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Actors, a DIY star and an ex-football boss... who will fare best on I'm a Celeb?

The drama has kicked off in the Australian jungle, with contestants facing tanks of snakes and green slime, among other horrors, for the public's viewing pleasure. Georgia Humphreys has everything you need to know about this year's hopefuls

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Law of the jungle: Emily Atack

Law of the jungle: Emily Atack

Sair Khan

Sair Khan

Rita Simons

Rita Simons

Fleur East

Fleur East

Law of the jungle: Emily Atack

Now in its 18th series, I'm A Celebrity has a new presenter this year, with Holly Willoughby appearing alongside Declan Donnelly as his usual sidekick, Ant McPartlin, takes a break from TV work.

But one thing certainly hasn't changed from previous series - it's an eclectic mix of celebrities who have been thrown together in the camp Down Under, where a whole host of brand new nasty surprises have been created just for them.

As the competition to be crowned King or Queen of the Jungle heats up, the Bushtucker trials get tougher and the risk of rows gets higher.

Here's a look at the contestants vying for our votes this year.

Emily Atack (28)

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Law of the jungle: Emily Atack

Law of the jungle: Emily Atack

Law of the jungle: Emily Atack

 

What are they famous for?

An actress best-known for roles in The Inbetweeners and Dad's Army.

What are we are hoping to see?

Atack is known for doing hilarious impressions (a video of her impersonating Love Island stars went viral in the summer), so watch keep an eye out for those. She's also single and open to finding love in the jungle, so perhaps we could have another I'm A Celeb romance on our hands. "We are in a situation where we're all not going to smell our best, nor look our best, and I can't really imagine it happening, but hey, who knows?" she says. "It's a bit of fun."

Sair Khan (30)

 

What are they famous for?

Playing Alya Nazir in ITV soap Coronation Street.

What are we are hoping to see?

Who the real Khan is - she insists that her stern, uptight Corrie character is very different from her real self: "I am such a goof, I am always laughing, being cheeky and I don't take myself too seriously. If they don't like her [Alya], that's fine, as it is a character. But if they don't like me, then that will be hard to take."

James McVey (24)

What are they famous for?

Being a member of pop group The Vamps.

What are we are hoping to see?

McVey describes himself as a "mediator", so we reckon that he'll be able to resolve any arguments that may end up happening. "I would like people to see me as a nice and considerate person," says the singer. "Even though we do loads of interviews, you don't really get to see much of someone's genuine personality. By watching someone around the clock, it will come out a bit more of who I am."

Anne Hegerty (60)

What are they famous for?

Quiz show The Chase, in which she is known as 'The Governess'.

What are we are hoping to see?

You'd imagine from her no-nonsense approach on The Chase that Hegerty would keep her other campmates in line. She admits her role in camp is likely to be the "well-meaning but incompetent mum", even if she is actually very different to The Governess in real life. "I am going to miss the peace and quiet and I am going to be way out of The Governess's comfort zone in all of this," she says. "I will come across a lot more nervous than I do on The Chase."

Harry Redknapp (71)

What are they famous for?

He's the former manager of football clubs Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham.

What are we are hoping to see?

With his resume, we're expecting strong leadership skills. And Redknapp reckons being in the jungle can't be tougher than being in charge of a football team when things aren't going well. "When the results are bad, believe you me, being a manager is a very tough, lonely occupation," he says. "You feel responsible. However many people support your team every week, the buck stops with you."

Fleur East (31)

Fleur East

 

What are they famous for?

She's a former X Factor star who appeared in the 2014 series.

What are we are hoping to see?

The Sax singer promises she will bring fun to the camp: "I've got quite a wild imagination, so I think I'll create some weird games to entertain everyone. I wouldn't like people to be moaning all the time. I don't want them to focus on all the negatives."

John Barrowman (51)

What are they famous for?

Starring in Doctor Who and spin-off Torchwood.

What are we are hoping to see?

Not that we enjoy watching stars scared senseless (okay, maybe we do), but there could be a few squeals from Barrowman if he has to do a trial that involves small spaces. Recalling a scene in Torchwood that was filmed in a coffin, he says: "It was see-through, so I could see space, but I couldn't do it. I had a panic. That might be the challenge that is most fearful for me. But realistically, you know they are not going to do anything that hurts you."

Rita Simons (41)

Rita Simons

 

What are they famous for?

Playing Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders for 10 years.

What are we are hoping to see?

Simons likes a challenge, and we reckon she'll be a strong character in the jungle. But she admits she's really going to miss her husband and two daughters.

"My kids would be gutted if I didn't do it," she says. "And my husband thinks I should get on and do it, like I do with everything in life. But it's going to be so weird not being able to talk to them."

Nick Knowles (56)

What are they famous for?

Presenting TV shows, such as DIY SOS.

What are we are hoping to see?

Knowles will definitely be helping out with the physical side of living in a camp in the jungle. "If there was an opportunity, I would like to make a mark," he says when asked if he would relish the chance to build something new for the I'm A Celeb jungle. "But I don't think there are going to be the material or the tools to do it, so it's unlikely!"

Malique Thompson-Dwyer (20)

What are they famous for?

Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks - he portrays Prince McQueen.

What are we are hoping to see?

Lots of energy. He's the youngest in the show and is keen to throw himself into lots of trials, even if they'll be terrifying. "For me, eating testicles is going to be the worst," he says. "I am quite picky with my food, so that's going to be hard."

And one more thing - there's the addition of ex-Deal Or No Deal presenter Noel Edmonds, who has emerged as a surprise campmate.

Bring it on...

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