I’m a Celebrity: Where are the winners now?
The eclectic list of winners of the endurance test Down Under includes sports people, singers and reality TV stars. How have they fared since being crowned King or Queen of the Jungle?
When it comes to picking winners, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! is one of the most unpredictable shows around.
Cast your eye over this list of past Jungle Kings and Queens, and you’ll see that it isn’t necessarily strength, speed, or fame that makes a winner – rather a certain quality that the audience can connect with.
We take a look at what the winners have got up to since leaving the jungle.
Series 1 (2002) – Tony Blackburn
I’m a Celeb’s first-ever winner has had a chequered career since being crowned King of the Jungle.
In 2004, he was briefly suspended from his job at Classic Gold Digital for playing too many Cliff Richard records, but further controversy was to come when he joined BBC Radio 2.
The BBC sacked Tony in 2016 when a discrepancy arose over whether he had been interviewed about an alleged incident in the 1970s concerning Jimmy Savile’s sexual abuse on BBC premises.
He was eventually given his job back and opened his return show by playing Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive.
Series 2 (2003) – Phil Tufnell
Tuffers has capitalised on his success since winning the show, carving out a new post-cricket career for himself in reality TV.
He took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 and managed to make it to week nine as a surprise hit on the dancefloor.
Phil had a heavy TV contest year in 2015, taking on both celebrity talent show Get Your Act Together and winter games competition The Jump.
He’s also a team captain on long-running BBC panel show A Question of Sport.
Series 3 (January 2004) – Kerry Katona
Former Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona revitalised her TV career with a jungle win.
After her Celeb triumph, she was the focus of three fly-on-the-wall MTV documentary series about her life between 2007 and 2009 – Kerry Katona: Crazy in Love, Kerry Katona: Whole Again, and Kerry Katona: What’s the Problem?.
The singer tried her luck on Dancing on Ice in 2010, reaching week five, and was the runner-up in Celebrity Big Brother 2011, ticking off two more boxes on the list of TV’s biggest reality shows.
She was briefly reunited with her Atomic Kitten bandmates in 2012 to perform on stage together for the first time in 11 years.
Series 4 (November 2004) – Joe Pasquale
We couldn’t get enough of jungle life in 2004, and when we returned Down Under for the show's first series in its now traditional pre-Christmas slot, comedian Joe Pasquale was named the winner.
Spurred on by his success, Joe took part in Dancing on Ice in 2013 and even returned the following year for the All Star series.
More recently, he took part in Sugar Free Farm, in which a group of celebrities adopt a sugar-free diet to improve their health and undergo some pretty brutal 'cleansing' techniques.
Series 5 (2005) – Carol Thatcher
As unlikely winners go, you’d be hard pressed to find one more unusual than Carol Thatcher.
It seems outlandish that the daughter of Margaret Thatcher would win a popular public vote to come out on top in a TV show, but that’s what happened and Carol was briefly a fond favourite of viewers.
In 2007, she travelled to the Falkland Islands and Argentina to examine her mother's legacy in a documentary called Mummy's War, and was a regular contributor to The One Show.
However, her popularity came crashing down in 2009 when it emerged that she had talked about tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga using a racial slur in the programme's green room. When she refused to apologise for her language, she was told she would never work on the programme again.
Series 6 (2006) – Matt Willis
Busted star Matt Willis managed to shed two stone in the jungle, which was just the start of reinventing his career.
The year after winning, he and then-girlfriend Emma Griffiths, who changed her name to Willis when they married, went out to Australia to present spin-off show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here Now! which they hosted until their first child was born in 2009.
Matt has gone back to his musical roots since the show, linking up with McFly to perform as supergroup McBusted before reforming Busted in 2015.
He’s also pursued an acting career, with roles in Birds of a Feather and EastEnders as well as appearances on the West End stage in productions of Flashdance, Footloose, Wicked and Little Shop of Horrors.
Matt and Emma now have three children and have been married for 10 years.
Series 7 (2007) – Christopher Biggins
This is another one of those awkward moments in I’m a Celeb’s history where we’d all held the winner up as a national treasure, and then another reality TV appearance showed a less lovable side to them.
Biggins did the rounds of TV contests for a few years after his popular win, taking part in Celebrity MasterChef, Celebrity Five Go To…, and Celebrity Come Dine with Me.
However, he may have been better off sticking with his panto career as a 2016 Celebrity Big Brother appearance ended in shame.
The actor was removed from the house on day nine of the contest for making offensive remarks including antisemitic comments and slurs against bisexuals.
Series 8 (2008) – Joe Swash
Former EastEnder Joe Swash is one of the show’s most beloved stars and has returned to the jungle on a regular basis since his victory.
Since 2009, Joe has co-presented the spin-off show whch began as I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here Now! and has been renamed I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp.
Joe is usually joined by stars from the previous series each year to give us a closer look at what’s going on in the jungle.
Series 9 (2009) – Gino D’Acampo
Chef Gino D’Acampo was always going to be popular with his campmates for being the one most likely to make the dreaded rice and beans palatable.
