'I'm A Celebrity' 2021 start date finally revealed — and it's sooner than you think!

Ant and Dec presenting I'm A Celebrity 2021 in Wales
Ant and Dec will soon be presenting 'I'm A Celebrity' from Wales once again. (Image credit: ITV)

The wait for I'm A Celebrity 2021 to start is almost over with the reality TV show set to return to our screens in just a matter of weeks. 

Fans of the show already know that hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly traditionally start their presenting duties around the middle of November each year, but it has now been reported by The Sun that the much-anticipated launch show will air on Sunday, Nov. 21

Ant and Dec

Ant and Dec shared this teaser picture ahead of the new series.  (Image credit: ITV)

As in previous years, it is thought the celebrity lineup will be announced shortly before the launch show, with Richard Madeley, EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt, Frankie Bridge, and Arlene Phillips just some of the many names that have been connected to this year's series.

Other names that have been mentioned in connection with the new series include Love Island star Maura Higgins, EastEnders actor Jake Wood and even footballing legend, Roy Keane.

Giovanna Fletcher with Ant and Dec at the 2021 NTAs

Giovanna Fletcher was crowned Queen of the Castle in 2020. (Image credit: Getty)

It has already been announced that the show will be returning to Gwrych Castle again this year as travel restrictions remain in place, making it tricky for the show to be filmed in the Australian jungle as in previous years.

Last year's series made history as ITV swapped sunny Oz for a chilly and rainy Wales, however, the series was still a huge hit and became the second most-watched series since the show started back in 2002.

Fans took to the show's new location brilliant, and after a brilliant series author and podcast host, Giovanna Fletcher was eventually crowned Queen of the Castle.

I'm a Celebrity will return on Sunday, Nov 21 on ITV.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.