Charlie Brooks wins I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
- 2 December 2012
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
Soap star Charlie Brooks has been crowned "Queen of the Jungle" after winning ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
Brooks beat US pop star Ashley Roberts, formerly of girl band Pussycat Dolls, in the show's first all-female final.
The 31-year-old EastEnders actress told presenters Ant and Dec she felt "silly" after winning.
She said: "I never expected this, not in a million years. Everyone's been amazing and brilliant."
After winning the public vote, Brooks was reunited with her seven-year-old daughter Kiki for the first time since entering the jungle three weeks ago.
Brooks said: "It is amazing to get to this point but I think we just want to be two princesses."
Roberts, also 31, said: "I have gone beyond what I ever expected to get through in this competition, I'm so proud of myself."
Their final challenge before the decisive vote involved eating four dishes each in a bushtucker trial, including ingredients such as live cockroaches and a witchetty grub.
For each dish they finished off they received a more savoury meal later in camp.
After the trial Roberts said to Brooks: "No matter who wins tomorrow, we're both the queens of the jungle after that. That was the most disgusting thing I've ever done in my life."
Brooks, who was born in Hertfordshire and raised in the north Wales town of Barmouth, said: "I feel traumatised, it was the worst thing I've done in my life, it was horrendous. I've come through and now we've got an afternoon of loveliness so I'm happy."
The series challenges celebrities to live alongside one another in an Australian jungle camp and undergo trials to win meals. The public vote for who they want to do trials and who they want to keep in the show.
The line-up in this series included former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan, boxer David Haye, Made In Chelsea star Hugo Taylor, entertainer Brian Conley, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, former Doctor Who Colin Baker, actress Linda Robson, and darts legend Eric Bristow.
The decision of Dorries to take part in the show, the first serving MP to do so, caused controversy in her party.
She was suspended from the Tory Party in Parliament and a decision will be made on whether she will have the whip restored.
She has returned to the UK after becoming the first person to be voted off the programme.
The MP for Mid-Bedfordshire said she had been given permission to take a holiday by the then Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell.
Mr Mitchell insisted he was not told what she had been planning to do with her time off.