Craig Charles ‘tormented that he chose I’m A Celebrity over seeing late brother’

Craig Charles has admitted that he is still tormented by the fact that he chose to appear on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! instead of patching up a fallout with his brother.

The 55-year-old Red Dwarf star headed Down Under for the ITV show in 2014, but was soon given devastating news.

Craig was told by the show's doctor that his older brother, Dean, had died and Craig had not put a feud to bed with him and it rankles with him today.

He flew home immediately, and the ex-Coronation Street star has previously told how his brother had tried to contact him before he joined the ITV show.


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Speaking to The Big Issue, Craig said: "If I could have one last conversation with anyone it would be my brother Dean.

"He tried to get hold of me just before I went into the jungle.

"We'd not spoken for a few years, there was a family falling out. And I just thought, 'You know what, I'll leave it, go and do the jungle thing and I'll come out and we'll all be together for Christmas.'"

It was just a couple days into his jungle experience that Craig was pulled to one side to be given the devastating news.

He continued: "And he died while I was over there… The doctor said: 'I've got some terrible news to tell you, Craig. Your brother Dean has passed away.'

"So I had to get on a plane straight away. He was so far away. And it took so long to get back.

"I'd have loved to have had a conversation with him. I'd have loved to have made up."

The BBC radio DJ also spoke about how he was thrust into the spotlight of fame at an early age and admitted that he handled the limelight "badly" at the time.


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After finding fame on the BBC sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf, Craig told The Big Issue magazine that he was not prepared for his success.

"I was famous when I was quite young. There was no preparation, no fame school where I came from," he said.

"You're not taught how to handle it, this sudden influx of wealth and fame. And I handled it all very badly.

"I was unreliable. I was cocky. I was always late. I didn't prepare things. I used to wing it a lot. I mean, friends can come and go, but enemies, they last a lifetime."

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