I’m a celebrity star Shane Richie who slept hard in Plymouth is “literally skint”


A successful actor, comedian and television presenter who has been doing showbiz for over 40 years has once slept hard on park benches in Plymouth.EastEnders star Shane Richie, 56, hit our screens again this week on the family’s favorite reality TV show I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, a show he’s featured on. is listed after finding himself “literally skint”, he said.

Away from the usual glitz and glamor we expect from stage and screen stars, down-to-earth Shane admits having had to borrow money from friends and family in the weeks leading up to the show – and says he has chosen to enter the ‘jungle’ so he can try to make up some of his lost income, after many of his TV concerts were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Mirror reports .

While many celebrities in the ‘jungle’ (Gwrych Castle in Wales) fear facing weeks of sleep on the dirty ground or in uncomfortable hammocks surrounded by creepy critters, this won’t be the first time. that Shane was homeless for a short time in Plymouth early in his career.

Victoria Derbyshire and Shane Richie on I’m A Celebrity earlier this week

Speaking to the Mirror just before entering Gwrych Castle, Shane explained that one of the reasons he signed up for the popular series, which asks celebrities to live in a jungle campsite and to perform bizarre tasks, was to recoup some of his losses. Income.

Having ‘invested £ 700,000 in a movie’ that only brought in £ 2,272 in the first week and having no savings, Shane has faced financial difficulties in recent years.

While at the height of his success, Shane was making £ 230,000 a year and being one of the highest paid and best-known soap stars, this year has not been the same for him, with many of his jobs having been canceled.

He said: “I was going on tour, I was doing a TV series and panto but everything was canceled in March. Now I am literally skint!

“You save for a rainy day, but you don’t expect the rainy day to last eight months. Fortunately, I was able to borrow money from friends, family and the bank.

“I got rid of my car, but only because I rented a car from my wife for the school run. I can get around by moped.

“I’m fine, I’ve had a career and if it all ends tomorrow, so be it. If the worst comes to the worst, I’ll do stand-up or I will revive a musical. ”

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The decision to give up his car is a stark contrast to his youth as an avowed “car nut”.

In the mid-90s Shane landed a huge business deal for Daz which paid £ 500,000 over two years and also earned a living wage from his work for Grease in the West End.

He spent huge sums on a series of cars, including an all-new Rolls Royce – which he only drove twice, a sports BMW and a white Porsche, while his then-wife Coleen , also had a brand new car for her and the kids.

He said, “Because I didn’t have a TV when I was a kid until I was ten, I put a TV in every room. I blew thousands of things about the strangest things, especially the memories of Planet Of the Apes.

“It was my favorite TV show when I was a kid and I couldn’t resist. I bought the original costumes and the original wagon, which was used to transport Charlton Heston in the movie and a 6ft gorilla that was standing in the lobby.

“And I bought all the toys. I have built one of the largest collections in the country. It all reminds me of my Christmas as a boy when my mom and dad couldn’t afford to buy me much.

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As a ‘struggling actor’ as a teenager, Shane took jobs when and where he could, which unfortunately led to him being homeless in Plymouth for a short time.

Speaking to the Mirror previously, Shane said: “My homeless experience is a million miles away from the sad and tragic stories I have heard over the years from genuine souls who have lost everything, because of drug or alcohol abuse, financial problems or mental health problems.

“I didn’t choose to be homeless, no one does, but unlike others I have met in the same situation, I was fortunate to have options to return to London . What I learned almost 40 years ago has had, and always will be, a lasting effect on me.

“I didn’t sleep roughly more than ten days before the grim reality kicked in and sent me home with my dirty, unwashed cock firmly between my legs

“I quickly discovered that there was nothing adventurous about sleeping in the freezing cold, at the door of a store or wrapped in a sleeping bag on a park bench. ”

He continued, “In September 1980, I was 16 and a struggling actor, looking for anything to gain a few pounds. I joked a job as a DJ at a club in Plymouth after forging my date of birth on my medical card to make me. 18. Together with an older friend, we formed a number called The Fun Funkyteers.

“We found a cheap B&B, but the club told us that the work we were hoping to start had been postponed for a few weeks.

“I was happy to hang on, but my partner found work elsewhere. After a few weeks and literally until my last book, I was asked to leave the B&B.

“Fortunately, I had met a local couple who knew of a squat across town and gave me a place to sleep, temporarily. Without heat, electricity or hot water, I didn’t know how long I could hold it. but at least I had a roof over my head.

“The decision to leave was taken out of my hands when, after two nights, the property was searched by police and council officers, and everyone was kicked out.

“I found myself walking the streets of Plymouth alone and virtually penniless. I had grabbed a sleeping bag from the squat and made my way to the train station, as it still seemed busy and bright.

Shane spent nearly two weeks homeless in Plymouth, spending his last two nights in town as a teenager “wrapped in my sleeping bag on a park bench.”

But 40 years later, Shane is married to his wife Christine and is keen to make his kids proud while he’s on I’m A Celebrity.

He said, “My two older children are emptying their bank accounts trying to get me to do all the tests. They just want to see me suffer.

“But my 12 year old daughter says, please don’t burp, fart or eat with your mouth open. This is his biggest concern. I don’t want to embarrass my kids, so if anything gets me through the trials and challenges, it will think of them.

By the time he leaves the show, Shane is hopeful that Covid’s restrictions will be lifted enough that he can return to the theater and perform on the ‘Everyone’s Talking About Jamie’ UK tour.

He would also like to return to EastEnders again.


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