During I’m a Celeb rumors, the real name of Coronation Street star Simon Gregson was revealed.
For nearly three decades, he’s been a strong favourite on the cobbles, but Corrie viewers might be startled to learn that actor Simon Gregson has a showbiz secret.
It’s building up to be a soap legends showdown, with an EastEnders star taking against a Corrie favourite.
Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale from Walford) and Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald from Weatherfield) have apparently signed up for this year’s I’m a Celebrity… Please, get me out of here!
A little-known detail about Simon has come to light as a result of the news.
The 47-year-old was given the name Simon Alan Gregory as a child actor and only used it professionally as an adult.
He changed his acting identity to Simon Gregson when he was old enough to join the Equity actors’ union.
Equity regulations prohibit actors from using the same name as someone else on screen, yet there was already a Simon Gregory on the scene.
Simon has gone by the moniker Gregson since he was 16 years old, and he still uses it at work.
Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster) was born Michael Robert Turner, and he’s not the only Weatherfield regular who uses a stage name.
Simon first appeared on the ITV serial in 1989 as tearaway adolescent Steve, a year before he was allowed to change his surname.
Beverley Callard, who was on I’m A Celebrity last year, played Steve’s mother Liz. Her favorable experience on the show is said to have influenced Simon’s decision to join.
It’s also thought that the show’s relocation from Australia to Wales aided him in making his decision.
Meanwhile, Adam Woodyatt, the lone original EastEnders cast member, has joined Ant and Dec at Gwrych Castle, according to reports.
I’m A Celebrity is known for its unlikely pairings, and it’s anticipated that viewers will enjoy watching two soap ‘rivals’ bond on the show.
The hiring of the two actors is seen by ITV executives as a “great coup” for the series, with the hope that they would deliver enough of humor to keep viewers entertained.
“Bosses know Corrie fans will jump straight behind him,” an insider told The Sun.
“Everyone knows Simon as Steve, but for the first time, they’ll get to see a whole other side of him.”
“Simon has traditionally rejected all reality series, including I’m A Celeb, which he has turned down several times.” His children, though, are now older. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.