Who are Shane Ritchie's parents? I'm A Celeb star is of Irish heritage!

Shane Ritchie has reflected on memories with his mum on I’m A Celebrity, impersonating her Irish accent. So who are his parents?

The former Eastenders actor is pretty open when it comes to sharing stories, which involve his previous divorce, as well as his 5 children.

During the castle coin challenge, he pretended to speak in his mother’s accent, which sounded Irish. This led fans to wonder who his parents are.

So who are Shane Ritchie’s parents? Are his mum and dad Irish?

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Who are Shane Ritchie’s parents?

  • Harry and Lily Roche

Shane’s father and former binman Harry died of cancer aged 65, in 2009.

It was reported that he comforted his mum following his father’s death.

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Shane’s mum gave birth to St Mary Abbot’s Hospital in Kensington, London.

He kept Eastenders a secret from his mum, 77, at first!

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Where did Shane grow up?

  • Kensington, London

Although Shane’s parents were both Irish, they brought him up in London.

He went to Willesden High School and was a member of a youth theatre.

Shane then began his performing career as a bluecoat entertainer at a Pontins holiday camp Little Canada, Isle of Wight.

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Shane’s relationship with his parents

As reported by the Mail Online, Shane has previously admitted to having had a troubled relationship with his father.

They fell out over Shane’s dreams of becoming an actor, but made amends.

Speaking about his dad, he told the Mail Online:

One of his proudest moments was when he came to see me one night at The Dominion Theatre in London’s West End where I was starring as Danny Zuco in Grease.

It seems like he has always been pretty close to his mum, and regularly jokes about her on I’m A Celebrity!

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