'The Celebrity Circle': Saffron Barker doesn't know who Denise Van Outen and Duncan James are

Katie Archer
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Saffron Barker
Saffron Barker is on The Celebrity Circle (Channel 4)

When Saffron Barker was announced as a Strictly Come Dancing contestant in 2019, many of the show's fans were left wondering who she was.

But the YouTuber turned the tables in The Celebrity Circle tonight when she admitted that she didn't have a clue who Denise Van Outen and Duncan James were.

The two showbiz veterans are arguably the biggest names in the celebrity version of the social media reality show, airing in support of fundraising campaign Stand Up To Cancer, but that meant nothing to Barker.

Denise Van Outen and Duncan James are the series' biggest names (Channel 4)
Denise Van Outen and Duncan James are the series' biggest names (Channel 4)

As the players introduced themselves via their social media profiles, she admitted: "I feel rude because I don't know who Denise or Duncan is but they probably don't have a clue who I am either!"

The 20-year-old also dropped another clanger when she noticed that Van Outen was 46.

She said: "Aah, she looks so sweet. She's actually the same age as my mum. I actually don't know what she does."

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Barker went on to ask "Rachel Riley" - who is actually Pete Wicks and Sam Thompson pretending to be the Countdown star - whether she wanted to be a mother figure to her during the series, even though Riley is only 35.

Watch: Denise Van Outen and partner Eddie take laughter therapy

The series also includes Lady Leshurr playing as Big Narstie, Baga Chipz pretending to be Kim Woodburn, Melvin Odoom and Rickie Haywood Williams playing as will.i.am, and Loose Women pals Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha posing as Gemma Collins.

Read more: Denise Van Outen 'felt her age' competing in Dancing On Ice

Charlotte Crosby will enter the series later on as Peter Andre.

Barker, Van Outen and James are the only celebrities playing as themselves.

Duncan James made an embarrassing admission (Getty)
Duncan James made an embarrassing admission (Getty)

In the opening episode, Van Outen was taken in by Wicks and Thompson, believing that she had formed a connection with maths genius Riley.

However, when players were asked to guess which of them had once soiled themselves live on TV, some of them worked out that Gemma Collins couldn't really be playing as she had chosen herself as the correct answer.

Read more: Duncan James says his daughter is trolled because he's gay

It was actually Blue singer James, who explained that he had had an accident while presenting the National Lottery draw.

The celebrities also got their first chance to rate each other for popularity, with Van Outen landing in last place.

Watch: Saffron Barker opens up on tough childhood