I'm A Celebrity 2023 winner and full contestant line-up

Sam Thompson for IAC 2023.
Sam Thompson won the 2023 series of I'm A Celeb (Image credit: ITV)

I'm A Celebrity 2023 was won by Sam Thompson joining the long I'm A Celebrity winners list. He was widely predicted to win and he did just that, with Tony Bellew coming second and Nigel Farage third.

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The official line-up for the 2023 series was actress & singer Jamie Lynn Spears, TV personality and Radio DJ Sam Thompson, This Morning host Josie Gibson, TV presenter Fred Sirieix, YouTuber Nella Rose, GB News host and ex-politician Nigel Farage, food critic Grace Dent, pop star and TV presenter Marvin Humes, EastEnders star Danielle Harold and Hollyoaks icon Nick Pickard. And jockey Frankie Dettori and ex-boxer Tony Bellew, who joined later.

Former England Lioness Jill Scott was crowned the winner of I'm A Celebrity 2022, with Hollyoaks star Owen Warner finishing runner-up.

How to watch I'm A Celebrity 2023

You can still watch I'm A Celebrity 2023 via ITVX. The final aired on Sunday 10 December 2023 at 9 pm.

I'm A Celebrity 2023 series contestants: full official line-up

Frankie Dettori — OUT!

Frankie Dettori for IAC 2023.

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Superstar jockey Frankie Dettori has at last been officially confirmed as part of the line up after lots of rumours. Frankie's wife and five children will be watching his performance. 

"This is going to be tougher than a horse race, it is going to be a challenge, but I am looking forward to it all. I am going straight from riding to the jungle," he says. "But you don’t get to do this every day so why not? There are a lot of things that are unique, it’s the jungle, a different environment, you have to eat a lot of bo**ocks! It’s also fun, demanding and I am going to meet a lot of new people. I am 100 percent committed and I am not going to moan about what I am missing as I’m looking forward to the challenge of it all."

He's already spoken in depth on the show about why he decided to cancel his retirement.

Tony Bellew — 2nd

Tony Bellew for IAC 2023.

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Retired professional boxer Tony Bellew is no stranger to reality TV, having competed in Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.

He says: "This is going to be very hard and I am apprehensive. I had to think long and hard about doing it because it is so out of my comfort zone and it was my missus who talked me around to doing it. 

"Ant & Dec are the best in the business and everyone knows that. They are unbelievable. I want to come in for the experience and leave a little bit of a trail for my kids who will be able to say: 'My dad did that'. And it is my children who motivate me. The biggest incentive is to make them proud. I am getting excited now and it is going to be surreal being with Ant & Dec. I've never met them before!"

Grace Dent — OUT

Grace Dent for IAC 2023.

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Grace Dent is the first contestant to leave the jungle. Her departure on medical grounds was confirmed on Monday 27 November.

Before the show started, the MasterChef UK guest judge and newspaper food critic admitted she was "absolutely dreading" the camp diet as she promised to give the famous rice and beans marks out of ten.

And her biggest phobia? Horrible people! "My biggest phobia is really horrible people. I hope I can be somebody who people can talk to and I do hope I can stay out of any drama. I always think you don’t change people’s opinions by shouting. But what we have got is the time to really begin to understand why people believe the things they believe. This isn’t social media where you express it in a small number of characters."

Nella Rose — OUT

Nella Rose for IAC 2023.

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YouTube star and TV presenter Nella Rose reveals that she is "scared of everything" but is going to try her best and face her fears to help feed the I'm A Celebrity camp.

The 26 year old says: “I am scared of everything from red ants, tarantulas to rats or ostriches. A daddy long-legs once flew into my room and I moved out. I was living in my living room and so my family think I am in for a shock. 

“I am terrified but I’m trying to think of the bigger picture. In this life, you have to face up to your fears. Yes I might scream the whole time but I am going to think about feeding human beings and I am going to try my best.”

The influencer has amassed a huge following on social media, including her YouTube series The Pink Courtroom.

She also hosted Catfish UK alongside co-star Oobah Butler and was part of Channel 4's all-female prank show Tapped Out.

Jamie Lynn Spears — OUT

Jamie Lynn Spears for IAC 2023.

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Actress and singer Jamie Lynn Spears left the show on medical grounds on Wednesday, November 29 and we saw her struggle to be away from her family during her time in the jungle.

She said of joining the show: “There is literally every misconception you can have on a person about me so I don’t take any of it seriously. But I do think going on I’m A Celebrity will be a nice way for people to see the real me. This is an opportunity to be myself and do something really cool and have some awesome experiences in the meantime."

The Zoey 101 star is the younger sister of pop superstar Britney Spears and recently took part in Dancing With The Stars, who was the second contestant to be eliminated. She also participated in Special Forces: World's Toughest Test season 2.

