I’m A Celeb South Africa lineup: 2023 series cast with Shaun Ryder, Helen Flanagan and Janice Dickinson
Paul Burrell and Phil Tufnell are among the 15 celebrity contestants for the I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! all-star special. Previous seasons’ winners and losers will reunite for another chance to become King or Queen of the Jungle - or even to keep their titles.
In September 2022, presenting pair Ant and Dec shared a video from the set stating that prominent figures from the show’s previous 20 years will compete once more. In a video on Twitter shot against the backdrop of a vast lake and mountains, Donnelly said: “Hello everybody, we’ve got news for you.
“It’s probably the worst kept secret in television but we can confirm we are doing a very special series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in South Africa.”
I’m A Celebrity has featured a slew of prominent personalities over the last two decades, including Caitlyn Jenner, Ian Wright, Peter Andre, and Kerry Katona. But who will be returning for 2023’s all-star special? Here is everything you need to know.
Who will be in the all-star cast?
The 15-person celebrity cast, the largest ever to appear in the ITV series, has already finished filming for the show, which will debut on the evening of Monday 24 April.
The show will see former boxer Amir Khan joined by fellow sports stars Fatima Whitbread and Phil Tufnell, as well as the return of more infamous cast members including Gillian McKeith and Janice Dickinson, with Helen Flanagan and Shaun Ryder alsoset to return.
All 15 contestants have earned their places after becoming fan favourites during their respective series, though some for better reasons than others. Here’s who has been filming in South Africa:
The Question of Sport star won the coveted King of the Jungle title in 2003, beating out football player John Fashanu and designer Linda Barker.
Khan will return just four years after making his I’m A Celeb debut in 2018, when he became one of the show’s highest-paid competitors.
Fans may recall how the hardman was frightened of creepy crawlies and covertly scoffed strawberries behind his campmates’ backs with radio journalist Iain Lee, causing uproar in camp.
Few will ever forget the image of Princess Diana’s former butler gurning his way through the Bushtucker Trials, attempting to retrieve food tokens from inside holes packed with rats and vermin in 2004,
Jordan Banjo, 29, will be trying to improve on his 2016 spell, which saw him become the fourth star to be voted out: Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt was crowned Queen of the Jungle that year.
Happy Mondays frontman Ryder, 60, was beaten to the throne by Stacey Solomon in 2010, and is making a comeback despite previously saying he believes the series’ outcome is "fixed."
Vorderman, 61, was a major hit on the 2016 series, and finished eighth after spending 18 days in the Australian jungle with eventual winner, Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt.
Flanagan, who played Rosie Webster in Coronation Street, will make a return to the show a decade after her initial jungle stay, when EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks triumphed - Flanagan was the fifth celebrity to be kicked from the show.
Few fans will ever forget Dickinson’s stint in Australia in 2007, when she provoked a slew of squabbles with her uncensored opinions about her fellow campmates. In the tense series, she finished second against Christopher Biggins, and her former campmates called her "vile."
Olympian Whitbread, 61, originally appeared on I’m A Celeb in 2011, finishing in third place. That year, a bug got lodged up her nose and had to be removed by Medic Bob in one of the most memorable I’m a Celebrity moments ever.
When can I watch it?
The pre-recorded series will begin broadcasting on Monday 24 April 2023. The first episode airs at 9pm on ITV1.