Ant and Dec’s I’m A Celebrity selfie as they arrive at I’m A Celebrity Castle

The new series of I’m a Celebrity is getting closer as hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have arrived at the new venue for the ITV hit show.

The pair said on Instagram that they had discovered Gwrych Castle after after weeks of searching through the ‘Welsh wilderness’.

The cheeky Geordie co-hosts posed in front of the Abergele castle wearing face masks in a selfie that’s sure to thrill fans, reports the Mirror.

Sharing the pic on  Instagram, they wrote: “We’re heeerrrreee! Kings of the castle or a pair of dirty rascals? #imaceleb @imacelebrity @itv.”

Fans voiced their own excitement, with one tweeting: “So looking forward to seeing this after the year we’ve had. Thank you guys.”

Another commented: “Always a pair of dirty rascals – it’s why we all love you.”

A third wrote: “No sun this year boys, but looking forward to watching as always! Stay warm.”

This year, from its new home in Wales, I’m A Celeb will feature a range of celebrity faces, from soap stars to an Olympic champion.



Kings of the castle - Ant and Dec in Abergele
Kings of the castle – Ant and Dec in Abergele
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Among them is Eastenders actor Shane Richie, who revealed that the cancellation of his pantomime gigs due to the pandemic has left him broke.

Shane, normally paid around £100,000 for his pantomime gigs,  previously admitted : “We were going to fit it around my other work as I was going on tour, doing a TV series and panto — but that all got cancelled in March.

“And now I am literally skint. You save money for a rainy day but you don’t expect the rainy day to last six months.

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Shane Ritchie, who says he needs the money from I'm A Celebrity
Shane Ritchie, who says he needs the money from I’m A Celebrity
(Image: ITV)

“Thankfully I’ve been able to borrow money from mates, my family and the bank and my wife is now very happy we can finally pay off the credit card.

“What an honour to be asked before lockdown. I am so grateful and I am really looking forward to being around adults again instead of my wife and three children.”

The ITV show has also had to make changes for lockdown – most notably the venue.

With celebs unable to travel Down Under to the usual camp in Australia, bosses have instead set up at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales.

Also joining Shane on the 20th series of the show are: fellow EastEnders star Jess Plummer, TV host Vernon Kay, Olympian Mo Farah, DJ Jordan North, author Giovanna Fletcher,  Coronation Street  star Beverley Callard, ex-Strictly pro AJ Pritchard, Paralympian Hollie Arnold and TV host and journalist Victoria Derbyshire.

  • I’m A Celebrity returns on Sunday on ITV