ITV2 “I’m a celebrity” presenter and former EastEnders star Joe Swash has been declared bankrupt for the second time in five years.
Insolvency News has learnt that a bankruptcy order was made on 5 March 2013 at the Central London County Court after HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) filed a petition with the courts back in January.
The Official Receiver swooped to seize control of 31-year-old Swash’s assets despite his flurry of work in recent months.
Swash has been working on shows such as ITV2’s Fake Reaction, the Soap Awards and Britain Unzipped but was pursued by the taxman for unpaid taxes in the previous financial year.
It is not the first time that Swash has come unstuck for not paying his tax bill. In 2009, Swash was declared bankrupt for unpaid taxes just weeks after being crowned ‘King of the Jungle’ on the hit ITV show I’m a Celebrity…..Get Me Out Of Here!
After Swash’s last insolvency, his publicity agent, told the media that he should never have been made insolvent as he wasn’t in financial difficulty but the same situation has now arisen for a second time.
Swash declared his home address as Whips Cross Road, Leytonstone in his bankruptcy papers filed at the London Court.
Joe Swash starred in Eastenders as Mickey Miller between 2003 to 2008. The news comes just days after our sister title, Credit Today broke the news of the bankruptcy of fellow Eastenders star Martine McCutcheon.
Insolvency News contacted Swash’s representatives at Becca Barr Management for a statement.
His spokesperson, Becca Barr, said the following: “Joe has a trustee in Bankruptcy and assumed everything was being dealt with. This is a genuine mistake and the money is there and being paid as we speak. Everything is being sorted.”