'I'm A Celebrity': Viewers call for Mo Farah to get 'EastEnders' role

Julia Hunt
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Sir Mo Farah is one of the celebs in the castle. (ITV)
Sir Mo Farah (ITV)

I’m A Celebrity viewers are calling for Mo Farah to get a part in EastEnders after campmate Shane Richie taught him how to play Phil Mitchell.

Olympian Farah is apparently a big fan of the BBC soap so Richie, best known for playing Walford’s Alfie, decided to show him the ropes.

As the contestants sat around the fire, Richie taught Farah how to walk like Phil (Steve McFadden), telling him to be “more round-shouldered” as they paced in circles talking about the Arches, Kat and Peggy.

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“Back of the throat!” he barked, as he instructed Farah on how to mimic Phil’s gruff tone.

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Farah’s budding acting skills went down a storm with the campers, and Richie teased he might have a future on the small screen.

“He’s moving along nicely with the East End accent,” the actor said.

“I reckon if we are here for another couple of days, he could be a new reg in the Queen Vic.”

Fans agreed, with many saying the sports star would be a terrific addition to the soap.

And there is even talk of a petition to get Farah a cameo in Albert Square.

Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN), Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN) - (BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)
Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden (BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

“Petition to get @Mo_Farah onto Albert Square at @bbceastenders! Who’s with me?” asked one person on Twitter.

Another posted: “I could watch HOURS of Mo Farah pretending to be Phil Mitchell. Can someone from @bbceastenders please get him a cameo?”

“Mo pretending to be Phil Mitchell is one of the funniest things I’ve seen this series,” another fan tweeted.

Shane Richie regaled his I'm A Celebrity campmates with tales of when he met Tom Cruise. (ITV)
Shane Richie (ITV)

“I liked Mo but I wasn’t overly fussed if he stayed or not but now he’s outed himself as an #EastEnders stan and he gave us that impeccable Phil Mitchell impression, I’m in a predicament about who I want to leave tonight,” said another.

The day’s events also included a trial for Farah and AJ Pritchard.

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The pair took on Game Of Groans, which saw them having to memorise where shields and symbols were on a board while being covered in cockroaches, crickets and maggots.

Both struggled and they only ended up winning three out of the six stars up for grabs.

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“I wish we'd got more honestly,” said Pritchard.

“We get hungrier and hungrier day but day and when we don't get a full amount of stars it really does impact the mood in camp, especially our stomach.”

"I think the guys, the camp, the way they reacted, they were happy but they would have been more happy I know, deep down, if we would have come back with six,” said Farah. “But three is better than nothing and it wasn't easy."

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