Facing grueling challenges and extreme conditions, these winners have made I’m a Celeb history thanks to their memorable courage.
Singer, pianist, and model Myleene Klass won I’m a Celebrity South Africa in 2023, gaining the title of the first-ever legend of the ITV show. The first time she appeared on I’m A Celebrity in 2006, she made headlines for wearing a iconic white bikini in a waterfall.
The former One Show presenter made homage to her signature bikini moment in her return and has once again proven her bravery by mastering a set of even grizzlier trials.
Speaking to ITV after her victory, runner-up Jordan Banjo said: “Myleene is one tough cookie; she smashed everything that came her way.”
Jill Scott was the previous reigning Queen of the Jungle
Winner of I’m a Celebrity 2022 was former England footballer Jill Scott.
As soon as she entered the jungle, the star won over the the public with her humour and proved her immense bravery as she tried to overcome her fear of heights in the Bushtuker Trials.
After England won the UEFA Women’s Euro in 2022, Jill quickly became a household name.
The trophy topped off a fantastic career for one of the Lionesses most notable stars – and she’s gone and added another crown to her collection.
2021 – Danny Miller
Danny Miller was crowned king of the jungle in 2021.
Emmerdale actor Danny Miller won I’m A Celebrity 2021.
The TV star, who is best known for his role as Aaron Dingle on the soap, officially became King of the Castle.
Danny reacted to his win: “From the bottom of my heart and my family’s heart – thank you so much.
“This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, bar my son.”
The soap star endured a final trial of wearing a helmet over his head that was filled with critters.
Danny was up again Corrie’s Simon Gregson, who placed second, and Frankie Bridge who came in third.
2020 – Giovanna Fletcher
Giovanna Fletcher was named the first-ever Queen of the Castle
Giovanna Fletcher scooped the crown in 2020.
For the first time ever, the series took place in Gwrych Castle in Wales due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Giovanna could barely speak at the shock of being named Queen of the Castle and told Ant and Dec to ask her again in a week how she felt.
Radio 1 DJ Jordan North was runner-up and TV presenter Vernon Kay finished in third.
2019 – Jacqueline Jossa
Jacqueline Jossa was the winner of I’m A Celebrity 2019
Jacqueline Jossa was the 2019 champ after being crowned Queen of the Jungle.
Speaking about winning the show she said “I can’t believe I’ve done all that stuff.”
In an emotional moment, she said that she felt the show had been a “turning point” in her life.
Corrie actor Andy Whyment was runner-up and DJ Roman Kemp placed third.
2018 – Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp delighted viewers and went on to win the show in 2018
Harry Redknapp was voted King of the Jungle in I’m A Celebrity 2018.
He was crowned champion after beating Emily Atack and John Barrowman.
Speaking after his win, Harry said: “I’m amazed. I’m amazed I survived three weeks to be honest with you.
“When I first came in, I looked and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m in trouble here.’ I looked at the group and I thought, they don’t really know or are interested in anything I’m interested in.
“No sport and it was only Nick really who knew a little bit about football.
“I thought it’s going to be a hard couple of weeks but they just dragged me through it, every one of them.
“They’re the most lovely people I’ve ever met, the whole group. There wasn’t one person I could ever say one single bad word about. They were amazing.”
2017 – Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo
Georgia Toffolo was crowned the winner of I’m A Celebrity 2017
Georgia Toffolo emerged as a viewer favourite, despite entering as a relatively unknown celebrity.
The former Made In Chelsea star won viewers over with her sunny personality and friendship with fellow campmate Stanley Johnson.
Georgia told Ant and Dec: “I don’t know what to say. Obviously, I didn’t think anyone would like me, never mind… sorry, I’m really taken aback.
“Thank you so much, I don’t know what to say, I’m really shocked! Sorry! Is this real?”
She pipped Iain Lee who finished third on the final night and Jamie Lomas who came in second.
2016 – Scarlett Moffatt
Scarlett Moffatt won the 2016 series of I’m A Celebrity
Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt went from watching the telly to achieving her dream of being on it when she agreed to sign up for I’m a Celebrity.
The star’s simple nature endeared audiences and campmates alike, and by the end of the series it was clear she was favourite to win.
