Remember when Boris Johnson’s dad, Stanley Johnson was on I’m a Celeb? At the age of 77, he became by far the oldest contestant (so far) to appear on the reality show. Regardless of age, prime minister Boris Johnson’s father lasted 18 days in the jungle in 2017.

Who is Stanley Johnson?

Born in 1940, Stanley Patrick Johnson is more than just the father of UK prime minister Boris Johnson. He was a Conservative MP himself and has written more than two dozen books, including virus thriller novel, The Marburg Virus. 

Stanley Johnson, father of Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, leaves the Millbank broadcast studios near the Houses of Parliament in central London on September 24, 2019. – Britain’s Supreme Court ruled on September 24 that Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in suspending parliament in the run-up to Brexit, in a stunning blow that sparked immediate calls for him to resign. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Born in Penzance, Cornwall, Johnson’s written works include non-fiction titles covering themes such as conservation, environmentalism, pollution control and population control.

He claimed earlier this year he would apply for French citizenship once Britain left the European Union.

When Stanley Johnson was on I’m A Celeb

Johnson was a contestant for the 17th series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! He finished in seventh place after the public voted him out fifth.

He struck up unlikely friendships with Made In Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo and professional boxer Amir Khan.

After his elimination, he told co-presenters Ant and Dec he was “soft on Toff” and large age differences didn’t necessitate differences of opinion and interest.


One of his more memorable lines was: “(I am) very much in favour of cheese.”

Toff went on to win the series.

Stanley Johnson had high praise for the show, the jungle in which it is set, and the friendships he made along the way.

He concluded it was “better than a slap in the face with a kangaroo’s tail”.

He also appreciated one of the show’s side effects: “Above all, we lose weight,”

He went on to brand it “the most wonderful form of gastric surgery”.

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