Who is in the cast of The Real Marigold Hotel?

Having already charmed us with its genteel celeb reality dramas in previous series, The Real Marigold Hotel is back on BBC One tonight for its fourth season.

All of which means nine new famous faces are heading off to India to see whether they could have a more fulfilling retirement in Puducherry than they could back home in the UK.

In the past the series has seen the likes of Stephanie Beacham, Stanley Johnson, Miriam Margolyes and Lionel Blair take up residence in the hotel – but who is packing their bags and heading there this time?

Here’s who you’ll be watching…

Who is in the cast of The Real Marigold Hotel season four?

John Altman

Who is he? John, 68, is familiar to millions of EastEnders viewers as villainous Nick Cotton, the son of Dot Cotton (June Brown) and father of current Walford resident Dotty (Molly Zero). He played the character on and off from the very first episode of the soap in 1985 until Nick was killed off in 2015 during the show’s 30th anniversary week.

Duncan Bannatyne

Who is he? Duncan Bannatyne, 71, will be familiar to viewers as one of the former stars of Dragon’s Den, appearing in the BBC Two series from 2005-2015. He’s no stranger to a spot of reality TV either, having appeared in I’m A Celebrity in the 2015 series, which also featured Lady Colin Campbell.

Susie Blake

Who is she? Mrs Brown’s Boys fans will recognise Susie from her role in that show as Hilary Nicholson – but she has also appeared in the likes of Coronation Street, in which she played Bev Unwin, as well as Victoria Wood As Seen On TV, Parents, Cuckoo and One Foot In The Grave.

Henry Blofeld

Who is he? Henry, 80, is a retired journalist and broadcaster, best known to sports fans as a commentator for Test Match Special on BBC Radio 4 and Radio Five Live – as well as having written eight books on cricket.

Barbara Dickson

Who is she? Barbara, 72, is a Scottish-born singer who’s notched up no less than 15 appearances in the UK albums chart since 1977 – and she’s also had a pretty impressive West End career also. She probably remains best known for her 1985 chart-topper I Know Him So Well with Elaine Paige, taken from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Chess.

Britt Ekland

Who is she? Swedish-born actress Britt Ekland, 77, has notched up some pretty big movie appearances in her career, including Get Carter, A Time For Loving, The Wicker Man, and the Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun, in which she played Mary Goodnight.

Paul Harman Elliott

Who is he: Paul Harman Elliott is probably better known by his stage name Paul Chuckle – that’s right, he’s one-half of the Chuckle Brothers.

Paul, 72, was a part of the comedy duo with his brother Barry, who sadly passed away in 2018.

Zandra Rhodes

Who is she? Zandra, 79, who is famous for her vivid pink hair, is a fashion and textile designer who has made clothes for the likes of Freddie Mercury and Diana Princess Of Wales, and who helped put London at the forefront of the world’s fashion scene in the 1970s.

The Royal Marigold Hotel is on BBC One on Thursday night at 9pm.

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