Who are the 12 contestants in revived sports challenge show The Games?


The Games is an Olympic-style challenge show that originally ran in four series from 2003 to 2006

The games have been revived this year and 12 new celebrities will compete in a range of sporting challenges from gymnastics to weightlifting.


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The three top performing celebrities will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.

participants in the games

Who are the contestants in The Games?


Attwood rose to fame after appearing on the third series of dating show Love Island, where she hooked up with fellow islander Chris Hughes.

The couple finished third on the series and continued dating after the show ended, but split in 2018.


After her stint on Love Island, Attwood appeared on Celebs Go Dating and The Only Way is Essex.

She is now engaged to Blackburn Rovers footballer Bradley Dack, who she was in a relationship with before Love Island.

Olivia Attwood

Brown is an influencer and model – she began her modeling career in March 2021 in a campaign for George with Asda.

She is the daughter of Mel B AKA Sporty Spice and former Spice Girls backup dancer Jimmy Gulzar.


The games mark Brown’s television debut.

Phoenix Brown

Clifton is known for being a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing from series 11 to 17.


He was previously married to professional dancer Karen Hauer from 2015 to 2018.

Clifton came second on the show for its first four seasons and won season 16 with his celebrity partner, host Stacey Dooley, who later became his girlfriend.

Kevin Clifton

George is a lead singer in Irish boy band The Wanted, who were active from 2009 to 2014 and reformed in 2021 – bandmate Tom Parker died of a brain tumor in March this year.

George also appeared in season 18 of Strictly Come Dancing and with professional dancer Dianne Buswell, placing ninth.

Max George

Grimes is a singer, songwriter, presenter and footballer who has played for Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Tranmere Rovers, Fulham and Merseyrail Ladies.

She has written songs for artists such as Kesha, The Saturdays, Dua Lipa, Little Mix and Olly Murs.


Grimes is also a contestant on the endurance show Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof, which is airing now.

Chelsea Grimes

Herdman is an actor and MMA fighter best known for his role as Draco Malfoy’s sidekick Gregory Goyle in all eight Harry Potter films.


His other acting roles include the role of Righteous in the 2018 Robin Hood film opposite Taron Egerton, PC Collins in the crime miniseries White House Farm and Eric Davidson in the drama series Marcella.

Josh Herdman

McGuinness entered the world of beauty pageants and began a modeling career.


She was a cast member of The Real Housewives of Cheshire from 2018-2020 and took part in the charity show Strictly The Real Monty in 2021.

She has been married to comedian and presenter Paddy McGuinness since 2011.

Christine McGuinness

Millarini is a journalist and newsreader who has worked for ITV News since 2010 and announced the death of Prince Philip on ITV on 9 April 2021.

She competed in Dancing on Ice with professional dancer Brendyn Hatfield in 2020 and eliminated as a runner-up.

Lucretia Millarini

Smith has played Craig Tinker, a police officer and son of Beth Sutherland, on Coronation Street since 2011 and has appeared in more than 500 episodes to date.

Colson also co-hosts the podcast Sofa Cinema Club with Coronation Street co-stars Jack P. Shepherd and Ben Price, where each week the trio talks about a movie they saw together.

Colson Smith

Nelson, another Love Island alum, competed in the show’s fourth season and teamed with Megan Barton-Hanson and placed fourth.

He competed in season 11 of Dancing on Ice with Vanessa Bauer and placed second.


Nelson released his debut single “See Nobody” with Hardy Caprio in 2020.

Wes Nelson

Sarker is an Emmerdale star who has been appearing as Manpreet Sharma since 2018.


She has also appeared in the BBC comedy series Twenty Twelve and the crime series Dark Heart.

Rebekah Sarker

Thomas played Jason Grimshaw on Coronation Street from 2000 to 2016 and appeared in more than 1,300 episodes.


He also played Rafael Humphries in Neighbors in 2018.

Thomas has been involved in several reality TV shows including Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and Celebrity Big Brother season 22 which he won.

Ryan Thomas

Who are the reserves?

Burrows is another Love Islander who joined the show in Season 7, finishing second with Toby Aromolaran.


She is still together with Toby and the couple moved in together in November last year.

Njobvu is a television and radio presenter who hosts the Saturday morning show Capital XTRA.


He also presented the behind-the-scenes reality show of spin-off The Masked Singer: Unmasked.

When is The Games on TV?


The first episode of The Games was broadcast live on ITV on May 9th at 9pm, with episodes being released every night until May 13th.

Episodes can be viewed on the ITV Hub shortly after they first air.