Coming out on top on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is guaranteed to give your career a boost.
From landing new acting roles and presenting jobs, to experiencing a whole new level of fame, becoming King or Queen of the Jungle has done wonders for many a showbiz career.
But what about those who couldn’t hack it?
There have been as many walkouts as winners over the years.
So where are they all now? And how did jungle life affect them?
Let’s take a look back over the years…
Tony Blackburn (Series 1: 2002)
Legendary radio DJ Tony Blackburn became the first ever winner of I’m A Celeb back in 2002.
He continued to be broadcast on the BBC but was abruptly sacked in February 2016 over a sex abuse probe.
Tony was cleared of any wrongdoing and was reinstated to BBC radio by October that year after he threatened to sue the Corporation.
Phil Tufnell (Series 2: 2003)
England cricketer Phil was crowned King of the Jungle in 2003 – the same year that he retired from professional cricket.
Following his win, Phil went on to feature in a range of low-brow reality shows.
He competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2009 and The Jump in 2015, has popped up on game shows including The Chase, and has been a team captain on A Question of Sport between 2005 and 2015.
Danniella Westbrook quit I’m A Celebrity TWICE during the show’s second series in 2003. The EastEnders star was getting sick and tired of being nominated by the public to partake in Bushtucker trials.
It didn’t take long for Westbrook to decided enough was enough, so she went down to the bush telegraph – where the contestants can speak one-on-one to the programme’s producers – where she burst into tears and said that she needed to get out and see her husband again.
A source said at the time: “They persuaded her to return and she went back after less than three hours. This time she is definitely not coming back”… She didn’t.
Kerry Katona (Series 3: 2004)
Atomic Kitten’s Kerry was the winner of series three – becoming the first woman to be crowned Queen of the Jungle.
Kerry has continued to be tabloid fodder since her win thanks to the soap opera scale of her life featuring romantic woes and financial problems.
She rejoined Atomic Kitten in 2012 (with limited success), has appeared on Dancing On Ice and Celebrity Big Brother , and can frequently be seen on the Loose Women panel as a guest where she freely gives more details about her tragic life.
Sex Pistols star John Lydon – better known as Johnny Rotten – famously took an early exit from I’m A Celeb.
He stormed out of the jungle in the middle of the night and threw the show into a temporary crisis.
He walked out after launching into a foul-mouthed rant and starting a fire on the edge of the camp in protest of the lack of food.
He had earlier called the audience “f**king c***s” for not voting him off.
Joe Pasquale (Series 4: 2004)
Squeaky voiced comedian Joe made it out of the jungle with the crown on his head in series 4 (the second series to air in 2004).
His win injected a bit of life back into his career – with an ITV special titled An Audience with Joe Pasquale airing in 2005.
He has continued to crop up on television every now and again with notable turns on The Paul O’Grady Show in 2009 (where he filled in for the show host) and The Nightly Show in 2017 (where he put himself through a series of humiliating trials for comedy purposes) and is set to play Frank Spencer in a stage production of Some Mothers Do Ave Em and helm his own stand up tour in 2018.
Natalie Appleton was the third-ever celebrity to quit the jungle in 2004. The All Saints beauty decided to leave the show after being voted to undergo her fifth Bushtucker Trial.
She called time on her appearance on the show shortly after former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey quit. However, despite her early departure, Natalie remained Down under until the end of the series but did not re-enter the jungle.
East17 singer Brian Harvey quit the show following a row with Janet Street Porter. She shouted at him and he responded by packing up his belongings and storming out of the camp. Furious Brian said he was sick of being “treated like a kid” in front of millions of viewers.
He said he needed “a big mac and large fries” and went straight to McDonalds on exiting the show.
Carol Thatcher (Sereis 5: 2005)
Journalist Carol managed to emerge from the shadow of her mother (the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher) to win over the I’m A Celeb audience in 2005.
After winning the show, she was launched into a correspondent role for The One Show where she would host a variety of segments in and out of the BBC show studio.
She has also appeared on Most Haunted and fronted a documentary about the Falkland Wars (titled Mummy’s War) in 2007 – but has stepped back from the limelight since 2009.
Aussie soap star Kimberely Davies dramatically quit the I’m A Celebrity jungle only hours after returning to camp following a disatrous helicopter stunt.
Millions of viewers watched open-mouthed as Kimberley’s Bushtucker trial went horribly wrong.
The ex-Neighbours actress jumped from a helicopter, hit the water awkwardly and had to be airlifted to hospital.
But after a night in hospital, the plucky star returned to be with her jungle mates. However, the show’s producers were stunned when Kimberley suddenly decided she’d had enough and announced: I’m A Celebrity…And I’m Getting Out Of Here.
Within a day of arriving in the I’m A Celeb camp, former EastEnders star Elaine had passed out twice.
