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When is I’m A Celebrity 2021? Start date and time, line-up and where the new series is being filmed

When is I’m A Celebrity 2021? Start date and time, line-up and where the new series is being filmed
It is nearly the time of year to watch celebrities from A to Z complete embarrassing trials for our entertainment.

That’s right, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! will soon be back to brighten up our autumn evenings.

But when does it start and who will star this year? Here’s everything you need to know.

When does I’m a Celeb start?

ITV has finally confirmed the start date for this year’s I’m a Celeb.

This year the show will start on Sunday 21 November.

Last year the show started on Sunday 15 November, and they always start on a Sunday.

Where will it be?

As we all know, Covid has changed things somewhat, and I’m a Celeb is no different.

Last year the show moved from its famous camp in Australia to the, decidedly colder, Gwrych Castle in Wales, and it is doing the same this year amid ongoing uncertainty around international travel.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Ant and Dec attend the National Television Awards 2021 at The O2 Arena on September 09, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Ant and Dec are looking forward to it (Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty)

Dr Mark Baker, Chair of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust said “I’m absolutely delighted that I’m A Celebrity has chosen Gwrych Castle to be its UK location for the 2021 series.

“Gwrych Castle is a beautiful Grade I listed historic house and a must-see destination for tourists visiting Wales. I’m A Celebrity being here will really help support its ongoing restoration as well as giving the region a much-needed economic boost. We are all very excited to be working with the team again.”

Katie Rawcliffe, ITV head of entertainment commissioning, said: “We can confirm today that we’ll be returning to Wales for the 2021 series of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!

“We’ve always said we have contingencies in place for the series if the Covid situation continued to bring uncertainty, and after a highly successful run at the castle last year we’re pleased that we can return there.

“I have no doubt the production team will produce another hugely entertaining series.”

Richard Cowles, director of unscripted at Lifted Entertainment, which produces the programme, said: “With the continued uncertainty around Covid and international travel we have taken the decision not to return to our home in Australia for the 2021 series.

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“We’re excited to return to Gwrych Castle.”

The five-star Golden Sands Holiday Park in Rhyl, north Wales has been reserved for the iconic programme to use again if needed.

Who is going to star in it?

Who is taking part?

Louise Minchin

The 53-year-old has been a household name presenting the BBC’s flagship morning news show, BBC Breakfast. But she presented her final breakfast instalment for the broadcaster in September, after announcing in June that she was stepping back from the show after nearly 20 years.

She first appeared on the show in 2001 and moved with its red sofa to Media City in Salford as a lead presenter in 2012.

During her tenure on the programme, she covered a string of major global news stories including general elections, Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic and terror attacks.

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Louise Minchin just left BBC Breakfast (Photo: Joel Anderson/ITV)

She also interviewed famous faces including the Duchess of Cambridge, singer Billie Eilish and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

In 2019, she hosted the Wake Up To Menopause campaign after revealing that she suffered hot flushes while presenting live TV.

She also took up endurance sport after competing in a BBC Breakfast Christmas cycling challenge and has gone on to compete internationally for the GB triathlon team in her age group.

She said: “I really hate conflicts too and I will try to be the diplomat in the Castle. But a lack of sleep won’t be an issue for me. I am a champion sleeper and I can sleep anywhere at any time.”-

Richard Madeley

The veteran broadcaster, 65, has been one of several guest hosts for Good Morning Britain recently alongside Susanna Reid, following Piers Morgan’s departure. But he is perhaps best-known for presenting This Morning alongside wife Judy Finnigan.

The couple launched This Morning, now hosted by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, and fronted the show for 13 years before moving on in 2001.

The couple’s chat show Richard & Judy aired on Channel 4 for nearly seven years.

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Richard Madeley is heading to the jungle (Photo: Joel Anderson/ITV)

He said: “But I really hope I do get voted for the Trials. The thing about this programme is you mustn’t go into it if you take yourself remotely seriously.

“I don’t and I am thoroughly looking forward to being covered in god knows what. You have to be prepared for people to laugh and I see this as a bloody great romp of fun.”

Matty Lee

Olympian Lee, 23, won the men’s 10-metre synchro gold with teammate Tom Daley in Tokyo, so any trials involving heights are sure to be a a piece of cake.

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Matty Lee competed with Tom Daly (Photo: Joel Anderson/ITV)

He said: “When I told Tom, he was in shock too. He is so excited for me and he has always been so supportive and helped me a lot over the past three years.

“He gives me advice about anything whether it is relationships or whatever – I always ask Tom.”

Snoochie Shy

The 29-year-old South Londoner has made a name for herself as a Radio 1Xtra DJ hosting the late night slot.

She also hosts the podcast Slide Into My Podcast on BBC Sounds.

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Snoochie Shy is a DJ and personality (Photo: Joel Anderson/ITV)

She said: “I am actually quite a shy person when I am outside my comfort zone.

“I think my shy side might come out and I might be quite shy in the first couple of days but I also will definitely be a team player. I want to show everyone how to twerk too.”

Dame Arlene Phillips

At 78, former Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Arlene is the oldest ever contestant to take part.

