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'I'm a Celeb' runner-up Mark Wright: 'It was an honour to be myself'

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I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! runner-up Mark Wright has said that he was happy that he "didn't have to act" on the show.

The Only Way Is Essex star, who lost the title of King Of The Jungle to Dougie Poynter tonight (December 3), expressed gratitude for being given the "amazing" opportunity to show his real character in the jungle.

Mark Wright

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"I'll never forget it," he told hosts Ant & Dec. "I've won being here... and I can't be a loser today. It's just an experience of a lifetime and I've loved every single minute of it."

He continued: "You have to exaggerate a certain personality on [The Only Way Is Essex]. When I used to watch it back I'd be like, 'That's not totally me'.

"The best thing about this place is I could come here and just be me. I didn't have to act as anyone, just [be] 'I am Mark'. To be able to show that was an honour."

Asked to name the most rewarding parts of his I'm a Celebrity stint, Wright replied: "Dealing with things I've never dealt with before, being out of my comfort zone and meeting such amazing people that I never would have met."

Wright was also quizzed on his blossoming romance with campmate Emily Scott, who he described as a "very good-looking girl".

He added: "She's a lovely girl to be around. We'll see [about a relationship] when we get out, she's a nice girl. She can come to Essex, we can hang out."

Wright was quick to congratulate Poynter after his victory, having become close to the McFly star in the jungle.

"Anytime I needed to chat when I was down or missing my family, he would notice it," he said. "We'd just pick each other up.

"There couldn't be a better winner than this man here, hes deserves it so much. He's the nicest, kindest person in the whole entire world."

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