Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins is about to kick off, with the first episode airing on Sunday, April 7th.
Fans of the show are desperate to see how the twelve celebs will cope in the SAS-style military boot camp, participating in aid of Stand Up to Cancer.
So how does Loose Women’s Andrea McLean stand up to the task?
Here are five things you need to know about Andrea and how she coped in Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins!
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Andrea McLean: bio
The 49-year-old was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
Her parents then moved Andrea and her sister to Trinidad and Tobago for a few years, but they moved back to Scotland when Andrea was 15.
After attaining a BA in Modern Studies from Coventry University, Andrea got her Postgraduate degree in Periodical Journalism.
It was then her career path in media kicked off!
Andrea McLean: career
Andrea worked as a weather presenter for GMTV between 1997 and 2008.
Her bubbly personality and onscreen charisma caught the attention of ITV’s producers and then she scored her big break.
She was asked to become a co-presenter of ITV’s Loose Women in 2008 and has been on the show since.
Andrea McLean: family
She is a mother of two children, from previous marriages.
And in November 2017, Andrea married businessman Nick Feeney.
The two met after one of the makeup artists on Loose Women set them up on a blind date!
Andrea on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
At the age of 49, Andrea is the oldest contestant to ever participate in SAS: Who Dares Wins.
Andrea created a website, This Girl Is On Fire, which seeks to inspire and empower women to be their best and most powerful selves.
She decided that she had talked the talk and so needed to walk the walk when she signed up.
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What a brilliant day spending time with these lovely people again at the press screening of @sas.whodareswins The funniest bit was seeing @ollie.ollerton @jason_carl_fox @antmiddleton in their civvies not shouting at us to climb, run, jump, squat, push up or get down! It was the toughest, most challenging thing I’ve ever done, and pushed me further mentally and physically than I have ever gone – but that’s exactly why I did it. To show that a women pushing 50 is still capable of pushing through personal barriers. I may not be the fastest or strongest but I put myself out there and gave it my best, every time. We all did. I proper love our gang – @dev @jeffbrazier Louise Mench @victorilou @ajodudu @waynebridge03 @samthompsonuk @jeremy.irvine So sorry that @heatherfish29 @camillathurlow and @ben_foden couldn’t be there today – missed you guys. @channel4 #saswhodareswins #standuptocancer
Did Andrea struggle on the show?
Andrea has been very vocal about the menopause and even published a book, Confessions of a Menopausal Woman, in 2018.
Regulating temperature is a struggle for many women during the menopause and this became a problem for Andrea in the extreme cold of the Chilean Andes mountains.
However it was not just the physical struggle, but the mental, that impacted Andrea.
Her “darkest moment” was in episode 1 (Sunday, April 7th), as she had to confront issues that she had “tucked away in a box”.
WATCH CELEBRITY SAS: WHO DARES WINS ON CHANNEL 4 EVERY SUNDAY FROM APRIL 7TH