Total Wipeout Celebrity Special: Episode 2 Celebrities

Danielle Lloyd: model and TV presenter
Charity: Guiding Light / The Lantern Project

Danielle Lloyd is a model and TV presenter who was Miss England 2004 and Miss Great Britain 2006.

She authored a documentary for BBC Three about domestic violence where she talked about her own experiences. She cites the documentary as ones of her proudest achievements, especially as it formed part of this year’s Comic Relief campaign.

Danielle has appeared on a host of reality and entertainment shows including: the 2007 version of Celebrity Big Brother, BBC One’s Test The Nation, MTV’s Cribs, Tonight With Trevor Macdonald and a glamour model special of The Weakest Link.

Danielle loves to play golf with her boyfriend and tries to swim every day. She likes to keep in shape at the gym and enjoys boxing, but doesn’t think that this will help on the sucker punch.

Danielle’s strategy is to take her time and not rush to avoid making mistakes.

Her weakness is chocolate doughnuts and says if someone wanted to distract her on the Total Wipeout course, a doughnut would be the perfect tactic.

She is keen to take part as she thinks it will be a great fun challenge and also wants to raise money for her charity.

Joe Pasquale: comedian
Charity: Diabetes UK

Joe Pasquale is a comedian best known for his high-pitched voice. In 2004, he was crowned King of the Jungle on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Since the jungle, Joe has made a number of TV appearances including The Weakest Link, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and The Paul O’Grady Show, which he has hosted three times. He has also presented The Prisoner X which was part of Virgin One’s documentary season filmed from a prison in Costa Rica.

He is currently “Minister of Merkins” for The Monster Raving Looney Party. If elected, his policies would include lead-free pencils and creating a beach in Birmingham. Joe trains at the gym four times a week. He tends to circuit train, run, skip as well as practice his boxing.

Joe is not looking forward to Dizzy Dummies as he has a fear of being sick or people being sick on him.

He says his weakness is that he can’t see very well without his glasses and that he is very single minded. His children love the show and think its mental so would love to see him taking part.

Joe’s proudest sporting achievement is flying with the Red Arrows, which cured his fear of flying.

Sally Gunnell OBE: former Olympic athlete

Charity: Rwandan Orphanage

Sally Gunnell OBE is a former British Olympic champion who now works as a broadcaster and motivational speaker.

She won gold in the 400m hurdles at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and set the world record in the same event in the 1993 World Championships. She retired in 1997 after a recurrence of an achilles tendon injury.

Sally is generally very active in the garden with her kids and tries to get to the gym three or four times per week. She is always keen to draw on her wealth of knowledge and experience to help inspire and encourage families to get active and healthy.

She describes herself as a generally competitive and highly-motivated person, but isn’t taking the training side too seriously. She says just wants to go for it on the course!

Sally isn’t fearful of any of the other competitors as she thinks you can be the fittest athlete in the world but you could still slip up on the course. Having grown up on a farm, Sally says she was always covered in mud, so Total Wipeout won’t really faze her much!

When Sally competed at Olympic level her ritual was to have a cold shower before competitions. She says she may do this for good luck, but she thinks the cold water on the Total Wipeout course might be enough for one day!

Kirsten O’Brien: presenter and stand-up comic
Charity: The Teesside Hospice

Kirsten O’Brien is a TV and radio presenter. Kirsten’s latest projects include documentary Kirsten’s Topless Ambition, presenting coverage from the World Freerunning Championships 2009 and narrating Britain’s Most Embarrassing Parents – all for BBC Three. She is currently filming another new series for the broadcaster.

Kirsten regularly presents competition strands for GMTV as well as reports on The One Show. Other TV credits include the BBC’s Gimme A Break, Help, Teach Is Coming To Stay, Smart, Totally Doctor Who, Spingwatch Tracker and Smile. She has also recently presented the online programme Orange Music Show.

Kirsten is well known on the comedy circuit and returned to the Edinburgh Fringe last year, where tickets to her one-woman show Confessions Of A Children’s TV Presenter sold out.

Her radio credits include BBC Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Show and the Big Toe Radio Show for BBC Radio 7. She is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Christian O’Connell’s Solution and has also co-presented the Capital FM breakfast show.

Mud is something that Kirsten is quite happy about. She thinks that she has “rubbish hair” so expects that the mud will be an excellent excuse not to have to style it.

She says that her one key weakness is that, when she starts laughing, she will get distracted and thinks the chances of her laughing at other competitor’s misfortunes on the show are fairly high.

Dominic Littlewood: presenter

Charity: Diabetes UK

Dominic is one of British TV’s most well-known faces in consumer rights programming. His presenting portfolio includes Wrong Car, Right Car, To Buy Or Not To Buy, How I Made My Property Fortune, Beat The Burglar, Don’t Get Done, Get Dom and Cowboy Builders.

Dom is the consumer reporter on the BBC’s The One Show and currently has a book out which accompanies the series Don’t Get Done, Get Dom.

In 2007, Dom was partnered with Lilia Kopylova in the fifth series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing where, despite a valiant effort; he went out in week five.

Dom loves his water sports – waterskiing, slalem skiing, barefoot skiing, wake/knee boarding, sailing – and is an established PADI diver.

He is a big fan of high-octane activities: in his life he has driven off ledges, ice dived in France, been cloofing (climbing mountains in Africa where the only way back down is to jump into large rock pools), swum with sharks in an aquarium and been paragliding.