Marvin Humes — OUT!

Marvin Humes for IAC 2023.

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JLS star and TV presenter Marvin Humes reveals that I'm A Celebrity has been on his bucket list for years and "jumped at the opportunity" — but his wife Rochelle Humes thought he was joking when he told her that he had signed up for the show!

He explains: “When I first told Rochelle, she thought I was doing a prank on her. She thought I was nuts and she still can’t believe I’m doing it! This is the most daring thing I have ever done and I have never challenged myself this way before. It’s one million per cent harder than performing on stage and I woke up with knots in my stomach this morning thinking about it. 

“But this programme has been on my bucket list for years. It’s the first time I’ve been asked to do it so I jumped at the opportunity"

Marvin and his wife Rochelle Humes are known for covering on This Morning and also present the BBC gameshow The Hit List.

Nick Pickard — OUT!

Nick Pickard for IAC 2023.

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Hollyoaks legend Nick Pickard, who has played the role of Tony Hutchinson since the soap's first episode in 1995, has cut out alcohol to prepare for I'm A Celebrity.

“I have not had a drink for five weeks,” he reveals. “I was doing the stop October drinking challenge anyway and I have stuck to it since. It is going to be hard on the food front though. I will be the person saying: ‘Have you finished?’ When we eat, I will hoover any of the leftovers up! Mind you, I don’t think anyone will be leaving anything! “But I am determined to embrace everything about this show and I don’t want to come out and people moan about ‘that Pickard’.”

Nigel Farage — 3rd

Nigel Farage for IAC 2023.

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GB News host and ex Politician Nigel Farage says of his phobias running up to the show: "Nobody likes rats, snakes and I am dreading anything to do with heights."

He adds: “I am hoping to have some good times, a good laugh and I am sure I won’t get on with everybody, but I just think it’s going to be an incredible experience doing I’m A Celebrity. I will give as good as I get! I hopefully can cheer people up when they are feeling down and muck in, too. But I do snore a bit!”

Sam Thompson — Winner

Sam Thompson for IAC 2023.

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Made in Chelsea star Sam Thompson said of his best and worst attributes as he prepares to take part in this year's show: "I’d like to think I am the court jester and I don’t take things too seriously, so if anyone is having a bad day I would like to put a smile on their face. Worst? I am quite forgetful and I am bad at focusing on things."

He also adds that Ant and Dec are his idols and is excited to meet them.

“But I am so excited about taking part in I’m A Celebrity, it still feels like a dream. I feel like a competition winner taking part. 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. “Ant and Dec are my idols too and it’s going to be really surreal meeting them.”

The TV personality and radio DJ has taken part in Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Coach Trip, Celebs Go Dating and hosts the Love Island podcast.

He is currently dating former Strictly Come Dancing contestant and ex-Love Island star Zara McDermott.

Fred Sirieix — OUT

Fred Sirieux for IAC 2023.

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TV star and French maître d'hôtel Fred Sirieix isn't looking forward to find out how vile the food will be.

“Doing challenges will be a blessing on the day and take my mind somewhere else,” he says. “No, the main challenge is going to be the potential boredom.” 

“But what I am looking forward to is being away from the phone and emails. The phone is my biggest addiction."

Danielle Harold — Out!

Danielle Harold for IAC 2023.

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EastEnders icon Danielle Harold is famously known for playing Lola Pearce-Brown for 12 years until her character tragically passed away from a terminal brain tumour in May.

The award-winning soap star says the biggest misconception she wants to dispel in the jungle is any idea that she's going to be a "dumb blonde".

"I am a little bit ditzy but I am definitely not the dumb blonde of, 'Oh look she won’t want to get involved or do that'. In fact, that is the opposite to me. I want to do the different challenges and I can’t wait to do the Deals on Wheels challenge!"

Josie Gibson — OUT!

Josie Gibson for IAC 2023.

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This Morning host Josie Gibson admits that she is petrified of coming face-to-face with the jungle's creepy crawlies.

“I am dreading the insects and it’s my biggest phobia. I also don’t like spiders and I freeze normally when I see one. My family thinks I am mad doing the programme too as they know what I’m like with creepy crawlies!”

She adds: "I am most looking forward to being at one with nature. And I hope I learn new things about myself. I hope I can push myself more than I think I can. Eating trials? I have got to try and close my eyes and not think about what it is I am eating. Heights? I don’t like heights either. To be fair, I am not liking a lot of things that the jungle throws at you but I want to give it all a go.”

Celebs who were linked to I'm a Celeb 2023. Maybe the 2024 series?!

Natalie Cassidy

Sonia Fowler worries about Janine Butcher

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EastEnders legend Natalie Cassidy, who has played Sonia Fowler on the soap for over three decades, hinted at an appearance in the Australian jungle.

