Londoner Joe Swash, 39, made his big break on BBC soap EastEnders as character Mickey Miller, but he had dabbled in the showbiz world long before then.
Joe joined the cast of the hit Albert Square show in April 2003 and thanks to the viewer’s reception of his cheeky chap ways, Mickey was made a recurring character.
Joe’s real-life sister, Shana, also played his on-screen sister Demi on EastEnders.
Islington-born Shana appeared alongside Joe on the soap from 2004 to 2006.
She has also appeared as Princess Jasmine on stage in a pantomime version of Aladdin and even performed in a play called Proud in famed LGBT+ venue Above The Stag in Vauxhall.
After leaving EastEnders for a spell in 2008, Joe entered the popular ITV reality TV show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here which saw him claim the crown ahead of Tennis star Martina Navratilova and Star Trek Actor George Takei.
Just two year’s after he was crowned King of the Jungle Joe’s now-wife Stacey Solomon appeared on the show and added her name to the list of its winners.
Stacey became Queen of the Jungle on the tenth series of the show, hosted by Ant and Dec.
Whilst filming for the reality show in 2010 Joe and Stacey met on set, as he was hosting spin-off show Extra Camp, but they did not start dating until 2016.
The couple got engaged on Christmas Eve 2020 and share two children together, including their youngest daughter who was born on October 5 2021.
The baby’s name was announced on Instagram by her mum Stacey and the pair had picked Rose Opal Esmè Solomon Swash.
Joe and Stacey’s eldest child, aged two, is called Rex Toby Francis Swash and Joe has an elder son named Harry Swash, 14, whom he shares with ex-fiancée Emma Sophocleous.
Joe has also previously dated his EastEnder’s co-star Kara Tointon and in his youth he had earned himself the nickname the ‘swashbuckler’ for his antics.
Joe and Stacey appeared on Channel 4’s Celebrity Gogglebox in 2020 and became fan favourites.
The couple have a huge fan base between them and Joe boasts 1.8 million followers on his Instagram account.
Before his EastEnders career, Joe appeared alongside Dawn French and Griff Rhys Jones in the movie The Adventures of Pinocchio when he was aged just eleven.
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Though, Joe’s first TV appearance was at the age of seven when he appeared in an advert for toilet roll company Andrex.
He also had minor appearances in TV shows such as Casualty, The Bill and kid’s TV channel Nickelodeon’s LOL: Laugh Out Loud show.
You can watch Joe on BBC’s Pointless Celebrities this Saturday at 7.35pm on BBC One.
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