Clearly sticking with the theory that sex sells, TV bigwigs have bagged one of Soapville’s hottest hunks.
The 20-year-old is said to have caught the attention of producers after he picked up the award for Best On-Screen Partnership with Theo Graham who plays his brother Hunter McQueen.
A TV source explained: “Jungle producers were keen to snap up a young star with a fresh following to tune into the show.
“Malique is over the moon about the gig and has been hitting up the gym already to make sure his body is as buff as possible by the time he goes to Oz.
“He knows this is a huge opportunity and wants to make sure it’s as fruitful as possible.”
They added to The Sun: “He’s a city lad, so will find it tough living without his creature comforts, but he’s up for a challenge.”
Fans of Hollyoaks will be aware that Malique is no stranger to stripping off in front of the camera either.
“He’s a city lad, so will find it tough living without his creature comforts, but he’s up for a challenge”
The actor often shows off his ripped torso, with countless shirtless scenes over the past 12 months.
While the I’m A Celeb is going ahead, it is currently unknown if Declan Donnelly will be forced to host the show alone.
Usually Ant McPartlin joins him to front the series – however, following his drink drive arrest Ant has pulled out of all TV work for the foreseeable future.
That being said ITV Chief Executive Carolyn McCall has confirmed he will return to the channel when the time is right.
Asked about the fallen star during the ITV news, Ms McCall said: “So, we wish Ant well, clearly he won’t come back a moment too soon.
“So I mean, he will come back when he’s well and when he is ready to come back and ITV will not be putting him under any pressure to come back unless he’s well and fit enough to come back.”
Pushing, the interviewer added: “But he will be retuning to the channel?”
Carolyn added: “As far as I know, that is true.”
When asked about Malique Thompson-Dwyer signing up for I’m A Celeb, an ITV spokesman said: “We never comment on speculation.”