I’m a Celebrity 2021 line-up: Full confirmed cast revealed including the two new soap star campmates - and an early departure

We reveal which famous faces will be taking part in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 2021 in Wales.

By Sophia Moir Published: 25 November 2021 - 3.52pm
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I’m a Celeb is back on ITV this autumn - and just like last year, the jungle has given way to the castle as the show returns to North Wales for a second time.

Since veteran DJ Tony Blackburn was crowned King of the Jungle in August 2002, millions of viewers have tuned in year after year to watch the latest batch of unfortunate celebs eating weird animal bits and bobs, lying down alongside terrifying critters and facing their fears – all while Ant and Dec stand by giggling.

From Frankie Bridge to David Ginola, find out which dozen celebs are spending three weeks in the castle for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 2021.

I'm A Celebrity 2021 confirmed line-up

Simon Gregson - Coronation Street actor

Simon Gregson ITV

Simon Gregson, Corrie's Steve McDonald, entered the castle four days into the current series hoping to show people that he's a normal family man. He's looking forward to being camp cook and entertainer.

"It’s going to be nice for people to see what I am like without a script for a change," Steve says.

"I think people think you are in a huge celebrity bubble when you work on a soap but that is not the case at all. It will be nice for them to see me as a normal man but also, there isn’t much difference between the character and myself as I kind of injected myself into the character I play!

“It was common knowledge I would never do I’m A Celebrity,” admits Simon.

“But my wife and kids were like, ‘Come on Si, you’ve got to do it, you will have fun.’ And so, I’ve said yes! It is something cool for the kids to watch dad scream like a young child!"

"It is going to be hard,” he adds. “I have never been away from my wife, Emma, for more than a week since the day we met. And the kids are all so very cuddly. I will miss that too.”

Adam Woodyatt - EastEnders actor

Adam Woodyatt ITV

Albert Square veteran Adam Woodyatt, who entered the castle with fellow soap stalwart Simon Gregson, is out to prove that he is nothing like his beleaguered soap alter-ego Ian Beale.

Woodyatt has played cafe owner, serial bridegroom and all-round victim Beale since the show's first episode in 1985 but is currently taking an extended break from the soap.

"I’ve known about doing I’m A Celebrity for a long time and I can’t wait to go in now!

“Why have I finally said yes? Because I am not in EastEnders! That is the honest answer. I am not in contract with the BBC so I can come and do it," admitted Adam.

“Everyone thinks I am Ian Beale and so it’s going to be great to show I am not.”

Adam isn't a fan of bugs and rodents but, as a former Celebrity MasterChef contestant, is curious about the famous I'm a Celeb eating trials.

“Do we get to request how we like to have our sheep’s anus cooked?! If we can, I will be asking for it to be well done!”

Louise Minchin - Former BBC Breakfast host

I'm A Celebrity 2021 confirmed line-up Louise Minchin ITV

Former BBC Breakfast news presenter Louise Minchin is hoping to show her fun side and can't believe she's taking part in I’m A Celeb. She hopes her former BBC colleague and friend, Dan Walker will vote for her to take part in as many Trials as possible. 

“Going on I’m A Celebrity is a big adventure,” says 53-year-old Louise. “It is very different to sitting on the BBC Breakfast sofa and it will be scary and daunting but it will also be lots of fun.

“I’ve driven past the castle quite a few times and I am really excited for it to be in Wales again. This time last year I had a broken ankle and I literally sat on the sofa at home watching every single minute of it thinking, ‘Oh my gosh that castle looks incredible, one day I would love to be part of it’ and now I am!”

“I didn’t tell Dan Walker I was doing I’m A Celeb before coming to Wales but I don’t think he will be surprised! He knows me well and I think he will be both excited and nervous for me. I have been voting for him on Strictly so fingers crossed he will vote for me a lot.”

Matty Lee - Olympic gold medallist

I'm A Celebrity 2021 confirmed line-up Matty Lee ITV

After winning Gold with Tom Daley in the 10 metres synchronised diving at the Tokyo Olympics this summer, Matty Lee admits taking part in his favourite TV show is the "cherry on the cake" for him.

