Emmerdale star Lucy Pargeter has said she won’t be leaving the soap after her stint in the jungle for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The actress plays Chas Dingle in the ITV drama and says she isn’t looking for a new job on the back of the exposure the reality show would give her.

She said: “I am not doing it for those reasons. I have got a job and I am not doing it to further my career. When I come out of the show, I will go back to Emmerdale. For me, it’s more of a personal challenge.”

Lucy, 36, admitted deciding to take part was a snap decision she made after the I’m A Celebrity… producers approached her.

She said: “I am bricking myself now about going into the jungle. You start thinking ‘Why am I doing it? Why am I putting myself through it?’

“I do tend to make all my decisions in life on the spur of the moment. I don’t really think about it. But at the same time, there comes a time where it’s good to make myself do something I would not normally do.

“I am 36, I don’t challenge myself, I don’t do anything out of the ordinary. I am very happy with the routine of my life I have got.”

Lucy said her biggest fear was viewers seeing her as herself rather than her alter-ego.

“I have always been able to hide behind my character. People will see me as me, which is weird to get your head around. That is the most worrying part, really. I am most scared of the fear of people not liking you.

“But I want to give everything a go. The challenges are not there for you to enjoy. They are there to cause you grief and make people laugh,” she said.

See photos of the 2013 I’m a Celebrity… line-up here.