I'm A Celebrity CONFIRMED line-up 2021: When does I'm A Celebrity start and where is it being filmed?

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When does I'm A Celebrity start and where is it being filmed? Here's everything you need to know as ITV confirm the show won't be returning to the Aussie jungle this year.

I'm A Celebrity 2021 is back along with hosts Ant & Dec who are set to bring us all a dose of the action as a line up of brand new celebrities settle into camp this autumn.

For the second year running, the ITV celebrity reality show will see a UK location turned into a base for campers as viewers prepare to see some of their favourite celebrities undertake gruelling trials and action packed challenges to win food and treats, in the lead up to one of them emerging victorious.

Ahead of the series, you might be wondering When does I'm A Celebrity 2021 start, what days is I'm A Celeb 2021 on? Where will it be filmed and who is in the line-up? Here's what we know so far...

When does I'm A Celebrity 2021 start?

I'm a Celebrity 2021 is due to start on Sunday, 21st November with campmates expected to go into quarantine for a fortnight before the show.

The programme, produced by Lifted Entertainment, part of ITV Studios, will be broadcast live every night, and judging by last year's series it is expected to have a three-week run. And you can even buy some merchandise from the ITV shop.

Ant and Dec have just announced that they've taken a social media break, as Ant McPartlin plans to marry his fiancée Anne-Marie Corbett.

For last year's series, celebrities were banned from an emotional reunion so hopefully, the Covid-19 restrictions being dropped will enable the return of their friends and family.

Celebrities will once more battle it out to win meal tokens for their camp but only if they successfully complete the bush tucker trials and face the public vote to eventually be crowned king or queen of the jungle, but who will win I'm A Celebrity 2021?

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Where is I'm A Celebrity 2021 being filmed?

ITV confirmed that the 21st series of I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! will return to the historic Grade I listed house of Gwrych Castle, Abergele in North Wales. And now you know where is the I'm A Celebrity castle - you can even visit it.

With the ongoing uncertainty around coronavirus with new strains continuing to emerge, I'm A Celeb's usual trip to Australia is off the cards but fans are expected to still tune in to see who left I'm A Celebrity last night?

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.”

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Meanwhile, Richard Cowles, director of Unscripted at Lifted Entertainment added “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.  We’re excited to return to Gwrych Castle.  The last series was a huge success and we were made to feel so welcome by everyone locally and can’t wait to see everyone again.”

Dr Mark Baker, Chair of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust said that its return to the castle would "really help support its ongoing restoration as well as giving the region a much-needed economic boost".

He added, “I’m absolutely delighted that I’m A Celebrity has chosen Gwrych Castle to be its UK location for the 2021 series...we are all very excited to be working with the team again.”

It's just one of the television shows with stunning scenery that audiences can't wait for as HBO's Hawaii-based show, The White Lotus is available to watch in the UK in August.

And if you're brave enough, check out the Jungle Challenge Manchester.

I'm A Celebrity 2021 line-up

The official line up for I'm A Celebrity 2021 has been released after some stars were spotted heading into quarantine after packing their bags for three weeks in a chilly Welsh castle.

The following 10 contestants have now been confirmed in the run-up to the show airing...

Arlene Philips

The former Strictly Come Dancing judge, 78,  will face the telephone votes herself in this celebrity contest and sets a new record to become the oldest celebrity to take part in the show - stealing the crown from 2018 contestant and winner Harry Redknapp.

Arlene is set to make a return to the judging panel on rival dance show Dancing On Ice 2022, after she was announced as the replacement for John Barrowman.

Arlene Phillips

Frankie Bridge

The Loose Women panelist and former star of girl band The Saturdays will be following in husband Wayne Bridge's footsteps when she enters the jungle.

Frankie, 32, who previously revealed she battled with eating disorders, will be leaving her sons Parker, eight, and Carter, six, in the hands of Wayne.