However, he and Stuart Manning ran into trouble on leaving the show when they were charged with animal cruelty by the Australian police for killing and cooking a rat in camp – although charges were dropped when ITV accepted responsibility.
Gino’s successful career as a TV chef has continued apace, with his regular role on This Morning, a three-year run with Let’s Do Lunch with Gino and Mel, five series of Gino’s Italian Escape, and as one of the panellists on Celebrity Juice.
Series 10 (2010) – Stacey Solomon
Only a year after reaching the final of the X Factor, Stacey Solomon went one better by being named Queen of the Jungle,
Since then, Stacey has hosted a number of weird and wonderful shows, including Sing If You Can with Keith Lemon, dating show The Love Machine with Chris Moyles, and judging ITV2’s Top Dog Model.
She co-presented spin-off Extra Camp in 2016 and made an appearance on the live final of the X Factor in 2017. These days Stacey is most likely to be seen thrashing out the issues of the day as a panellist on Loose Women.
Series 11 (2011) – Dougie Poynter
Following in his friend Matt Willis’s footsteps, McFly’s Dougie Poynter was the winner in 2011.
Like Matt, Dougie was part of the McBusted supergroup from 2013 to 2015. He’s also continued down a number of other musical roads with McFly, as a bassist for band A, and as a songwriter for One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer.
He has done some modelling work, written a series of children’s books called The Dinosaur that Pooped with bandmate Tom Fletcher, and dedicated himself to various environmental and conservation projects.
Series 12 (2012) – Charlie Brooks
We knew her as EastEnders’ terrifying Janine, but Charlie Brooks showed us she was nothing like her Albert Square character during her time in the jungle.
Charlie has returned to EastEnders several times since 2012, making her last appearance from a prison cell in March 2014.
She has narrated documentary series Botched Up Bodies and appeared in TV series including Suspects and The Dumping Ground.
Series 13 (2013) – Kian Egan
Kian Egan was at a loose end in 2013 when his boyband, Westlife, called it a day. He couldn't have timed it better - following his jungle win, Kian had a brief solo career and continued with his regular reporting slot on This Morning.
He also returned to his role as a mentor on The Voice of Ireland, which he starred in until 2016, and in 2015 presented TV’s Fat Pets: Slimmer of the Year with Angela Griffin.
Series 14 (2014) – Carl 'Foggy' Fogarty
World Superbike champion Foggy was another of the show’s surprise winners: he wasn’t widely known before taking part, but won viewers over with his bravery and sense of humour.
Strangely, the thing Foggy has become best known for since winning the jungle crown is for welcoming a fellow campmate into his family.
After leaving the jungle, he introduced co-star Jake Quickenden to his daughter Danielle. The pair got engaged in 2017 but split earlier this year, much to Foggy’s sadness.
Series 15 (2015) – Vicky Pattison
Who would have thought a Geordie Shore star could become a Jungle Queen?
Vicky Pattison ditched the boozy nights out and most of the drama to become the most popular contestant on the show's 15th series and has enjoyed a busy TV career ever since.
She had a stint as a panellist on Loose Women, was a team captain on the Eamonn Holmes show It’s Not Me, It’s You, did the obligatory winner’s shift on I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp, and has just taken part in Celebrity Hunted for Stand Up To Cancer partnered with comedian Dom Joly.
Vicky was such a jungle success that earlier in 2018 she even returned to camp for the Australian version of I’m a Celebrity, in which she placed fourth.
Series 16 (2016) - Scarlett Moffatt
If you thought the world had gone mad when a Geordie Shore star won the show, it was even more of a shock when her crown passed on to a resident of the Gogglebox sofa.
Scarlett Moffatt could barely be classed as a celebrity when she entered the jungle, but left it as a huge star and a viewer favourite.
The show launched her career, bagging her roles as a team captain on E4’s Virtually Famous, a co-presenter with her TV heroes on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, and Channel 4 even relaunched classic dating show Streetmate with Scarlett at the helm.
Of course, she has presented I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp, too.
Series 17 (2017) – Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo
Made in Chelsea’s Georgia Toffolo made it a hat-trick of reality TV Queens of the Jungle when the posh girl showed the common touch to win viewers' hearts.
Toff, who had taken part in Celebs Go Dating prior to her trip Down Under, hasn’t had too much time to take on other projects since last year’s victory.
However, she has returned to her day job on Made in Chelsea and has also joined the presenting team on This Morning.
Series 18 (2018) - Harry Redknapp
The reigning King of the Jungle is Harry Redknapp, a hugely popular winner who was bemused by the whole experience from beginning to end.
From his very first episode where he admitted to never having watched the programme before, to looking baffled by most of his campmates, to being pleasantly surprised when his name was called out as the winner, Harry seemed to be completely confused by events.
Viewers were won over by his utter devotion to his wife Sandra (despite having run her over) and there wasn't a dry eye in the house when in one episode he was treated to a surprise visit from her in the jungle.
Who of the 2019 campers can possibly be a worthy successor to King Harry?