Although doctors found her to be in good health, she was removed from the jungle with producers noting that they had to consider whether or not participants were up to the rigors of the show.
Matt Willis (Series 6: 2006)
Having been two years since the release of a Busted single, Matt entered the jungle as his solo music career stalled.
However he proved too irresistible to the voting public thanks to his charm and charisma and was crowned winner of the show after being backed to the final by fans.
He went on to enjoy huge success in Busted and McFly mash-up band, McBusted, before Busted themselves reformed to critical acclaim – while also stretching his acting legs on stage (Wicked) and TV (Birds of a Feather, EastEnders), married TV beauty Emma Willis in 2008 and welcomed two children.
Christopher Biggins (Series 7: 2007)
Acting veteran Christopher Biggins took a break from panto to win over new fans and take the I’m A Celeb crown in 2007 – leading to something of a career revival.
However Christopher went on to seemingly sabotage his own career with a disastrous appearance on Celebrity Big Brother in 2016.
Joe Swash (Series 8: 2008)
Loveable EastEnders star Joe Swash was the winner in 2008 having been ditched from the BBC One soap that year.
Joe has had as many ups as he has had downs in the following years – reportedly going bankrupt in November 2009 after failing to keep up with taxes and being unlucky in love.
He has fronted I’m A Celeb spin-off Extra Camp since 2009 – and in 2010 met current girlfriend Stacey Solomon as he hosted the spin-off show as she won the main show.
Gino D’Acampo (Series 9: 2009)
Celebrity chef Gino appeared to make the perfect ingredient to the show in 2009 as fans voted to keep him in all the way to the final.
He has since been a regular chef on hit ITV daytime show This Morning since 2009 and has been a team captain on Celebrity Juice since 2014.
Gino has also fronted his own TV shows including Gino’s Italian Escape and There’s No Taste Like Home – and recently opened a new flagship restaurant in London.
Katie returned to the jungle in 2009, five years after meeting husband Peter Andre on the show to get “closure” on their dramatic break-up. But the fool-proof plan didn’t exactly work and she quit after just nine days.
Explaining her decision to leave, she said: “It’s not about the money, it’s not about winning for me – I just don’t want to be here any more.”
During her exit chat, she then famously dumped husband number two Alex Reid live on air. But he gave her another chance and the pair got married. Unfortunately, she wasn’t quite so understanding when she discovered his cross-dressing alter-ego Roxanne.
Strictly Come Dancing star Camilla was forced to quit I’m A Celeb after having a medical examination.
The exam came about because Camilla felt close to fainting and was suffering memory loss.
After she recovered, she said: “I can’t believe what’s gone on. I’ve never had to quit anything in my life.
“I’m a fighter. I work hard and I don’t whinge. I get on with things. Unfortunately, I had to quit because I had no energy because I had no fat deposit on me.
“Once you start to lose weight, you normally start to feed on your fat, but I haven’t got anything extra.
“Today I felt so weak I could hardly take 10 steps.
“My lowest moment in the camp was when I realised that there was something wrong and my body wasn’t functioning properly. It started to affect how I was speaking and my memory – and I’ve never been so frightened in my life.”
Hollywood star George Hamilton quit I’m A Celeb after more than two weeks in the jungle.
His departure came just days before the final of the ITV1 show and after viewers saw him questioning whether he should continue.
Hamilton, 70, was the third contestant to quit the series that year.
Stacey Solomon (Series 10: 2010)
She went on to release her debut album, Shy, in 2015 and became a regular panelist on Loose Women in 2016.
She was a presenter of I’m A Celeb Extra Camp but was dropped from the show in 2017 – but her romance with surviving show presenter Joe Swash is still going strong.
Actor Nigel walked out of the show following a row about jungle tasks.
He had been complaining about the treatment of the contestants and made it clear he was unhappy about a task in which the contestants had to receive a mild electric shock.
After threatening to quit, he had a heated exchange with producers and technical staff but was eventually persuaded to return.
But Havers grumbled that he would not stay on the show if he was forced into the camp’s jail and made to wear a prison-style black and white striped outfit.
He said it would not be suitable for a man who was almost 60 to do such things.
Dougie Poynter (Series 11: 2011)
McFly bassist Dougie Poynter was winner of the show in 2011 during a break from his chart topping band.
Since winning the show, McFly have continued to release music and tour – and teamed up with Busted to form superband McBusted.
He has also enjoyed success as a model – walking for iconic fashion label Dolce & Gabbana in their fashion shows.
Feddie Starr was axed from I’m a Celeb after producers feared he might die – live on TV.
It came after he suffered a dramatic collapse. One senior source said they could not risk him keeling over again and banned him from going back.
