I’m A Celebrity’s Owen Warner reflects on landing Hollyoaks role

‘I was so gassed!’ I’m A Celebrity’s Owen Warner reflects on the moment he landed the role of Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks while he was still at university

Owen Warner reflected on the life-changing moment he landed his role as Romeo Nightingale on Hollyoaks, during Wednesday’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! 

The actor, 23, who joined the soap as the hunk in 2018, admitted that he was still at university when he received a phonecall to reveal he’d landed the role, and he quickly rang his mum to tell her the news.

Owen also confessed that he was living on a meagre student budget when he got his first major acting role, and had been making a ’60p meal’ when his agent rang him.

Recalling: Owen Warner reflected on the life-changing moment he landed his role as Romeo Nightingale on Hollyoaks, during Wednesday's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

Recalling: Owen Warner reflected on the life-changing moment he landed his role as Romeo Nightingale on Hollyoaks, during Wednesday’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

As the camp discussed their best and worst moments at work, Owen said: ‘I was in uni… making myself the most student meal, cost me like 60p this meal. 

‘My agent bells me… she’s like, ”Hi Owen, I’m really sorry but… you’re going to have to clear your schedule because you got the part.”

‘I was so gassed man! FaceTimed my mum…[I said], ”Meant to say, what’s the deal with this pepper – I got the part in Hollyoaks – this pepper do I put it on…” 

‘And she’s like, ”Go back! What did you say?” Oh yeah, got the part in Hollyoaks, so this pepper, yeah…’

Throwback: The actor who joined the soap as the hunk in 2018, admitted that he was still at university when he received a phonecall to reveal he'd landed the role

Throwback: The actor who joined the soap as the hunk in 2018, admitted that he was still at university when he received a phonecall to reveal he’d landed the role

Owen’s character Romeo was introduced to Hollyoaks as the long-lost son of James Nightingale, and in later years viewers have seen him become the village heartthrob.

Earlier in the show, Seann Walsh reflected on ‘the worst month of his life’, which came in the weeks following his Strictly Come Dancing kissing scandal.

The comedian, 36, found himself at the centre of a media firestorm when he was photographed kissing Katya Jones while she was married to husband Neil, and he was in a relationship with now ex-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries.

Speaking to fellow comic Babatunde Aleshe, Seann revealed that after the scandal he was booked to perform at a 200-person venue in Edinburgh, but was horrified when he learned that there were just 30 people in attendance.

Reflecting on the most difficult moment in his career, Seann told Babatunde: ‘Easily the most depressing month of my entire life, Edinburgh after Strictly. 

‘We get to Edinburgh, right, I think it’s a 200-seater, I’ve never not in Edinburgh sold out the first night. 

‘It doesn’t even occur to me that it’s not sold out. Just before I’m about to go on, my agent comes in and goes, ”Just so you know, there’s like 30 people.” 

‘To get told that when you’re just about to go on… horrific. It was at that point I was like, ”Oh, oh..”

Babatúndé said: ‘Oh, they don’t like me.’

Seann added: ‘My career was dead, I was over.’

In the Bush Telegraph Babatúndé added: ‘We love joking and making things seem as though it’s always good, it’s always funny. A lot of the times we never talk about some of the hardest times.’

Seann continued: ‘My agent said, ”There’s nothing I can do. I’m sorry, I’ve tried. I’ve tried everything.” 

‘Do you know what I did, I thought, I’ve got to learn to drive. I can’t sit on trains, with people looking at me going, ”Is that the guy that used to…?” 

‘I’ve got to learn to drive now as I’ve got to hide. Genuinely. I mean that, I swear on my life. I can’t be on trains.’

Babatúndé added of his own career: ‘I stopped because I had a mental block. I can’t come up with new stuff. I just can’t come up with new jokes, it’s just not happening for me. I lost the love.’

Seann in the Bush Telegraph said: ‘There are the highs in comedy but there are the lows. It’s not been an easy ride for either of us.’

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! continues on Thursday at 9pm on ITV.

I’m A Celebrity 2022: All you need to know about this year’s show






AGE: 61

CLAIM TO FAME: Legendary pop star

PHOBIAS: Being scared

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am going straight into the jungle from playing at various festivals and gigs

ROLE IN THE CAMP: In-house dietician reassuring everyone that they will be ok on the jungle diet. And entertainer – I will sing!

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a very positive person and I don’t bear any grudges

DREAM CAMPMATE: It would be funny if my ex, Jon Moss, comes on the programme -but I don’t think that will happen!




AGE: 48


PHOBIAS: I am petrified of heights. I ended up carrying the bags when we took my girlfriend’s niece once to Go Ape as I am so petrified!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? A friend’s birthday, a wedding, and Leeds United matches

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer. Hopefully I can help shorten everyone’s boredom.

