Everything we know about Celebrity Traitors

Famous faces try their luck at the BBC’s hit survival show…

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A celebrity edition of The Traitors is in the works. (BBC)

The Traitors UK celebrity special is officially in the works, inviting a batch of people who literally lie for a living to con their way to victory in a star-studded spin-off of BBC One’s viral hit series.

Despite only having two outings, The Traitors has quickly become one of the most talked about shows on telly. Hosted by Claudia Winkleman, its premise is deceptively simple: 22 strangers meet at a Scottish mansion, with a select few selected to be the titular Traitors. These secret foes must live among their remaining Faithful housemates and try their best to avoid detection while killing off players via nightly eliminations.

It’s up to the Faithful to spot and stop the Traitors before their numbers dwindle. If they achieve this goal, a growing prize jackpot is theirs for the taking. If they lose, the prize money goes to the Traitors.

Putting players’ lying – and lie-detecting – skills to the test, The Traitors has become a quick hit for the Beeb. Here’s everything we know about its celebrity spin-off, including its release date, cast, trailers and more.

The Traitors UK Celebrity special doesn’t have a release date but we know that it’ll arrive at some point in 2025 and that it’ll come after the show’s third series.

With filming for the celeb edition expected to take place next year, it’s likely we can expect to see it on TV in late 2025.

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Claudia Winkleman will return to host The Traitors celebrity special. (BBC)

Claudia Winkleman will return to host The Traitors UK Celebrity special.

Winkleman joined the UK version of the show during its 2022 debut and continued to host during its hugely popular second series in 2023.

Watch the trailer for The Traitors UK series 2:

Guiding players through their various tasks and nightly elimination roundtables, Winkleman manages to strike the right balance of light and dark for a show that’s filled with sinister twists and turns.

Meanwhile, The Traitors US is hosted by actor Alan Cumming.

Unfortunately, there’s no trailer available for The Traitors UK celebrity special just yet.

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Which famous faces will join the celebrity edition of The Traitors? (BBC)

The cast for The Traitors UK celebrity special hasn’t been revealed but according to reports, the studio behind the show is aiming high when it comes to the famous faces they’re hoping to lure inside the Traitors’ mansion.

The American version of The Traitors opted for a slightly different approach to the UK edition, with the former featuring a mixture of famous and ‘civilian’ players including former Love Island winner Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu while the latter stuck to non-famous contestants.

Many different names have been banded around for The Traitors celebrity special – including Friends star Courtney Cox. However, its production company, Studio Lambert, is yet to reveal anything concrete.

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David Walliams in the Comic Relief special for The Traitors. (BBC)

Elsewhere, a number of stars gathered for a special Comic Relief spoof of The Traitors in early 2024, with David Walliams, Catherine Tate and a handful of former Traitor contestants appearing alongside Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

Recruitment for the show’s civilian third series is currently underway, with over 300,000 applications submitted and shooting set to start later this year.

The Traitors UK celebrity special is coming soon to BBC One and iPlayer.