'I'm a Celebrity' 2022 cast: Full list of contestants, from Matt Hancock to Mike Tindall
I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! is back in Australia for the first time since 2019 and the full cast line-up has been revealed with the two late entrants also entering the jungle.
The ITV show was shut out of Australia for two years because of COVID travel bans, but this year's celebrities are back in a sunshine setting after two series of campmates battling the North Wales elements - although they'll have all manner of jungle critters to worry about.
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Ant and Dec host the new series which began on 6 November, before an All Stars spin-off series airs from South Africa in 2023.
The full line-up of campmates confirmed for I'm A Celebrity 2022
Late additions to camp:
He's not in the starting line-up of 10, but disgraced former Health Secretary Matt Hancock is one of two controversial late entrants and has responded to considerable backlash about his decision to become a campmate.
Hancock told The Sun: "The truth is, I haven’t lost my marbles or had one too many pina coladas. It’s something I’ve given a lot of thought to. I was elected by the people, and it’s important to engage with voters, especially younger voters, no matter where they are, and show the human side of politicians."
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Although he is still an elected MP for West Suffolk, his parliamentary whip has been suspended while he is taking part in the show, meaning he is not a member of the Conservative Party.
Hancock was forced to quit as Health Secretary when he was caught having an affair with his aide Gina Coladangelo, breaking his own COVID social distancing rules.
Ahead of his jungle entrance, he said: "Politicians are people too and it will be nice for people to see me as me. We are human too."
Comedian Seann Walsh is the second late addition who had also been rumoured to be taking part for weeks beforehand.
He is best known for being caught kissing dance partner Katya Jones during Strictly Come Dancing in 2018, prompting his then-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries to share an open letter accusing him of gaslighting and emotional abuse throughout their relationship.
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She also recently published bestselling book, Why Did You Stay?, about her experiences of toxic love and what had happened while he was on Strictly.
Walsh said that his current girlfriend had convinced him to take part, admitting: "As you can imagine I was very scared after the last time I was on a big show because the fallout was not something you would want to go back to."
Starting line-up of campmates:
Comedian and Celebrity Gogglebox star Aléshé was seen walking off a flight at Brisbane airport.
He said: "I am not a camper, I am not going to lie, not at all. Where I am staying I am alright for spiders and snakes, well I should be OK, I hope so!"
Former A Place In The Sun presenter Douglas admitted she was potentially looking for love when she was spotted at Brisbane airport, but added that it was much more about the experience of taking part.
She said: "If you are in a show like this you do want to win, but it is more about the experience, making new friends, a new family and just enjoying something that not many people get the chance to do."
Music superstar Boy George grabbed attention when he walked through the airport in Australia wearing a huge lion mask.
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As a vegan, Boy George does not look likely to be taking part in any of the eating challenges and he told waiting reporters: "I love all creatures."
Loose Women star and journalist Charlene White is also in the jungle in Australia.
White told The Sun: "I don't really like creepy crawlies and I'm not really outdoorsy. I don't camp. I stopped going to Girl Guides because they kept making me camp."
43-year-old former England rugby player Mike Tindall is married to the late Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, so is considered a huge signing for the show as he brings the possibility of royal anecdotes — and royal viewers.
He told The Sun as he landed at Brisbane airport: "Australia is a special place yeah, I met Zara in Sydney. There is no holiday planned at the moment afterwards."
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Asked how his wife felt about him taking part, he said: "She is fine, otherwise I wouldn’t have done it would I?
"I was always on the fence but I do think it will be good fun at the end of the day. That is the other thing, I like groups of people and I like things that can be good fun so let’s see. I might regret it."
Recently retired Lioness Scott, 35, has arrived in Australia ahead of the show's launch.
Scott was famously seen swearing at a German player on the pitch in a heated row during the Euros 2022 final, but told The Sun she didn't plan to need bleeping out in the jungle.
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She said: "I have never had an interview where they haven't mentioned that. I am not proud of that swearing and I don't usually swear so I'd like to think that wouldn't happen again."
Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner, who plays Romeo Nightingale, admitted there are plenty of things he is scared of and that "snakes are not a bit of me".
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He added: "My mum is the one who is going to be missing me. I am single and ready for the jungle. I am always looking for romance but I am not going in especially for that.
"I will miss football and family most."
The Coronation Street star, 59, arrived in Australia dressed for the jungle in matching leopard print t-shirt and cap.
Cleaver, who has played Eileen Grimshaw in the soap for 22 years, follows in the footsteps of co-star Simon Gregson who took part in the Welsh-set contest last year.
She is sure to be missing family during the show as right before arriving in Australia, she shared that she had welcomed a new grandson.
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Reality star Attwood, 31, makes history as the first Love Islander to ever appear on the show.
She had been rumoured to have signed up for weeks beforehand and has completed various stints on reality TV, including The Only Way Is Essex, The Games, Celebs Go Dating and Olivia Meets Her Match.
The radio DJ, 48, landed at Brisbane airport in a joking mood ahead of his jungle ordeal beginning, as according to The Mirror he said: "It should be nice, fingers crossed anyway."
Asked about being scared of jungle critters, he replied: "There's lots of everything in this country, like sport and beer and I am not scared of sport of beer. So I think I will be alright."
He added: "I have absolutely no idea what my family and friends would think of me doing a show like I'm A Celebrity. I have never asked them. But I think they would be much more nervous about me doing Antiques Roadshow."
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The new campmates will join the show as it makes its return to the Australian setting after COVID travel restrictions forced the last two series to film in Gwrych Castle in North Wales.
Hosts Ant and Dec have also confirmed that there will be a spin-off series, I'm A Celebrity All Stars, taking place in South Africa in 2023.
It will see previous stars of the show return for another crack at winning and is rumoured to be featuring Joe Swash, Phil Tufnell, Myleene Klass and Carol Vorderman.
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The current reigning champion of I'm A Celebrity is Danny Miller who was crowned King of the Castle in 2021, following Giovanna Fletcher as the 2020 winner.
Jacqueline Jossa is the last person to have won the show when it was based in Australia.