I’m a Celebrity 2021 line-up: Who are the rumoured celeb contestants? When does it start on ITV? Where is it being filmed?

The jungle - or castle - ordeal is still a few months away but the rumour mill is in full flow. Could these famous faces be taken part in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 2021?

By Alex Fletcher Published: 13 July 2021 - 3.08pm
ITV I'm a Celebrity moves to Wales for 2020

I’m a Celebrity is set to return to ITV this autumn - although as yet we're still unsure whether the camp will be in the jungle or castle.

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.

Like most things in 2020, the show's 20th series had a very different look as the action moved from an Australian rainforest to a castle in North Wales due to travel restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.

It's possible that we'll be back in Wales again for 2021, but we now know that it will still feature more of the same gruesome Bushtucker Trials, cheeky banter from Ant and Dec and clashing celebrity egos, whatever the location.

I'm a Celebrity 2021 rumoured contestants

We're still quite a way off knowing who any of the 2021 campmates are but as usual, the rumours are already swirling about who could be taking part.

Here's who has been named as a potential campmate so far.

Jade Thirlwall

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If Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall did sign up to I’m A Celeb, they would have landed a huge name for camp.

Jade has taken on Celebrity Bake Off and a Comic Relief trek up Kilimanjaro already, and told Amanda Holden and Jamie Theakston on Heart FM: “I’ll try anything once me, do you know what I mean? I’ll give it a crack.

“If something smells bad I won’t put it in my mouth, but I am good at creepy crawlies.”

Jade could have some free time in her schedule later this year, with bandmates Perrie and Leigh-Anne both due to give birth.

John Barnes

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Ex-footballer John Barnes is one of those names that crops up year after year for I’m A Celeb – will 2021 finally be the year he gives in?

He told The Mirror: “I’ve done a number of shows in my days but nothing as adventurous as I’m A Celeb. And to be honest, there’s nothing that I wouldn’t eat or anything I wouldn’t do… I’m fairly easy-going, if they asked me to do something, I’d do it.

“Similar to why I went on to do Strictly Come Dancing all those years ago, it’d be good to lose some weight, perhaps try to beat Nick Knowles’ two-stone weight loss.”

Matt Baker

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He threw himself into Strictly Come Dancing, but could Matt Baker be a good sport in camp, too?

The TV presenter has now left his role presenting The One Show, saying he wanted to be free to spend more time with his family, but there are rumours that he could carve out a bit of time for a stint in the ITV show.

Matt told Hello! Magazine: “I haven’t had any conversations yet. I am reluctant to say no to anything without having a good think about it.”

The Vivienne

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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star The Vivienne could swap glamorous looks for camp fatigues in I’m A Celebrity for the “life experience”.

Talking to Lorraine, The Vivienne said: "I'm petrified of spiders but get me to that jungle, I'd do it.

"What a great life opportunity that I'm never going to get again... I am all for that!"

Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain 2020 John Keeble

Apparently, Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain turned down a spot on I’m A Celeb 2020 as she didn’t want to camp out in Wales… but has since regretted it.

She told The Guardian: "It's just so cold in Wales: if I'm going to have cockroaches in my pants I'd rather it be in the sun, thanks. Still, I can't help wondering what it would have been like.”

Perri Kiely

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The Diversity stars are always up for a challenge and are usually a force to be reckoned with.

Perri Kiely has previously taken part in Dancing On Ice and Splash!, and has said he’d love to follow co-star Jordan Banjo’s footsteps into camp.

He told Digital Spy: "Jordan has been in the jungle, and I love that normally everyone comes out and they're like, 'Oh my god, it was the greatest experience of my life. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.'

"Jordan came out and was like, 'That was the worst thing I've ever experienced. Never send me back in there again'. So I've got, like, two perspectives of it. But I'd like the challenge. So yeah, get me in there, why not?"

When does I'm a Celebrity start?

I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! usually begins on ITV in mid-November and this year we're expecting it to be on Sunday, November 14.

Who are the former I'm a Celebrity winners?

Tony Blackburn wins I'm a Celebrity ITV

The 2020 series of I’m a Celebrity ended with author and podcast host Giovanna Fletcher crowned Queen of the Castle, beating Jordan North and Vernon Kay in the final.

All the previous I’m a Celebrity winners are below.

Series 1 – Tony Blackburn

Series 2 – Phil Tufnell

Series 3 – Kerry Katona

Series 4 – Joe Pasquale

Series 5 - Carol Thatcher

Series 6 – Matt Willis

Series 7 – Christopher Biggins

Series 8 – Joe Swash

Series 9 – Gino D’Acampo

Series 10 – Stacey Solomon

Series 11 – Dougie Poynter

Series 12 – Charlie Brooks

Series 13 – Kian Egan

Series 14 – Carl Fogarty

Series 15 – Vicky Pattison

Series 16 – Scarlett Moffatt

Series 17 – Georgia Toffolo

Series 18 – Harry Redknapp

Series 19 – Jacqueline Jossa

Series 20 - Giovanna Fletcher

Find out how they got on after they left the jungle...

Where is I’m a Celebrity 2021 being filmed?

The short answer is that no one knows.

Because of travel restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic, the cast and crew of I'm a Celebrity.. Get Me Out of Here! 2020 were unable to make their annual trip to Queensland, Australia.

Instead, the show was filmed at Gwrych Castle near Abergele in North Wales.

Despite the change of location, the series was a hit with viewers - but it's still unclear whether the show will be returning to its usual home this year or heading back to the castle as we wait to find out what travel restrictions are in place.

Who are the presenters?

Ant and Dec will host the nightly updates and put the celebrities through their challenges. The Geordie pair have hosted 19 of the show's 20 series, Holly Willoughby stepping in for Ant in 2018 while he was taking a year-long break from television.

I'm a Celebrity returns this autumn to ITV and ITV Hub.

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