Revealing he was approached about I’m A Celeb moments after landing in the UK from Tokyo, 23-year-old Matty says: “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!

“My family is buzzing about it all. We were on the way back from the airport where they had picked me up from Tokyo when I got a call about the programme.

“When I told Tom Daley, 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 - Radio 1Xtra DJ

I'm A Celebrity 2021 confirmed line-up Snoochie Shy ITV

BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Snoochie Shy says she's a massive "scaredy cat", who also reckons she could be so frightened doing the Trials that she may not even be able to let out a scream.

The 29-year-old DJ says a recent trip to a theme park rendered her speechless.

“There was a 20ft drop on this ride we were on and I was so scared, I didn’t make a noise,” explains Snoochie. “When I got off the ride I started crying!”

“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.”

She says the trials she fears the most is anything involving a coffin and creepy crawlies.

“That trial is my big fear,” adds Snoochie. “I’ve seen bugs go up people’s noses before and I am scared bugs are going to go up my private parts. But I am excited about taking part and as soon as they asked me to come on the show, I said yes.”

Richard Madeley - TV presenter and journalist

I'm A Celebrity 2021 confirmed line-up Richard Madeley ITV

Legendary TV presenter Richard Madeley is hoping viewers will vote for him to do plenty of trials, but admits he's pretty frightened by heights so won't be impressed if he's made to walk a plank perched high up on a Welsh clifftop.

Reflecting on why he has finally accepted an offer to star in the new series after years of being asked, Richard explains he wants to find out what it feels like to be in the camp on a TV show that has, he says, become part of British life.

“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," he says.

"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.

“Judy and I talked about it and we realised we couldn’t find a reason for me not to do it. I slept on the offer and when I woke up the next day, I found myself feeling really excited that I was going to say yes.”

Left the Castle on Day 5

Richard took part in the first solo task of the series in scenes shown on Wednesday evening but felt unwell in the early hours of Thursday morning and was taken to hospital as a precaution. Unfortunately, by leaving the camp he broke the production's covid bubble and so is unable to return to camp.

"I’ve had to leave the castle and all the wonderful celebs that remain in the camp," Richard wrote in an Instagram post.

"Obviously I’m gutted to be leaving so soon but the safety of all the campmates is the number one priority. I’m incredibly excited to watch their journey continue…even more so at the prospect of being somewhere a little warmer than Gwrych Castle."

Dame Arlene Phillips DBE - Choreographer

I'm A Celebrity 2021 confirmed line-up Arlene Phillips ITV

At 78, Dame Arlene Phillips is I’m A Celeb’s oldest ever contestant but that's not stopping the former Strictly judge, who's hoping to step into a fantasy world to help her overcome the famous trials.

And she predicts her former Strictly colleague, Craig Revel Horwood, will think she is crazy to be going on the show. Arlene admits her theatre peers will also be gobsmacked when they find out she is taking part. “Craig will say ‘Darling, are you mad?!’ she laughs.

“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.”

Reflecting on how she will cope doing the trials, she adds: “Spiders, all those things you find on I’m A Celebrity – I don’t like them but I have this great fantasy that I can put myself in a place that will deal with it all.”

Naughty Boy - Music producer

I'm A Celebrity 2021 confirmed line-up Naughty Boy ITV

He's worked with some of the biggest names in pop, including Beyonce and Sam Smith, but now Naughty Boy wants to show I’m A Celebrity’s millions of viewers what he's really like.

And he's not sure what his famous friends in the music industry are going to think when they discover he is one of this year’s contestants. The hit record producer – whose real name is Shahid Khan – thinks his background working with artists will stand him in good stead when he enters camp.

“I would love to see more musicians go into the castle this series. Sir Elton John would be incredible if he were to go in!

“We (musicians) are more equipped than people think as we spend such a lot of time in the studio. 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.”

