Meet the famous faces taking part in the fourth series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

Meet the famous faces taking part in the fourth series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

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Friday, 26th August 2022
fourteen celebrities in camouflage stand in the Jordanian desert
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Channel 4 announces the biggest celebrity line up for series four of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.

The celebrities will be leaving their showbiz lives behind and taking part in a series of gruelling tasks in the oppressive Jordanian desert heat. 

The fourth series will be the longest series to date with seven episodes and will start with 14 celebrities taking part. Everyone will be pushed to their physical and mental limits and discover sides of themselves they didn’t know existed. 

The selection course will be run by an elite team of ex-special forces operators form the UK and USA.

The chief instructor Rudy Reyes will be joined by his directing staff Jason Fox aka Foxy, Mark Billingham aka Billy and Remi Adeleke. 

Not all of the celebrities will make it to the end, as they are forced to survive and even thrive in one of the world’s harshest training environments.

The celebrities taking part are:

Maisie Smith, 21

Maisie Smith is an actress best known for playing Tiffany Butcher in EastEnders and reaching the final of Strictly Come Dancing in 2020. Smith went on to join pro dancer Kai Widdrington on the Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour. 

Smith is also popular on TikTok, regularly posting dance and comedy videos to her 2.5 million followers. 

Smith commented: “I’ve seen the show before and I really wanted to put my mental strength to the test. I’ve always pushed myself, but this was beyond limits I didn’t even know I had. It was the best experience of my life.”

Jennifer Ellison, 39

Actress Jennifer Ellison shot to fame in the Liverpool based soap Brookside and has appeared in Dancing on Ice reaching the semi-final.

Ellison hosted the UK version of Dance Moms, has been a guest panellist on Loose Women and released a series of pop songs. 

Ellison said: “Going on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins is like labour - you go to hell and back but then you get the most incredible reward at the end which stays with you for life. It changes you and I’ll never be the same again.”

Calum Best, 41

TV personality and entrepreneur Calum Best is the only child of famous footballer George Best. 

Best has appeared in a series of reality TV shows such as Celebrity Big BrotherCelebs Go DatingFamously Single and Ex on the Beach, and won the second series of Celebrity Love Island

Best commented: “I’ve wanted to do this show since it started.  It’s the coolest, most intriguing, entertaining show on TV because it shows people being challenged in a way you never get to see.”

Fatima Whitbread MBE, 61

Javelin Olympic gold medallist Fatima Whitbread once held the world record in the event and has won medals at Olympic, World and European Championships. 

Whitbread is now a TV personality and has appeared on shows such as Who Wants To Be A MillionaireI’m A Celebrity...Get Me out of Here! and The Cube.

Her autobiography Survivor tells the story of her tough childhood in the care system and how athletics saved her.

Whitbread said: “As a young woman I was always adventurous and living in a children’s home, I was tough and had a survival instinct, so doing Celebrity SAS: Who Dares is really a knock on from those days.”

Pete Wicks, 33

Reality TV star Pete Wicks rose to fame as a cast member of The Only Way is Essex and has appeared on Celebs Go Dating twice. 

The influencer has been known to have a reputation as a Casanova and regularly appears in prank and comedic videos with fellow reality TV star Sam Thompson. 

Wicks said: “I’m fortunate to have a very pampered life, so to get the chance to test what you're truly made of was an opportunity I just couldn’t turn down.”

Ferne McCann, 32

Reality TV star and presenter Ferne McCann started her career in The Only Way is Essex.

In 2015 she finished third in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! - famously eating a live spider.

McCann has presented the showbiz section on This Morning and stars series, Ferne McCann: First Time Mum, documenting her experiences as a single mother to a little girl.

McCann commented: “It just felt like the right time in my life to be challenged.  I had no idea what to expect but I wanted to see how tough it really is. You’re stripped of everything, broken down to the point you have no choice but to build yourself back up again.”

