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James to star in Made in Chelsea

Thursday, 23 March 2017

James to star in Made in Chelsea thumbnailJames Sandford

A FORMER professional rugby player from the Orchard County has joined the cast of E4 reality TV series, Made in Chelsea (MIC).

James Sandford, who hails from Richhill, is to appear in the latest series of the popular "structured-reality" show, which follows the lives of a group of twenty-somethings who live in some of London's most exclusive areas.

James, who first showed talent on the rugby pitch as a student at Royal School, Armagh, before later captaining the Ulster U20s and Irish U20s and playing in two U20s Six Nations campaigns and one IRB Junior World Championship.

He made the journey across the Irish Sea in 2010, to join the Rotherham Titans, making the move to London Irish a year later.

The local man's last professional rugby signing was for London Welsh in 2014-15 but now retired from the sport, James has made the leap into the world of celebrity by signing up to star in season 13 of MIC. Billed as a friend of long-time cast members Josh Patterson, known to fans as 'JP', and Julius, James made his MIC debut on Monday evening.

Ahead of the broadcast, programme-makers teased news of James' addition to the cast, branding him as a "star player on and off the pitch", as well as one of five new MIC members who will "add fuel to a number of fires".

Season 13 will also see the return of MIC favourites Jaime Laing, Ollie Lock and Binky Felstead, who is expected her first baby with partner 'JP'.

Warms congratulations were sent to James on social media, including his former school, with the man himself revealing on Twitter that he had been given a 'sneak-peek' screening of the show. Fans, meanwhile, can get their fix each Monday on E4 at 9pm or catch-up on All 4.

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