THE Love Island villa has always been filled with drama.
It’s also a place where people pretend to be something they’re not, and producers secretly tell contestants what to say.
A perfect place for an aspiring actress to learn her craft, then.
I’m told the show’s 2017 winner, Amber Davies, has landed her first acting role on telly since triumphing alongside her then-boyfriend Kem Cetinay.
The Welsh star, who has made a big name for herself in the West End since appearing on the ITV2 show, will appear in the CBBC series Almost Never.
Amber, who will appear alongside the likes of Kimberly Wyatt and Aston Merrygold, started work on the comedy drama this week.
The series follows the ups and downs of boy band The Wonderland as they seek fame and fortune.
A BBC source said: “Amber is really keen to get into the world of acting on telly, and this is a great first step for her. She couldn’t wait to get started after agreeing to take part.”
Amber is a rare success story off the back of the ITV2 show, having landed a plum West End role in Dolly Parton's 9 to 5.
And this week she danced into the musical of Bring It On. That villa must feel like a long distant memory now . . .
Allen v Farrow
THE sensational documentary Allen v Farrow will air on Sky Documentaries and NOW TV on March 15.
The four-parter looks at the accusation against movie legend Woody Allen of sexual abuse involving Dylan, his then seven-year-old daughter with actress Mia Farrow.
PETE’S IN C4 CIRCLE FOR DAD
TOWIE’S Pete Wicks is among the famous faces locked in an apartment block with a load of cameras as part of the first celebrity edition of The Circle – and he has a good reason for taking part.
Pete’s taking part in the Channel 4 series, raising money for Stand Up To Cancer, because his dad had leukaemia last year.
He said: “It’s a really worthwhile cause and it’s always nice to be able to do things that give back in a way.
“He’s still going through treatment. It brings it home that it just affects everybody.”
Pete shacked up with his mate Sam Thompson for the duration of the show.
He said: “I feel like I can never get away from him. He’s like a bad smell, he just kind of lingers.”
Brydon’s Comic Relief
ROB Brydon will host a BBC2 special celebrating the best of musical-themed sketches and performances created for Comic Relief.
The one-off show, scheduled to air in the run up to this year’s Red Nose Day, is called Now That’s What I Call Comic Relief.
DAVID: MY TRIP BBC WOULD NOW BAN
I’M not sure I’d want to live in a world without Sir David Attenborough as a household name.
But the legendary broadcaster has admitted he doesn’t think the BBC of today would have commissioned his first nature programme.
Sir David made his TV debut in the groundbreaking Zoo Quest, which followed him on an expedition to Africa way back in 1954 when Auntie was less risk-averse and concerned with red tape.
He said on the WWF Call Of The Wild podcast: “Out of the blue I thought it would be wonderful to go to Africa.
“To my amazement the bosses at the BBC said, ‘That’s not a bad idea’… and they let me do it.
"I’m sure I could have done it much better if I’d been more experienced or talented, but we got away with it.
“The BBC said, ‘How long will it take?’ ‘Ooh, three or four months’, ‘Oh well, good luck, my dear chap. See you at Christmas’. It was that kind of organisation at the time – it isn’t like that any more.”
With a career spanning eight decades, Sir David is proof the Beeb should walk on the wild side more often.
GEORDIES’ FUTURE IS UNSHORE
PLANS to film Geordie Shore’s tenth-anniversary reunion series in Colombia have been scrapped amid rows and concerns about Covid.
An insider tells me the cast, including Marnie Simpson, Sophie Kasaei and Chloe Ferry, have been stood down, and added: “Filming has been temporarily binned.
"No other dates have been put forward. Everything is up in the air and no one really knows what is going on.
“The series has been totally chaotic already, with rows about quarantining and who would be allowed to speak to their family.”
Maybe it’s best not to take a plane-load of party-loving Geordies to one of the world’s most dangerous places.
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