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Sunday, December 2, 2012

I'm A Celebrity 2012: EastEnders star Charlie Brooks is crowned queen of the jungle in all-girl final

By Emily Sheridan

Charlie Brooks is queen of the jungle after winning this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

She just beaten campmate Ashley Roberts after triumphing in the all-girl final following boxer David Haye's exit on Friday night.

The EastEnders actress, 31, took over the title from last year's king Dougie Poynter after winning the most public votes.

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Queen of the jungle: Charlie Brooks was crowned queen of the jungle after winning I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Firm friends: Former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts was a gracious runner-up to Charlie

Charlie was a popular, likeable contestant on the show - a complete contrast to her troubled EastEnders character Janine Butcher.

Speaking to hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly after winning, she said: '(It feels) silly. I never imagined this for a million years.

'Everyone's been amazing. David was our king down there. Eric with the fire. Everyone down there played their role.'

Former Pussycat Doll Ashley was a gracious runner-up, admitting she was stunned she had got so far in the competition.

Shock: The 31-year-old actress reacts after finding out she is Queen of the Jungle

She said: 'I have gotten beyond what I ever expected. I'm so proud of myself.'

Ahead of finding out she had won, Charlie watched a VT of her highlights and admitted she hoped she had done Helen Flanagan a favour when she confronted her over the poor performance in the Bushtucker Trials in the beginning of the series.

She explained: 'Everybody babied Helen and it did her a favour when everyone toughened up. I didn't want her to walk away without accomplishing any of her fears... and I was hungry.'

Reunited: Charlie embraces her seven-year-old daughter Kiki before finding out she has won

A few minutes earlier - before finding out her fate - a delighted Charlie had been reunited with her seven-year-old daughter Kiki.

The soap star was crowned the queen of the jungle after facing off with the Pussycat Doll during their last bushtucker trial.

The pair had to eat a three course meal involving various jungle 'treats' and a bizarre drinks.

Celebrate: Charlie joined her mother Roe at the end of the walkway

Both stars retched and gagged during the disgusting trial and repeatedly fought the urge to be sick.

Following the trial, Ashley said: 'That was the most disgusting thing I've ever done in my life.

'That (raw fish) eyeball and the popping of the eyeball. It smelled. I am never doing anything like that again in my entire life.'

Disgusting: The two women had taken part in one last Bushtucker Trial before the show ended

Charlie was clearly distressed throughout the trial: 'I feel absolutely traumatised. It was horrendous. There was no other way of describing it.'

They managed to eat all courses and were rewarded with a three-course Mexican feast for their last night in the jungle.

Ahead of the trial, Charlie warned Ashley it was going to be horrible: 'This is the worst one of all... I gag really easily.'

The last supper: Charlie and Ashley enjoy a Mexican feast on their last night in the jungle



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