I'm A Celebrity 2012 winner Charlie Brooks describes show as a 'mental marathon'

I'm A Celebrity 2012 final - Charlie BrooksNew I'm A Celebrity 'Queen of the Jungle' Charlie Brooks has admitted that she found life in camp harder than she expected it to be.

The 31-year-old actress - who is a self-confessed fan of the show - gave an interview to hosts Ant and Dec ahead of the winner announcement.

"it feels so different. It doesn't feel like you're doing a TV show when you're in it," she explained. "It was harder than I expected, and not for the trials - they were pretty gross - but the longevity of it.

"The days were very long, and three whole weeks - I can remember day five or six going 'holy moly'."

She continued: "You run a bit of a marathon, a mental one. It's so hot, you don't see that at home. It looks like it's action packed but there was a lot of time where we were in camp not doing a great deal, just being goofballs."

Speaking about the iconic 'Final Feast' Bushtucker Trial - where she and Ashley had to eat nasty dishes - she said: "It was my worst nightmare.

"I can't watch it, I walk out the room, so when I'm faced with it at dinner… it was absolutely horrendous."

The Eastenders actress also defended her treatment of Helen Flanagan in the first week, when she was continuously failing the food challenges.

"Everybody kind of babied Helen, and I think in the end it did her a favour when they stopped and they actually went 'you know what, you need a bit of tough love, sort yourself out'.

"For me, it was more not that she wasn't bringing back stars… I didn't think she was accomplishing any of her fears. I just didn't want her to walk away disappointed. And I was hungry!

Charlie is I'm A Celebrity's fourth female winner out of twelve, following in the footsteps of Kerry Katona, Carol Thatcher and Stacey Solomon.

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