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hiding food! I am going to fly out early and sneak into the jungle and hide pot noodles everywhere, then I will be everyone’s best friend!

DREAM CAMPMATE: Ant and Dec…let’s see how they cope for 24 hours!




AGE: 59

CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street

PHOBIAS: Don’t be ridiculous! I am not going to admit to what I fear most!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Coronation Street and we are expecting another grandchild any day, so hopefully it will arrive before I fly out to Australia.

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will be more of a mum – that is where I will naturally fit.

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I am a good listener, so hopefully I will be a friendly ear for everyone.

DREAM CAMPMATE: Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold. He is my TV husband and it would be lovely to have an ally in camp!




AGE: 35

CLAIM TO FAME: Presenter of A Place In The Sun

PHOBIAS: Spiders. There is no point in lying about it! I’ve got an irrational fear about them

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Just a holiday which I can postpone

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum, cook and morale booster. I always like to look at the positive side in life

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I will be good at making sure everything is tidy in camp

DREAM CAMPMATE: Mo Gilligan. He is hilarious and I totally fancy him!




AGE: 36


PHOBIAS: I am scared of absolutely everything. Snakes, rats – I am fearful of them all and I am dreading the trials

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I was going on tour but we’ve postponed it now until next year

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Tension breaker. If I can break tension anywhere it starts up in the camp, then I will do that. We don’t need to be bickering as it will be a first-time experience for everyone

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hopefully I will bring some humour to the camp

DREAM CAMPMATE: I am a big Arsenal fan and so any ex-Arsenal player would be great. I am looking forward to chatting to Ant & Dec about football




AGE: 36


PHOBIAS: I am not too pleased about rats being in there but I am just trying to pretend it is not happening! 

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am really looking forward to taking part in this show

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: People have voiced their feelings about me and I am hoping they will see I am very different. I want to create new memories

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I am a great listener. I can’t cook but if someone would like to teach me, then I will give it a go 

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t want to put myself down but if my friends were to answer this question, they would say there isn’t much Seann can do! I am not really bringing too much to the table which is why I am a good listener! 

DREAM CAMPER: Lee Evans, anyone from Blink-182 or Boy George. My mum took me to see him at Wembley and he wore a satellite dish as a hat! 




AGE: 44

CLAIM TO FAME: Rugby Union player and married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall

PHOBIAS: I haven’t admitted to having any phobias but in a weird way, I am looking forward to taking part in the trials!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My podcast series and the rugby Internationals this autumn

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Morning motivator. I would like to see everyone get on well and us all have a great experience

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a positive person

DREAM CAMPMATE: Samuel L Jackson would be cool. He has lived the life!




AGE: 23

CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks

PHOBIAS: Snakes!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I am a big fan of football so I will miss watching the start of the World Cup

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer and games coordinator

BEST ATTRIBUTE: It is definitely not my cooking skills or brains!

DREAM CAMPMATE: Any of the Leicester City starting 11!




AGE: 42

CLAIM TO FAME: ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor

PHOBIAS: I am not sure what my fear factor will be because I’ve never had rodents, spiders and snakes crawling all over me!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My children’s annual school ball which I am gutted about

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and cook. I don’t mind falling into that position

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I like to listen and talk. I love learning about people and I have a natural curiosity for people

DREAM CAMPMATE: Colin Murray and Richard Osman




AGE: 35

CLAIM TO FAME: Retired England Lioness

PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats and the thought of being underground fills me with fear!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? The Men’s World Cup. I am going to find it weird not being able to know how the men are getting on in the tournament. Hopefully they will still be in the tournament when I come out of the jungle

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Helping hand. I like to help people if they aren’t having a good day

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hard worker. I will always find a way to add value. I am also very honest

DREAM CAMPMATE: Another sports person would be great as it would be someone to bounce ideas off.




AGE: 31

CLAIM TO FAME: Love Island star

PHOBIAS: I hate the dark so I’m keen to avoid any challenges in the darkness

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, had the show been on air any later, I could have missed my sister’s wedding

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Clown. I was always the class clown at school and I love having a laugh

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t take myself seriously and I have got a good sense of humour

DREAM CAMPMATE: A pop legend like Dolly Parton who has amazing stories to tell




AGE: 44

CLAIM TO FAME: Politician

PHOBIAS: Snakes. I don’t thankfully suffer from claustrophobia –or I think I don’t!

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: Politicians are people too and it will be nice for people to see me as me. We are human too

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I like to muck in, and I think I will be collecting a lot of firewood. I like cooking too


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