Dancing On Ice 2023: Who are the 11 celebrities taking on next year's ice dance challenge?

Dancing On Ice is coming back for a 15th series in January. Which celebrities are getting ready to tie up their skates and follow Regan Gascoigne to become the champion of 2023?

By Rhys Lewis Updated: 10 October 2022 - 11.02am
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There are a few things you can always rely on as the year draws to a close: a psychological battle over the heating controls, a good intention to get your Christmas shopping done in time, and a gang of unlikely celebrities getting their skates on to impress TV viewers!

Yes, Dancing On Ice returns to ITV in January 2023, and the 11 celebrities planning to pull off spins, jumps and those dreaded headbangers have already been revealed.

Find out who's taking part in Dancing On Ice series 15 as we reveal the celebrity line-up...

Who's in the Dancing On Ice 2023 line-up?

Siva Kaneswaran

Siva Kaneswaran ITV

Best known for: Singer with The Wanted

The Wanted singer Siva Kaneswaran is the 11th and final celebrity contestant confirmed for Dancing On Ice 2023.

Before joining the boy band in 2009, Dublin-born Siva had already enjoyed a brief career as a model and an actor, appearing in ITV's X Factor-style drama Rock Rivals. Within a year of that show, Siva was selected from thousands of auditionees to join The Wanted, who went on to enjoy 10 Top 10 UK singles including two No.1s. 

“I’m very excited. I’m trying to be positive and not be in a fearful mindset!" Siva said.

"I’m looking forward to meeting all the cast. I want to learn how to skate and make my family proud of me and put on a show for everyone to see and hopefully not make a fool of myself!” 

Michelle Heaton

Michelle Heaton ITV

Best known for: Being a member of pop group Liberty X

Michelle Heaton found fame as part of the group Liberty X, which was formed from the five runners-up in 2001 talent show Popstars. The band went on to have seven Top 10 singles in the UK, including No.1 hit Thinking It Over.

"I’m so excited - I can’t believe it," mum-of-two Michelle said of joining Dancing On Ice 2023.

"Me and the kids are such huge fans of the show in general. I’ve always wanted to do it but I know I would never have been able to complete anything because of the way I was 18 months ago, so I’m really truly grateful that I’ve got it this year when I’m a lot stronger.”

Carley Stenson

Carley Stenson ITV

Best known for: Playing Steph Cunningham in Hollyoaks

Actress and singer Carley Stenson may be best known by TV viewers for her 11 years playing Steph Cunningham in Hollyoaks, but it's her subsequent theatre experience that might hold her in good stead in series 15 of Dancing On Ice.

Carley has appeared in West End shows including Legally Blonde, Shrek and Spamalot, as well as appearing on your in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Les Miserables.

"I'm so excited that I get to learn how to dance...on ice! I'm terrified but can’t wait - I just want to make the most of this whole experience," she said.

Darren Harriott

Darren Harriott ITV

Best known for: Stand-up comedian

Stand-up comedian Darren Harriott might have appeared on dozens of UK TV panel shows, but has be taken on too much with Dancing On Ice?

 “I’ve got giant feet, I don't skate and I can't dance! My family has already made bets - they’re making bets that I’ll fall on the first episode!” he joked.

Darren had already tried his hand at celebrity challenges Bake Off and Celebrity Mastermind, and has appeared on Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats and Richard Osman's House of Games as well as appearing on Live at the Apollo at both host and guest.

Joey Essex

Joey Essex ITV

Best known for: The Only Way is Essex cast member and reality TV veteran

Joey Essex is the seventh celebrity confirmed for Dancing On Ice 2023, and be warned - the TOWIE legend has reality TV previous.

As well as coming fourth in I'm A Celebrity 2013, Joey took on the high diving board in ITV's Splash!, put himself through the trials of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins in 2020 and entered Celebrity MasterChef in 2019. And as the winner of Channel 4's ski-jump spectacular The Jump in 2015, he's in line to pull off a winter sports reality TV double.

“I would love to win. I’m going to put all my energy into this. This stage in my life, I’m so ready for this,” Joey told This Morning hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary. 

Speaking about how he’ll feel about receiving comments from the judges, Joey said: “I’m doing it for me. I want to impress the judges but I want to impress myself. I’m going to put all my effort into this."

The Vivienne

The Vivienne ITV

Best known for: Winning the first series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK

Welsh drag queen The Vivienne shot to fame as the first winner of the UK version of RuPaul's Drag Race, and earlier this year returned to compete in an All Stars season of the show.

Since her win, The Vivienne - who chose her name because she was known for wearing Vivienne Westwood clothing - has appeared on Celebrity Juice, The Weakest Link, Celebrity Mastermind and The Great British Sewing Bee. 

"I'm beyond excited to announce that I will be competing in Dancing on Ice in 2023! This is honestly a dream come true and I can't wait to start training on the ice," she said.

To be the first drag artist to take part in one of the big UK reality competition shows is truly an honour. I think it's a big step forward for queer representation on TV."