She beat out comedian Joel Dommett and Emmerdale star Adam Thomas to the top spot.
Her memorable moments included her going head-to-head with an ostrich called George, taking part in the cyclone and gagging uncontrollably as she took part in the infamous eating task with Carol Vorderman.
Speaking on her win, she said: “It was a a massive learning curve. I feel like I need to have more confidence in myself.
“I feel like a much more confident person walking out of here. I didn’t expect to have any clichés in here.”
2015 – Vicky Pattison
Vicky Pattison was Queen of the Jungle in 2015
During her time on the show, Vicky Pattison proved that she was more than willing to take on any task chucked her way, and took on water cannons, climbing walls, underwater runways and mountains of critters for her team.
She also spoke candidly about her time as a member of Geordie Shore, and admitted that she wanted to make her mum proud.
On winning the trophy after beating out Union J’s George Shelley and Towie star Ferne McCann, she hysterically hugged everyone near her – before breaking down in tears.
She cried: “I don’t even think I deserve it. Thank you so much and I love yous all – and I’m probably going to have to pay for me mam and all me mates phone bills when this is over!”
2014 – Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty
In 2014 it was Carl Foggy Fogarty’s turn to wear the crown
Former motorbike racer Carl Fogarty was known for his competitive nature – and that saw no sign of slowing down as he made his way through his time in the jungle.
During his time on the show, he took part in a staggering SEVEN trials – and never failed to bring home every star.
He was consistently the winner of the public vote throughout the three weeks, and won with 59 per cent of the public vote.
In the final, Foggy went up against Mel Sykes and Jake Quickenden to win the crown.
2013 – Kian Egan
Kian Egan won I’m A Celebrity 2013
The Westlife singer beat designer David Emanuel to be crowned champion of the 2013 series.
Consistently a favourite, Kian took part in seven out of the possible 20 challenges and formed a close bond with several members of the camp including Joey Essex and Alfonso Ribeiro.
After winning here, he humbly said: “Everyone’s a king and queen here.”
2012 – Charlie Brooks
EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks was victorious in 2012
Charlie Brooks may be known to most as the evil Janine on EastEnders, but when she took to the jungle, everyone soon realised she was a real sweetheart.
During her time on the show she was seen struggling being away from her young daughter, as well as decent food.
She even cried because she missed fajitas.
Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts came second, and boxer David Haye came third.
2011 – Dougie Poynter
McFly’s Dougie Poynter won I’m A Celebrity 2011
Cheeky chappy Dougie proved himself to be a kind-hearted champ while in camp – even after being given a task to betray his fellow camp mates in a series of mischievous tasks.
The McFly star also celebrated his birthday while on the show, and he was treated to a song by former contestant, Peter Andre.
After forming a tight bond during their time on the show, Dougie was put against Mark Wright and Fatima Whitbread, who came second and third.
Dougie tried to hide his tears under his hair, but to no avail as Mark told him: “There couldn’t be a better winner. He’s the nicest kindest person in the whole entire world.”
2010 – Stacey Solomon
Stacey Solomon scooped the crown in 2010
Essex girl Stacey Solomon first came on our radar when she competed on The X Factor, and had her second chance at fame with her role in 2010’s series. Initially seen as a bit of a clutz,
Stacey soon proved doubters wrong with her staying power and ability to come through when in a pinch.
By the end, she was up against Happy Mondays star Shaun Ryder and comedian Jenny Eclair, in what was possibly the closest win the show has ever had.
Years later, the show would bring her something else – husband and fellow king Joe Swash.
2009 – Gino D’Acampo
Chef Gino won the I’m A Celebrity 2009 series
Gino D’ACampo’s cheeky nature and killer sense of humour made him a fan favourite almost immediately.
The insatiable ladies’ man made no secret of enjoying waking up next to former page 3 model, Samantha Fox, and the other beauties in the camp including Camilla Dallerup and Katie Price (who was appearing for a second time).
Dealing with five Bushtucker Trials, the culinary artist was faced with munching down on some of the disgusting treats the show had on offer to make it through, and became a valuable asset as the chef in camp.
