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I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here: Meet the 2023 cast

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They’re back, baby! I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Australia has officially returned with a blockbuster first episode.

WATCH: I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here trailer

Channel 10 has been drip-feeding us contestant teasers on social media for the past month – now we finally have some answers!

Woody Whitelaw was revealed as the first cast member in the days leading up to the new season, while other stars like Domenica Calarco and Debra Lawrance were revealed just hours before the season premiere. 

So, who is joining Dr Chris Brown and Julia Morris in the South African jungle this year? Scroll through to find out!

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Woody Whitelaw was the first cast member announced. (Credit: Channel 10)

A Radio Host: Woody Whitelaw

Our first confirmed cast member is none other than KIIS FM’s Woody, of Will & Woody radio show fame. 

A teaser previously hinted at a radio host who “loves to kiss and tell” — apparently they meant ‘KIIS’!

After the big reveal was made, Woody said he had “mixed emotions” about his next step.

“There are mixed emotions to be heading into the jungle. I’m obviously excited to be getting a free flight to South Africa and becoming best mates with some cool celebs, but there is also the reality of being away from my girls for an extended period of time,” he said.

Woody is leaving behind his partner and six-month-old baby, Remi, to face the gruesome torture of the I’m A Celeb jungle. 

Charity: Dementia Australia

WATCH: Will & Woody Dunk Tank: How Woody found out he was joining the I’m A Celeb cast

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Will Domenica make nice in the jungle? (Credit: Channel 10)

A Reality TV Star: Domenica Calarco

She was a major star on the 2022 season of Married At First Sight Australia. Now, Domenica is taking on the fierce challenges of the jungle. But she’s not worried.

“Having done MAFS already, I gathered how hard living in the jungle with some strangers could be… I’ve pretty much already done it! Feed me to the lions, part two!” Domenica says of joining I’m A Celeb.

“You guys already know I’m crazy, but this is crazyyyy!! I’m super nervous but even more excited to challenge myself and WIN THAT CROWN,” she added on Instagram.

Charity: Leukaemia Foundation

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Logie winner, AACTA winner… I’m A Celeb winner? It’s Debra Lawrance! (Credit: Channel 10)

A Logie-Winning Celeb: Debra Lawrance

“This Logie-winning legend of the stage and screen is no stranger to drama away from home,” this clue announced. And while some guessed Bec Hewitt or Kate Ritchie might be heading into the jungle, it turned out to be the iconic Aussie actress Debra Lawrance.

Lawrance is a veritable national treasure, having appeared in a long line Aussie dramas, comedies and soaps, including both Home and Away and Neighbours.

She recently joined the all-female cast of the Class of ’07, playing a villainous nun. Will she be hero or villain in the jungle?

“The challenge and the charity aspect are both important,” Debra says of her decision to join IAC. “As is flying the flag for other women out there in their mid-sixties.”

Charity: Ovarian Cancer Australia

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Dicko is going from judge to judged in the jungle! (Credit: Channel 10)

An Outspoken TV Host: Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson

“An outspoken TV host will be talent spotting in the African jungle,” we were told in the teaser. Few surprises here, Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson has been revealed as the outspoken host.

The former Australian Idol host says he’s not worried about facing challenges in the jungle.

I feel pretty relaxed about it actually. I’m sure I will have a rude awakening when I hit camp but right now, all good!”

He may be cool, calm and collected now, but Dicko may just find his just desserts in the African jungle!

Charity: Australian Children’s Music Foundation

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley is taking on the iconic akubra hat and heading into the jungle. (Credit: Channel 10)

Television Royalty: Kerri-Anne Kennerley

Kerri-Anne Kennerley has “finally” agreed to go into the jungle! 

“Challenges in life are important and I have put myself through many in my life and career,” she explained to 10 Play.

“Pushing yourself is good for the body and brain.”

Kerri was the last celeb to arrive in the jungle, so we’re yet to see her shine. However, the media legend confessed she’s not usually one to step away from her phone for so long.

Kerri said her late husband, John Kennerley, would be “pushing her” into the jungle. 

“Most of the big, fun things I’ve done in my life, I’ve done because he’d push me into it,” she told The Project before entering the jungle. 

Charity: Spinal Cure Australia

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Geordie Shore star Nathan is joining the Aussie celebs. (Credit: Channel 10)

A Shore Thing: Nathan Henry

“When a UK TV star lands in the African jungle, drama will be a ‘shore’ thing,” a pre-show clue claimed.

While this ‘punny’ riddle left us knowing a member of the Geordie Shore cast would find themselves in the jungle this year… we had no idea it would be Nathan Henry! 

“I am so excited, I am so nervous. This is the biggest secret I have ever kept and youse know I have got a very big mouth!” Henry said on Instagram, prior to his I’m A Celeb debut.

“I hope I do the UK proud. I hope everyone votes for me to win. I am getting a bit emotional!” 

Nathan has been on Geordie Shore since 2015 and is a seasoned reality TV pro. 

