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Who is Phil Daniels? Celebrity MasterChef 2020 contestant

PHIL Daniels is an English actor - but his face brought him to recognition to a whole new audience when he appeared in Blur's video for hit song Parklife.

He will be back on our screens as a contestant on Celebrity MasterChef.

Phil Daniels will be cooking for the judges in Celebrity MasterChef
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Phil Daniels will be cooking for the judges in Celebrity MasterChef

Who is Phil Daniels?

Phil Daniels is a 61-year-old actor from Islington, London.

He went to school with other stars, including Paul Hardcastle, Danny John-Jules and the late footballer Tony Grealish.

He completed his actor training at Anna Scher Theatre School.

He featured on Blur's famous 1994 song, Parklife, and has performed with them at Glastonbury in 2009. He also released his own album as part of a band in 1979.

As well as having a successful career on screen he has performed in a plethora of theatre shows, including the National Theatre's sell-out play, This House.

Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash in 1979's Quadrophenia
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Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash in 1979's QuadropheniaCredit: Alamy

What has he starred in?

His career in TV and film is impressive and has seen him in some cult classics.

On the small screen he's performed in various roles including EastEnders as Kevin Wicks and Rock & Chips (the prequel to Only Fools and Horses) as Grandad Trotter.

In terms of film, he's the voice of Fetcher in Chicken Run, played Jimmy Cooper in Quadrophenia, and starred alongside Ray Winstone in Scum.

He's been a guest on hit panel show Would I Lie To You? and held guest roles for one episode on other popular shows like Call The Midwife.

He appeared in Strictly Come Dancing in 2008, but was booted off in the first round.

Phil Daniels is no stranger to the British TV scene
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Phil Daniels is no stranger to the British TV sceneCredit: Getty - Contributor

What do we know about his love and family life?

Phil was in a long-term relationship with Jan Stevens, who sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2012.

Together they had a daughter named Ella who is thought to be in her late 20s to early 30s.

Phil is very private about his personal life, so it isn't known if he is dating anyone new at the moment.

Phil is a contestant in Celebrity MasterChef which started on July 1 at 9pm on BBC One.

Hopefully he won't be the first one out this time round!

Official trailer for Celebrity MasterChef 2020
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