I’m A Celeb 2021 will see Ant and Dec and this year’s campmates once again swap the Australian jungle for the chilly Welsh countryside.
Gwrych Castle in Abergele again plays host to the 2021 series as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions to Australia.
Richard Madeley, Adam Woodyatt and Frankie Bridge are among the stars to have signed up for this year’s series, with 12 campmates now confirmed for the 21st series of the hit ITV show.
Here‘s our look at the runners and riders…
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🕷 FRANKIE BRIDGE
Her husband Wayne has already roughed it around the celeb campfire… can the former Saturdays star outperform her partner’s fifth-place finish from 2016?
Five of the last six winners have been women and the 32-year-old star is one of the early front-runners to land the 2021 crown.
Bridge won’t be easily spooked if things get eerie in the 19th-century castle having already survived a trip around several of Wales’ most haunted sites in ‘Ghosthunting With…’ back in 2010.
🐍 SIMON GREGSON
The 47-year-old Coronation Street actor is one of a trio of male soap acting royalty signed up to take part in this year’s show.
Of the three, he could be the one confined to the castle grounds for the longest haul given he’s expected to play the role of camp jester in this year’s show. Bringing a lightness of touch to proceedings helped propel the likes of Joe Pasquale, Christopher Biggins and Joe Swash to the crown in earlier series, and Gregson could be the next in line to benefit.
The actor is renowned for his comedic flair both on and off camera, so expect him to play the role of mediator should tensions start to mount in camp.
🕷 DANNY MILLER
One of Emmerdale’s most popular stars is temporarily downing tools from the Dales for a stint in rural North Wales.
30-year-old Miller will be bidding to become the fourth soap star to land the I’m A Celeb title after Joe Swash (2008), Charlie Brooks (2012) and Jacqueline Jossa (2019), and the first non-EastEnder to secure that distinction.
The actor, who plays Aaron Dingle in the show, could also be one of the few stars who sleeps soundly in the drafty castle living quarters. Miller will be able to catch up on some much needed shut-eye after recently becoming a father for the first time.
🐍 ADAM WOODYATT
Soapland’s most loveable loser is swapping Albert Square for Abergele as the actor universally known for playing Ian Beale steps into the world of reality TV for the first time.
The 53-year-old’s soap alter-ego is known for rubbing people up the wrong way in EastEnders, but will we see Woodyatt present a softer side in real life?
Expect him to be busy with the Bushtucker trials early on at least as the viewing public try and test his patience.
🕷 LOUISE MINCHIN
We’re used to seeing her in ultra-professional mode after an unflappable 20-year stretch on BBC Breakfast, so it’s something of a curveball that Minchin has chosen this project as her first move since departing the morning sofa.
Don’t expect the 53-year-old broadcaster to flinch at any of the challenges thrown her way during her time in North Wales, however. Minchin has a competitive side to her as a top-performing amateur triathlete, qualifying for her age group to compete at the World Triathlon Championships back in 2015.
🐍 DAVID GINOLA
Sacre bleu… one of the most sophisticated footballers to have ever played the game has signed up to rough it in a freezing-cold castle.
Expect Ant & Dec to have plenty of fun at Ginola’s expense as the suave 54-year-old former Spurs and Newcastle ace is left to struggle without all manner of grooming products during his time in the castle.
His campmates will be hoping the Frenchman can smuggle in some of his award-winning rosé wine having enjoyed success as a vintner since his retirement.
🕷 MATTY LEE
Will the youngest campmate in this year’s series add the I’m A Celebrity crown to his trophy cabinet?
It would cap off the most memorable of years for the 23-year-old, who scooped gold alongside Tom Daley in the Olympics 10m synchro diving in Tokyo.
After understandably playing second fiddle to Daley in the wake of this achievement, this could be Lee’s chance to fully introduce himself to a much-wider audience.
He’ll also be one of the few campmates not to be phased by a cold shower in camp either given his area of expertise.
🐍 RICHARD MADELEY
Ever wanted to see Alan Partridge on a reality TV show?
This is the closest you’ll ever likely to get to that dream scenario.
Madeley’s booking could be TV gold as the veteran TV presenter warms up for his new job as the permanent host of Good Morning Britain with a spell being tortured by Ant and Dec.
Given his occasionally eccentric views and uninhibited personality, the 65-year-old looks guaranteed to hog plenty of camera time during this year’s show… but will that be to his benefit?
Wife Judy may well be watching from behind the sofa.
🕷 NAUGHTY BOY
Will good things come to those who wait?
Reportedly a late dropout from last year’s series, Naughty Boy – aka Shahid Khan – has finally taken the plunge and signed up for the 2021 edition.
The chart-topping DJ could be in for an almighty culture shock as he swaps recording booth sessions with big-name stars and A-List parties for the ghostly setting of Gwrych Castle.
🐍 KADEENA COX
The 30-year-old Paralympian already has one reality TV trophy tucked alongside her triumvirate of games medals, winning Celebrity Masterchef earlier this autumn.
Could she bag another by winning over viewers during her time in North Wales?
The Leeds-born Parasport athlete certainly won’t be bothered by any fiendish Bushtucker Trials put in her path. Cox has embraced any number of reality TV challenges over the last few years from winter sports show The Jump to trying her hand at baking for The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off.
🕷 SNOOCHIE SHY
Radio 1 DJ Jordan North won a whole new audience of new fans when finishing second last year.
Could his Radio 1 Xtra colleague be the breakout star of this series?
The 29-year-old model and presenter has already dabbled in reality TV, offering up her opinions on Celebrity Gogglebox alongside Jeremy Vine, and has a dedicated social media following that could ensure she gets more than her fair share of airtime.
🐍 ARLENE PHILLIPS
Finally, how will the show’s first ever Dame cope trading in the glamour of the West End and Strictly for the cramped castle conditions in Conwy?
Dance expert Phillips will make a little bit of I’m A Celeb history when she sashays into camp as the oldest ever contestant to appear on the show at 78-years-old.
Given, her unflagging energy from 50 years in showbiz, she might just show up a few of her younger campmates when the going gets tough.
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