A new reality show has been airing on Channel 4 this week – and it stars an actor and comedian from York.
Presented by Danny Dyer, Scared Of The Dark follows eight celebrities who spend eight days living together – in total darkness – and the contestants complete tasks to earn rewards.
Actor, comedian and writer Donna Preston is one of the stars of the show. She was born in York, and attended both Fulford School and York college.
Donna has appeared in a number of films and television series – including The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Holmes & Watson, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, The Mash Report, Inside No. 9 and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.
In 2021 she was nominated for two Channel 4 National Comedy Awards, for Outstanding Female Comedy Entertainment Performance and the Comedy Breakthrough Award.
The other contestants are boxers Nicola Adams and Chris Eubank, footballing legend Paul Gascoigne, The Wanted’s Max George, Love Islander Chloe Burrows, blind stand-up comedian Chris McCausland, and TV personality Scarlett Moffatt – who is also a York St John University alumnus.
The show started airing on Sunday 16 April, with episodes showing daily and the final episode tonight (Thursday).
In episode three, Donna revealed her personal reason for taking part in the show, when she confided in Scarlett Moffat that she has too much fluid on her brain – and has to have a lumbar puncture three times a year to draw it out.
“I could lose my sight,” Donna told the camera. “This is the main reason I chose to do this, because of this condition.”
The final of Scared of the Dark airs tonight at 9pm on Channel 4. Catch up on the first four episodes here.