Shaun Williamson helped randy rams on Celebs on the Farm
- Bang Showbiz
- 17 December 2020
Former 'EastEnders' actor Shaun Williamson helped breed sheep and catch pigs on upcoming MTV reality show 'Celebs on the Farm''
Shaun Williamson had to work as a sheep breeder on 'Celebs on the Farm''.
The former 'EastEnders' actor appears on the upcoming MTV reality show with Kerry Katona, Blue singer Duncan James, 'RuPaul's Drag Race UK' star Cheryl Hole, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Holly Hagan, Lady C, Linda Robson, Malique Thompson-Dwyer and Love Island's Montana Brown with the stars having to carry out an array of tasks on a working farm in the Yorkshire Dales.
Shaun admits one of the most memorable days was when he and Holly had to prepare the randy rams to mate with the ewes and luckily he managed to avoid having to wash their private parts as that intimate job went to the 'Geordie Star'.
Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, he said: "'Celebs on the Farm' was great fun, great people, great company. We were literally farming, you know herding sheep and catching pigs, proper farming, it was a great experience. It’s great fun, it’s hard work – I think everybody knows farming is hard work – really tough, but really rewarding.
“I had to catch a ram and Holly from Geordie Shore had to give it a thorough once over, including its private parts! Then we painted the rams’ chests and let them loose on the ewes. The reason you put the paint on is so you can see which sheep have been impregnated."
Shaun, 55, also had to milk cows for the programme – which airs in January – and he got the feeling the bovine herd knew an "amateur" was fiddling with their udders.
He added: "Milking the cows was one of the most intimidating jobs. It was done by machines in a proper milking plant, so that was quite an intimidating atmosphere because they are all herded into pens and you go down underneath them, and you have to put these suckers onto their udders. It's not as easy as it sounds, you’ve got to disinfect them first, you’ve got to disinfect them after, you’ve got to wash their hooves, they clearly knew that an amateur was doing it to them."
With a showbiz career that is entering its fourth decade, Shaun is still most famous for playing Barry Evans in 'EastEnders', who ran the Evans & Son car dealership in Albert Square.
Shaun was speaking to promote Raisin UK Savings Marketplace (Raisin.co.uk) who carried out research which found that 7.5 million Brits are currently saving for a car, with 37 per cent of people working to be able to cover the full cost of the vehicle in one payment, compared to 28 per cent who will use a loan or credit plan to buy their motor.
Surprisingly, Shaun didn't pass his driving test until he was 30 when he was told by bosses on the BBC One soap that if was playing a car salesmen then he had to be able to get behind the wheel.
He recalled: "I got the role in 'EastEnders' in my late 20s and the boss told me I would learn to drive otherwise Barry Evans wouldn't be around for long as a car dealer. So, I took a week crash course and passed. My first car was a grandmother's blue Ford Anglia it's the one Arthur Weasley drives in 'Harry Potter'."