I’m A Celebrity 2021: Confirmed Cast And Contestants Going Into The Castle
22 November 2021, 10:58 | Updated: 25 November 2021, 17:28
Who is the part of the line-up for I’m A Celebrity 2021? Here is the full list of confirmed contestants…
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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has finally returned this year with a brand new line-up of contestants ready to take on the gruesome challenges.
The series began on Sunday 21 November and fans are already getting familiar with the new campmates!
The reality TV show has returned to Gwrych Castle in Wales for the second year in a row rather than its traditional Australian location.
Rumours have long been swirling about which celebs could potentially be joining the line-up, and now this year's cast has been confirmed!
Let’s take a look at who has headed into the castle this year...
Frankie Bridge, formerly known as Francesca Sandford, has entered the Welsh castle!
The 32-year-old star, who is already a favourite to win, is best known for her music career, she was a member of the British girl group The Saturdays – she was even in S Club 8 as a youngster!
She has since made a name for herself in television, notably becoming a panellist on the daytime talk show, Loose Women.
The former songstress is no stranger to the hit reality show as her husband Wayne Bridge partook in the 2016 series. The former Chelsea footballer finished in fifth place as Scarlett Moffatt nabbed the crown.
Keen to have a go at all the trials, Frankie said of heading into the castle: "People assume that if you are in a pop group you lead a really glamorous lifestyle and that I wouldn’t want to get stuck in, but I know I will give everything a go.”
Choreographer Arlene Phillips was long rumoured to be joining the I’m A Celeb line-up.
The star is set to be the oldest contestant in the show's history at 78 years old. Arlene is best known for her work as a judge on television talent competitions such as Strictly Come Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance.
Speaking about what made her go on the show, Arlene said: "I still can’t believe I am doing it either but I love and admire everybody who has done the show, I admire their bravery and I have spoken to so many people who have done it.
"Everyone has loved the experience and told me how it has added something new to their lives and that is why I have said yes this year after being approached before.”
Matty Lee is a 23-year-old British swimmer who became a household name after he scored a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for the synchronised 10m diving event.
He is also known for being Tom Daley's diving partner – they even share the same mentor, Jane Figueredo.
Matty described competing in I'm A Celeb 'a dream' for him, telling ITV: "Nothing ever prepares you for what life will be like after you do well in the Olympics. I was and still am mainly in shock that I am doing I’m A Celebrity.
"My two childhood dreams were to win an Olympic medal and take part in my favourite TV series. And now I am doing both this year!"
Another athlete has made it onto the I'm A Celeb cast this year!
Kadeena Cox, 30, is a gold medallist who made the transition from competing in able-bodied events to paralympic tournaments after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
She's also made a splash in the television world partaking in shows such as Gogglebox and Celebrity MasterChef.
Kadeena revealed her biggest fears about going into the castle, admitting: "I am scared of spiders, I don’t like rats, I don’t like snakes, and I don’t like heights. But I am hoping the athlete in me will want to do it for the team and just get through that tough moment. I will scream afterwards!”
Television presenter and journalist Richard Madeley took a break from Good Morning Britain as he gears up for his stint in the famous Welsh castle!
Made famous by his roles on shows such as This Morning and the chat show Richard & Judy – hosted with his wife of 35 years, Judy Finnigan.
Richard revealed he's been offered to take part for years and had a change of heart this year to be 'part of British life'.
He said: "Up until now, I’ve always been perfectly happy watching as a viewer but recently, I realised I’m A Celebrity is no longer just a TV programme. It’s become part of the fabric of British life and part of the countdown to Christmas.
"It suddenly hit me that everyone talks about it the next day and I suddenly wondered what it would be like to be there rather than watching. I realised the time had come to experience it."
Former Premier League footballer David Ginola has entered Gwrych Castle in 2021.
The 54-year-old has had an impressive sporting career, having played for teams such as Paris Saint-Germain, Newcastle United and Everton before retiring in 2002.
Ready to now head into the castle, David said of joining the line-up: "It is starting to sink in now that I am doing I’m A Celebrity. When I got offered the chance to do the programme, I thought ‘why not’.
"It’s going to be a great experience and it’s the chance to spend three weeks in the Castle doing things you have never done in your life.”
Rumours whirred that British DJ Naughty Boy, also known as Shahid Khan, could be competing in this year's line-up – and he's been confirmed!
He was even pegged to be taking part last year before a last-minute change mixed up the line-up, but it seems 2021 is his year.
As a music producer, Naughty Boy has worked with a plethora of impressive artists in the industry, from the likes of ZAYN to Beyoncé to Joe Jonas!
Naughty Boy admitted he's 'most looking forward to learning about myself' in the castle, adding: “I am excited about going on I’m A Celebrity now. I want people to know the real me.
"I am not a celebrity at all. My music is the celebrity and now is the chance for me to show people what I am really like.”
The 2021 I'm A Celeb cast boasts quite the roster of musical talent!
Snoochie Shy, also known as DJ Snoochie, is 29 years old and a radio host.
She's already got quite the following on social media, boasting 125,000 followers on Instagram, which we're sure is set to soar following her stint on the show!
Speaking about how the stint will be a brand new experience for her, Snoochie told ITV: "My mum keeps laughing, as she knows I am such a scaredy-cat!
"Bugs and I are not friends, I don’t like heights and I am claustrophobic too. But that all said, one of the things I am most looking forward to about doing this programme is the Trials! They are all crazy.”
News presenter Louise Minchin has been confirmed as a contestant for the reality series.
The 53-year-old star presented BBC Breakfast with her co-star Dan Walker for two decades before she left the role in September – just in time to gear up for her stint in the 'jungle'!
Speaking about what she's most fearful of ahead of joining her campmates, Louise said: "The biggest challenge for me is going to be small spaces.
"I can’t get in a lift with too many people in and I would rather walk up the stairs than get in the lift. And anything with cockroaches, spiders or rats I will squeal and scream. That is not my idea of fun at all!"
You'll likely recognise Danny Miller from Yorkshire-based soap opera, Emmerdale, where he portrayed the brooding Aaron Dingle from 2008.
The 30-year-old star became a first-time dad earlier this year with fiancée Steph Jones and told ITV he'll more than miss his partner and child.
Danny said: "I knew my baby would only be about a month old when I went into the Castle. I was worried about leaving the baby with Steph on her own but she is a midwife and I know our baby will be in perfect hands.
"She has been incredibly supportive and she knows what a great opportunity this is to take part."
Another familiar soap opera face will be gracing our screens this autumn!
Simon Gregson, 47, is widely known for his long-running stint on the ITV drama, Coronation Street – he's been playing the role of Steve McDonald since 1989!
A source told the Sun: “Bosses know Corrie fans will get right behind him."
An insider revealed: “Simon has previously shunned all reality shows and he has turned down I’m A Celeb a number of times before," and it looks like 2021 is Gregson's year!
Simon is said to be heading into the castle later on in the series as a wildcard, according to this tabloid.
Eastender's legend Adam Woodyatt is trying his hand at reality TV.
Adam, 53, is well-known for being the soap opera's longest-serving cast member, having played the role of Ian Beale for a whopping 36 years!
Similar to Simon, Adam is also reportedly joining the line-up a little later on in the series as a wildcard, which we're sure will be a great surprise to the campmates!
DJ Locksmith, 34, is most notably known as being a member of the British drum and bass group, Rudimental.
The London-based musician, also known as Leon Rolle, has worked with the likes of Macklemore and Jess Glynne.
The star is said to be a 'reserve' for the show in case any of the celebs have to drop out for any reason.
I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! starts Sunday 21st November at 9pm on ITV