And could viewers see Frankie get payback after she was left unimpressed with her husband, who finished fifth in the 2016 show, airing their sex-life on national television.

Frankie Bridge

Richard Madeley

The Good Morning Britain host, who was reported to be Piers Morgan's replacement on the ITV daytime show, is set to take some time off from the breakfast show to try his hand at some of the challengingly gruesome tasks in the hope of winning some meal stars for fellow campmates.

Married to Judy Finnegan, Richard, 65, is no stranger to the show. In 2019 he flew to Oz to support his son-in-law James Haskell who is married to his daughter Chloe. While he was out there he sampled a trial first hand, on I'm A celeb's ITV2 spin-off show Extra Camp where he proved braver than boxer Amir Khan, 34, in a “Critter-cal Rescue” trial in a giant termites nest. He collected every key while Amir screamed when he grabbed a live snake.

Sadly his I'm A Celebrity journey ended after just five days in - as he was forced to quit the show after suffering a seizure in which he was taken to hospital.

Richard Madeley

Naughty Boy

Singer, songwriter and producer Naughty Boy - real name Shahid Khan - will finally get his chance to enter the jungle after being forced to pull out of last year's contest and was replaced by Jordan North.

Having collaborated with many stars including Beyonce, Sam Smith, and Emeli Sande, viewers will be hoping for a celebrity story or two around the campfire.

Naughty Boy

Matty Lee

Tom Daly's diving partner Matty Lee is going it alone when he steps off the diving board and into the jungle.

The 23-year-old Olympian won gold with Tom, 27, in the synchronised dive at the Tokyo games this summer.

But he is said to be “excited” about the challenges and will “thrive under pressure”.

Wonder if Tom will knit him something to keep warm in the jungle?

Matty Lee

David Ginola

Former Spurs and Newcastle wing wizard David Ginola, who had a heart attack and almost a near-death experience in 2016, is set to be making the castle his home over the coming weeks, leaving his girlfriend behind in St Tropez.

Ant and Dec will be delighted with the signing, after all, he has a history of playing for their favourite team, Newcastle United.

Let's hope that doesn't mean the Toon Army lads take it easy on him.

David Ginola

Danny Miller

Emmerdale actor Danny Miller, 30, who has just recently become a father for the first time, after his fiancée Steph Jones gave birth to their first child last month, will be briefly leaving Steph holding the baby but don't worry, there will be plenty of sleepless nights ahead - and it won't be a crying baby he'll be hearing rustling in the trees.

Known best for playing Aaron Dingle in the ITV soap, Danny, won the British Soap Award for Best Actor in 2011, 2012 and 2016 but only time will tell if he is the best man for the jungle.

Danny Miller

Snoochie Shy

Radio 1 Extra host Snoochie Shy, 29, real name Cheyenne Davide - is married to rapper Michael Dapaah, better known by his stage name Big Shaq.

Over the last three years at the station, she has an army of fans, and is expected to bring some glamour to camp.

Snoochie Shy

Louise Minchin

Former BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin hasn't wasted time in lining up her next venture since leaving the BBC, she has swapped the sofa for a camp bed.

Having said farewell to her 20-year career at the BBC, she will be going head to head in ratings against her former co-host Dan Walker, who is currently competing in BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.

Louise Minchin

Kadeena Cox, MBE

The TV presenter and British Parasport athlete has competed in T38 para-athletics sprint events and C4 para-cycling events to become a double Paralympic gold medallist.

And was one of the people chosen to be the first baton bearer as the Queen launched her Baton Relay for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games from the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

In 2017, Kadeena Cox opened up about the stark reality she faces daily. She told The Guardian, “There are days when I'm spasming to a point where I can't even push my wheelchair because my arms aren't working and my legs aren't working."

But keen to take on a new challenge, Kadeena will be an inspiration.

Kadeena Cox

You can watch a video introduction to each of them in the official clip below...

