I'm A Celebrity favourite Shane Richie has hinted he could return to Albert Square in 2021 after his stint going into camp.

The actor and entertainer, who is one of the big names on the show this year, played Alfie Moon alongside Kat Slater( Jessie Wallace ) for more than a decade including two long periods from 2002-2005 and 2010-2016.

Asked about another sensational soap return, 56-year-old Shane said: “I would love to go back. I think under the present climate, there are still restrictions at EastEnders but I speak to Jessie(Wallace) a lot and I speak to Adam(Woodyatt), we have the same management anyway.

“They were saying how tough it is at the moment but I think that is the same for Corrie and Emmerdale. It is the same making gameshows or even doing this show.

Shane is all set for I'm A Celeb

“Alfie thankfully is still alive and I think he is on the run in Spain and still owes Phil Mitchell some money. What is interesting is Jessie said the other week they got a letter from him so they still talk about him. Who knows what will happen next year, it would be lovely. I love the show and I have got such great memories of it.”

Shane was in high spirits as he spoke in Wales ahead of going onto I'm A Celebrity, despite the fact he originally planned his adventure to be one for all the family in sunny Australia.

Now things have changed so much that he says he has spent time looking into forgaging for food for camp and laughed as he said it could have an unlikely outcome which would make good TV.

He said: “Before I go in I thought, we are going to be in a forest, so I got this book about mushrooms and I thought right if we are only going to be on rice and beans...”

Shane played Alfie alongside Jessie Wallace as Kat

“So I am sitting with the kids and they say 'Daddy that one is an edible one' so OK right I will remember that. Here's the problem, I am not sure I know the difference now between edible mushrooms and magic mushrooms, so if at 3'O'clock in the morning we are all off our tits staring at

the moon singing Kum Bah Yah you will know I have caused it. That is my biggest fear.

“I hope people don't fall out, I hate confrontation. I am all for opinions, and I am happy to listen to someone's opinion, but when it gets angry I am one for trying to lighten the situation.

“I don't know who is going in, but someone said Mo Farah is going in. If he is in there, god, he is known around the world. I could be sleeping with Mo Farah, and I have never slept with a Knight before.

Shane with his I'm A Celeb campmates

“If he s**** himself in the middle of the night because he sees a ghost I am going to be following him straight out. I won't be able to keep up with him but I will be straight behind him!”

Richie, an entertainer since he joined Pontins bluecoats as a teenager, has had a hugely varied career taking in screen and stage including shows like Benidorm, Win, Lose or Draw and on stage a hit version of Grease.

Away from the cameras he has five children, two children from his previous marriage to Coleen Nolan in the Nineties; Shane Roche Jr and Jake Roche, and three children with his current wife Christine, Mackenzie Blue, Lolita Bell and Romani-Skye Angel.

The two young girls in particular will be on his mind in camp thanks to his unlikely luxury item he is taking in.

“I am bringing in Disney Princess shower gel. I knew you would laugh.

Shane has hinted he'll return to EastEnders

“But if there are any parents there who have daughters, I have a 9-year-old and a 12-Year-old daughter. Me and Chris(wife) have got our own shower but sometimes they will come in and use our shower.

“After a while all the shower gel is gone and all that is left is the Disney Princess shower gel. Every time I get the shower gel now I think of them. So I thought what can I get that everyone could use, so I got the shower gel, I will end up getting teary thinking of them when I use it.

“My two eldest are just going to be emptying out their bank accounts trying to get me to do every trial. They just want to see me suffer.

“But my 12-year-old daughter(Lolita) is saying please don't burp, fart or eat with your mouth open. That is her biggest concern. I don't want to embarrass my children so if anything will get me through the trials and challenges it will be thinking of them.”

When he leaves the jungle, Shane hopes to be back on stage soon in a production of the musical show Everyone's Talking About Jamie which began touring the UK in February before dates were postponed by lockdown. He hopes to lose weight in camp to help him return to the outfits he wears on stage.

Shane starred as Alfie for two stints

“I am not sure people want to see me in the shower,” he says referring to the normal jungle shower scenes in Australia.

“You know I have had five kids, I have still got some of the stretch marks! I am going in there and I need to drop two dress sizes if I am going to go back in the West End playing a drag queen, I swear to god I am not going to get into that dress because I am a size 16 and I need to get down to a size 12. Any ladies listening know what I am talking about.

“No one is going to want to see me, my tits you push them together to make one good one. I have got a belly hanging off me, but if I can drop a few pounds that is the one good thing to come out of it.”

Earlier this week Shane openly admitted lockdown had left him “skint” and needing the money from I'm A Celebrity to help pay the mortgage and other bills. Whilst he is struggling compared to his usual income and has made some big cutbacks he end the interview saying it is others he feels really sorry for.

“I lease a car for my wife for the kids on the school run and so I got rid of my car cos it was too much money and we only needed one. I can get around on a moped.

Barbara Windsor as Peggy Mitchell and Shane Ritchie as Alfie Moon

“And all of a sudden I got my bike out. I just feel like the whole country, not just me, has pressed the reset button. If I was skint, I have had a career and if it all finishes tomorrow so be it.

“But I was working with some youngsters straight out of school, now they have got nothing.

“If I didn't work it was always my choice. Whether I was doing a comedy or EastEnders, film or a gameshow, a tour, a musical, making albums, if I didn't want to do it, it was my choice.

“So I always kept working and I always had enough. You have enough money for a rainy day, I just didn't think the rainy day would be for eight months.

“I'll be alright because if the worst comes to the worst, I'll go out and do stand up or find something to do, I'll resurrect a musical.

“But I have got mates of mine, a family who live near me, and they have ploughed everything into a sandwich bar. And within four weeks it had gone. My mates got a restaurant that has gone under. I've got a mate who started a plastering business, that's gone.

“Things that used to be important aren't so important now and we have realised how friends and family are just that much more important than what you do for a living.”