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Breaking Bad's R.J. Mitte signs up for The Island

The actor, who suffers from mild cerebral palsy, is currently in Panama filming the Channel 4 survival series, which challenges 10 celebrities to complete a series of tasks set by Bear Grylls.

Breaking Bad star R.J. Mitte has signed on to take part in the new series of Bear Grylls' The Island.

The actor, who suffers from mild cerebral palsy, is currently in Panama filming the Channel 4 survival series, which challenges 10 celebrities to complete a series of tasks set by survivalist Grylls.

"The tasks the contestants have to complete are very physically demanding and he cannot wait to get stuck in," a source told The Sun. "After Breaking Bad he's not been short of acting work but jumped at the chance to do The Island."

The new series of the programme will air in October (17), and will also feature Olympic champions, runner Iwan Thomas and swimmer Sharron Davies.

Other stars set to take part include Coronation Street's Ryan Thomas and former The Only Way is Essex star Lucy Mecklenburgh.

"Lucy can’t wait to get involved with all the survival tasks," a source told The Sun previously. "She’s a bit of a tomboy at heart and is looking forward to showing the nation what she can really do.”

Lucy is also said to be hoping that there is a sexy single male celebrity joining her on the programme, after previously telling the publication: "I am single and if Prince Charming came along I wouldn’t say no."

Meanwhile, Ryan's involvement in the show comes two years after he was kicked off Bear's former ITV show Mission Survive due to concerns about his lifestyle.

"Ryan is really looking forward to testing himself on The Island," a source told The Sun. "He was excited to take part in Mission Survive a couple of years ago but it was decided by all involved that it might not be the most appropriate time given his busy personal life.

“He hopes he can give it a proper crack this time round."

Channel 4 have yet to confirm the official line-up for the new series of The Island.

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