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Late additions to the jungle:

Simon Gregson

The Coronation Street star has swapped the cobbles for eating 'cow testicles', and soap fans will no doubt show their support for the star who has played Steve McDonald for more than 32 years.

A source told the Sun, “Bosses know Corrie fans will get right behind him. Everyone knows Simon as Steve but now they’ll get to see a completely different side of him for the first time.

It's understood that Simon, 47, who is married to Emma Gleave and has three sons Alfie, 14,  Harry, 12, and Henry Teddy, has previously shunned all reality shows and he has turned down I’m A Celeb a number of times before.

The source explained, "But now his children are older, Simon started to think the timing was right.

“And after the show was moved from Australia to Wales it made it easier for him to commit.”

You can swipe to watch his introduction video below...

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Adam Woodyatt

Soap fans missing the likes of Adam Woodyatt, who played Ian Beale in BBC One's EastEnders for more than 30 years, will be delighted to see the actor back on the screen but this time he's got bigger fish to fry with some bushtucker challenges.

Adam, 53, previously shocked fans with his dramatic weightloss, and quit the soap back in January this year and hit headlines in 2020 when he split from his wife Beverley Sharp after more than 20 years of marriage.

The couple shares two children, daughter Jessica, 28, and son Samuel, 24 together.

You can watch his introduction video below...

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On standby:

DJ Locksmith

Rudimental star DJ Locksmith is said to be on standby should any of the celebrities pull out last minute.

DJ Locksmith

Has I'm a Celebrity 2021 started filming?

Yes, I'm a Celebrity 2021 has started filming.

Presenters Ant and Dec sent fans into a frenzy in late September, when they tweeted a photo of themselves at a location in Wales.

"Guess where we've just popped to for a little bit of filming," read the caption. Alongside a picture of the pair next to a sign titled 'Mynyddislwyn'.

As if the Welsh town wasn't enough of a giveaway, the duo added a Welsh flag emoji and #IAC2021 hashtag in the post too.

Looking for exciting drama to watch in the meantime? Ridley Road is the latest nail-biting drama on BBC, set to air this October.

Will there be an I'm a Celebrity spin off in 2021?

ITV Bosses have yet to confirm if there will be a spin-off show in addition to the main jungle programme.

In 2002, a second show on ITV called I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here... NOW! aired alongside the first series of the jungle show. It was later renamed as I'm a Celebrity... Extra Camp from 2015 onwards.

The programme included behind-the-scene exclusives from the camp. Plus interviews with celebrities appearing in the series.

A number of presenters have hosted the show over the years. These include Joe Swash, Laura Whitmore, Emma Willis, Caroline Flack and Joel Dommett.

However, fans of the show were sad to learn it was cancelled in January 2020 due to high production costs.

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In an Instagram post, host Joel Dommett shared the reason behind the show's axe.

"It's simply because it's expensive given how late it's on and the fund will be used in more prime time slot," he wrote.

In 2020, a replacement spin-off was aired online. Presented by Vick Hope, the new show is called I’m A Celebrity…The Daily Drop and is available to watch exclusively online on the ITV Hub. With episodes available from 7am the morning after the main show airs.

As yet, ITV have not confirmed if this will return for 2021.

Who won I'm A Celebrity 2020?

Giovanna Fletcher was crowned the winner of I'm A Celebrity 2020. The mum-of-three shares sons Buzz, seven, Buddy, five, and Max, two, with her McFly star husband Tom Fletcher.

Giovanna Fletcher admitted an 'error of judgement' recently when she received a huge backlash over the use of Furlough cash during the pandemic.

After winning I'm A Celeb 2020 it was reported that Giovanna was looking to enjoy the opportunities that winning the show provides but "on her own terms" as she prioritises her family.

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And she spoke out to confirm that taking part in the show was a "career highlight"

She posted on Instagram, 'I can categorically say that being part of @imacelebrity was a career highlight and I’m so grateful for the love that has been thrown my way in the last few weeks.'

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)