Andrea McLean: presenter
Charity: Demelza House

Originally from Scotland, Andrea is best known for her current role presenting Loose Women and her time on GMTV. Her career began as a travel writer but, when an opportunity came up to work as a presenter for a weather channel, Andrea jumped at the chance. Within 18 months she was working as a weather girl for GMTV.

She has co-hosted GMTV with both Ben Shephard and Eamonn Holmes and took over the reins on LK Today in Lorraine Kelly’s absence.

In 2006 she took part in the first series of Dancing On Ice as a celebrity skater. She says it was by far the hardest thing she has ever done. The opportunity led to a co-host position on the daily ITV1 series Dancing On Ice Extra with Andi Peters.

Andrea currently lives in Surrey with her husband and her two children.

Andrea has a daredevil streak – she has completed three tandem parachute jumps and bungee jumped in Australia. She is taking part in the competition for her inner seven-year-old and, as she has just turned 40, wants to prove that there’s “life in the old girl yet”.

Sam Nixon: TV presenter
Charity: Barnsley Hospice

Sam Nixon is a well-established CBBC presenter. He is best known for hosting TMi, Top Of The Pops Reloaded and Level Up alongside his co-host Mark Rhodes.

Sam started his career as a singer and came third on the Pop Idol in 2003. Following his success on the show, he teamed up with runner-up Mark Rhodes and released two singles under the name Sam and Mark. In February 2004, their cover of the song With A Little Help From My Friends reached number one.

Sam’s work-out regime consists of a gym trip three times a week, where he mainly trains with weights. He also plays badminton which he says is the only thing he gets competitive about.

Sam and Mark plan to train one another, which they describe as an advantage of being part of a duo.

Sam doesn’t think that he’ll be particularly competitive on the Total Wipeout course and says: “Mark will be competitive for the two of us!”

He thinks it’s more about the fun element than anything else: “As a child, jumping on an obstacle course was the best thing in the world, so to take part as an adult would be brilliant!”

Mark Rhodes: TV presenter
Charity: Promise Dreams

Mark Rhodes is a well-established CBBC presenter. He is best known for hosting TMi, Top Of The Pops Reloaded and Level Up alongside his co-host Sam Nixon.

He shot to fame on Pop Idol 2 where he finished second to Michelle McManus. After Pop Idol he teamed up with third-placed Sam Nixon, releasing two singles under the name Sam and Mark.

Mark’s interests include WWE wrestling. His favourite wrestler of all time is Bret ‘The Hit Man’ Hart. He says he won’t be afraid to use a few wrestling tackles to push people out of the way in his bid to win Total Wipeout.

Mark really wants to take part in the show because it’s set in Argentina. He sees the course as a big adventure playground for adults and he can’t wait to have a go.

He describes himself as fairly fit and tries to get to the gym three times a week.

Mark says that he is really competitive within a sporting environment and normally beats Sam at everything he does, including pool.

His proudest sporting achievement was scoring a goal at a regional football final in front of an audience of 500 when he was 13 years old.

If Mark wins Total Wipeout he plans to split the winnings with Sam’s charity.

Cleo Rocos: comedy actress
Charity: London Air Ambulance

Cleo Rocos is a comedy actress, most famously known for her role in The Kenny Everett Show.

Cleo took part in Celebrity Big Brother 5 in 2007 alongside Jermaine Jackson and fellow Total Wipeout competitor Danielle Lloyd. In September 2009, Cleo travelled to Guadalajara, Mexico to be honoured by the tequila industry for her knowledge and work with tequila. She is now officially recognized as “The Tequila Queen”.

She goes to the gym about four times a week. She has been doing extra training with weights to improve her upper arm strength for the Total Wipeout course.

Cleo thinks of Total Wipeout as a great challenge is most looking forward to tackling the Big Red Balls and thinks that they will be the element of the course that she’ll be best at.

She never goes anywhere without her “waterproof, bombproof” make-up on and, if she makes it across the wall in the Total Wipeout Zone, she plans to top up her lipstick.

Chris Parker: actor and TV presenter

Charity: Childline

Chris is best known for reaching the final in the first series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing and for his three years playing the role of Spencer Moon in EastEnders. He is now a successful TV presenter and broadcaster.

After leaving EastEnders, Chris went on to become one of the continuity presenters for CBBC. He then hosted MTV News, CD:UK, and the regular entertainment segment on This Morning. He also played Clive Hocker in BBC drama Hotel Babylon.

In 2005, Chris went to Los Angeles where he hosted Dead Famous Live with Gail Porter. He lived in Los Angeles for two years where he also presented The Hollywood 411 and The Big Movie Show for Fox’s TV Guide Network. He has reported for the Press Association with many appearances on the Hollywood premiere circuit and he was part of the transition team for TMZ expanding from online to broadcast.

Chris has visited Africa to make a film about poverty and works intensely with children’s charities NSPCC and Barnardo’s as well being an advocate for Youth Offenders.

Chris recently completed the tour of Strictly Come Dancing Live and earlier this year presented and produced reports for BBC News entertainment programme E24.

He says is extremely competitive and expects to do really well on Total Wipeout. He believes he is a fast runner and has good core strength having run two London marathons, in 2004 and 2005.

Chris isn’t afraid to play dirty. On Strictly Come Dancing he put Vaseline on the soles of his competitor’s shoes. He says if he gets the chance he may try and do this on Total Wipeout so that every one will be sliding all over the place as they attempt the course.

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