Clue: he's a member of boyband Union J...

Looks like Sir Ian McKellen has a clear favourite to win I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here…and it’s no other than Union J heartthrob George Shelley! Who knew the Golden Globe-winning actor even tuned into the show…


Speaking of the lovely singer, who has been dubbed ‘George of the Jungle’ by his fans, Sir Ian said: ‘I met Union J when they were at the Pride Of Britain Awards and then I went to see them on stage. George is doing brilliantly. He has inner strength and I think he’ll go right to end. He hugs absolutely everybody but he’s got a lot of love in him. He’s stronger than he seems. As long as he keeps smiling he’ll be fine.’ Aww! What a sweet thing to say.

But Sir Ian’s support doesn’t stop there – he even has a tip for his young friend: ‘Get as much sleep as possible.’ Good, old-fashioned advice…we hope George takes this on board! And it looks like suggestion is tried and tested: ‘I can sleep in most places, so that’s my good quality,’ says Sir Ian, explaining that he would like to take a pillow on I’m a Celebrity if he were to go on the show.’

On that note, will he be joining the campmates in the jungle anytime soon? Well, his answer is pretty clear: ‘No, no, no, no. I am not going into any jungle.’ Is that a polite decline then? Looks like the iconic British actor will be content watching George from the safety of his sofa instead.

Francesca Specter/@ChezSpecter