Where first I’m a Celebrity cast are now – from tragic early death to bankrupt star who lived in mate’s car


WHEN eight celebrities headed into the jungle camp for the first time, they had no idea that they were starting a TV behemoth.

Two decades on and the 22nd cast are on their way to Australia to take part in I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here.

Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, glamour model Nell McAndrew, and actor Darren Day were among the first wave who headed into the camp and pushed themselves to their limits.

We take a look at what has happened to the first eight since they launched the iconic show, which has seen hosts Declan Donnelly and Ant McPartlin pick up a slew of awards.

DJ Tony, 79, took home the crown for the first series after winning over viewers.

Viewers knew him for his stint on BBC Radio 1, which lasted for 17 years before he hopped stations.

He took over Sounds of the 60s on Radio 2 from Brian Matthew in 2016 and still presents it now.

The twice-married DJ has claimed he slept with over 300 women and that he has no regrets for being sexually prolific. 

He claimed: “I wasn’t married. I was free and easy…I don’t see anything wrong… I don’t regret any of it at all.”

In his autobiography, Poptastic, he said he slept with four women a week as he turned to one night stands to cope with the breakdown of his marriage to Tessa Wyatt in 1977.

In 2020, Blackburn teamed up with Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson to present a new series of podcasts entitled Ricky and Tony’s Pop Detectives.

The following year, he lost his sister Jackie to Covid – leading him to take time away from his show.

Speaking about it on his show, he said: “She was on oxygen for a week and she came out and she never really recovered from it.

“She had had a stroke as well, so she wasn’t very well and she was disabled as well, but nevertheless, it makes you… It’s made me very very cautious.”

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