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This year’s series is already looking a little different, after bosses made the decision to relocate the series from Australia to Wales due to the ongoing pandemic. ITV landed on abandoned Gwrych Castle in the wilds of North Wales as restrictions made filming the show Down Under impossible. Luckily, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are still set to host this year’s series.
But although this year’s series is set to give us a different flavour of the same beloved show, I’m A Celeb has managed to captivate viewers since its debut back in 2002.
We take a look at what the previous winners of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! went on to do after their stints in the jungle.
Tony Blackburn – 2002
After being crowned as the first ever King of the Jungle, veteran disc jockey Tony Blackburn continued to dive deeper into his radio career.
After his jungle stint he returned to his presenting duties at Classic Gold, but the ill-fated comeback was not meant to be as he was famously suspended for playing too many Cliff Richard songs.
After the ordeal, Tony moved on to Radio 2 as well as other local BBC radio stations.
Tony went on to recreate his first ever breakfast show on Radio 2 in September 2017.
More recently, his union with Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson saw the pals present uber-popular podcast Ricky and Tony’s Pop Detectives.
Phil Tufnell – 2003
Former cricket star Phil Tufnell managed to forge a successful career in television following his jungle stint.
He was team captain on They Think It’s All Over until 2005 and co-presented an ITV game show alongside Kirsty Gallagher.
Phil then went on to take part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2009, however was booted out on week nine of the hit BBC One show.
Though a frequent guest star on The One Show, Phil is famed for his permanent spot on the A Question of Sport panel alongside Sue Barker and Matt Dawson.
But despite the trio becoming beloved hosts of the hit quiz show, it was announced earlier this year that they were asked to step down in 2021 in a bid to spruce up the long-running show.
A BBC spokesperson told Express.co.uk at the time: “We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show’s longest-reigning host over the last 24 years, and Matt and Phil for their excellent team captaincy over 16 and 12 years respectively.
“Together they have ensured A Question of Sport remains a firm favourite with the BBC One audience. Sue, Matt and Phil’s final series will be broadcast next year.”
Kerry Katona – 2004
Former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona took home the crown as the first ever Queen of the Jungle in 2004.
Since then, it’s safe to say her career blossomed instantly, making her a household name among Brits.
Though a turbulent love life proved that it’s not always been smooth-sailing for Kerry, the mum-of-five has now finally found happiness with her new fiancé Ryan.
Kerry’s colourful TV career saw her star in a string of hit reality shows, with her bubbly personality making her a clear favourite among viewers.
She’s appeared in Celebrity Big Brother, Dancing on Ice and Celebs Go Dating, to name a few.
More recently, Kerry has ventured into the vlogger world as she’s set up her own YouTube channel to keep fans updated on her hectic life.
Joe Pasquale – 2004
Comedian Joe Pasquale was crowned as the King of the Jungle the following year.
He went on to expand his comedy career further by doing more stand up appearances, including one at the Royal Variety show.
His jungle win saw him become even more well-known, causing him to get offers from TV shows for guest star appearances.
Following his win, he also appeared on Dancing On Ice, before reviving The Price is Right on ITV.
More recently, the comic guest starred as himself on an episode of the BBC daytime soap Doctors back in March earlier this year.
Carol Thatcher – 2005
The daughter of the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher herself, Carol proved she’s got what it takes to be crowned Queen of the Jungle.
The journalist has since freelanced for BBC One’s The One Show from 2006 until 2009 all while contributing to a series of newspapers and magazines.
She’s also had some notable TV appearances, including Most Haunted and Mummy’s War.
Carol went on to publish several of her own books, including her candid 2008 memoir A Swim-on Part in the Goldfish Bowl: A Memoir, which offered insight into her childhood at Number 10.
The book detailed the decline of her mum Margaret’s health, as well as a little bit about her dementia.
Matt Willis – 2006
Singer Matt Willis took home the I’m A Celebrity crown next.
The Busted founding member clearly enjoyed appearing on TV as he delved deeper into that career path once leaving the jungle.
He went on to host ITV’s spin-off show dubbed I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here! NOW! with wife Emma Willis.
Following that, he showcased his impressive acting skills as Garth Stubbs in the Birds of a Feather revival, as well as a notable stint on EastEnders as Luke Riley.
In 2014, Matt’s band Busted teamed up with McFly to form McBusted, as both bands united for a tour after releasing an album together.
After later splitting, Busted reformed and released their own album in 2016, followed by another tour.
Christopher Biggins – 2007
Actor Christopher Biggins was the next King of the Jungle on the hit ITV series.
The former panto star went on to appear in a series of TV shows, including Celebrity MasterChef in 2014, The Celebrity Chase and in comedy Psychoville.
In 2016, he went on to appear in Celebrity Big Brother, however his stint was ill-fated.
Chris was removed after making some inappropriate comments in the house.
Brushing the drama aside, Chris continued to work in pantomime and went on to receive the Lifetime Achievement award at the Great British Pantomime Awards.
Joe Swash – 2008
Actor Joe Swash wowed fans in 2008 as he was crowned the winner.
The former EastEnders star – who found fame playing the role of Mickey Miller in the hit soap – went on to make an even bigger name for himself in the TV world.
He was the presenter of ITV’s spin-off series I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp until 2019, before really impressing the nation earlier this year as he emerged victorious in Dancing on Ice.
Other notable telly appearances include Celebrity Juice and The Jump, but Joe has also appeared in panto as well.
He has been in a relationship with former X Factor star Stacey Solomon since 2016, and the pair share son Rex together.