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Kadeena Cox MBE - Paralympic gold medallist

I'm A Celebrity 2021 confirmed line-up Kadeena Cox ITV

She's a four time Paralympic gold champion and one of the British stars of this year’s Tokyo games but Kadeena Cox readily admits going on I’m A Celebrity will be mentally tougher than anything she has ever done before.

From rats and spiders to snakes, not to mention a fear of heights, the 30-year-old says she is hoping her experience as a world class athlete will help to overcome some of the famous show Trials and challenges.

“Going on I’m A Celebrity is something so different for me and it’s completely out of my comfort zone”, explains Kadeena.

“As a Paralympian, you are always trying to get that one per cent extra all the time and defending my title earlier this year in Tokyo was the hardest thing I have ever had to do but I think going into the Castle is going to be far harder mentally.

“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 - Football legend

I'm A Celebrity 2021 confirmed line-up David Ginola ITV

Football legend David Ginola admits he always ‘sets out to win’ anything he does as he eyes up the ‘King of the Castle’ crown and reunites with some very special fans of his old club, Newcastle United – Ant and Dec.

And the former Newcastle and Spurs player, who retired from playing in 2002, admits he is excited to catch up with the programme’s famous presenters in Gwrych Castle after meeting them at games while playing for their favourite football team.

David adds: “I know the Geordies! I’ve met Ant and Dec before and I know they are big massive fans of Newcastle United. When you play for the club (like I did), all of the fans are amazing and very faithful. Newcastle is very lucky to have fans like them!

“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.”

Frankie Bridge - Pop star and presenter

I'm A Celebrity 2021 confirmed line-up Frankie Bridge ITV

She has always admitted doing I’m A Celebrity would be terrifying but now Frankie Bridge is determined to conquer her fears by taking part, vowing: “I’m scared of most things, but I want to push myself and show a side people have not seen before”.

The mum of two reckons the eating trials are going to be very tough given she even has a phobia of tomato ketchup. “I think people will be surprised to see me doing I’m A Celebrity and I am scared of most things, but I really want to push myself,” explains Frankie.

“I’m scared of rats, I am a fussy eater and I have a bit of a phobia of ketchup, so a pint of penis terrifies me! Any of the eating challenges will be my idea of hell. I also hate spiders in my own home, being trapped in small spaces is a big thing for me and pretty much all of that is likely to happen which makes me go, ‘Why the hell are you doing it?’ And so that is exactly why I am doing it!”

She says her husband, Wayne, can’t wait for her to go into the castle after he took part in the programme in 2016. 

“Ever since Wayne took part, he has been desperate for me to do it too and he can’t wait to watch me squirm and scream! My kids are still quite young, and they still think I am quite cool – so there is a very small window for them to watch it and not be embarrassed! I feel now is the time. I love the show so much too.”

Danny Miller - Emmerdale star

I'm A Celebrity 2021 confirmed line-up Danny Miller ITV

Emmerdale star Danny Miller admits he agonised over whether to take part in this year’s I’m A Celebrity because it meant leaving his new baby behind.

Danny, who only recently became a father for the first time, reveals he spent a long time discussing the offer to take part with his fiancée, Steph, before finally deciding he couldn’t turn down an opportunity of a lifetime.

And the actor, who has played Emmerdale’s Aaron Dingle on and off for 13 years, explains he wants to show viewers what he is like in real life away from the soap. “Steph and I had a long discussion about me taking part in I’m A Celebrity,” admits Danny. “We were due to start IVF earlier this year and that would have meant the baby would have been due next March, so it wouldn’t have mattered.

“But then a miracle happened and Steph fell pregnant without IVF. 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.

“And so after lots of discussions, I’ve said yes! I’m A Celebrity is the biggest show in the country and I want to show people what I am like as Danny rather than as Aaron. It will be nice for people to see me not crying but having a laugh! I am a fun guy at home and I’ve been known as Aaron now for 13 years – it’s good to step outside your comfort zone.”

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! starts Sunday November 21 at 9pm on ITV.