Who is Hollie Arnold? Everything you need to know about the I’m A Celebrity 2020 star

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We’ve really not got long to wait now until I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and we’re so excited.

The hit show returns to screens on 15 November, except this year things are set to look a little different amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the Australian jungle being swapped out for Gwrych Castle in Wales.

And, as always, there’s an incredible lineup on hand to provide entertainment, including Sir Mo Farah, dancer AJ Pritchard, actress Beverley Callard and DJ Jordan North.

They’ll battle it out to be crowned king or queen of the castle, and joining them will be paralympian Hollie Arnold, 26, who signed up after this year's show after the Tokyo games were postponed until 2021.

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She was seen alongside Ruthie, Russell and Victoria at the top secret photoshoot in London last month and we can’t wait to get to know her more.

For now, here’s everything you need to know about the athlete…

Who is Hollie Arnold?

Hollie is truly amazing at what she does.

The parasport athlete, who hails from Grimsby, won gold at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

She plays javelin and has broken world records not just once, but twice, in Rio and at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Hollie became the youngest ever field athlete to compete in the games in Beijing in 2008, and she has also made history as the first Javelin thrower to hold all four major titles at the same time; Paralympics 2016, London World Championships 2017, Berlin European Championships 2018 and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018.

If that wasn’t already knock your socks off impressive, she has also been awarded and MBE for Services to Field Athletics.

Who is Hollie Arnold dating?

Hollie, who is active on Instagram, raves about being a ‘Javelin Queen’ and ‘Make up lover’ in her bio, but it seems the star is also crazy about her boyfriend who she admitted she’ll miss when in the jungle.

The star’s boyfriend is named Josh Morgan and taking to social media he admitted he “can’t wait” to see his girlfriend take on the castle.

How did Hollie Arnold lose her arm?

The I’m A Celeb star was born without her right forearm, and speaking to Stylist magazine about it, Hollie said it was a “big journey.”

Discussing coming to terms with not having a right forearm, she said: “It was a big journey for me being disabled because I hated the way I looked.

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"I used to hide my disability, and I got to an age where I said: ‘I’m never going to have the other arm, so you should accept the way you are’.”

She added: “I love the way I look now, it’s a part of me. It doesn’t define me, it’s just a part of me.

"I think I would still be in sport if I had two arms. It’s given me a great pathway, so I can’t complain."

Hollie Arnold on I’m A Celebrity

The star may well be successful but there is one thing she can’t handle – spiders!

Yes, the star is scared of the eight-legged creatures but she’s also very excited to be taking part in the show.

Of her involvement, Hollie said: “Yes I have a missing arm and I am in the Paralympics but I want to show people nothing stops me and it shouldn’t stop anyone else either.

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“People might see me as someone who wins medals in sport and I just hope I can use my independence and the pressures I go through with athletics in the camp and the trials.

“As an athlete, you have to intake a lot more calories as you have to fuel yourself for training and so it is going to be really hard to limit calories,” she explains. “I am not going to lie, I am probably going to be hangry Hollie but I will do my best to get myself and my teammates fed.”

Well it sounds like her co-stars have got some serious competition on their hands!

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