Tess Dale has opened up on how much she's missing her husband Vernon Kay while he takes part in the 20th series of I'm a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here.

In an appearance on ITV's Lorraine, the Strictly Come Dancing presenter confessed to having sleepless nights while Vernon is shacked up at the historic Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The popular reality show usually takes place in an Australian jungle but the outbreak of the crisis sparked a big change to production this year.

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Tess said: "Oh my goodness, it feels like he has been away forever. I think about him every moment of every day and I watch him every night. Yeah, he is doing brilliantly and it’s lovely watching him but it’s nerve-wracking, it really is.

"I worry about him being cold, about him not eating."

Tess also revealed she has been having sleepless nights and added: "Honestly, I have barely slept. I don’t think I have slept more than five or six hours since he has been in there.

"The other day I woke up dreaming I was doing a challenge with Claudia [Winkleman]. It involved snakes and being underground and it was terrifying… I am living and breathing it every step of the way but loving it.

"I have laughed with them and cried with them."

As for her daughters' reaction to seeing their dad in the Castle, she revealed: “Well, they love it. Phoebe, our 16-year-old, watches it every night with me.

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"Amber, who is 11, isn’t allowed to stay up that late because obviously it is school nights a lot of the time.

"On a Friday night she is allowed to, so she did see it when he said ‘hello’. I looked at their faces and they just lit up. They miss him, they haven’t seen him for four and a half weeks now because they were isolating for two weeks before going in."

When Lorraine asked whether Vernon will take advantage of any job offers that come his way from doing the show, Tess said: "Yeah probably. We have always had a policy that while they were growing up, one of us would be at home.

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"He travels a lot with his job, he works for Formula E for example… We have always had this policy where we have juggled it between us.

"They are older now, they understand mum and dad have got to go to work and we love what we do… We just try and juggle it like every working parent. It’s the eternal juggle isn’t it? But we are not complaining. It’s all good stuff."

*I'm a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here airs on ITV each night from 9pm. Lorraine airs weekdays mornings from 9am.