Meet the first all-female housemates for Celebrity Big Brother 2018

2nd Jan 18 | Latest News

This year's series celebrates the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the UK.

Eight women have welcomed the new year by entering the Celebrity Big Brother house in an all-female special series launch.

The new season of the Channel 5 reality show kicked off on Tuesday night, hosted by presenter Emma Willis.

Marking 100 years since women won the right to vote in the UK, the show’s first eight contestants this year include:

:: Amanda Barrie

Annie photocall – LondonAmanda Barrie (Jonathan Brady/PA)

At 81 years old, the Benidorm star is the oldest celebrity to enter the house so far this year. Best known by some as Coronation Street’s Alma, following her 20-year stint on the show, she sealed her acting career back in the 1960s with roles in two of the famous Carry On films: Carry On Cabby and Carry On Cleo.

:: Ann Widdecombe

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The former Conservative MP, 70, has become a familiar face on screens, appearing in a number of shows, including last year’s Sugar Free Farm. She demonstrated her artistic side when she took part in the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing and is a popular novelist, penning titles such as 2014 murder mystery, The Dancing Detective.

:: Ashley James

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James is best known by television fans for her role in hit Channel 4 reality show, Made In Chelsea, but she has amassed thousands of social media followers with both her work as a DJ and her regular fashion updates.

:: India Willoughby

The newsreader made headlines in 2015 after undergoing a gender reassignment operation. Formerly known as Jonathan Willoughby, she has previously spoken about stepping down from her ITV job in 2010 and choosing to end a double life she had led for five years.

:: Jess Impiazzi

The MTV presenter is no stranger to reality television after rising to fame on both The Only Way Is Essex and, more recently, Ex On The Beach. She is also known by followers for running her own women’s fitness brand and her work as a glamour model.

:: Maggie Oliver

The former detective constable was a key figure involved in the Rochdale abuse scandal. After encouraging young victims of sexual abuse to speak to police, she famously resigned from her position over the way authorities handled the case. She was recently portrayed by Lesley Sharp in the BBC dramatisation of the case, Three Girls.

:: Malika Haqq

 

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A series regular on US reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Haqq claims some small acting roles, including Penny in Sky High (2005), Shay in Definitely Divorcing (2016) and Video Ho #3 in an episode of Entourage. She will be entering the house just days after her close friend Khloe Kardashian announced her pregnancy.

:: Rachel Johnson

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The only housemate to be previously confirmed by Channel 5, the 52-year-old’s stint on the show follows her father Stanley’s recent experience in last month’s series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! A novelist and journalist, she is also sister to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Celebrity Big Brother continues tomorrow night at 9.00pm on 3e and live on 3player.

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