014. She later re­called: ‘I must have said “No, thanks, I’m not in­ter­ested” for the best part of two months.

‘He was very per­sis­tent though, ask­ing me to go for a drink.’

She says her role mod­els are David and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham.


THE rich­est camp­mate, said to be worth £23mil­lion, is Amir Khan.

Born and raised in Bolton the boxer be­came fa­mous in 2004 aged 17 when he won an Olympic silver medal in Athens.

He has been the WBA and IBF light-wel­ter­weight cham­pion, but has now stepped up to mid­dleweight and is said to be keen to com­pete in some big money bouts next spring – hence, per­haps, sign­ing up for I’m A Celebrity.

Khan mar­ried girl­friend Faryal Makhdoom in 2013, and their daugh­ter La­maisah was born in 2014. But the mar­riage has been tem­pes­tu­ous, to put it mildly, with a lot of their spats con­ducted on Twit­ter. Faryal didn’t see eye to eye with her in-laws ei­ther.

He ac­cused her of cheating on him this year with the boxer An­thony Joshua.

Khan was then seen danc­ing in a Dubai night­club with beauty ad­viser Gul­ba­hor Beck­nazar.

In Septem­ber it was an­nounced that he was fil­ing for di­vorce, and Faryal promptly said that she was preg­nant with their child.

She at­tempted a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, but Khan said the di­vorce was go­ing ahead, and was seen with Brazil­ian model Bella Gus­mao. But over the week­end he posted a pic­ture of him­self with Faryal on Twit­ter and said: ‘With my 4 month preg­nant wife, af­ter sort­ing out all the is­sues. Clos­ing the year with a happy end­ing.’


FOR­MER Chelsea cap­tain Den­nis Wise, 50, is no­to­ri­ous for his con­fronta­tions – on and off the pitch.

The 5ft 6in for­mer mid­fielder, who won 21 Eng­land caps, has played for Wim­ble­don, Chelsea, Le­ices­ter, Southamp­ton and Coven­try City.

He also man­aged Leeds and had a role at New­cas­tle United.

In 1995 he was sen­tenced to three months in jail for as­sault­ing a London taxi driver and was or­dered to pay more than £1,200 to him.

The prison sen­tence was later over­turned on ap­peal.

In 2002 he was sent home from Le­ices­ter’s Fin­land pre- sea­son train­ing camp when he broke the jaw of team-mate Cal­lum David­son. Wise and his wife Claire have two chil­dren.


GEORGIA Tof­folo – or Toff to her friends – is a for­mer pol­i­tics stu­dent who ap­pears in the scripted re­al­ity TV show Made In Chelsea and makes a small for­tune as an ‘in­flu­encer’ on so­cial me­dia, where she is paid to post mes­sages on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram.

Toff, who is from Torquay, joined the show af­ter ‘hang­ing around’ a lot in SW3 and be­ing spot­ted.

She said: ‘It’s the per­fect job. Well, not re­ally a job – just me hang­ing out with my friends.’ She had ro­mances with Fran­cis Boulle and Sam Prince on the show, and rows with co-star Liv Bent­ley.


JAMIE Lo­mas, well known for his work in Hol­lyoaks and EastEn­ders will ap­pear in the jun­gle with Corona­tion Street’s Jen­nie McAlpine.

Lo­mas is per­haps most fa­mous for his tur­bu­lent ro­mance with Cor­rie’s Kym Marsh.

McAlpine, who plays Fiz Brown in Cor­rie, is mar­ried to res­tau­rant man­ager Chris Farr. They have been to­gether for 12 years and have a son, Al­bert, three.


THE show had to be pushed back two weeks to al­low Ant, 41, to com­plete treat­ment in Los An­ge­les – thought to be fur­ther re­hab for an ad­dic­tion to pre­scrip­tion drugs.

He re­turned home to Chiswick, west London, two weeks ago. He and Dec, 42, are stay­ing at a villa in Bris­bane rather than in their reg­u­lar lux­ury ho­tel, the Ver­sace, where all the celebri­ties’ fam­i­lies stay.

Dec is ac­com­pa­nied by his wife – and man­ager – Ali Astall.

How­ever, Ant’s wife Lisa re­mains in the UK, where she is the head make-up artist for Strictly Come Danc­ing. Ru­mours about the state of the cou­ple’s mar­riage are rife. She did her best to quash them this week, but Ant stayed in a rented house near the mar­i­tal home af­ter he got back from LA.

I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! starts at 9pm on ITV on Sun­day.

Like son, like fa­ther: Will Stan­ley John­son be jun­gle’s big­gest beast?

Fresh from re­hab: Ant McPartlin

Footie hard­man: Den­nis Wise

Cor­rie girl: Jen­nie McAlpine

WAG lady: Get­ting Becky Vardy was a coup for pro­duc­ers Georgia of the jun­gle: Toff, above, could bring some Chelsea glam­our

Pack­ing a punch: Cham­pion boxer Amir Khan

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