Bear Grylls survival show celebrity line-up unveiled
SOAP star Michelle Collins and former England footballer Stuart Pearce are among the seven celebrities who have signed up for Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.
Collins made her name as Cindy Beale in BBC One's EastEnders and played Coronation Street landlady Stella Price from 2011-2014.
Pearce (53) was known to millions of fans by the nickname Psycho due to his uncompromising style of play and is best remembered for his playing days at Nottingham Forest, though he has also been a manager.
The ITV series, presented by Grylls, will see the seven celebrities battle through the wilds of Africa on a 12-day survival expedition.
They will be pushed to their psychological and physical limits in order to see who has the qualities needed to become Grylls's mission survivor.
Grantchester actor Neil Morrissey, Les Miserables actress Samantha Barks and Casualty's Chelsee Healey will join Collins and Pearce on the popular programme.
Arsenal and England Ladies footballer Alex Scott and choreographer Jason Gardiner, best known for being the acerbic judge on ITV's Dancing On Ice, round off the list.
This year's expedition team of household names will face more challenges than ever: hunger, sleep deprivation, dangerous animals and ever-changing weather conditions.
Grylls will set the celebrities daily missions under the watchful guidance of expedition leader Meg Hine and former commando Scott Heffield.
The 41-year-old will send home the person who least displays the qualities of a survivor at the end of each episode.
Grylls said: "This is one of the toughest shows I have ever done. There was no let up for the celebrities from the get-go, having to work together and dig deeper than they might ever have imagined. But that's the reality that genuine survivors face: dig deep or die."
Irish model Vogue Williams was crowned the ultimate survivor in last year's inaugural six-part series.
Grylls recently took US president Barack Obama on a trek in Alaska in Running Wild With Bear Grylls.
Bear Grylls: Mission Survive will be broadcast on ITV on March 3 at 9pm.