Mark-Francis Vandelli: “I’m really a glorified extra on Made In Chelsea”

MIC cast member says he can come and go as he pleases as he takes part in Channel 4's The Jump


Mark-Francis Vandelli can’t be accused of beating around the bush and says taking part in Channel 4’s The Jump doesn’t affect his part in Made In Chelsea because he’s “really more of a glorified extra”. 


“That’s the way it needs to say. I call the shots. If I want to leave I leave for whatever period of time. That’s how life works. My life comes first,” he told while in Austria training for the winter sports reality show. 


Many fans would beg to differ, the witty MIC-er having been with the show since its inception in 2011 and providing many a memorable moment. As for whether he thinks show bosses consider him a “glorified extra”, he laughed: 

“I don’t really care how they see me. As far as I’m concerned I have a life and I need to be able to do what I want to do.”

Turning his attention to The Jump, which sees celebrities train up and compete in various winters sports, Vandelli said he hasn’t sought advice from fellow MIC cast member Louisa Thompson. She finished in fourth place last year. 

“I didn’t, this is a very personal experience. I never watched the show, I didn’t really know anything about it before I signed up. All I knew was I was going to learn to become a far better skier. They promised. It’s fantastic.”


The Jump starts tonight at 7:30pm on Channel 4