I'm a Celebrity 2018: Line-up rumours, will Ant & Dec return and when it starts

5 November 2018, 15:20

Holly Willoughby will be replacing Ant on I'm A Celebrity in 2018
Holly Willoughby will be replacing Ant on I'm A Celebrity in 2018. Picture: ITV

By Tom Eames

Who's entering the I'm A Celeb jungle this year? And when will it be back on ITV? Here's everything you need to know about the cast, air date and Ant and Dec this year.

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! 2018 mania is upon us, from the celebrity line up and cast, the addition of Holly Willoughby and even the yet-to-be confirmed start date.

Here's all the info you need to know about I'm A Celebrity on ITV so far...

I'm a Celebrity 2018 start date: When will it return?

It's finally been confirmed that I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! will return on Sunday, November 18 at 9pm on ITV.

Although not official, this most likely means that this year's final will air on Sunday, December 9, as the show usually lasts three weeks and ends on a Sunday.

I'm a Celebrity 2018 cast: Who's rumoured to be taking part?

  1. Katya Jones and Seann Walsh

    Katya Jones and Seann Walsh
    Katya Jones and Seann Walsh may swap the ballroom for the jungle. Picture: BBC

    Who? Comedian Seann Walsh partnered professional dancer Katya Jones on Strictly Come Dancing this year, but they caused controversy after being spotted kissing in public, despite Katya being married to fellow Strictly star Neil. Seann was soon dumped by his girlfriend on Twitter.

    While Katya is still appearing on Strictly every week, Seann is now available after being booted out of the show, with rumours circulating he may head to Australia.

  2. Kate Garraway

    Kate Garraway in the Smooth studios
    Kate Garraway is rumoured to be heading to the jungle this year. Picture: Smooth/Global

    Yes, our very own Kate Garraway has been tipped to be heading to Australia this year!

    An insider told The Sun: "Kate has been approached by show producers because they know she would be TV gold."

  3. Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan, a snooker player, has also been hotly tipped for a jungle stint
    Ronnie O'Sullivan has also been hotly tipped for a jungle stint. Picture: Getty

    Who? Snooker legend

    According to The Sun, Ronnie is being tipped to head into the outback. The five-time world champion is thought to be looking out for a new challenge, so maybe a Bushtucker Trial will be a welcome change from the Crucible?

  4. Catherine Tyldesley

    Catherine Tyldesley at the TV Choice Awards
    Catherine Tyldesley has a gap in her schedule perfect for I'm A Celeb. Picture: Getty

    Who? Coronation Street actress

    Famous for playing Eva Price on Corrie, she's already confirmed that she will be taking time out towards the end of the year. Speaking to OK! magazine, Catherine said she's planning on going travelling, could she be meaning Australia?

  5. Brendan Cole

    Brendan Cole
    Strictly's Brendan Cole is a hot favourite for I'm A Celeb. Picture: Getty

    Who? Former Strictly professional dancer

    Brendan was axed by Strictly after appearing since the beginning, so his autumn looks pretty empty. A source told The Sun: "Brendan is outspoken and ITV think he'd be gold."

  6. Coleen Nolan

    Coleen Nolan
    Coleen Nolan has been taking a break from showbiz following a tough 2018. Picture: Getty

    Who? Former Nolans singer and Loose Women panellist

    Since Coleen's recent on-screen flare up with old foe Kim Woodburn, she has been tipped to fly to the jungle. Bookmakers have slashed the odds of her appearing in recent weeks, so will she give it a go?

  7. Anne Hegerty

    Anne Hegerty
    The Chase's Anne Hegerty is bookmaker's favourite to go in. Picture: PA

    Who? AKA The Governess in The Chase

    According to The Mirror, the quiz master will head Down Under for this year's series.

  8. Tim Henman

    Tim Henman as tennis champ
    Tim Henman's return to the spotlight could be in the Australian jungle. Picture: Getty

    Who? Former tennis player

    Tim was Great Britain's best tennis player for over a decade, reaching as high as number four in the world rankings. Now a commentator, he's been tipped to be heading to the jungle by various tabloids.

  9. Frankie Bridge

    Frankie Bridge
    Frankie Bridge has spoken about taking on her fears. Picture: Getty

    Who? TV presenter and member of girl group The Saturdays

    ITV has apparently been hoping to sign up Frankie since her husband Wayne Bridge took part in 2016. She was also very popular on Strictly in 2014, so maybe she might head to the jungle this time?

  10. Shayne Ward

    Shayne Ward
    Shayne Ward left Coronation Street in 2018 leaving fans to question his next move. Picture: Getty

    Who? Former X Factor winner and Coronation Street actor

    Shayne left Corrie in May, and I'm a Celeb bosses are apparently keen to sign him up, with an insider telling the Daily Star that he is "considered one of the nicest men in soap, with a quirky sense of humour that would work well in the jungle camp".

