Celebrity MasterChef 2021 line-up: Rita Simons, Su Pollard and Bez compete in first round

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Celebrity MasterChef is making a comeback on BBC One and the intense cooking competition is heating up as the first contestants take to the kitchen. The MasterChef spin-off is making its debut tonight (August 9) and fans are keen to know who is first up to impress the judges. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about the full line-up. 

Who is in Celebrity MasterChef?

Su Pollard

English actress and singer Su Pollard is one of the first to take up the challenge in the show’s debut episode. 

The 71-year-old actress, author and singer is from Nottingham and she is married with two children. 

She is best known for her roles in the sitcom Hi-de-Hi! and You Rang, M’Lord? 

Rita Simons

Rita will be joining Su in the first heat of the competition and she is an English actress and model. 

The star is best known for playing Roxy Mitchell in the soap EastEnders, and she has taken on various roles in theatre. 

The actress took part in the 2018 series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and she was fourth to be eliminated. 

Duncan James

Duncan will also be taking part in the first round of the competition and he is best known for being a member of the boy band Blue. 

One of his first TV appearances was playing Ryan Knight in the soap Hollyoaks. 

He has taken part in his fair share of competitions, including the celebrity version of The Circle. 

Bez

Another contestant taking part in the first round, Bez has been making families laugh on the celebrity version of Gogglebox. 

The 57-year-old media personality and singer is best known for starring in the rock bands Happy Mondays and Black Grape. 

Munya Chawawa

Munyaradzi Chawawa is a 28-year-old British-Zimbabwean comedian.

He shared the news of his latest venture on Instagram, saying: “Can’t believe saying ‘lovely, jerky flavour’ for 2 years straight has led to me cooking on national television.⁣

“Barty Crease has a Netflix deal, Unknown P has signed to Atlantic and now Jonny Oliver is on MasterChef (kind of) – the trilogy is complete.@bbc @masterchefuk P.S. Tell me what to cook?!.” [Sic] 

Nabil Abdul Rashid

Nabil is a 35-year-old comedian who became the youngest black comedian to perform stand-up at the Hammersmith Apollo. 

The gig was in 2010 and he was just 25 years old at the time. 

Michelle Collins

Michelle is an actress and TV presenter who is best known for playing Cindy Beale in EastEnders. 

The 59-year-old is also recognised for her role as Stella Price in Coronation Street. 

The mother-of-one was born in Hackney, East London. 

Megan McKenna

Megan is a TV personality best known for starring in the reality series The Only Way Is Essex. 

She has also taken part in the reality shows Ex on the Beach and Celebrity Big Brother. 

In front of her two million Instagram followers, she said: “This should be interesting…. You guys know how much I love my cooking! Let’s hope the nerves don’t kick in…. Eeeekkkk.” [Sic]

Penny Lancaster

Model and presenter Penny is married to rock singer Sir Rod Stewart. 

One of her latest ventures was signing up as a Special Constable, supporting the police.

The TV personality has also made appearances on Loose Women and Strictly Come Dancing. 

Patrick Grant

Patrick is a fashion designer who is the director of bespoke tailors Norton & Sons of Savile Row. 

The 49-year-old, from Edinburgh, is best known as a judge on the BBC series The Great British Sewing Bee. 

Melissa Johns

Melissa is an actress and activist supporting people with disabilities. 

She is known for her roles in the BBC One drama Life and as Imogen Pascoe in the soap Coronation Street. 

The 31-year-old is an ambassador for disability in the arts. 

Will Kirk

Will Kirk is a restorer who is known for his role as one of the fixer-uppers on The Repair Shop. 

The 36-year-old studied Graphic Design and Antique Furniture Restoration and Conservation at the University of the Arts London, as well as London Metropolitan University.

On Instagram he said: “Swapping my chisel and saw for pots and pans. I’m very excited to be taking part in this year’s @masterchefuk.”

Katie Price

Katie Price is known for being a TV personality and model who formerly used the pseudonym Jordan. 

The 43-year-old has regular appearances on daytime TV shows and she has been the leading light behind a number of documentaries. 

Speaking on Instagram about her latest venture, she said: “It has been said that I could burn a cup of tea….this should be interesting.”

Dion Dublin

Dion is a TV presenter and former footballer who was known for his stint at Cambridge United as a centre-forward. 

The 52-year-old returned to the team as a director in July 2021. 

He has also worked as a football pundit for Sky Sports. 

Joe Swash

Joe is an actor and TV presenter known for his role as Mickey Miller in EastEnders.

He has also presented the partner show to I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! which he won in 2008. 

His winning streak continued in 2020 when he took the crown in Dancing on Ice.

Johannes Radebe

Johannes is a South African dancer and choreographer best known for his role as one of the professionals on Strictly Come Dancing. 

The 34-year-old will be starring one of his first TV competitions outside of Strictly this year, and he is excited to take on a new challenge. 

On Instagram, he said of Celebrity MasterChef: “Tadaaa’ foxtrotting into the firing line’ mama will be proud.”

Gavin Esler

Gavin is a journalist, television presenter and author who is known for his involvement on BBC Two’s Newsnight. 

The 68-year-old father-of-two has also presented BBC News at Five. 

Kadeena Cox

Kadeena, 30, is a parasport athlete competing in sprints and para-cycling events. 

She was awarded an MBE in 2017 for her services to athletics and she has competed in the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo.

Kem Cetinay

Kem, 25, is a reality TV star best known for his role in Love Island, which he went on to win in 2017. 

The Essex-born star has also featured on This Morning as a showbiz presenter and Good Morning Britain as a guest entertainment editor. 

Celebrity MasterChef airs on BBC One on weekdays at 9pm. 

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