CLIFF Parisi has become a familiar face on the box, since his rise to fame on EastEnders.

He is now taking on his latest challenge on BBC One's Celebrity MasterChef.

Who is Cliff Parisi?

Cliff Parisi was born in London to parents George and Irene on May 24, 1960, and is of Italian descent.

The 62-year-old began his career in entertainment back in 1982, touring the UK as a stand-up comedian.

Cliff then became interested in becoming an actor, and after a series of bit-part roles he landed his first major character called Lunchbox in the TV series Chancer.

The much-loved TV star is married to BBC producer Tara Wyer and and has five children – two with Tara and three from previous relationships.

When was Cliff Parisi on EastEnders?

Cliff has long been pals with legendary EastEnders star Steve McFadden, who plays Phil Mitchell.

In fact it was Steve who told him to audition for the role of Minty Peterson.

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He joined the soap in 2002 playing the loveable car mechanic.

But after eight years in Walford, Cliff departed Albert Square in 2010.

When was Cliff Parisi on I'm A Celebrity?

Cliff joined the camp alongside Corrie star Andrew Whyment, who plays Kirk Sutherland towards the end of the first week of the 2019 series of I'm A Celebrity.

He proved to be a big hit amongst his fellow campmates and viewers, although he became known for his love of sleeping.

Cliff was voted off the jungle on December 2, 2019, which made him the third celebrity to be evicted.

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What other TV shows has Cliff Parisi starred in?

After his departure from EastEnders, Cliff returned to our screens in 2012.

He was a guest star in Channel 4's Hollyoaks, playing the character of Walt.

Cliff also played Arnie in the BBC drama Hustle.

Since 2012 he has played Fred in Call The Midwife, a role he continues to this day.

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