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Anne Hegerty: I'm not a role model for people with autism

Chase star Anne Heggarty says she is not a role model for people with autism.

The quizmaster spoke openly about living with the condition during her appearance in ITV's 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here'.

Back in the UK she has swapped the jungle to star as Queen Rat at a pantomime in Windsor.

Taking time out from rehearsal, she told ITV News she's scared of doing something wrong now she's under the spotlight.

Anne Heggarty in a Bushtucker Trial on 'I'm A Celebrity...' Credit: ITV/I'm A Celebrity

I feel a bit like 'don't look to me for inspiration' because I'm sure I'll do something awful and let you all down.

If it's made them feel that perhaps they can do more than people thought they could do then that's obviously a good thing.

– ANNE HEGGARTY
Anne Heggarty on ITV's The Chase Credit: ITV/The Chase

Anne Hegerty was widely praised for talking about the reality of her experiences with autism on 'I'm a Celebrity...'

On the show's first day a clearly upset Hegerty said she was "really, really close to saying I can't do this".

But the following night she talked in more detail about the condition with former EastEnders actress Rita Simons.

I didn't raise the autism issue... I try not to do that. But if someone else raises it I make it clear I'm happy to talk about it.

I really appreciate how nice and sympathetic they've been to me and how supportive they are. And it's nice they say I pick up social queues because I'm never quite sure that I entirely do.

So that was nice to know.

– ANNE HEGERTY, SPEAKING ON I'M A CELEBRITY...