Gino D’Acampo – 2009
Celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo captured the hearts of the nation in 2009 when he was crowned the King of the Jungle.
The Italian went on to make a huge name for himself on British telly, presenting a number of cooking shows and appearing on many TV shows.
The chef’s Let’s Do Lunch With Gino and Mel, as well as There’s No Taste Like Home shows have proved to be a hit among viewers, seeing Gino launch his own chain of Italian restaurants called My Pasta Bar.
With business booming, Gino went onto release a number of cookery books, alongside his hit show Gino’s Italian Escape.
But Gino really went on to make a name for himself when he bagged a stint on ITV’s This Morning show, appearing regularly alongside presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.
He’s also appeared on Celebrity Juice.
More recently, Gino took over the reins from Vernon Kay as the presenter of Family Fortunes.
Stacey Solomon – 2010
X Factor star Stacey Solomon took home the crown in 2010.
Her bubbly personality made her a clear favourite on the show, and it certainly helped her land a hugely successful TV career.
After winning I’m A Celeb, Stacey went back to her singing roots to release her debut single Driving Home For Christmas in 2011 and her debut album ‘Shy’ in 2015.
Since then, she decided to sway away from music and instead focus on her budding telly career.
Stacey also began presenting on TV shows such as Top Dog Model, Sing If You Can and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Extra Camp.
The mum-of-three is also a regular panelist on Loose Women, and is remembered for cashing in on £60,000 on The Chase.
She has been in a relationship with fellow jungle winner Joe Swash since 2016, the pair share son Rex together.
Dougie Poynter – 2011
McFly band member Dougie Poynter was crowned King of the Jungle in 2011.
After his win, Dougie’s band McFly went on to join forces with former I’m A Celeb winner Matt Willis’ Busted band, together forming McBusted in 2014.
Both bands united for a tour after releasing an album together, but later went their separate ways to focus on their respective music.
Dougie also went on to write for fashion magazines and later appear in catwalk shows.
More recently, Dougie and bandmate Tom Fletcher teamed up to write children’s book “The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas” which sold over 70,000 copies.
Charlie Brooks – 2012
Soap star Charlie Brooks was crowned Queen of the Jungle in 2012.
The EastEnders star returned to her soap stint following her monumental win, as she continued to play the role of Janine Butcher.
She finally said goodbye to her role in 2014, as she went on to branch out in the acting world.
Charlie went on to narrate Channel 5’s Botched Up Bodies, before appearing in theatre shows such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Beautiful Thing and recently in How The Other Half Loves.
She was made a clear favourite on I’m A Celeb after viewers were delighted to know she’s nothing like her villainous character on EastEnders.
Kian Egan – 2013
Kian Egan wowed I’m A Celeb viewers during his stint on the show, which saw him bag the King of the Jungle title in 2013.
The Westlife star returned to The Voice Ireland for another three seasons.
He then went on to co-present Fat Pets: Slimmer of the Year alongside Angela Griffin.
In 2014, he released solo album Home, which topped the Irish chart and reached number 9 in the UK chart.
More recently, Kian rejoined Westlife when the group reunited in 2018, releasing new music in 2019.
Carl “Foggy” Fogarty – 2014
Retired super bike racer Carl Fogarty was crowned King of the Jungle in 2014.
Since his win, the former racer was awarded a prestigious Honorary title from the University of Central Lancashire.
Foggy continues to dedicate a lot of his time to charity work, as he supports North West Blood Bikes as a patron.
In 2017, horror struck as he suffered severe injuries at a Dirt Quake bike event, which left him with broken ribs, shoulder blade and a punctured lung.
The ordeal saw him retire from all future biking events as he now focuses on his charity work.
Vicky Pattison – 2015
Former Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison was a familiar face for millions of fans of the hit MTV series.
After scooping the win as Queen of the Jungle in 2015, Vicky went on to appear in a series of TV shows as she became a Loose Women panelist.
She was also a team captain on It’s Not Me, It’s You, and appeared on Virtually Famous.
Her down to earth presenting skills saw her bag a co-presenting role on I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp for the 2016 series.
More recently, Vicky has been a regular contributor to new! magazine, having her own weekly column in the mag.
In 2018, she appeared on the Australian version of I’m a Celeb where she finished in fourth place.
Last year, the brunette beauty was a finalist on Masterchef – proving that she sure knows what she’s doing in the kitchen.
Scarlett Moffatt – 2016
Gogglebox favourite Scarlett Moffatt stole the hearts of the nation in 2016 when she was crowned Queen of the Jungle.
Since her jungle stint, Scarlett waved goodbye to her stint on the Channel 4 show and instead went on to appear on other Tv shows, including Virtually Famous.
In 2017 and 2018, Scarlett bagged a presenting role on ITV’s spin-off I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp.
She went on to present dating show Streetmate, and more recently, she worked with Ant & Dec as a co-presenter on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway until 2019.
Scarlett was also a team captain on Iain Stirling hit show CelebAbility, as well as the controversial The British Tribe Next Door.
Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo – 2017
A loveable person on E4’s Made In Chelsea, Toff was a clear favourite on I’m A Celeb in 2017.
After being crowned Queen of the Jungle, the reality TV star made even more of a name for herself after joining the presenting team on This Morning.
Toff also went on to present backstage at the 2018 National Television Awards.
Last year, the blonde beauty appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox and Celebrity Hunted with Boris Johnson’s dad Stanley – whom she is very close pals with.
She is currently writing her first novel, Meet Me In London.
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