Joe Wicks wearing a halo alongside Rebekah Vardy wearing devil horns

From Joe Wicks to Rebekah Vardy – this week’s Celebrity Saints & Sinners

It's certainly been a bad week for some...

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It’s officially the weekend and what a seven days it’s been in showbiz land, especially if your name’s Rebekah Vardy.

From Joe Wicks weeping about his childhood and Dame Deborah James’ heroics to Vardy and Coleen Rooney going head-to-head in court, it’s been eventful – to say the least!

So surely there’s no better time than now to introduce our brand-spanking-new feature – every Saturday ED! will look back at our celebrities’ behaviour over the week.

Who’s been angelic? And who needs some time out on the naughty step?

Introducing this week’s Celebrity Saints & Sinners!

Deborah James smiling in black and white patterned top on Lorraine
Inspirational Deborah is right at the top of our celebrity shining stars list (Credit: ITV)

First the shining stars…

Deborah James

We certainly couldn’t miss the incredible Dame Deborah James from our heroes list this week.

In fact, she’s nabbed our top spot!

As well as raising nearly £7 million for her Bowelbabe Fund, the podcast host was recently recognised with a damehood.

Her recent achievements have been all the more remarkable as they’ve occurred while she is receiving end-of-life care for bowel cancer.

Read more: Dame Deborah James hails ‘little miracle’ for ‘giving us life’

This week, Deborah revealed the news of her upcoming book and a charity clothing range for In The Style.

With her health hugely fading, Deborah’s fight to change the future of cancer treatment is nothing short of inspiring.

In fact, a few stars a little further down our list could certainly learn a thing or two from her.

If there’s an award higher than a damehood, our Debs needs one pronto.

She’s up there with the likes of Captain Tom – a national treasure we’ve all taken into our hearts, one who’ll sadly be taken from us far too soon.

Joe Wicks on his BBC documentary Joe Wicks: Facing My Childhood
Joe Wicks tugged at the heartstrings of viewers during his BBC documentary (Credit: BBC)

Joe Wicks

The nation saw a very different side to the nation’s favourite PE teacher this week.

It seems that behind his star jumps and super-fast-talking as he prepares his recipes, there is a solemn side to our Joe.

In his BBC One documentary, Joe Wicks: Facing My Childhood, dad-of-two Joe bravely opened up on his difficult upbringing and the impact this had on his mental health.

However, instead of letting his parents’ demons break up the family, Joe revealed they worked through their troubles, coming out the other side a “happy family”.

A true bonafide celebrity saint, Joe is most definitely going to A-list heaven!

Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson

Following rumours of a bitter fall-out, Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson delighted fans with a reunion alongside their Birds of a Feather co-star Lesley Joseph.

The ladies have been friends since they were 10, so to see them sitting together smiling and happy warmed the cockles of our hearts.

Not only that, speaking after the meet up, Linda revealed a Birds of a Feather TV reunion was also “discussed”.

Fan reactions on Twitter earned them a place on our list, just for the sheer joy the potential news has brought to the masses.

UK Eurovision act Sam Ryder performing during last night's show
Sam Ryder placed second for the UK at Eurovision (Credit: YouTube)

Sam Ryder

We’re still on cloud nine following Sam Ryder’s outstanding performance at this year’s Eurovision.

The singer-songwriter came second with his track Space Man, the country’s best result since 1998.

Since then, fans have flocked to social media to label Sam as a “national treasure”.

And we have to agree, with a couple of cheeky tweets submitted as evidence to back up our celebrity saint status!

“Sam Ryder is a NATIONAL HERO and should be the next monarch. Outstanding work #Eurovision,” one tweeted.

A second added: “Sam Ryder national hero already #EUROVISION #Spaceman.”

Issa Schultz making his debut on Beat The Chasers on the opening sequence
Issa Schultz made his debut on Beat The Chasers (Credit: ITV)

Issa Schultz

Beat the Chasers returned to ITV this week.

However, loyal viewers were stunned to see a new Chaser in the line-up on Wednesday night (May 18).

ITV bosses flew in Australian quizzer Issa Schultz – aka the Supernerd – to join the panel after Anne Hegerty tested positive for coronavirus during filming.

