I'm a Celebrity contestants 2017

I'm a Celebrity campmates 2017

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Annually a group of celebrities are drawn to the Australian outback to pit their wits against the bugs and beasties as they endure the rigours of camping out, with meagre rations supplemented only by the notoriously unpleasant bushtucker trials in order to become the king or queen of the jungle.

Contestants have come from every wake of life, soap stars, film stars, sporting heroes, pop princesses, reality TV professionals, TV presenters and even politicians have volunteered for the gruelling schedule.

Twenty, thirty, forty, fifty and even seventy-somethings have taken part, with no clear recipe for success. Neither age or profession guarantees a win but rather a personality type. The winner has to be a team player, a diplomat, a grafter with a sense of humour and above all, not someone who is afraid of challenges put in front of them, but someone willing to try and overcome them.

Here are this year's campmates.

Jennie McAlpine – actress, Coronation Street

Date of birth: February 12, 1984.

Phobias: Leaving my son, Albert. But I don’t have any other big fears. 

Missing any special occasion: My son’s third birthday. 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: None but it will be different for viewers seeing me as Jennie and not Fiz. 

Role in the camp: Cook.

Miss most: My son, my home, kettle, telly and the sofa. 

Dream camper: Nadiya Hussain from Bake Off as it would be brilliant if she could make us some cakes. But not Alan Halsall (Tyrone from Coronation Street) as he is the practical joker on the Corrie set.

Relationship status: Married.

Dennis Wise – retired footballer

Date of birth: December 16, 1966.

Phobias: I am a bit claustrophobic and so I am dreading any trial involving a coffin.

Missing any special occasion: Kids’ sporting fixtures and friends’ big birthdays.

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: Everyone thinks of me as a fiery character and so I am sure they will wonder how I will cope.

Role in the camp: I am not afraid of hard work. I will be throwing my weight behind everything.

Miss most: My family and freedom.

Dream camper: Elvis Presley. I really like his music and so if we could, I’d love to have him in camp.

Relationship status: Married.

Rebekah Vardy – footballer's wife

Date of birth: February 17, 1982.

Phobias: I am not a great fan of spiders but I don’t think I’ve got any sort of fears. That said, I don’t like confined spaces. 

Missing any special occasion: The diary is clear.

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I think everyone thinks of me as a Wag who never gets her hands dirty. It will be nice to show a different side. 

Role in the camp: I love people. I will be a mixture of everything. I won’t be starting an argument but if I’ve got an opinion on something I will express it. 

Miss most: My family and my phone.

Dream camper: Piers Morgan. I like the fact he’s honest.

Relationship status: Married. 

Jack Maynard – vlogger

Date of birth: November 23, 1994.

Phobias: I think I am scared of everything. When I go in, I will find out what I am properly scared of. 

Missing any special occasion: It’s my 23rd birthday while I am in camp.

Role in the camp: To lighten up the mood.

Miss most: The Internet.

Dream camper: David Beckham – let’s dream big.

Relationship status: Single.

Shappi Khorsandi

Date of birth: June 8, 1973.

Phobias: Heights and I am dreading not being able to drink a cup of tea. 

Missing any special occasion: I was due to start writing a novel but this is the perfect excuse not to.

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: I worry people think I am too serious but I’m really not. 

Role in the camp: Shoulder to cry on, the mum and someone to inject fun.

Miss most: My family, cats, tea and music. 

Dream camper: Mel and Sue would be a real laugh and I’d love to chat to Emma Thompson in the jungle. 

Relationship status: Single.

Amir Khan – boxer

Date of birth: December 8, 1986.

Phobias: Spiders, snakes and heights. 

Missing any special occasion: My birthday and training. 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: People only ever see me in the boxing ring. It will be nice to show people what I am like away from it.

Role in the camp: The leader. I will spur people on.

Miss most: My family and my daughter.

Dream camper: Drake and Floyd Mayweather would be amazing.

Relationship status: Married. 

Stanley Johnson – author and former politician

Date of birth: August 18, 1940.

Phobias: I will be ok on that front but obviously I don’t want to be bitten by a black widow spider.

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: I don’t have any conceptions about myself as I don’t think I am famous at all and that’s rather a relief.

Role in the camp: I’m assuming I am going to be one of the younger competitors and so I will try to help people my age or more... And I hope I won’t be too exhausted to make the odd joke.

Miss most: My family. Fortunately, I’ve got a big family and I will be back in time for Christmas.

Dream camper: Ian Redmond, tropical field biologist and conservationist – he’s a man who has absolutely adapted to life in the wild.

Relationship status: Married. 

Vanessa White – singer, The Saturdays

Date of birth: October 30, 1989.

Phobias: Bugs.

Missing any special occasion: No my diary is clear. 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: I’ve never really put myself out there so this is the first time people will get to see what I am really like which is a scary thought... 

Role in the camp: I’d like to bring a bit of laughter to the jungle.

Miss most: My phone and sugar.

Dream camper: I can’t wait to get to know everybody in there.

Relationship status: Single.

Jamie Lomas – actor, Hollyoaks

Date of birth: April 21, 1975.

Phobias: Bugs, spiders and cockroaches crawling all over my head. 

Missing any special occasion: My brother’s 50th birthday. 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: Everyone just knows me as this fictional character. I’ve always been a private person up until now. 

Role in the camp: The joker who will cheer everyone up when they are feeling down.

Miss most: My children.

Dream camper: Margot Robbie.

Relationship status: Single. 

Georgia “Toff” Toffolo – Made in Chelsea

Date of birth: October 23, 1994.

Phobias: Rats and mice. I am a real jumper. 

Missing any special occasion: The Made In Chelsea finale episode. 

Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: I think people reckon I am prim and proper 

Role in the camp: I am quite athletic, so I don’t mind fetching the wood. I am not sure if I want to clean the toilet though. 

Miss most: My family and food. I get snappy if I don’t eat.

Dream camper: Boris Johnson. He would be funny.

Relationship status: Single. 

Right Column TBC