The insider said: “Freddie is clearly not well and life in the jungle is tough.
“The last thing we want is for him to get really ill or, heaven forbid, die live on television. It felt irresponsible to allow him back in the jungle.”
Charlie Brooks (Series 12: 2012)
EastEnders beauty Charlie Brooks scooped the jungle crown in 2012.
Best known for playing Janine Butcher on the BBC soap before her stint in the jungle, Charlie continued to play the character until 2014.
She has appeared in a couple of other TV shows including Suspects and featured on stage in plays – and has also gathered a following due to her fitness achievements.
Actor and comic Brian quit the show because severe hunger forced him to stop taking his anti-depressants.
He said he’d been taking his tablets for 15 years but had to give them up because they made him feel ill on an empty stomach.
He was suffering from malnutrition and exhaustion.
And when he told the show’s producers he’d stopped taking his medication they gave him an ultimatum to go back on the tablets or leave the jungle.
Shortly afterwards, he was rushed to hospital after viewers saw him break down in tears.
Kian Egan (Series 13: 2013)
Westlife star Kian Egan featured in the 2013 series after his band split and the girl group he managed (named Wonderland) failed.
After winning the show he released his debut solo album which reached a modest number 9 in the UK charts.
He has gone on to star as a coach on The Voice of Ireland (the Irish version of The Voice), tied-the-knot with actress and Wonderland singer Jodi Albert, and is now a proud father of two sons.
Carl Fogarty (Series 14: 2014)
Superbike champion Carl “Foggy” Fogarty was the winner of series 14 after chowing down on a camel penis and ostrich anus in the live final.
Since winning the show, Foggy has been something of a match maker – setting up fellow contestant and X Factor star Jake Quickenden with his own daughter, Danielle.
Foggy had previously said he worried his daughter was “fussy” in terms of men.
Probably the most famous jungle victim is Gemma Collins . The TOWIE star lasted just three days before she dramatically walked out in a fit of tears last series – but she didn’t half pack the drama into her brief stint Down Under.
First there was THAT helicopter ride where she spent most of it crying, shortly after that she had the worst shower ever as she bravely took on the jungle’s washing facilities. But possibly worse still was the “yellow pooh” and the worry that she may have Malaria. For the avoidance of doubt: she didn’t!
She later claimed there was much more going on behind the scenes, saying her partner Alex Moss had actually beat her the night before she flew out to Australia – something he has vehemently denied in the past, and was never charged for.
Gemma later released pictures of injuries she claims she sustained in the alleged attack.
Coronation Street star Craig Charles heartbreakingly quit I’m A Celebrity after being told of the death of his brother Dean .
An ITV source confirmed at the time: “Craig was told the sad news earlier today. He was devastated and decided to leave straight away, but did stop to say his goodbyes to his fellow celebrities. He was a great part of the show and we are sorry to see him leave but completely respect his wishes. He is expected to fly home tomorrow.”
Craig was the second celebrity to leave the show last series, following the departure of Gemma Collins.
Vicky Pattison (Series 15: 2015)
Geordie Shore reject Vicky Pattison seemed to try to use I’m A Celeb to elevate her fledgling career.
Although she won, the plan has seemingly backfired as she has not had much success since.
She was hired to present spin-off show Extra Camp in 2016 but was swiftly fired after being ridiculed for her presenting skill , was then fired from co-hosting Blind Date before it even began airing, and has now been relegated to scraping the barrel by appearing on Celebrity Driving School.
Lady Colin Campbell
Lady Colin Campbell sensationally quit I’m A Celeb just four days before the final.
The show’s most controversial star walked out of the ITV show on medical grounds.
A friend of royal author Lady C told the Mirror there was “a lot more to tell” but declined to comment further.
And an ITV spokesman confirmed: “Lady C has left the jungle on medical grounds.”
Her son Dima later wrote on Twitter: “I’m very sad to announce that, yes my mum @LadyColinCampb is out. She is fine. Dima xx”
Spencer Matthews quit the show after just three days and before even entering the main camp.
The former Made In Chelsea star was given an ultimatum after he flipped out at bosses over a drugs row.
Disgraced Spencer – who later admitted he had a steroid addiction – swiftly left the camp, something which he says he was forced to do.
Scarlett Moffatt (Series 16: 2016)
Another reality star desperate to find fame is Scarlett Moffatt who found success in the jungle after years of trying to scrape together a TV career on MTV’s flop show Beauty School Cop Outs and then Channel 4’s Gogglebox.
Despite many viewers being frustrated she got so much air time on I’m A Celeb (with some thinking producers were tipping the show in her favour to win) the star has managed to build a career since .
She’s co-hosted Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway in 2017, helmed a reboot of iconic dating show Streetmate, and is due to return to the jungle to co-host Extra Camp for series 17.