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Famous names confirmed to play celebrity edition of The Circle for Stand Up To Cancer

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A cast of famous faces will be competing in a week-long celebrity edition of The Circle in aid of Stand Up To Cancer in 2021

As previously announced, The Circle will be back for a double helping of gameplay next year as the reality competition series returns for an all-celeb series to raise funds for Stand Up to Cancer plus the third outing of the main series on Channel 4.

Celebrity Circle players (l-r) Baga Chipz, Pete Wicks, Sam Thompson, Duncan James, Kaye Adams, Nadia Sawalha, Denise van Outen, Rickie Haywood-Williams, Melvin Odoom, Saffron Barker, Lady Leshurr, Charlotte Crosby
Celebrity Circle players (l-r) Baga Chipz, Pete Wicks, Sam Thompson, Duncan James, Kaye Adams, Nadia Sawalha, Denise van Outen, Rickie Haywood-Williams, Melvin Odoom, Saffron Barker, Lady Leshurr, Charlotte Crosby

The showbiz names moving in to the most talked about apartment block in Britain to take on the game where anyone can be anyone are:

  • Baga Chipz
  • Charlotte Crosby
  • Denise van Outen
  • Duncan James
  • Lady Leshurr
  • Saffron Barker

And playing the game as double acts controlling one profile are:

  • Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha
  • Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom
  • Sam Thompson and Pete Wicks

With some of the celebs playing as themselves and others taking on a celebrity catfish persona, this edition of the game will see suspicions heightened and gameplaying galore as the celebs compete for the title of most popular player.

The six-part celebrity series will air early next year ahead of Series 3 of The Circle, which will once again see a batch of players compete in the game of popularity for a potential £100k prize. Emma Willis returns as host, delivering the players some surprise alerts along the way, and comedian Sophie Willan resumes her role as the unmistakable voiceover of each episode.

The series is in aid of Stand Up To Cancer, a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 that brings the UK together to speed up progress in life-saving research.

The Circle Series 3 and Celebrity Circle for Stand Up To Cancer are commissioned for Channel 4 by Gilly Greenslade, Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment, Vivienne Molokwu, Commissioning Editor for Features & Formats, and Kelly Webb Lamb, Deputy Director of Programmes and Head of Popular Factual. The series is executive produced by Sarah Fay, Tim Harcourt, Oliver Head and Toni Ireland for Studio Lambert North and Martin Oxley for Motion Content Group.

Celebrity Circle for Stand Up To Cancer and The Circle Series 3 were recorded earlier this year in line with Covid-19 filming guidelines.



For more information, please contact: Nick Walker or Gemma Bareham, Channel 4 Press Office


Notes to Editors


In 2018 The Circle was the biggest new original commission launch since 2012, with over 10 million views on All 4.  Series two averaged 1.2m/8.7% across its 22-episode duration on Channel 4, up 36% share on the slot average. The series achieved 26% share of 16-34s, making it Channel 4’s highest rating 10pm series for young viewers since 2010 at the time of TX. Across series one and two The Circle has reached 25% of the UK (15 million viewers) and 28% / 4 million 16-34s.


About Channel 4

Channel 4 is a publicly-owned yet commercially-funded public service broadcaster and has a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Its public ownership and not-for-profit status ensure all profit generated by its commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of its public service remit.

As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is also required to commission UK content from the independent production sector and currently works with around 300 creative companies across the UK every year.

In addition to the main Channel 4 service, its portfolio includes: E4, More4, Film4, 4seven,, streaming service All 4 and The Box Plus Network, including 4Music.


About Studio Lambert

Studio Lambert is a fast​-growing production company based in London, Manchester and Los Angeles, producing high-quality scripted and unscripted series. The company was established in 2008 by Stephen Lambert, creator of many well-known global formats.

Recent Studio Lambert productions include The Nest starring Martin Compton and Sophie Rundle for BBC One and the second series of BAFTA-award winning Race Across the World for BBC Two.  The company has made several versions of The Circle for Netflix – an American version which has been recommissioned for two more seasons, as well as a Brazilian and a French version. The third series of The Circle UK on Channel 4 will air in 2021, alongside a SU2C Celebrity Edition of The Circle.

Other Studio Lambert shows include the multi award-winning format and global phenomenon, Gogglebox which is produced in more than 30 territories, Celebrity Gogglebox, where a line-up of stars become armchair critics and Four in a Bed, Channel 4’s hugely successful format, on air since 2010.

In 2017, Studio Lambert’s scripted division, run by Susan Hogg produced BBC One’s multi award-winning drama series, Three Girls, written by Nicole Taylor and starring Maxine Peake and Lesley Sharp.

Studio Lambert won the Best Independent Production Company award at this year’s Broadcast Awards.


About Motion Content Group

Motion Content Group funds, develops, produces and distributes both original and third-party premium content to create value and opportunities for its partners and advertisers.  Working with the world’s leading talent, producers and distributors Motion aims to support the editorial, creative and commercial requirements of over 200 networks and platforms.  Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, Motion currently operates in over 30 countries worldwide and has a broad range of award-winning programming distributed globally.  

Motion Content Group is part of GroupM, the world’s leading full-service media investment management operation, a WPP company.  

Follow Motion on Twitter: @motion_content, Instagram: @MotionContentGroup and LinkedIn. 


About Stand Up To Cancer

  • Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 that brings the UK together to speed up progress in life-saving cancer research
  • Supported by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) in the US and launched in the UK in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer funds translational research, turning academic breakthroughs in the labs into new treatments that make a real difference for people with cancer.
  • More than £62 million has been raised in the UK to date, funding 55 clinical trials and projects involving 11,000 cancer patients across the country
  • Research projects include the development of pioneering technology to detect super low levels of cancerous DNA in blood to improve the way we diagnose ovarian cancer, developing a new immunotherapy drug to boost the power of the immune system against cancer, exploring an entirely new approach to treating bowel cancer, and much more
  • Stars such as Naomi Campbell, Noel Gallagher, Tom Hardy, Gillian Anderson, Idris Elba, Andy Murray, James Corden, Martin Freeman, Jamie Oliver, Richard Ayoade, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Crouch, Abbey Clancy, Danny Dyer, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Lily James, Rosamund Pike, Sophie Turner, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, Maya Jama, Joe Lycett and Roman Kemp are just some of the talent who have supported Stand Up To Cancer