She's no stranger to reality TV, having previously appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2009 and Celebrity Big Brother in 2012.

During an interview with OK! Magazine, when asked if she would do more reality TV in the future, Natalie said: “I never say never to anything. If I end up in the jungle one time, you know that I’m paying my mortgage!”

Alex Beresford

All Star Musicals 2022 - Alex Beresford.

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Good Morning Britain weather presenter Alex Beresford could be another famous name heading to the jungle as he revealed he would "love" to do I'm A Celebrity.

He told the Daily Star: "Out of all the shows I would love to do, I would love to do the jungle.

"The only thing is, I don't know how good I would be with snakes and spiders but I think it is the show that all of us that work in telly want to do, it is that show isn’t it? I would get stuck in but I think lying down with snakes all around you, ugh!"

Chris Gascoyne

Carla is concerned when Peter tells her he is ready for another challenge

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Coronation Street legend Chris Gascoyne is supposedly eager to sign up for I'm A Celebrity as he prepares to leave his role of Peter Barlow after 23 years.

As Chris takes an "extended break" from the soap, he has set his sights on heading down under and is reportedly "waiting to be asked" to take part in I'm A Celebrity, according to The Sun.

They also revealed that the soap star turned down offers from Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing on Ice.

An insider told the publication: “Chris is very in demand now he’s taking a break from Corrie and he’s had quite a lot of offers.

“He’s always said it would be his worst nightmare to do any kind of dancing — so instantly said no to Strictly and Dancing on Ice.

“He really wants to do I’m A Celebrity but is still waiting to be asked. None of his friends would be surprised if he pops up in the jungle next year though.”

Could Chris be another soap star campmate to add to the list?

Olivia Attwood

Olivia Attwood for I'm A Celebrity 2022

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Reality star Olivia Attwood teased a return to the show after she was forced to withdraw on medical grounds when she appeared on I'm A Celebrity last year.

The TOWIE and Love Island star had to exit the show due to health concerns, two days after arriving in the jungle as blood test results revealed that she was "dangerously anaemic."

With her time in camp suddenly cut short, could she be heading to Australia for a second go at testing her mettle?

During an appearance on Lorraine, she said: “At some point, I would love to return. I feel like I owe it to everyone and that there is some unfinished business.”

Danny Cipriani

Danny Cipriani of the Barbarians arrives prior to the friendly match between Northampton Saints and Barbarians at Franklin's Gardens.

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Rugby star Danny Cipriani has 'signed up' for this year's I'm A Celebrity, according to reports.

An insider told the MailOnline: "Danny is one of the most exciting signings for this series, he will be the hunk of the line up and already there is talk of him and shower scenes amongst staff working on the programme.

"There is also huge anticipation that he will reveal secrets from his showbiz lifestyle, he has been linked to many women over the years, and his scandals are well documented too so there will be lots for him to share.

"But he has a sense of humour too which will ensure he is both popular amongst his camp mates but also with those watching at home."

The publication added that he is being paid a six-figure sum after ITV pulled out all the stops to guarantee he would appear on the show.

Alan Halsall

Can Tyrone really leave his family in their time of need?

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Coronation Street legend Alan Halsall is reportedly in talks to take part in I'm A Celebrity 2023.

Alan, who is best known for playing much-loved mechanic Tyrone Dobbs on the soap, could be swapping Weatherfield for the Australian jungle as he is rumoured to be part of this year's I'm A Celebrity line-up.

According to The Sun, jungle bosses are thrilled Alan is in talks to join the show after years at the top of their wishlist.

A source told the publication: “Tyrone is one of Corrie’s most-loved characters so Alan comes with a ready-made fan base. Sometimes soap actors who are known for their iconic roles don’t quite translate once in camp, but Alan is a top lad with bags of personality so ITV are over the moon he’s in talks to join their 2023 cast.”

The source added: “I’m A Celeb viewers love a jungle shower surprise and Alan is hiding a killer bod under Tyrone’s oil-streaked mechanic overalls.”

Although he was rumored to take part in the show, now it looks like he has pulled out after having knee surgery.

Susanna Reid

Susanna Reid attends the ITV Palooza 2022

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The Good Morning Britain host previously teased that she would be open to taking part in the hit reality series. 

In a video posted by the official GMB Instagram account, Susanna celebrated 20 years of hosting breakfast television by answering some fan questions.

When asked if she would ever partake in I'm A Celebrity, she replied: "Never say never!" So could 2023 be the year that she heads to the jungle? 

Her GMB co-host Richard Madeley took part in I'm A Celebrity 2021 at Gwrych Castle in Wales, but was forced to leave due to COVID-19 safety protocols after he fell ill and had to go to hospital as a precaution. Now, could it be Susanna's turn to brave the Bushtucker Trials like her fellow TV star?

