Meet the 10 celebs ready to swap glamping for camping in the Australian jungle.
The series will show the stars put their lives as food critics, YouTubers, presenters, and actors on pause to live in the Australian Hinterlands, alongside their hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.
Following the format the show has kept since its debut in 2002, the celebrities will camp outside in hammocks (if they’re lucky) and on the ground (if they are not), participating in regular ‘Bushtucker challenges’ at Ant and Dec’s behest.
The challenges range from mental and physical endurance challenges to eating the nether regions of some animals and often a very old egg. If they succeed in these challenges, they will win themselves and the campmates something more interesting to eat than rice and beans.
The remaining celebrity who has endured both public vote outs and all the jungle has to offer will be crowned King or Queen of the Jungle, succeeding footballer Jill Scott who won the crown in 2022.
Here are the celebs competing for the crown…
Jamie Lynn Spears
Actress and Singer
Star of teen sitcom classic Zoey 101, and sister to Britney Spears herself, Jamie Lynn Spears is fresh off the Dancing with the Stars dance floor and ready for a completely different challenge.
Although she is “absolutely frightened of everything” bug and rodent wise, she reckons her thick skin will aid her in the jungle.
TV personality and Radio DJ
Made in Chelsea’ alum Sam Thompson is a veteran of celebrity-based programming having appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, Celebs Go Dating, Celebrity Coach Trip, Celebrity SAS and The Celebrity Circle to name a few.
Despite these accolades, Thompson still "feel[s] like a competition winner taking part.”
Adding: “It was an absolute resounding ‘yes’ when I got approached. In fact, they didn’t even need to ask! I am a huge fan of the show.”
This Morning host
Winner of Big Brother series 11 turned This Morning host, Gibson is excited to once again be isolated with a group of strangers. In fact, it’s what she’s looking forward to most about the experience, saying: “I don’t think I will get too bored as if I am with lots of people, like I will be in camp, then I think we can have a laugh together. It’s actually going to be nice being in one spot for a change as I travel a lot.”
First Dates maître d’ Fred Sirieix has not taken the decision to enter the jungle lightly, having undergone the biggest fitness regime of his life: “It’s all going to be hard, but it’s good to do things that take you out of your comfort zone. I have been training harder than I have trained in the last three or four years.
"I go to the gym, I go to boxing, I train like a machine - that’s my way to cope with doing I’m a Celebrity. This isn’t a 100m race. You are going in for the long haul.”
Although she’s known for her big personality, award-winning YouTube personality Nella Rose intends to stay away from any drama or confrontations – instead she sees her role as keeping morale and humour high: “I am going to run a Zumba class every morning!"
GB News host and former MEP
One of UKIP’s founding members, Nigel Farage says his career in politics – through Brussels and Westminster – has left him equipped to deal with “snakes and other horrible reptiles.”
Like his political jungle predecessor Matt Hancock, Farage is looking to dispel what he believes are public misconceptions about his character, adding: “I’m known of course for Brexit, and I’m a hero to some people and an absolute villain… to millions.”
Known to frequent the Masterchef UK kitchens as a judge, Dent has worked as a restaurant critic for a number of publications. Her biggest fear entering the jungle, therefore, is swapping eating out four to five times a week at gourmet restaurants for Bushtucker trials.
“I know they are going to give me an eating trial and I am dreading putting even worse things in my mouth than I have in the past in fancy restaurants! I think I will be writing very stiff columns about the jungle food when I come out!"
Popstar and TV presenter
Ex-The Voice presenter Marvin Humes has been keeping his jungle journey a secret from his JLS bandmates, who he has just completed a tour with – “when they find out, they are not going to believe it.”
His wife, popstar and fellow presenter Rochelle Humes, was equally shocked, assuming he was pulling a prank on her.
Harold joined the cast of EastEnders in 2011 as Lola Pearce, a character she played for over 10 years. Despite being a much-loved part of the EastEnders family, Harold wants the UK to get to know the actor behind Lola Pearce – who, as it turns out, is petrified of rats. Especially their teeth. Not a very handy fear to have in the jungle.
Pickard has been playing Tony Hutchingson on Hollyoaks since the first episode aired in 1995, making him the soap’s longest serving actor. His foray into the Australian jungle does not mean this tenure is about to end: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and as soon as I was approached, I said ‘yes’.”
He confirms he will not be leaving Hollyoaks to take part, saying “my bosses have been really supportive of me doing it.”