Vernon Kay will make his stage debut this year.

Vernon Kay to make stage debut in Cinderella panto

Vernon Kay to make stage debut in Cinderella panto

The BBC Radio 2 presenter “can’t think of a better way” to mark his first go at treading the boards than as the servant Dandini in pantomime ‘Cinderella’ this Christmas at the Wycombe Swan Theatre in Buckinghamshire, a career move inspired by his daughters Phoebe, 17, and Amber, 13, who he shares with his wife, 'Strictly Come Dancing' host Tess Daly, 53.

The 48-year-old said told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column: “I can’t think of a better way to make my stage debut.

“We’re a family of panto lovers, my two daughters, Tess and I go every year.

"My girls said, ‘Dad you have to do it’ and I couldn’t have agreed more.

“I love it and it’s also where dad jokes rule, and I’m the king of the dad joke.”

Recently, Vernon gushed about his 2020 stint on ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’, admitting living in North Wales’ Gwyrch Castle “an absolute scream”.

He said: “I remember the first thing Shane Richie said. It was when we jumped off the edge of that cliff. It was, ‘Listen, before we start, if you’ve got a plan where you’re thinking of being someone else, or gonna show a personality that isn’t yours, you’re gonna get into trouble. So let’s all just get on and have a great time and it’ll be a lot of fun.’ And it was!

"Me and Shane, we had an absolute scream in there. I would definitely do it again."

The sometime ‘This Morning’ presenter believes it’s incredibly vital to “step away” from the stresses of modern life at times.

Speaking about 'I'm A Celebrity', Vernon said: “It’s just three weeks of life! It’s like Mr Benn, where you go to the back of the clothes shop, put on an outfit and go into another world. People don’t realise how important it is to just step away.

"That’s what I learned by doing ‘I’m A Celebrity’. Put your phone down, put your emails on ‘out of office’ and put the digital world in the bin for, maybe 48 hours. Having a detox opens your eyes to, excuse my language, the absolute c*** we deal with on a day-to-day basis.”