She's far from the only soap star to have stepped foot in the I'm a Celebrity Jungle, but Coronation Street actress Sue Cleaver will certainly be remembered.


Sue, best known as Corrie's Eileen Grimshaw, has been a key part of this year's I'm a Celebrity 2022 line-up, becoming a matriarch figure to Owen Warner and striking up a close friendship with Mike Tindall.

Viewers have also got to know more about the soap favourite and what she's really like behind-the-scenes, including a fascinating story about how she met her biological mother after a chance encounter.

Continue below for the full lowdown on Sue Cleaver, including what made her want to sign up for the show in the first place.

Who is Sue Cleaver?

Age: 59

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Job: Actress

Instagram: @officialsuecleaver

Twitter: @Sue_Cleaver

Sue Cleaver is an actress, best known for playing Eileen Grimshaw on Coronation Street.

She also played Glenda in BBC comedy series dinnerladies, which ran for two series from 1998 to 2000.

Aside from her acting, Cleaver became a trainee psychotherapist and is in her final year of studying.

Will Sue leave Coronation Street?

While Sue takes part in I'm a Celebrity, she has been temporarily written out of the soap, so viewers should expect to see her back on the Cobbles soon after.

Ahead of her IAC stint, Cleaver confided in her co-stars, Simon Gregson and Jennie McAlpine, who have both taken part in the series before, to make sure they also thought she would enjoy the experience.

“I have spoken to Jennie and Simon,” she said. “They seemed to think I will have an absolute ball. They have told me I will love it and have a great time. It is very positive and I am going there feeling excited.”

What has Sue Cleaver said about joining I'm a Celebrity?

"Doing I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! is never really something I considered doing before,” explained the Soap Queen. “But the pandemic happened and then this year, I have just turned 59 and so I decided for my 59th, I was going to shake things up a bit."

She added: "I realised I needed something that would challenge me and I thought this show would be good – and so that’s why I am doing it."

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