The original I'm a Celeb... Get Me Out of Here cast - who were they?

The original I'm a Celeb... Get Me Out of Here cast - who were they?

SIXTEEN years ago. That's how long it has been since the first episode of Ant & Dec's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here aired on our screens.

Back then, flip phones were all the rage, we craved blow-up sofas from Argos and the Gallagher brothers were still buzzing buddies.

And while Pop Stars: The Rivals, Fame Academy and even Big Brother have come and gone, I'm A Celeb appears to go from strength to strength.

So, who featured on the first series?


Uri Gellar:

The self-proclaimed psychic found fame by bending spoons using only the 'power' of his mind. Who could forget when he claimed to be in contact with Michael Jackson for his birthday, only for him to get the actual date wrong...

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson:

A British socialite, TPT was known more for appearances at high-profile parties than reality TV before been declared I'm A Celeb's runner-up.


Nell McAndrew

The then-glamour model rose to fame on the European modelling circuit as a Marilyn Monroe lookalike, but it was not until she portrayed Lara Croft in 1998's Tomb Raider video game that she came to public attention. Since then, she's become a keen amateur athlete. 

Rhona Cameron

It's hard to imagine it now, but there was a time when you couldn't turn on BBC Two without seeing the Scottish presenter and comedian. Mind you, she did appear on the TV show Casualty last year.


Darren Day

Starting in the cabaret business when he was just 17, Darren was probably the least-known of the eight contestants. He's now part of Sky 1's Stella cast, playing family member Willy Morgan.

Nigel Benn

The so-called dark destroyer boasted an impressive CV with WBO Middleweight and WBC Super-Middleweight boxing titles under his belt. Darren has since carved out a successful career as a house DJ.

Tony Blackburn

BBC's very own Tony Blackburn rose to fame during the golden era of pirate radio in the 1960s. His career has since turned full circle, presenting Sounds of the 60s on BBC Radio 2.

Christine Hamilton

The media commentator and BBC chat show host was a household name in the early noughties, she's now a prominent supporter of Nigel Farage's Eurosceptic UKIP party.

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