  11. Nick Knowles

    Nick Knowles
    Nick Knowles is said to have agreed his position with I'm A Celeb bosses. Picture: Getty

    Who? DIY SOS presenter

    TV host Nick has apparently been offered a six-figure sum to take part in this year's series, according to The Sun. He recently said: “Every year I get asked to do basically all of the reality stuff and every year I’m too busy, but you never know. "

  12. Harry Redknapp

    Harry Redknapp
    Harry Redknapp is said to be confirmed for the jungle. Picture: Getty

    Who? Football manager and father of Jamie Redknapp

    He's managed many top Premier League clubs, and Harry has now been rumoured to be signing up for the jungle according to The Mirror.

    He later told talkSPORT that he's "not allowed to say" whether he will be taking part. "Anything could happen between now and then. I wouldn't like to bet one way or the other."

  13. Michael Le Vell

    Michael Le Vell
    The Coronation Street star looks likely to take on Bushtucker trials this autumn. Picture: Getty

    Who? Coronation Street actor

    According to The Sun, Michael is a favourite for the jungle. A source told the paper: "It's still early days for producers on I'm a Celeb, but Michael is a name they're looking at."

  14. Christine McGuinness

    Paddy and Christine McGuinness
    Christine McGuiness has spoken about doing I'm A Celebrity before. Picture: Getty

    Who? Real Housewives of Cheshire star and wife of Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness

    Tabloid reports claim that Christine is hoping to move into reality TV. Speaking on This Morning, she said: "I don't know about the jungle, I'd need a really good babysitter, or I'd have to take them with me. But I'm petrified of everything, it'd be like having Helen Flanagan back on there again."

  15. Emily Atack

    Emily Atack
    Emily Atack is said to be keen to try something new in her career. Picture: Getty

    Who? Inbetweeners actress

    A jungle insider told The Sun: “I’m A Celeb approached Emily a while ago and she jumped at the chance. She is fed up of doing indie movies and wants some stability in the UK with a big telly gig with lots of coverage."

  16. Faye Brooks

    Faye Brooks
    Faye Brooks is said to have pulled out after Gareth Gates split. Picture: Getty

    Who? Coronation Street actress

    Another Corrie star who may follow from Jennie McAlpine's successful appearance last year is Faye Brooks, along with Shayne Ward and Katie McGlynn. A TV insider told The Sun: “Jennie’s appearance on the series has inspired many of the Corrie cast to want to take part in the experience. She absolutely loved her time in the jungle and now Faye, Shayne and Katie are all eager to follow in her place."

    However, following her split from Gareth Gates, it's though she may have pulled out last minute.

  17. Olivia Attwood

    Olivia Attwood
    Love Island's Olivia Attwood could be taking on another reality TV programme. Picture: Getty

    Who? Love Island star

    The Sun claims that Olivia has met with show bosses to discuss the chances of entering the jungle later this year, along with late comic Les Dawson's glamour model daughter Charlotte. A source said: "The girls are both really sexy and bosses are hoping they'll have what it takes to spice up the show. Both girls have loads of personality and would really get stuck into the jungle tasks. They'd both love a place on the show."

  18. Dani Dyer

    Dani Dyer
    Dani Dyer only won Love Island in 2018. Picture: Getty

    Who? Danny Dyer's daughter and Love Island winner

    Both Dani and her father Danny (it's rather confusing) have been tipped to enter the jungle in recent weeks. Former runner-up Joel Dommett has also said that he hopes Dani or boyfriend Jack Fincham will swap the villa for the jungle.

  19. Jamie Laing

    Jamie Laing
    Jamie Laing could be raising his profile in the I'm A Celeb jungle. Picture: Getty

    Who? Made in Chelsea star

    We're actually surprised Jamie hasn't already done this show! He's arguably the long-running reality series' biggest star right now, and he's been tipped to follow on his co-star Toff's victory last year. The Sun has claimed he has been in talks, so we shall see...

I'm a Celebrity 2018: Are Ant & Dec coming back?


One of the highlights of the show each year, is the banter between hosts Ant & Dec. They've been doing it since the start in 2002, and it's hard to imagine the show working as well without them.

However, Ant was arrested in March on suspicion of drink driving following a car crash. A month later, he was fined £86,000 and banned from driving for 20 months, after pleading guilty to being twice the legal drink drive limit meaning Ant has taken a step back from his TV duties.

On August 9, Ant confirmed that he will NOT return for the 2019 series, saying: "My recovery is going very well and for that to continue having spoken to Dec and ITV, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off.

"I’d like to thank both Dec and ITV for their continued support and I look forward to getting back to work in the new year."

Dec added: "Whilst I am obviously sad at the thought of being without my best friend in Australia this year, I am proud of the work Ant has been doing privately and I am fully supportive of his decision. "I’m looking forward to us both being reunited on screen in 2019."

In August, it was confirmed that This Morning star Holly Willoughby will be filling in for Ant this year.

Holly said: “I couldn’t be more excited to have been asked to stand alongside Dec for the next jungle adventure. I love Ant and want to send him my best wishes and support for a continued recovery.

Holly Willoughby
Holly Willoughby is presenting I'm A Celebrity for the first time. Picture: Getty

"These are big shoes, not to fill, but just to keep warm for a little bit... Honestly, I’m a huge fan of I’m a Celebrity and actually feel like I’ve won a competition to go and hang out on my favourite show! When is it a good time to tell Dec I’m scared of everything that moves?!”