Scarlett Moffatt to set out on 'Pilgrimage' with Nick Hewer and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

Scarlett Moffatt and six other celebrities take on the spiritually significant trek. (BBC)
Scarlett Moffatt and six other celebrities take on the spiritually significant trek. (BBC) (Dr Oday's)

Scarlett Moffatt is set to explore her religious beliefs in a new series of Pilgrimage, where she'll take on an ancient trek alongside Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Nick Hewer.

The former Gogglebox and I'm A Celebrity star has signed up to BBC Two's Pilgrimage, which returns this spring to see a new group of celebrities explore their different faiths on a journey traditionally undertaken by pilgrims.

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The Pilgrimage: The Road to the Scottish Isles celebrity pilgrims also include England cricketing legend Monty Panesar who is a practising Sikh, actor Louisa Clein who is Jewish, comedian, Shazia Mirza who is Muslim, and Paralympian Will Bayley - a lapsed Christian.

Scarlett Moffatt is often mistaken for a celebrity lookalike. (AP)
Scarlett Moffatt is a Christian. (AP) (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Moffatt, a Christian, said: "At school, I spent a lot of time just reading books and on my own and so that’s how I got into faith really. It just felt calming.

"There’s almost a stigma attached to sort of being religious. Whenever I would tell my friends, they’d laugh and I’d be like, 'why is that funny?' I believe in God, there has to be something that started all this."

She continued: "I would describe myself as Christian, but not a strict Christian. I don’t go to church, but I definitely believe and religion to me is security.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03:  Laurence  Llewelyn-Bowen attends the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards at Westminster Bridge Park Plaza Hotel on July 3, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen describes himself as a non-conforming pagan. (Danny Martindale/WireImage) (Danny Martindale via Getty Images)

"In my head somebody on a pilgrimage is in a loin cloth and they have really long hair... and they look a bit dehydrated like they need a good moisturiser mask.

"I’m doing the pilgrimage as I want to know what my religion is. I want to be able to answer that question with confidence."

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Over 15 days, the seven pilgrims will follow in the footsteps of the sixth century Irish monk Saint Columba, seeking out his legacy as a key figure in early British Christianity who helped spread the faith from Ireland to Scotland and beyond.

'Countdown' host Nick Hewer is on the COVID vulnerable list due to his age. (PA)
'Nick Hewer wants to see if he's missing out on religion. (PA) (PA Images via Getty Images)

Interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, who describes himself as a non-conforming pagan, said: "I think pilgrimage is about clearing out your mental closet by physical exertion and by spiritual conversation with yourself or, if you believe it, then conversation with your God.

"I know I come across as all sort of flouncy and floppy and rather cavalier, but I am capable of existing in the real world. However, I don’t think I’ve walked so far not wearing Cuban heels."

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2021/12/31: Scarlett Moffatt arrives at the Cabaret All Stars New Year's Eve Show in London. (Photo by Brett Cove/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Scarlett Moffatt says she wants to gain confidence in her faith. (Brett Cove/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) (SOPA Images via Getty Images)

Former Apprentice aide Nick Hewer, an agnostic with Catholic roots, said: "I’m doing the Pilgrimage because I’m very curious and I want to know whether what the others believe in is genuine and how they got there and am I missing out on something?

"I’d hate to think, at the age of 77 with only a few more years left, whether I'm actually short-changing myself.

"My greatest fear is the walking. I want to do it in the right spirit because like so many old men, I can be awkward, sometimes..."

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