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FIRST LOOK The Circle 2021: Meet the Players

This year's starting players range from 19-57 and include a father and daughter duo, an accountant and even a former TV Gladiator!


After the celebs have had their fun in The Celebrity Circle, it’s time for a new set of players to join The Circle, as nine new players will enter television's most famous block of flats on Tuesday for a chance to win £100k!


It's the unpredictable game of popularity where not everyone is who they seem, and the players have no idea who is real and who is a catfish. The players will be living just metres apart, but they can't see or hear each other, instead they communicate via a voice-activated platform called The Circle.


As the new series begins, one player won't be staying for long... or will they? Get ready for a huge twist, delivered by host Emma Willis.


Have a watch of their intro VTs here and scroll down for a bit more information about the starting nine players...



Andy

34, Company Director, Solihull

Playing as himself


"My motivation is to show that you can win it with a bit of integrity. I really want to get a catfish to admit to me that they’re a catfish. I don’t know what I would do with that information, but that is my ultimate aim. I’d class that as winning."




Billy

19, Sports Marketing Manager, Essex

Playing as himself


"(My motivation is) The prize money! I do also like the game – The Circle is different to everything else, it’s very unique so I thought, why not?"




Hashu

28, YouTuber & Content Creator, Birmingham

Playing as his Uncle Syed


"From a young age I loved pranking people. I've always been the one in the house that makes everyone else laugh. This is the perfect opportunity for me to put my pranking and catfishing abilities to the test and entertain the British public, whilst hopefully getting a cash injection!"




James

47, Strength and Conditioning Coach, London

Playing as NHS Nurse Gemma


"I've always been somebody who's enjoyed different challenges, I started off bodybuilding and then I went into Gladiators. After that I went into acting and competing in strongman. Most of the challenges I've done have been quite body crushing."


"I think The Circle will be an interesting challenge to try and get away with playing somebody else, it uses different muscles to what I'm used to. I also really want to take this opportunity to give back to NHS nurses, winning the prize money would give me the chance to show my gratitude for all their hard work."




Jamie & Millie

57 & 20, Relationship Therapist (father) & Student (daughter), Hampshire

Playing as Penny, a 49-year old Letting Agent from London


Millie: "It’s just one of the most unique games you can go into. With social media nowadays, it’s all about the way you present yourself. So to go in and get to know someone, without seeing fully who the person is, is quite refreshing."




Manrika

24, Recruitment Consultant and Content Creator, Birmingham

Playing as herself


"I've been judged my whole life for the way I live because I come from an Indian background. My parents and family are very westernised but it’s the wider society, the way that I live isn't the expectation of what an Indian girl should be. So, I'm going on to show that you can still live your life, have that social media lifestyle and also be a respectable girl."




Tally

23, Receptionist at a doctor’s surgery, Worthing

Playing as herself


"I have built this Instagram that doesn't really represent me as a person. I'm kind of embarrassed of my own Instagram. I really want to go on The Circle to strip everything back and be perceived as my normal quirky self rather than these posey, edited pictures. I want to see if you are really only accepted if you look a certain way."




Vithun

23, Accountant, London

Playing as himself


"I have always been a fan of reality TV. I live for drama, chaos and anarchy! There has never been an Asian winner of a civilian reality TV show in the UK, I want to try and make history."




Yolanda

30, Dating Agency Founder, London

Playing as her husband Chris


"(My motivation is) To win the money. I could make Chris’s dream come true and launch a landscaping firm. A lot of people feel the world has given up on them and we want to help give people the opportunity to succeed and grow by learning a trade."



The Circle returns Tuesday 16th March at 9.15pm on Channel 4

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