Charity: Australian Breast Cancer Research

WATCH: Geordie Shore Cast Then and Now (article continues after video)

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AFL Star, Adam Cooney, says the worst thing he’s ever eaten was an oyster. (Credit: Channel 10)

AFL Star: Adam Cooney

There were hints of a Brownlow medalist joining the cast – and now we know it’s the 2008 winner, Adam Cooney.

Cooney played for the Western Bulldogs and Essendon before retiring in 2016.

A natural talker, he’s also made a name for himself as an AFL media commentator, and as a key host of Armchair Experts.

Cooney stated he’s heading to the jungle because his wife and kids are huge fans – but he’s a little worried about eating challenges.

“The worst thing I’ve eaten is probably an oyster,” he confirmed. “That’s about the worst for me.”

Charity: Cerebral Palsy Support Network

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Aesha Scott joins the jungle from Below Deck. (Credit: 10)

A Reality TV Star: Aesha Scott

We have two reality stars in the jungle this year, including Below Deck legend, Aesha Scott. 

“I’m so excited. It’s going to be so tough but so rewarding,” Scott exclaimed on Instagram. “I’m going to give it everything I have so, please, wish me luck!”

The Kiwi is known among her many fans for her gregarious presence and sense of humour. 

As a double science degree holder and chief stew on Below Deck: Down Under, will Aesha prove she’s a leader of this pack?

We already know she’s the only celeb who can start a fire! 

Charity: Cancer Council

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“I’m afraid of bugs, the dark, heights…” Will Polyviou make it through the night? (Credit: Channel 10)

Celebrity Chef: Anna Polyviou

If you’re heading into a jungle survival situation, you definitely want a chef there with you, right?

Anna Polyviou is a boundary-pushing pastry extraordinaire, who has worked in Paris, London, Melbourne and Sydney.

You may have caught her in TV appearances on Masterchef, Family Food Fight, Studio 10 or The Living Room.

While the other celebs didn’t seem too familiar with Polyviou, the celebrated pastry chef and occasional Masterchef judge has some famous fans at home.

Pals Jack Vidgen, Poh Ling Leow, and Location, Location, Location hosts Mitch and Mark all jumped on Instagram to wish her well in the jungle.

Upon making her grand entrance in to the series, Polyviou noted: “I’m afraid of bugs, the dark, the heights, being in enclosed areas – everything the jungle is about, I’m scared of.” 

Charity: Dress for Success Sydney

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Is Bianca unshakeable? (Credit: Channel 10)

TV Host: Bianca Hunt

At only 27 years of age, Bianca is the second youngest celeb in the jungle this year, but there’s no denying she’s a talented all-rounder!

The proud Kamilaroi, Barkindji, Ballardong and Whadjuk Woman, has been a host of NITV’s Yokayi Footy and Going Places with Ernie Dingo, founder of first nation’s talent agency, Agnt Blak, and is also a social media fashion influencer.

Will these skills translate in the African jungle?

Bianca said in her entrance that she was worried about sleeping outside, and if that’s the worst of her worries, we think she’ll be okay! 

Charity: Indigenous Literacy Foundation

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Legendary funnyman, Peter Helliar, received a rocky reception into the jungle. (Credit: Channel 10)

The stand-up comedian: Peter Helliar

There were rumours Helliar would join the jungle after departing from his long-running gig on The Project last year. 

Despite being mates with a few of the cast members, Helliar received a rocky reception with the other contestants tasked with deliberately bungling his name. Helliar was the first celeb to tangle with some snakes. 

While he doesn’t appear to be having much fun yet, the stand-up legend and Family Feud host is taking it all in his stride.

Charity: Legacy

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Liz Ellis has transformed a sporting career to a successful media career. (Credit: Channel 10)

The Queen of the Court: Liz Ellis

Our rumoured ‘Queen of the Court’ is champion netballer, Liz Ellis.

If you played netball at any point in the nineties, you’ll know the name Liz Ellis.

The former Sydney Swifts captain is a three-time world champion netballer, two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist and four-time MVP award winner. 

Since then, Ellis has become a media figure, frequently joining the panel of The Project.

Charity: Share the Dignity

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The Olympian: Harry Garside

The baby of the I’m A Celeb cast, 25-year-old Harry Garside, may have a tough profession as a champion boxer, but will he be a match for the scaries that lurk in the African jungle?

After earning a bronze medal in the 2020 Olympics, Garside is gearing up for gold in 2024.

You may also recognise Garside as an activist who isn’t afraid to don a skirt on a red carpet or some nail polish in the ring to challenge gender stereotypes.

We can’t wait to see how he stares down the challenges of the jungle. 

Charity: Reach

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The Intruder: Nick Cummins 

The Honey Badger is officially in the jungle! Nick Cummins, the ex-rugby union player who rose to fame on The Bachelor officially joined this season of I’m a Celeb on Easter Monday. 

“They [producers] have approached me five times [over the years]” Nick tells our sister site TV WEEK.

“After doing The Bachelor, I never thought I’d do something like that ever again,” he tells the publication in an exclusive interview.

“Then SAS Australia came along and I really enjoyed it. Now with I’m A Celeb, there’s no drama or make-believe stories, just people taking on new experiences together.”

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