Who’s in The Real Marigold Hotel 2020 cast?

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THE Real Marigold Hotel is returning to our screens on Thursday April 30 for its fourth season.

Dragon’s Den’s Duncan Bannatyne, TV icon Paul Chuckle and fashion designer Zandra Rhodes are among eight retired celebrities travelling to the coastal Indian city of Puducherry to see whether they could have a more fulfilling retirement than they could back at home in the UK.

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Who’s in The Real Marigold Hotel 2020 cast?

Previously the show has seen the likes of Stanley Johnson, Stephanie Beacham, and Lionel Blair take up residence in the hotel – but who is packing their bags and heading there in 2020?

John Altman

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John Altman appeared in the first-ever episode of Eastenders[/caption]

John Altman is best known for playing the villain of the East End Nick ‘Dirty Den’ Cotton,  in EastEnders, on and off for 30 years.

He was there from the beginning of the show, and appeared in the very first episode, back in 1985.

Away from television, he also appeared in an adult pantomime, which released on video in 1994 titled Pussy in Boots.

Zara Rhodes

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Zara Rhodes founded the London Fashion and Textiles Musuem[/caption]

Zara Rhodes, 79, is an English fashion designer who has designed garments for the rich and famous such as, the late Princess Diana, and Freddie Mercury.

In 2003, Rhodes founded the London Fashion and Textiles Museum.

During her career, she has won numerous awards recognising her contribution within the fashion industry, including Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Performing Arts in 1979, and the Walpole British Luxury Legend Award in 2019.

Barbara Dickson

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Barbara Dickson is a successful Scottish singer[/caption]

Barbara Dickson, 72, is a female Scottish singer.

In her glittering career, she has had fifteen albums in the UK Albums Chart, and four singles which reached the Top 20 in the UK Singles Chart.

She also tried her hand as an actress, and won the prestigious Olivier Award twice, notably for her role in the musical Spend Spend Spend.

Dickson was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours in 2002 for her services to Music and Drama.

Britt Ekland

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Britt Ekland was a famous Bond girl in the 70’s[/caption]

Britt Ekland, 77, is a Swedish actress who became famous during the 60’s and 70’s.

She received critical acclaim for her role as a Bond Girl in Bond film, The Man With A Golden Gun, in 1974- which propelled her to world-wide stardom.

In 1964, Ekland married British actor, Paul Sellers, which led to her becoming a phenomenon with the media across the world.

After her divorce from Seller in 1968, she went on to have a string of other high-profile romances, which included Rod Stewart, and L.A Gun’s singer, Phil Lewis.

Away from acting, she also published her autobiography in 1980, which was a best-seller.

Paul Elliot

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Paul Elliot was a part of famous duo, the Chuckle Brothers[/caption]

Paul Elliot, was better known as one half of the children’s television duo, the Chuckle Brothers.

They were known for their BBC children’s programme ChuckleVision, which celebrated its twenty-first series with a 2010 stage tour entitled An Audience with the Chuckle Brothers.

On 5 August 2018, Paul’s brother Barry died after contracting Bone Cancer, bringing a tragic end to the duo’s antics together on-screen.

Duncan Bannatyne

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Duncan Bannatyne won an OBE for his charitable contributions[/caption]

Duncan Bannatyne was a regular host on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den from 2005 to 2015.

During his time on the show, he invested in 36 businesses.

In 2015, Bannatyne also appeared in the fifteenth series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!.

He has been involved in numerous charity projects and received an OBE for his charitable work with charities such as Mary’s meals.

Susie Blake

Susie Blake will be a hit for Mrs Brown’s Boys fans after her her role in the show as Hilary Nicholson.

She has also appeared in Coronation Street, where she played Bev Unwin, as well as Victoria Wood As Seen On TV, Parents, Cuckoo and One Foot In The Grave.

Henry Blofeld

Henry ‘Blowers’ Blofeld, is a retired cricket commentator.

He also writes on cricket and has authored eight books to date.

Blofeld was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting in 2003.

When is it on TV?

The new season kicks off on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

It will be shown weekly on BBC One and will consist of 15 episodes.

Viewers who miss the first showing can catch up later on BBC iPlayer.