Mollie Gallagher

Mollie Gallagher ITV

Best known for: Playing Nina Lucas in Coronation Street

Actress Mollie Gallagher is swapping the cobbles for the skating rink as she becomes the fifth celebrity confirmed for Dancing On Ice 2023.

Mollie has played Roy Cropper's niece Nina Lucas since November 2019. In September 2021 she won the Best Serial Drama Performance award at the National Television Awards in recognition of her storyline in which she and boyfriend Seb were brutally assaulted in a hate crime. 

“I’m really excited. I’ve not really felt nervous yet, strangely. But being here today, I am now feeling it a little bit!” said Mollie.

A number of Mollie's Corrie co-stars have competed on Dancing On Ice over the years, including Samia Longchambon and Sally Dynevor, and she admitted she'll be turning to them for advice. “I’ll be getting all the tips I can because I’m going to need it!” she joked.

Nile Wilson

Nile Wilson ITV

Best known for: Winning Olympic bronze medal in gymnastics in 2016

Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson is the fourth confirmed celebrity skater for Dancing On Ice 2023.

Nile won a bronze medal in the Horizontal bar at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and also has a World Championships silver medal and five Commonwealth Games golds in his trophy cabinet. With that record of success, and his gymnastic background, will he be among the front runners for glory on DoI?

"I've certainly not done much ice-skating but I am so excited for the opportunity.  I’m so excited to get into that routine and to feel like an athlete again," said Nile, before hinting that he might have something special in store for viewers.

“My biggest goal on the show is to do something that no-one has ever done before!” he vowed.

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu 

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu ITV

Best known for: Winning Love Island 2022 with Davide Saclimenti

Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu is swapping the warmth of the Love Island villa for the chill of the rink after becoming the third confirmed celebrity for the 2023 series of Dancing On Ice.

Actress and model Ekin-Su won this summer's edition of Love Island with partner Davide Saclimenti. The pair will soon appear in their own ITV2 travel show, Homecomings, which will follow the couple's visits to Davide's home country of Italy and Ekin-Su's family village in Turkey as well as Istanbul.

"I’ve got some amazing news to tell you, I’m going to be doing this year’s Dancing on Ice! I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get myself on the ice and skate. Stay tuned and see you on the ice!” Ekin-Su said on Good Morning Britain.

John Fashanu

John Fashanu ITV

Best known for: FA Cup-winning footballer and Gladiators presenter

Former Wimbledon and England striker John Fashanu is the second celebrity to be confirmed for Dancing On Ice 2023.

At 60 years of age, sportsman-turned-TV presenter John might be among the show's oldest contestants yet, but he promises he's not donning the skates just to make up the numbers.

“I'm so excited to be a part of Dancing on Ice!" he said.

"I don't think it'll come as a surprise to people that I'm very competitive - I am definitely in it to win it. And this may be one of the scariest things I've ever signed up for but I couldn't be more ready for the challenge!"

Patsy Palmer

Patsy Palmer ITV

Best known for: Playing Bianca Jackson in EastEnders

Actress Patsy Palmer became the first celebrity skater to be revealed for Dancing On Ice 2023. After appearing in Grange Hill and The Gentle Touch as a child actress, Patsy played Bianca Jackson in EastEnders from 1993 to 2019.

Since leaving Albert Square she has appeared in the West End and also tried her hand at reality TV, coming fifth in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2005 and appearing as Butterfly in the first series of The Masked Dancer.

“I wanted to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone. I thought ‘I’ll just go for it’ and it seems like a lot of fun," California-based Patsy said.

"My pact that I made with myself when I was 50 was I have to do things to challenge myself for the next couple of years. This is for all the 50 year-olds out there that think they can’t challenge themselves!”

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Who are the Dancing On Ice 2023 judges?

Dancing on Ice judges Oti Mabuse, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo ITV

The Dancing On Ice judging panel is expected to stay the same for series 15, with Oti Mabuse once again taking her place alongside Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo.

Two-time Strictly winner Oti brought her dance expertise to the panel last year and was an instant success.

Ashley, leader of BGT-winning street dance groupe Diversity, has been a judge since the show returned after a four-year break in 2018. 

Olympic gold medal ice dancers Jayne and Chris, of course, have appeared on all 14 series of the show to date, having acted as coaches and mentors to the celebrities for the first nine series from 2006 to 2014.

Who are the Dancing On Ice presenters?

Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield ITV

Holly Willoughby and Philip Scofield are expected to return to host the 15th series of Dancing On Ice. Phil has appeared on all 14 series since 2006, while original host Holly presented the first six series before handing over to Christine Bleakley for the last three series of the original run.

Last season saw another host join the show when Stephen Mulhern joined his former kids' TV colleague Holly at rink-side for a week after Phil was forced to self-isolate following a positive Covid test. 

When is Dancing On Ice back on TV?

Dancing On Ice returns to ITV in January 2023.