Cliff Parisi, identified to hundreds of thousands as Minty from EastEnders, isn’t minted, and says he’s going into the jungle as a result of he wants the cash.
The actor, 59, has admitted that he initially turned down the job till he was proven an enormous tax invoice by his accountant, which modified his thoughts.
Cliff stated: “What made me join? The taxman. I’ve bought a invoice I must pay.
“Like everybody presently of yr, you go, ‘Oh no. Once more…’ You’d suppose I earn some huge cash however I don’t.
“I work for the BBC, so it ain’t that massive.
“I had a gathering about this earlier on within the yr, and I thought of it lengthy and onerous and stated no.
“After which as I bought an estimate for my tax, I phoned them up and stated, is it too late to say sure?
“So right here I’m. However it could possibly be a tremendous expertise and I hope it’s.
“Life throws up issues like this for you, and if you happen to don’t take them you’re a little bit of a mug.
So I give myself a little bit of a speaking to, after which I spoke to the accountant and he made my thoughts up.
What’s the worse-case state of affairs? An enormous snake is gonna chunk you or the taxman is gonna chunk you. Which would you like?”
Cliff, who stop EastEnders in 2010 and has since starred commonly in BBC drama Name The Midwife, will go into the jungle as a late entry tomorrow, alongside Coronation Street actor Andy Whyment, who performs Kirk Sutherland on the cleaning soap.
Cliff began off as a stand-up comedian,, however quickly appeared as an actor in The Darling Buds of Could and Drop the Useless Donkey.
He then landed greater elements in Kavanagh QC, Bramwell and A Prince Amongst Males, earlier than being forged as Minty in EastEnders in 2002, a job he performed for eight years.
Cliff admitted he has not watched the present since he left.
He stated: “I liked working there, however I feel that in life you’ve bought to maneuver ahead and do various things.
“Though I do miss the individuals there, I’m pleased doing what I’m doing. I like Name the Midwife. It’s a brand new household.”
Requested if he would ever return, he stated: “By no means say by no means. If there was a time that financially I wanted to do it they usually provided it to me and it was an attention-grabbing sufficient storyline, I’d think about it.”
Cliff admitted that he had some considerations concerning the famously meagre jungle rations.
He stated: “I clearly like my meals, so this may be a little bit of a battle for me.
“However, I like challenges, so let’s simply see. I’d like to lose a few stone – that’d be unimaginable.”
The star additionally stated he would miss his household throughout his time Down Below. Cliff has son Arthur, 9, with spouse Tara Wyer, a BBC manufacturing assistant.
He stated he advised Arthur: “I stated, Daddy’s going away for some time and it’s going to be an journey. I’m going to overlook you and I like you.”
Cliff additionally has daughter Mandy, 37, and sons Dean, 31, and Jack 27, from earlier relationships.
And he stated Tara provided some useful hints for his time within the jungle.
He stated: “My spouse’s written a protracted checklist out of issues I mustn’t do.
“Like scratching my bum, choosing my nostril, farting – all of the disgusting issues males do – scratching your nuts.
“I’m certain I’ll neglect on occasion and I’ll must have manners.”