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Matt Willis joins Birds of a Feather cast

Matt Willis
Image caption Willis won I'm A Celebrity in 2006

Former Busted musician and I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! winner Matt Willis has joined the cast of returning sitcom Birds of a Feather.

The series is being resurrected 15 years after it was axed by the BBC, and is due to air on ITV next spring.

Willis will play Garthy, the older son of Tracey Stubbs, played by Linda Robson.

Charlie Quirke, the real-life son of castmate Pauline Quirke, will play the role of Tracey's younger son Travis.

Pauline Quirke is also returning as Tracey's sister Sharon, alongside series regular Lesley Joseph as nosy neighbour Dorien.

Willis said: "I'm so excited to be joining Birds of a Feather playing the role of Garthy! I used to watch the show growing up so this is just a dream job. I can't believe I'll be working with Sharon, Tracey and Dorien."

The original series, which began in 1989 and ran for nine years, saw Tracey and Sharon brought together when their husbands were sent to prison for armed robbery.

The final series ended on Christmas Eve 1998 after a nine-year-run.

A Birds of a Feather stage production toured the UK earlier this year.

Charlie Quirke said: "For me it's great to get this opportunity after playing Travis on the stage tour for the last two years, and it's great working with the two girls again and Mum!"