Charlie Brooks wins I'm A Celebrity
Charlie Brooks was named Queen of the Jungle on 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' last night (01.12.12), narrowly pipping Ashley Roberts to the title
Charlie Brooks has won 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!'.
The 'EastEnders' actress was named Queen of the Jungle last night (01.12.12) ahead of Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts following their tough three-week stay in the Australian jungle, and the 31-year-old star, who looked shocked when it was announced she had won the competition, admitted she never expected to do so well.
Speaking to presenters Ant and Dec, she said: "I didn't imagine this in a million years. I had no idea. Everyone's been amazing, every single person played their role."
Charlie was reunited with her seven-year-old daughter Kiki - who she was denied the chance to see earlier this week when she failed a jungle challenge - upon being crowned Queen of the Jungle, and the actress admitted she went through a "mental marathon" during her time on the ITV1 series.
She added: "I didn't really know what to expect, the trials were pretty gross and that was difficult but it was the longevity of it, it felt really long.
"You run a bit of a mental marathon, that's what was tougher. It doesn't really feel like a TV show when you're in it."
Earlier in the show, Charlie and fellow finalist Ashley won a three-course luxury meal on their last night in camp after accomplishing the Final Feast Bushtucker Trial.
Charlie consumed witchetty grubs, an animal's brain and turkey testicles, and the 31-year-old singer ate a camel's penis, a stir-fry containing raw fish eyes and live cockroaches.
Following the trial, Charlie said: "I feel absolutely traumatised. It was horrendous. There was no other way of describing it."
Ashley added: "That was the most disgusting thing I've ever done in my life.
"That eyeball and the popping of the eyeball. It smelled. I am never doing anything like that again in my entire life."
Charlie came close to quitting the programme after being left devastated when she chose the wrong door to open in a mini trial and was denied the opportunity to see Kiki.
David Haye, who finished third on the show, told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: "She was really upset about it. She wanted to be with her daughter. I thought she might leave.
"She went and had a word with producers and said they needed to guarantee that her daughter was OK."