Issa went down a storm with viewers, with some even demanding that he replace Anne for good.

While we would hate to see Anne step away from the show, Issa did add a certain something – especially when he called host Bradley Walsh “Ant and Dec’s dad”!

Rebekah Vardy in sunglasses arriving in court
Rebekah Vardy has been in court with Rebekah Vardy this week (Credit:

And now the naughty celebs

Rebekah Vardy

When it came to picking a celebrity to top our sinners list, there was only one name that fitted the bill.



She’s snaffled all the headlines this week for her Wagatha Christie trial.

The wife of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has been embroiled in a bitter court battle with fellow WAG Coleen Rooney.

While we’re in no way taking sides, Rebekah has been a bit of a naughty girl, as her WhatsApp messages appeared to show this week.

Read more: Wagatha Christie trial: Every bitter blow to Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney during week one

They revealed that Rebekah said Coleen was “up her own [bleep]” and she also called her a rude name when she unfollowed her on social media.

Vardy is also said to have branded her a “stupid cow” who “deserves everything she gets” and was said to have threatened: “I’m not having her bad mouth me to anyone or she will be sorry.”

Coming after the “pigeon poo” comments and “chipolata-gate“, you’ve more than earned that top spot Becky!

Made in Chelsea’s James Taylor

Made In Chelsea viewers were left stunned after James Taylor was accused of cheating on girlfriend Maeva D’Ascanio on the show this week.

Fans of the programme have been gripped by the couple’s complicated romance, with Maeve recently proposing to James.

But soon after forgiving James for embarrassing her by saying no, the stunning brunette was hit with another blow.

A video of James kissing another girl outside the nightclub Raffles was leaked!

The plot thickened when the pair went to Rome together… and came back engaged!

Congrats guys… we think! Or should we be saying good luck, Maeva – you’ll need it with that cad!

Carrie Johnson and Boris Johnson smiling and clapping outside No.10 for the NHS
Carrie and Boris Johnson won’t face any further action (Credit:

Celebrity sinners BoJo and Carrie

The disgraced PM – and his missus – got off Scot-free this week when the Met ruled they didn’t break any more lockdown laws.

Boris got just one fine, for his own birthday party, with Brits up in arms that what they saw as his many other misdemeanours were left unpunished.

COVID aside, there’s one thing we just can’t forgive Boris for, though.

Not knowing who national sweetheart Lorraine Kelly is!

If these two were put in a ring together she’s one Scot who most certainly wouldn’t let him escape justice!

Phillip Schofield on This Morning today
Phillip was slammed for his swipe at Victoria Beckham (Credit: ITV)

Celebrity sinner: Phillip Schofield

Now we’re not saying wife Steph would agree with Phil’s placement on our list, but we reckon she would if we asked her!

This week Phillip Schofield broke the immortal rule of never commenting on a woman’s weight.

He took a swipe at the Spice Girl formerly known as Posh as he called her “incredibly thin”.

During one edition of This Morning, Phil, Holly Willoughby and Camilla Tominey sat down to discuss Victoria’s comments about weight.

“She’s described the desire to be very thin as an old-fashioned attitude, saying women now want to be curvy. Is there a shift now?” Holly asked.

“Says the incredibly thin Victoria Beckham,” Philip then quipped, taking a swipe at the star.

Later in the show, he angered animal rights supporters when he asked Daisy Payne how to “kill” caterpillars.

“GET LOST!” disgruntled viewers moaned on Twitter.

Yeah Phil, right in the middle of our celebrity sinners list, please!

Beverley Turner looking annoyed on This Morning
Beverley Turner angered Holly with her comments (Credit: ITV)

Celebrity sinners: Beverley Turner

Call us psychic, but we have a feeling this little lady is going to be popping up on our saints and sinners list pretty regularly.

This week she angered not only viewers of This Morning but kind-hearted host Holly Willoughby, too.

It all started when Beverley got on her soapbox during a debate about the cost of living crisis.

Holly pointed out that some families were practically living in McDonald’s, brushing their teeth there, sitting there all day, because they can’t afford to heat their homes.

Beverley’s answer? Get a better paid job!

Boo to you Beverley Turner!

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