After months of speculation, 11 (Well, 10 and a half) celebrities enter the new Celebrity Big Brother house on Channel 5 tonight. From the lowest on the Z-list to Hollywood actors, this year's line up is more mixed than ever, but it's set to be a great group of stars who'll keep us amused over the next three weeks...
Check out the 10 celebrities who started the show, but be aware there may well be more to come over the next few days...
Kerry Katona is best known as a media personality and since bursting onto the scene as part of girl band Atomic Kitten, she has gone onto present, write and be a regular feature in the nation’s media. After an uneasy childhood in care she found fame with the band, who secured four Top 20 singles in Britain and had huge success in Asia securing a number one hit with Cradle.
Katona married ex-Westlife band member, Brian McFadden and they went on to have two children. After leaving the band, she made the successful transition into a television career, starring in several of her own reality television shows including, My Fair Kerry, Kerry Katona: Crazy in Love, Kerry Katona: Whole Again, and Kerry Katona: What's the Problem? which focussed on her struggle with bi-polar disorder.
After the collapse of her first marriage, Katona had two more children with now ex-husband Mark Croft before their turbulent relationship finally ended in 2010. Since their split, Kerry has gone onto rebuild her personal life and professional career.
Irish traveller and born again Christian, Paddy Doherty, rose to fame when he appeared on the documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding which created a national profile around Doherty. Born into generations of travellers, Doherty lives closely by the traditions of his community.
The former bare-knuckle fighter never attended school and instead, began working for the family business at the tender age of 12. He says that he rarely ‘mixes with townsfolk’ and lives in a caravan park in Manchester. He is a family man and adores his wife of 25 years. They have 5 children and 15 grandchildren.
American actress Tara Reid is best known for her role in comedy hit American Pie. Reid was introduced to acting at a young age and attended the Professional Children's School in Manhattan alongside Hollywood alumni Christina Ricci, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Macaulay Culkin.
In 1999, Reid hit the jackpot with her role as virginal Vicky in the hugely successful comedy, American Pie and reprised her role in the follow-up, American Pie 2 three years later. The film grossed over one million dollars in US box office, Tara’s fourth No.1 hit in a row.
Various television and film projects followed but failed to mirror Reid’s earlier successes. In 2010 Reid followed a long list of Hollywood starlets when she posed for the legendary title, Playboy magazine. Tara’s personal life has been well documented and she recently married. Tara will reprise her role as Vicky in comedy sequel American Pie 4: American Reunion.
Glamour girl Amy Childs rose to fame in 2010 when she emerged as the breakout star of the BAFTA award-winning living soap, The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE). A beautician by trade, her business, Amy’s Salon, is famed for the unusual, and now popular, beauty treatment, ‘vajazzling’ which is exclusive to ladies... Now in demand, she presents a regular beauty segment on ITV daytime’s This Morning and says that in five years time she would love to have her own TV show and beauty schools.
Media personality, Darryn Lyons’ career has seen him turn from a photographer at a local paper to a war correspondent, award-winning photographer, television personality and chairman of a lucrative business empire. Famed for his paparazzo and celebrity guru status, Australian-born Lyons was given the title Mr Paparazzi for his celebrity scoops including exclusive photographs of Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayad, Rudolf Nuruyev and David Beckham and Rebecca Loos.
Lyons’ work in journalism saw him providing coverage from the Bosnian war where he was subsequently kidnapped. Lyons has appeared on various television shows, including the Australian version of Dragons’ Den and Paparazzi, which followed the workings of his company, Big Pictures, the world’s largest photo agency. Lyons says: ‘I’ve had ups and downs. I did the works: sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. Then I woke up one day and said: “I’m over this” pulling myself out of that is one of my proudest moments.’
Sally Bercow is perhaps best known as the ‘outspoken’ wife of John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons. Bercow says that she enjoys her status and is flattered at being referred to as the Carla Bruni of British politics. Bercow caused controversy earlier this year when she posed for a newspaper interview, wearing only a bed sheet.
Born Sally Illman, Bercow attended Marlborough College, the alma matar of Samantha Cameron, and went on to attend Keble College, Oxford, dropping out after two years. The fact she did not complete her studies caused minor controversy when in 2009, it was revealed that she had been sacked from a city public relations firm for trying to conceal this on her CV. She met her future husband at a national Conservative Students Conference. Sally stood as a labour candidate in 2010 winning 868 votes.
Lucien Laviscount began his acting career on the Disney channel sketch show Life Bites, before moving onto long-running teen-drama Grange Hill. The Lancashire born 19 year old has since appeared on our television screens playing characters including the Christian love interest of Sophie Webster, Ben Richardson, in Coronation Street.
His most recent role as Jonah Kirby in BBC drama, Waterloo Road, has seen him become a favourite on the pages of most celebrity magazines. As well as acting, former model Laviscount appeared in the campaign for David Beckham’s clothing range DB 07.
Pamela Bach Hasselhoff
Actress and producer Pamela Bach Hasselhoff secured her first acting job in the iconic series, Baywatch, and was propelled into stardom. As well as a successful decade on the sundrenched show, she has numerous film roles under her belt including Francis Ford Coppola’s cult classic, Rumblefish alongside Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke. Other big screen roles include Castle Rock, Appointment with Fear and Missing.
Hasselhoff’s 16 year marriage to co-star David ended in divorce and has dominated the headlines in recent years. The couple have two daughters together. Today, Pamela runs her own production company and produces shows in the US.
High-flying model, Bobby Sabel has fronted some of the biggest campaigns in fashion. His glamorous career has seen him grace numerous catwalks in the fashion capitals of the world including Milan, New York and Paris.
Originally from London, Sabel has appeared in campaigns for Levi and Swatch and has been photographed by some of the world’s best photographers including Rankin. He is also successful closer to home, modelling for high street brands Superdry, Ted Baker, Next and House of Fraser, to name a few. Sabel says he would rather be adored by all women than be tied down to a girlfriend.
Irish pop-duo John and Edward Grimes are more widely know under the moniker Jedward. The identical twins faced a lot of criticism growing up for their unique style and passion for pop. Their love of performing grew as the boys became more and more inspired by their musical idols Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys.
They took part in numerous school talent shows and were also gifted athletes, competing in Irish tournaments. Widely recognised for their blonde quiffs, they first shot to fame as ‘John & Edward’ in 2009 when they bounced onto the nation’s screens during The X Factor.
The nation quickly took the effervescent duo to their hearts and Jedward was born! Jedward released their debut single Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby) and first performed the song as surprise live duet with US rapper Vanilla Ice at the 2010 National Television Awards.
The song became a No.2 hit in the UK singles chart and No.1 in Ireland. The single was swiftly followed by Jedward’s platinum selling debut album Planet Jedward. In 2011, Jedward won the honour of representing Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest where they finished in a respectable eight place. Since they first burst onto the scene, Jedward have become popular TV personalities appearing in countless television shows.