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Sunday 4 December 2016

I chose acting over jungle, reveals Hollyoaks star Gemma Merna

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Billy Faiers, Gemma Merna
Billy Faiers, Gemma Merna

Her place in the jungle was snapped up by Irish model Nadia Forde after she dropped out of the I'm A Celebrity line-up, but former Hollyoaks actress Gemma Merna has revealed she made the decision to focus on her career.

The soap star admitted she decided against entering the jungle for the reality show because she wanted to concentrate on her acting.

"For me, after leaving Hollyoaks I had to take that time to concentrate on my acting. It was completely my decision," she told the Herald.

"Since then I've been busy auditioning and I definitely have some really exciting projects coming up in the future."

Gemma was joined in Maynooth at new nightclub Cathedral by The Only Way Is Essex star Billie Faiers.

Billie is also a successful business woman and owns two clothes shops with her co-star and sister Sam.

A big fan of Ireland, Billie revealed she wouldn't rule out opening another store here.

"I love Ireland. Any time I come here I always have a great time and everyone is so nice," she said.

"I'd love to open a store over here, I think it would be amazing."

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