I'm A Celebrity 2022: Owen Warner's pal praises star's 'older mindset'

I'm A Celebrity 2022: Owen Warner's pal praises star's 'older mindset'

I’m A Celebrity 2022: ‘He’s a wise old man!’ Owen Warner’s Hollyoaks’ co-star Malique Thompson-Dwyer praises pal’s ‘open mindset’… after soap hunk spoke out about his mental health

Owen Warner’s friend and fellow Hollyoaks cast member Malique Thompson-Dwyer says the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! campmate is like a ‘wise old man’.

Malique, 24 – who plays Prince McQueen on the Channel 4 soap and appeared on I’m A Celebrity himself in 2018 – insists that, despite Owen’s seeming lack of general knowledge and gullible nature, he is in fact very emotionally intelligent.

Malique said he always feels comfortable to go to Owen, 23, when he’s going through difficult times, saying his pal always gives great advice.

Praise: Owen Warner’s friend and fellow Hollyoaks cast member Malique Thompson-Dwyer says the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! campmate is like a ‘wise old man’

He told the Mirror: ‘Owen is a wise old man trapped in a young boy’s body.

‘He might come out with things that you think, “Oh, c’mon Owen” but he has an older mindset, that of someone who has been through a lot and knows a lot.

‘It can be really hard to open up to your mates but you can go and talk to Owen about anything, he is such an open person.’

Good pals: Malique, 24 (right), insists that, despite Owen’s seeming lack of general knowledge and gullible nature, he is in fact very emotionally intelligent

Malique said Owen gives the ‘best advice’ as he praised his co-star, who recently opened up about his mental health on the ITV show.

He also tipped Owen to become King of the Jungle when the series ends this Sunday, saying he can’t wait to give his friend a ‘hug’.

It comes after Owen admitted he struggled after first setting foot in the jungle camp.

Rumble in the jungle: Malique appeared on I’m A Celebrity himself in 2018, with the actor being the second star to get voted off the show

During a chat at the creek last week, comedian Seann Walsh asked: ‘Owen, are you finding this difficult? The jungle adventure?’, to which Owen replied: ‘I was, but now not so much. Why, are you Seann?’  

Seann told Owen: ‘For me there is quite a lot of anxiety during the day. If I don’t know what’s coming, I do not like it. I get really panicked.’

Owen asked: ‘Is that always?’, prompting Seann to reply: ‘Oh God. That’s why I pay a woman a weekly fee to help me with!’  

Honest: It comes after Owen admitted he struggled after first setting foot in the jungle camp earlier this month 

Soap hunk Owen agreed that it was good to talk about his feelings to a professional, adding: ‘It’s good though, doing therapy.

‘Like I always say to my mates, I fully recommend it even if you think you’re sound. Like it’s so so good to sit with someone, vent. Really helps you sort your head out. And figure out what’s going on and why it’s going on.’

Speaking in the Bush Telegraph later, Owen said: ‘Something about being in here has really taught me is it’s like, wear your heart on your sleeve because someone is most likely feeling the same.

‘And that’s like something I will take with me forever, now I usually keep my feelings close to my chest, but if you just talk about them most of the time, someone can relate to you.’

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! continues on Friday at 9.15pm on ITV1 and ITVX. 

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AGE: 61

CLAIM TO FAME: Legendary pop star

PHOBIAS: Being scared

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am going straight into the jungle from playing at various festivals and gigs

ROLE IN THE CAMP: In-house dietician reassuring everyone that they will be ok on the jungle diet. And entertainer – I will sing!

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a very positive person and I don’t bear any grudges

DREAM CAMPMATE: It would be funny if my ex, Jon Moss, comes on the programme -but I don’t think that will happen!



AGE: 48


PHOBIAS: I am petrified of heights. I ended up carrying the bags when we took my girlfriend’s niece once to Go Ape as I am so petrified!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? A friend’s birthday, a wedding, and Leeds United matches

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer. Hopefully I can help shorten everyone’s boredom.

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hiding food! I am going to fly out early and sneak into the jungle and hide pot noodles everywhere, then I will be everyone’s best friend!

DREAM CAMPMATE: Ant and Dec…let’s see how they cope for 24 hours!



