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Anne will swap the Australian jungle rats to play a Queen Rat in pantomime (Picture: INS, ITV)

Im a Celebrity star Anne Hegerty will swap real life jungle rats – to play a Queen Rat this Christmas.

Although fans may have to wait a few extra weeks to catch her in action.

The Governess was due to appear in pantomime show Dick Whittington at The Windsor Theatre Royal in Berkshire this Christmas for a full six-week run.

However, due to her appearance on ITVs Im a Celeb, Anne has been forced to cut the stint down to half the time at three weeks.

With Anne currently battling her way through Bushtucker trials down under in the Australian jungle, it means fans hoping to catch her on-stage will have to wait until the Dick Whittington production is halfway through.

Anne, 60, is due to play wicked Queen Rat but will be replaced by Anita Harris until she escapes from the depths of the jungle. The Chase star is set to make her debut in the play on 18 December until 6 January so shell have plenty of time to dust away those creepy crawlies.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Gourley/REX (9992109ba) Live Trial: The Jungle X Factor - Fleur East and Anne Hegerty 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' TV Show, Series 18, Australia - 25 Nov 2018
Anne is currently smashing it on Im a Celeb (Picture: ITV)

Other members of the cast include DJ Mike Reid, Kevin Cruise and Steven Blakeley.

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In the meantime, Anne looks set to do her fellow Im a Celeb campmates proud after being chosen for a particularly cruel bushtucker trial in tonights episode.

After skipping previous trials on medical grounds, the public jumped at the chance to finally put Anne through her paces by voting for her to take on the Hellish Hospital.

STRICT EMBARGO - NOT TO BE USED BEFORE 22:30 GMT, 19 NOV 2018 - EDITORIAL USE ONLY Mandatory Credit: Photo by ITV/REX (9984039al) Pre-Trial - Anne Hegerty 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' TV Show, Series 18, Australia - 19 Nov 2018
Anne will swap the jungle rats… to play Queen Rat in Dick Whittington (Picture: ITV/Rex Features)

Proving to have balls of steel, a teaser clip shows Anne brushing over a huge python to grab hold of a golden meal ticket for the rest of the camp.

Annes fellow Chase star, Mark “The Beast” Labbett seemed pretty confident in her ability to take on the challenge.

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He said on Good Morning Britain: She reacts to the unexpected which is why she reacted badly to the first trial.

But the Bushtucker trial she prepared herself for and she absolutely bossed it. If they say she cant do a trial for medical reasons, its got nothing to do with her Aspergers or autism.

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