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