'I'm A Celebrity' 2022: Who is Mike Tindall? Royal star joining this year's line-up

Mike Tindall MBE - I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here 2022. (ITV)
Mike Tindall MBE - I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here 2022. (ITV)

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here is all about fighting to be King or Queen of the jungle... so how will a member of the actual Royal family get on?

Mike Tindall is making history as the show's first official member of the Royal family on the ITV series, and will join the likes of Boy George, OIivia Attwood and Chris Moyles in camp as they fight for the crown.

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After so many years of earning caps for England, will Tindall be trading them for a crown?

Here's everything you need to know about him.

Who is Mike Tindall?

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Mike Tindall smiles during a Rugby for Heroes 10th anniversary dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton on January 29, 2022 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
Mike Tindall at Rugby for Heroes 10th anniversary dinner in January 2022 (Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Mike Tindall, born October 18, 1978, was raised in West Yorkshire by his social worker mother Linda, and Barclays banker father, Phillip.

His father introduced him to rugby at an early age as he himself was the captain of the Otley Rugby Union club.

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He joined Bath rugby club in 1997 at the age of 18, shortly after leaving school. By the year 2000, he had made his debut representing England in the sport.

He earned 75 caps for England during his rugby career, playing as part of the team in ever Six Nations Championship between 2000 and 2011.

MINCHINHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15:  Mike Tindall of Minchinhampton RFC and 2003 RWC Winner poses for a portrait at Minchinhampton Rugby Club on February 15, 2022 in Minchinhampton, England. The Back in the Game campaign encourages grassroots social players back onto the pitch at their local rugby clubs. Tindall, now aged 43 still plays for his local Minchinhampton club. (Photo by David Rogers - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)
Mike Tindall of Minchinhampton RFC, pictured February 2022 (Getty Images)

In 2003, he was part of the team that won the World Cup in Australia, and the Six Nations Championship in the same year.

While in Australia for the World Cup that year, he was introduced to Zara Tindall, daughter of Anne, Princess Royal and eldest grand daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

In 2010, they announced their engagement, and they were married in July 2011 following the Queen giving her consent to the union.

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Together they have three children – Mia Grace (born January 17, 2014), Lena Elizabeth Tindall (born June 18, 2018) and Lucas Philip (born March 21, 2021).

Britain's Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, and her husband, England rugby star Mike Tindall, leave after their marriage at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland July 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Dylan Martinez, pool)
Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips marry at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland on July 30, 2011 (AP)

Tindall and Phillips have also both spoken openly about two miscarriages they suffered between the birth of Mia and Lena.

Currently, Tindall hosts podcast 'House Of Rugby' alongside Alex Payne and fellow rugby player James Haskell, who participated in I'm A Celebrity on 2019.

What has Mike Tindall said about joining 'I'm A Celebrity'?

Mike Tindall MBE,, Owen Warner, Olivia Attwood, Charlene White, Boy George, Chantelle Douglas, Sue Cleaver, Chris Moyles, Babatúndé Aléshé and Jill Scott MBE - I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here 2022 (ITV/Lifted Entertainment)
The starting line-up of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here 2022 (ITV/Lifted Entertainment)

"It is sinking in now that I am taking part," Tindall said before heading into the jungle. "I am ready to rumble! I have been asked on numerous occasions to take part. The timing was right this year and [James Haskell] did the show and he had been talking about it."

Tindall considers himself the "morning motivator" with a positive outlook that could be beneficial in the harder days of camp. However, he's shared that while he's looking forward to the experience, he's doubtful he's going to be coming home with the crown.

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Speaking ahead of the show's launch, Tindall said: "I reckon it’s a difficult one to win I’m A Celebrity. I am used to doing something where you know if you do the best you can, you can win. This isn’t that set up.

"All I would hope to do is be useful to the group. Winning is out of your control. But I am not going in to win it. All I can do is what I think is the best and someone else will judge me on whether they think it is. I am looking forward to it."

I'm A Celebrity starts Sunday at 9pm on ITV

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