Danny Dyer

Danny Dyer attends the BAFTA TV Awards in 2019.

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Last year, I’m A Celebrity bosses were keen for EastEnders legend Danny Dyer to take part in the show after he announced his exit from the soap.

After nine years of playing pub landlord Mick Carter, Danny made his explosive exit from EastEnders over Christmas

Following his departure, the actor has since gone on to star in Australian crime drama Heat, host Netflix game show Cheat alongside Ellie Taylor and is now rumored to present Channel 4 documentary 21st Century Man which reportedly sees him travel the UK exploring traditional gender roles, toxic masculinity, male mental health, and relationships with women.

With a number of TV projects under his belt, could the star be up for jetting off to the Australian jungle and competing in one of ITV’s biggest shows later this year?

Oti Mabuse

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Former Strictly Come Dancing pro and Dancing On Ice judge Oti Mabuse, wouldn't rule out signing up for I'm A Celebrity as she told Metro.co.uk: "I would never say never to anything because you don’t know what’s going to happen, especially when you have different shows.

"I work on different channels, and you don’t know what opportunities might come up. I would never close any door, if it works and it feels right then I’ll do it at that moment." Could Oti be swapping the dance floor for the jungle?

The Vivienne

Dancing on Ice official portrait of The Vivienne

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Drag Queen The Vivienne is no stranger to the reality TV world being a RuPaul's Drag Race UK winner and recently taking part in Dancing On Ice 2023. But it seems she's wanting to expand her reality TV career as she revealed that she would love to go on I'm A Celebrity.

During an appearance on Lorraine, host Lorraine Kelly asked The Vivienne if she would be up for going to the Australian jungle.

She said: "Do you know what, I’ve never thought about it but what an absolutely amazing opportunity that would be! Get me to that jungle, what a great life opportunity. I am all for that!"

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran holding a guitar on stage during the 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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Global superstar Ed Sheeran revealed that he likes the idea of heading down under to take part in I'm A Celebrity when he appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show.

During a discussion on whether he and his fellow celebrity guests had been approached for reality TV shows before, he let slip that he'd be up for I'm A Celebrity.

Although the singer-songwriter did end up contracting himself, he said: "The one I would do is probably I'm A Celebrity... it looks quite fun. Genuinely. It looks fun. If I had time off, you go in a jungle with a bunch of people you sort of know... I'm not going to do it... I do like the idea of it." Could Ed have given Ant and Dec some ideas?

Denise Van Outen

Denise van Outen attending the Top Gun: Maverick premiere

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TV star Denise Van Outen shared that she would possibly do I'm A Celebrity for her 50th birthday. When the show was being shot in Wales during the pandemic, Denise told The Sun: "I will do it at some point. I think I'm a Celebrity for my 50th birthday would be something nice to do. I am a lot more jungle vibes than castle vibes, to be honest."

Will Mellor

Will Mellor

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After becoming a huge fan-favourite on Strictly Come Dancing 2022, actor Will Mellor apparently said he would be up for yet another TV challenge. 

His best friend and podcast co-star Ralf Little told HELLO! in 2021 that they had discussed the prospect of going on I'm A Celebrity. He said: "Will [Mellor] and I talked about it on the podcast and... [he] said [he'd go on] I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! I was like, 'Really?'. 

"Will said, 'It's the biggest and why not?' So I said I'd be quite interested in Dancing on Ice, just for the fact that you're learning an entirely new skill. You go in not able to ice skate and you'd come out being able to do triple axles or whatever they do. So let's just say right now, I don't have any particular plans to be doing one, but never say never."

Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor celebrates after winning his Third Round Match against Keegan Brownduring the 2018 William Hill PDC World Darts Championships

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Darts legend Phil Taylor told The Sun back in 2017 that he would fancy heading to the Australian Jungle. 

The 16-time world darts champion said: "I would do the jungle. Strictly I am not sure, though it would do me the world of good as it would get me fit. I have been asked to do the jungle but was always busy.”

I'm A Celebrity 2023 hosts

Hosts Ant and Dec sitting in front of a jungle background of green leaves and plants.

I'm A Celebrity hosts And and Dec. (Image credit: ITV)

As usual, the nation's favorite pair of presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will be returning to host the series. They have been the stalwart hosts since the show's creation in 2002.

Is there a trailer?

Yep...

Ant and Dec also posted a video of them meeting a huge python called Monty!

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides, recaps and features for must-watch shows and delivers all the latest soap news and reactions. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.


You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series or much-loved UK soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). She's an expert in EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and everything reality-related from Selling Sunset and Married At First Sight UK to 90 Day Fiancé UK. Plus Netflix megahit Virgin River!


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