Ashley Cain, 31

Ex-footballer Ashley Cain has played for teams such as Coventry City, Luton Town and Oxford United, before becoming a TV personality. 

Cain has previously appeared on Ex on the Beach and game show The Challenge.

His daughter Azaylia died at eight months old from an aggressive form of leukemia in April 2021 and he and his partner Safiyya Vorajee started a charity in her name to fight childhood cancer. 

Cain said: “Losing my daughter was the most difficult experience of my life. I think to combat trauma you need to step outside your comfort zone and see who you really are.”

Amber Gill, 25 

Influencer Amber Gill won the fifth series of Love Island and has amassed a large social media following as well as a clothing line with Misspap. 

She teamed up with fellow Love Island personality Kem Cetinay to present The Full Treatment, which saw the pair give celebrities makeovers while talking about their mental health and wellbeing. 

Gill commented: “Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins is a massive test of who you are as an individual. I learnt so much about myself that I didn’t expect in such a short space of time, but let me tell you, it’s really f*cking hard!”

AJ Pritchard, 27

Professional dancer and choreographer AJ Pritchard got to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2013 and joined Strictly Come Dancing as a professional dancer in 2016. 

Pritchard partnered with gymnast Louis Smith in a celebrity version of the reality series Hunted and took part in the twentieth series of I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.

Pritchard said: “It was enlightening. Everything about the show is so positive.  Even in the most dangerous scenarios there’s always a positive to take from it. This was a massive life goal ticked.”

Curtis Pritchard, 26 

Professional dancer and TV personality Curtis Pritchard appeared in the fifth series of Love Island, finishing fourth. 

Pritchard was a professional dancer on Ireland’s Dancing with the Stars and has guest choreographed on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Pritchard commented: “I’ve always been into pushing myself to the extreme, but let’s be honest, Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins is the most extreme show on TV. It’s seeing whether you can cope, whether you can go to hell and back and come out the other side stronger and better.”

Dwain Chambers, 44

Olympic 100m sprinter Dwain Chambers has won medals at World and European Championships and is fifth on the British all-time list for the event. 

Chambers was found guilty of doping after performance enchaining drugs were found in his system, leading to a two-year athletics ban.

Chambers now talks about the dangers of doping and trains children and adults via his own sports company. 

Chambers said: “I wanted to take myself out of my comfort zone, but I didn’t know what I’d let myself in for! It takes you through a series of lows that make you realise who you are. You're either somebody who crumbles under pressure, or you step up. And every single one of us stepped up.”

Jade Jones, 29

Taekwondo Olympic Gold medallist Jade Jones has also won gold at World and European Championships. 

Jones was introduced to the sport by her grandad as a way to keep her out of trouble when she was a child.

She was named BBC Cymru Wales Junior Sportswoman of the Year in 2010.

Jones commented: “After losing at the Olympics I wanted to figure myself out, I wanted to see just how tough I really am because I think I’m a bit of a baby when it comes to anything other than fighting! But I had no idea how tough it really is, they make it look easy on TV but when you’re in it, it’s brutal.”

Shannon Courtenay, 29

Professional boxer Shannon Courtenay held the WBA female bantamweight title between April and October 2021.

Known as ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’, Courtenay’s career consists of seven wins, three due to knockout, and two losses.

Courtenay said: “People only know me in the ring, they don’t know what I’m really like as a person, so I wanted to show the real me, the vulnerable side to me. If any show is going to break you down like that, it’s SAS: Who Dares Wins!”

Jonathan Broom-Edwards MBE, 34

Paralympic Gold high jumper Jonathan Broom-Edwards was born with congenital talipes equinovarus, more commonly known as club foot.

He achieved an Olympic gold medal at the recent Tokyo Games and alongside his athletics career, he is a soft tissue therapist and motivational speaker.

Broom-Edwards commented: “It’s the best experience. I would recommend it to anyone because I came out knowing more about myself and that I can endure much more hardship than I ever thought possible.”

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Channel 4 announces the biggest celebrity line up for series four of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.