AGE: 59

CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street

PHOBIAS: Don’t be ridiculous! I am not going to admit to what I fear most!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Coronation Street and we are expecting another grandchild any day, so hopefully it will arrive before I fly out to Australia.

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will be more of a mum – that is where I will naturally fit.

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I am a good listener, so hopefully I will be a friendly ear for everyone.

DREAM CAMPMATE: Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold. He is my TV husband and it would be lovely to have an ally in camp!



AGE: 35

CLAIM TO FAME: Presenter of A Place In The Sun

PHOBIAS: Spiders. There is no point in lying about it! I’ve got an irrational fear about them

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Just a holiday which I can postpone

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum, cook and morale booster. I always like to look at the positive side in life

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I will be good at making sure everything is tidy in camp

DREAM CAMPMATE: Mo Gilligan. He is hilarious and I totally fancy him!



AGE: 36


PHOBIAS: I am scared of absolutely everything. Snakes, rats – I am fearful of them all and I am dreading the trials

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I was going on tour but we’ve postponed it now until next year

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Tension breaker. If I can break tension anywhere it starts up in the camp, then I will do that. We don’t need to be bickering as it will be a first-time experience for everyone

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hopefully I will bring some humour to the camp

DREAM CAMPMATE: I am a big Arsenal fan and so any ex-Arsenal player would be great. I am looking forward to chatting to Ant & Dec about football



AGE: 36


PHOBIAS: I am not too pleased about rats being in there but I am just trying to pretend it is not happening! 

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am really looking forward to taking part in this show

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: People have voiced their feelings about me and I am hoping they will see I am very different. I want to create new memories

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I am a great listener. I can’t cook but if someone would like to teach me, then I will give it a go 

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t want to put myself down but if my friends were to answer this question, they would say there isn’t much Seann can do! I am not really bringing too much to the table which is why I am a good listener! 

DREAM CAMPER: Lee Evans, anyone from Blink-182 or Boy George. My mum took me to see him at Wembley and he wore a satellite dish as a hat! 



AGE: 44

CLAIM TO FAME: Rugby Union player and married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall

PHOBIAS: I haven’t admitted to having any phobias but in a weird way, I am looking forward to taking part in the trials!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My podcast series and the rugby Internationals this autumn

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Morning motivator. I would like to see everyone get on well and us all have a great experience

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a positive person

DREAM CAMPMATE: Samuel L Jackson would be cool. He has lived the life!



AGE: 23

CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks

PHOBIAS: Snakes!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I am a big fan of football so I will miss watching the start of the World Cup

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer and games coordinator

BEST ATTRIBUTE: It is definitely not my cooking skills or brains!

DREAM CAMPMATE: Any of the Leicester City starting 11!



AGE: 42

CLAIM TO FAME: ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor

PHOBIAS: I am not sure what my fear factor will be because I’ve never had rodents, spiders and snakes crawling all over me!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My children’s annual school ball which I am gutted about

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and cook. I don’t mind falling into that position

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I like to listen and talk. I love learning about people and I have a natural curiosity for people

DREAM CAMPMATE: Colin Murray and Richard Osman



AGE: 35

CLAIM TO FAME: Retired England Lioness

PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats and the thought of being underground fills me with fear!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? The Men’s World Cup. I am going to find it weird not being able to know how the men are getting on in the tournament. Hopefully they will still be in the tournament when I come out of the jungle

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Helping hand. I like to help people if they aren’t having a good day

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hard worker. I will always find a way to add value. I am also very honest

DREAM CAMPMATE: Another sports person would be great as it would be someone to bounce ideas off.



AGE: 31

CLAIM TO FAME: Love Island star

PHOBIAS: I hate the dark so I’m keen to avoid any challenges in the darkness

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, had the show been on air any later, I could have missed my sister’s wedding

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Clown. I was always the class clown at school and I love having a laugh

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t take myself seriously and I have got a good sense of humour

DREAM CAMPMATE: A pop legend like Dolly Parton who has amazing stories to tell



AGE: 44

CLAIM TO FAME: Politician

PHOBIAS: Snakes. I don’t thankfully suffer from claustrophobia –or I think I don’t!

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: Politicians are people too and it will be nice for people to see me as me. We are human too

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I like to muck in, and I think I will be collecting a lot of firewood. I like cooking too

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