A FORMER model turned TV personality from Sheffield is heading for the jungle to add a touch of glamour to a top reality show.
Jessica-Jane Clement, from Ecclesall, has been revealed among the line-up for this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, and has jetted off to Australia to prepare for the show - most famous for its ‘bushtucker trials’.
For six years the 26-year-old, who once posed for Playboy magazine, has been showing viewers of the BBC Three programme The Real Hustle how to avoid getting conned. She has also appeared in football drama Dream Team and Casualty.
Jessica-Jane has just got engaged to her partner, celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford - meaning the celebrations will have to be put on hold during her time in the jungle.
She said she thinks the reality show will be an ‘amazing experience’.
“I really want to prove to myself that I can do it,” she said.
“I see myself as a team player in the jungle. If someone takes on the role of leader, I won’t mind doing what I’m told to do.”
Her fellow jungle residents are rumoured to include madcap comedian Freddie Starr, retired jockey Willie Carson, Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton and McFly bassist Dougie Poynter.
More mature female rivals include actresses Lorraine Chase and Stefanie Powers.
“I’m a little anxious about who I will be living with, I don’t like surprises,” said the former High Storrs School pupil, who studied performing arts and psychology at Sheffield College.
Exotic and unusual insects are central to many of the challenges on I’m A Celebrity, with most of the trials involving eating the bugs to win food for fellow campers.
But Jessica-Jane - who described herself as ‘a bit of a daredevil’ - said she’s ready for the onslaught of creepy-crawlies.
“I will do anything. I know it can’t hurt me and no matter how gross it looks, I want to do every task possible,” she said.
“For a while it didn’t really sink in that I was going on the show, and I kept having nightmares about spiders as I have a phobia about them, but just before I flew out to Australia, I got really excited.”
After leaving the jungle Jessica-Jane plans to make a documentary about the regulation of beauty salons, and is also considering a return to modelling.
“I do love modelling and the older I get, the more confident I’ve become.
“I’d love to do some more when I am back from the jungle,” she said.
Jessica-Jane, who will be the youngest of this year’s female contestants, said she hopes to peel off while trying to cope with the sweltering jungle heat.
“I’m taking three bikinis. I don’t like the heat very much and I’ll probably be in the jungle lake most of the time!”
The show, which started in 2002, has now reached its eleventh series. Past winners include Kerry Katona, Carol Thatcher and Christopher Biggins.
n I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here starts on ITV1 on Sunday at 9pm.