She was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year for services to dance and charity, having first found fame when she created the provocative dance group Hot Gossip in 1974.

She has choreographed for some of the West End and Broadway’s biggest shows, including Grease, Starlight Express, We Will Rock You, The Wizard Of Oz, Sound Of Music, Saturday Night Fever and Flashdance.

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Dame Arlene Phillips is the oldest one in the jungle (Photo: Joel Anderson/ITV)

Dame Arlene sat on the Strictly judging panel for six years alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.

But her departure was controversial when she was replaced by Alesha Dixon, who had won the fifth series of the show, in 2009, which resulted in the then minister for women and equality, Harriet Harman, denouncing the BBC in Parliament for discrimination against older women on television.

She said: “I am always the oldest and so I am used to it.”

Naughty Boy

Music producer and DJ Shahid Khan, known by his stage name Naughty Boy, has worked with some of the biggest names in the music world including Beyonce, Sam Smith and more.

He has also performed at Buckingham Palace in front of the Prince of Wales.His song La La La, featuring vocals from Sam Smith, proved a hit and earned him two Mobo awards in 2013.

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Naughty Boy’s real name is Shahid Khan (Photo: Joel Anderson/ITV)

He has spoken openly about caring for his mother, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2017.

He said: “I think it is important for people like myself to create awareness about it. Dementia UK needs constant funding, and I am going to miss Mum the most whilst I am away in the Castle. I live with Mum, and I am used to seeing her all the time.”

Kadeena Cox

The four-time Paralympic gold champion, 30, has represented Great Britain in both sprinting and cycling events.

The Leeds-born athlete was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2014.

Having previously competed as an able-bodied athlete, she excelled on her Paralympics debut two years later and was one of the headline-grabbing stories of Rio, becoming the first Briton to top the podium in two different sports in the same Games since 1984.

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Kadeena Cox is a Paralympic champion (Photo: Joel Anderson/ITV)

Earlier this year, she was crowned the winner of Celebrity MasterChef.

She said: “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.”

David Ginola

The French former Premier League footballer, 54, has played for teams including Newcastle, Tottenham and Everton – before retiring in 2002.

He suffered a cardiac arrest during a charity match in France in 2016 and was administered CPR on the pitch by fellow footballer Frederic Mendy, who he said had saved his life.

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David Ginola is a former Premier League footballer (Photo: Joel Anderson/ITV)

Speaking on Sky Sports about the incident, he later said: “This is what saved my life. The surgeon who operated said to me: ‘I did my job but I didn’t save your life, the one who saved your life is the one next to you on the football pitch’.”

Frederic Mendy and those guys had been told how to perform CPR and they did it for 12 minutes. I was dead for 12 minutes.”

He said: “I will be the chef in the camp. And rice and beans is perfect for me as I have put on six kilos over the past three months and I think it will be interesting to see if I can lose six kilos in three weeks.”-

Frankie Bridge

Bridge 32, rose to fame as part of girl band The Saturdays alongside Mollie King, Vanessa White, Una Healy and Rochelle Humes.

She has two children with former footballer Wayne Bridge, who she has been married to since 2014.

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Frankie Bridge was a member of The Saturdays (Photo: Joel Anderson/ITV)

She is following in the footsteps of her famous husband, who took part in I’m A Celebrity in Australia in 2016.

She said: “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.”

Danny Miller

The soap star, 30, has played Emmerdale’s Aaron Dingle on and off for 13 years.

He recently became a first-time father as he and fiancee Steph welcomed their son, Albert.

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Emmerdale’s Danny Miller will be on the show (Photo: Joel Anderson/ITV)

He said: “I am scared of the eating Trials. I can’t even brush my teeth without being sick and I am dreading it if my gagging reflexes start, but that said, it won’t stop me doing the Trials.”

Will Ant and Dec return?

They wouldn’t miss it, and Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have confirmed they will return to host the upcoming series.

In fact, they have already been spotted in north Wales filming.

McPartlin previously said he would be “very happy” for the programme to return to Wales.

He told Digital Spy they were “welcomed” in the country, adding: “There were cardboard cutouts of me and Dec (Donnelly) in the butcher’s, and the local school did a tribute.

“We’d happily go back there. We’d miss the sunshine, mind.”

Who won in 2020?

Giovanna Fletcher was the 2020 winner of I’m a Celeb, after charming the nation.

The 35-year-old grew up in Essex, is a podcast host, author and wife of McFly star Tom Fletcher, a childhood sweetheart who she married in 2012.

The mum-of-three runs a blog and is the host of “happy mum, happy baby” podcast, where she discusses her experience of parenting and invites others on to share their parenting stories.

The podcast, now on series five, is regularly at the top of the charts and has more than seven million downloads to date.

McFly’s hit single “All About You” was reportedly written about Giovanna as a Valentine’s present from Tom in 2004.

She signed a book deal with the publisher Penguin in 2012 and has written a range of fiction and non-fiction books since, including a trilogy with Tom.


ITV has not confirmed the start date for this year’s I’m a Celeb, and we will be sure to let you know as soon as they do