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Last Updated:  Friday, 14 March, 2003, 21:42 GMT
Will triumphs at Fame Academy
Actor Will Mellor
Will Mellor is best known for his role in Casualty
Actor Will Mellor has been declared the winner of the BBC's Celebrity Fame Academy, after beating comic Ruby Wax in the public vote.

The pair won their way through to the last round after actor Kwame Kwei-Armah became the last contestant to be evicted from the show on Thursday.

Mellor, a star of TV drama Casualty, was told of his triumph on the BBC's Comic Relief show on BBC One after singing Elton John's Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me and Wax sang Avril Lavigne's Sk8er Boi.

Celebrity Fame Academy, modelled on the BBC's original Fame Academy singing talent show, began a week ago with nine star "pupils".

The show was part of the Comic Relief fundraising activities and raised 600,000 from telephone voting by the time the winner was revealed.

After being told of his success, Mellor declared: "I feel fantastic." Film star Hugh Grant then appeared on stage to present Mellor with a specially made trophy.

Wax was given a CD of her unique singing on Fame Academy.

Ruby Wax
Ruby Wax won the vote of former contestants to reach the final

The other stars to take part included presenters Paul Ross, Ulrika Jonsson and Fearne Cotton, comics Doon MacKichan and Jo Brand, and Cold Feet actor John Thomson.

They had to fight for survival in the academy by attempting to win viewers' votes with their singing and dancing prowess.

Driving disaster

Earlier on Comic Relief, the motoring hopes of the stars that took part in Celebrity Driving School were dashed, after all six were told they had failed.

Pop Idol star Gareth Gates and comic Paul O'Grady and TV presenter Nadia Sawalha were told of their failure in the Comic Relief studio.

Singer Gareth Gates
Gareth Gates is prone to road rage

They were each accompanied by their long-suffering driving instructors.

The other three, former Big Brother contestant Jade Goody, EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy, and Fast Show comic Simon Day were not in the studio to hear the bad news.

They all agreed to be filmed learning to drive in aid of the fundraising venture.

All took their tests several weeks ago but have been kept in suspense about the results.

Celebrity Driving School was watched by more than nine million viewers. They tuned in to see bad driving that included fits of road rage from Gates.

Goody seemed to spend a lot of time on the pavement and in the middle of the road.

O'Grady failed his theory test four times.

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