Meet the celebs
There'll be a number of new faces at Jamie's Game this year...
The Foundation's annual celebrity football fundraiser returns in May, and this year's line-up of celebrities looks set to be our best ever.
Alongside returning favourites such as Dan Osborne, Jake Wood and Jim Chapman, there are a number of new faces this year.
Find out more about our debutant celebrities below - and remember, you can purchase special Meet n' Greet packages for the game for just £45pp.
Left to right: Calum Best, James Hill, Ben Hardy and Marcus Butler
Calum Best is a model, actor, television personality, and reality television star. The 35-year-old has appeared in a number of reality shows over the years including Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Love Island, and Come Dine With Me. He has recently released a book (“Second Best”) about his relationship with his late father, football legend George Best. He is a patron for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA), a UK charity who provide support to children affected by a parent’s drinking.
Entrepreneur James first came into the limelight when he appeared under the watchful eye of Lord Alan Sugar on BBC1’s The Apprentice. A subsequent appearance and victory on Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother propelled him to further stardom. More recently, he has pursued a career in acting and joined the panto-circuit - most recently starring in a production of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs.
25-year-old Ben Hardy will be hitting the silver screen in a big way this year, in the role of Angel in the upcoming blockbuster X-men: Apocalypse. This will be the first major film credit for the former Eastenders actor. The film is due for general release on May 19, just three days before Jamie’s Game.
YouTube sensation Marcus Butler is a British vlogger whose online channel has amassed an incredible 4.3 million subscribers. One of the most ‘influential tweeters’ in the UK, Butler has 2.64m followers and 3m on Instagram.
Max Morley, Pete Wicks, James Graham and Che Chesterman
Cricketer and model Max Morley won ITV2’s relaunched Love Island in 2015, along with fellow contestant Jessica Hayes. A talented left-handed batsman, he has previously played for Durham before his appearance on Love Island.
Pete ‘The Pirate’ Wicks joined the cast of ITV2’s flagship reality show The Only Way is Essex last year. The 26-year-old has certainly made an impression on the show, amassing a large number of fans. He is now dating fellow reality TV star Megan McKenna.
James found fame as a member of eight-piece boy band Stereo Kicks in the 2014 series of X-Factor. The Irish-English band finished fifth overall, and their debut song “Love Me So” was a top-40 hit. The group disbanded in 2015 and James has wasted no time in launching his solo career.
Essex-born Che Chesterman was a contenstant on last year’s X-Factor. Mentored by Nick Grimshaw, and blessed with a powerful voice, Che finished third to Reggie ‘N Bollie and winner Louisa Johnson. He is currently taking part in the X-Factor Live Tour 2016.
Dean Edwards, Jimmy Constable, Joshua Ritchie and Gavin Ramjaun
Bristolian Dean Edwards is the resident chef on ITV's Lorraine & This Morning. A former digger driver, he was a finalist in the 2005 Masterchef which kickstarted a career as a professional chef. He released his first cookbook Mincespiration in 2013.
Jimmy, as part of boyband 911, notched up 10 consecutive top 10 hits in his heyday, including the smash hit ‘Bodyshakin’. The band celebrated their 20th anniversary with an eight-date tour last year and also appeared on ITV2’s reality show and tour The Big Reunion.
Joshua joined Max Morley in the cast of ITV2’s Love Island. The twenty-year-old joiner and model from Bolton finished third overall.
TV presenter Gavin Ramjaun first found his big break on CBBC’s Newsround. Subsequent presenter roles including BBC Breakfast as well as presenting sports news on the BBC News Channel. In 2010 he made the switch to the ITV’s Daybreak where he worked as both a news and sport presenter. Alongside his work for ITV he now anchors TV channel London Live breakfast programme – and has even appeared on a celebrity version of Take Me Out!
See the full list of celebrities here. Please note: All the celebrities give up their time for free to appear at Jamie’s Game. However due to work and film commitments, the celebrity squad list is stricltly subject to availability.
Tickets for Jamie's Game, including Meet n' Greet packages, are available here.
Story added: 28 Mar 2016