In the finale, he won the show after beating Kim Woodburn and Jimmy White in the public vote, and became King of the Jungle.
When talking to Ant and Dec afterwards, he revealed his shock at living in that situation, having assumed that they would “at least give him a baguette” off-screen.
2008 – Joe Swash
Joe Swash won I’m A Celebrity in 2008
Joe Swash proved to be a force to be reckoned with when it came to Bushtucker Trials, and of the 21 possible tasks he could’ve taken part in, he only missed one star the entire time.
His campmates became fond of Joe, and he formed a particularly strong bond with Esther Rantzen, becoming protective of her during his time there.
In the end, Joe was head-to-head with tennis player Martina Navratilova and Star Trek icon George Takei, but was crowned the winner.
2007 – Christopher Biggins
Lovable Christopher Biggins won his series of I’m A Celebrity
Christopher Biggins was nearly booted from the show after two weeks when he landed in the bottom two.
A late start to the show, he even took part in a rare live trial alongside Janice Dickenson on day five in order to bag eight stars for his new camp mates.
Biggins soon became a firm favourite over the course of the show, with camp mates praising him for bringing a fun energy into the long jungle days.
With the show now running 20 days, he managed to persist, and in the end he beat Janice and Five singer J to the crown in the final hurdle.
2006 – Matt Willis
Busted star Matt Willis won the 2006 I’m A Celebrity series
Busted star Matt Willis became one of the most memorable winners of I’m A Celebrity when he took the crown.
By day 17 he suffered a close call and ended up in the bottom two, but scraped enough votes to clinch his place and presenter Jan Leeming went home instead.
On the final day, Myleene Klass came second and Jason Donovan came third.
2005 – Carol Thatcher
Carol Thatcher surprised everyone with her can-do attitude and won I’m A Celebrity 2005 as a result
Carol Thatcher, the journalist daughter to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was a surprise winner in the 2005 series.
During her time on the show, she competed in five trials – three willingly, and two as voted for by the public.
She eventually beat Emmerdale actress Sheree Murphy, who placed second, and Sid Owen, who came third.
Speaking about her win, she said she was “amazed, astonished and gobsmacked to the power of 100” to come out on top.
Winter 2004 – Joe Pasquale
Cheeky chappy Joe Pasquale won the 2004 series of I’m A Celebrity
Comedian and presenter Joe Pasquale became the next king of the jungle after participating in four trials and winning the title from Princess Diana’s right hand man, Paul Burrell, and Fran Cosgrave who came in third.
At the time, he took part in the show’s most expensive trial ever, the Hell-O-Copter, and won all eight stars in the process.
He also got attached to two emus the camp were tasked with looking after, which he called Ant and Dec after the show’s presenters, even when they pecked his glasses off.
Viewers loved his famous voice and upbeat sense of humour.
Jan 2004 – Kerry Katona
Kerry Katona became the first jungle Queen when she won I’m a Celebrity 2003
Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona (then Kerry McFadden) got off to a shaky start on the show after only landing two stars during her first trial on day three.
By the final day, Peter Andre came in second, and Jennie Bond in third, while Kerry scooped the crown.
Though it wasn’t all a loss for Peter, who came second, as he left with a new girlfriend, Katie Price – who would be his wife and mother of two of his children before they split in 2009.
Phil Tufnell Phil Tuffnell became the second King of the Jungle when he won I’m A Celebrity in 2003
England cricket player Phil Tufnell was the next king of the jungle after taking part in the show that ran for two weeks from late April, 2003.
The star took part in three challenges, but after two weeks in the show came dangerously close to leaving after falling down to the bottom three.
Thankfully he pulled himself back and was up against England footballer John Fashanu and Linda Barker in the final.
While Phil took home the win, John came second and Linda was third.
2002 – Tony Blackburn
DJ Tony Blackburn was the first ever winner of I’m A Celeb as it launched in 2002
The first ever king of the jungle, radio DJ Tony Blackburn was crowned champion after taking part in the summer of 2002.
He beat the late socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Christine Hamilton to be crowned champion.
A firm favourite from the start, Tony and Tara both managed to remain safe from the public vote throughout their two week stay.