List of Celebrity Big Brother housemates
Celebrity Big Brother is a spin-off of the British reality television series Big Brother, broadcast in the UK and Ireland. Originally broadcast on Channel 4 and E4, and now broadcast on Channel 5 and 5*, it involves a group of celebrities, called housemates, living in isolation from the outside world in a custom-built "house". The actions of the participants are recorded constantly by microphones and cameras situated in each room. Regularly, the housemates nominate two other members of the group each to face eviction; those with the most nominations face a public telephone vote, and the housemate who receives the most public votes is evicted. This procedure continues until the final day, when the viewers vote for who of the remaining participants they want to win the programme. Profits from premium-rate telephone votes are donated to charities such as Comic Relief, Centrepoint and the Samaritans.
Nine editions of Celebrity Big Brother have been made, involving a total of 91 housemates. The programme has been the centre of controversies over the actions and inclusion of some of its housemates. For instance, viewer and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) complaints prompted Hertfordshire Police to remove a coat from the 2006 edition after Pete Burns claimed that it was made from gorilla fur and therefore against the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species agreement of 1975. However, after an analysis at the Natural History Museum, it was later discovered that the coat was made from the fur of Colobus monkeys. Fellow members of parliament criticised George Galloway's participation in the same series, stating that Galloway had missed important debates regarding his constituency, Bethnal Green and Bow, and rejecting claims that Galloway took part to raise political awareness amongst the British youth. The family of Stuart Lubbock, a man who died in Michael Barrymore's swimming pool, criticised the programme makers for paying the entertainer £150,000 to participate on the programme. The mental states of the contestants were called into question during the first series; psychologist Mark Griffiths highlighted behaviour displayed by Anthea Turner and Vanessa Feltz as examples of the negative effects of the programme. Germaine Greer voluntarily left the 2005 series after accusing the producers of using "superior bullying" tactics against contestants; commentators such as Graham Norton have argued that the housemates are not "actual celebrities". During the 2009 series, 527 viewers complained to Ofcom, the majority concerned about Coolio's conduct towards female contestants, but it was decided that the broadcaster's code was not breached. Comments made by Heidi Fleiss also proved controversial during the final series to air on Channel 4 of the programme in 2010; she accused Ivana Trump of smuggling drugs onto the programme, a claim that Trump's spokesperson denied, and made comments about abortion that attracted criticism.
During the 2007 series, comments directed to and made about Shilpa Shetty from Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd, Jo O'Meara and Jack Tweed caused an international racism controversy. The British and Indian governments commented on the issue, while Ofcom decreed that Channel 4 had been guilty of "serious editorial misjudgements" after 54,000 viewers claimed that Shetty had been the victim of racial discrimination. The broadcaster was made to air a series of on-air apologies, and the programme was not included in Channel 4's 2008 schedule; it was replaced by Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack. In 2009, Channel 4's director of television Kevin Lygo announced that Big Brother "had reached a natural end point" and the 2010 edition was the final celebrity series to air on the channel. However, Channel 5 stated in April 2010 that it has signed a two-year deal with Endemol, the show's creators, to air both version of the programme for a reported £220m. The series started on 18 August 2010 and former Big Brother winner Brian Dowling replaced Davina McCall as the programme's presenter.
- Third place
- Late arrival
|1||Chris Eubank||World Title Boxer||Day 1||Day 2||6th|
|1||Vanessa Feltz||Broadcaster and Journalist||Day 1||Day 4||5th|
|1||Anthea Turner||TV Presenter||Day 1||Day 6||4th|
|1||Keith Duffy||Boyzone Singer-Songwriter and Actor||Day 1||Day 8||3rd|
|1||Claire Sweeney||Actress and Singer||Day 1||Day 8||2nd|
|1||Jack Dee||Comedian and Actor||Day 1||Day 8||Winner|
|2||Goldie||Musician, DJ and Actor||Day 1||Day 5||6th|
|2||Anne Diamond||TV and Radio Journalist||Day 1||Day 7||5th|
|2||Sue Perkins||Comedienne and TV Presenter||Day 1||Day 9||4th|
|2||Melinda Messenger||TV Presenter and Glamour Model||Day 1||Day 10||3rd|
|2||Les Dennis||TV Presenter and Comedian||Day 1||Day 10||2nd|
|2||Mark Owen||Take That Singer-Songwriter||Day 1||Day 10||Winner|
|3||Germaine Greer||Feminist, Academic and Journalist||Day 1||Day 6||9th|
|3||Jackie Stallone||Astrologer and Mother of Film Actor Sylvester Stallone||Day 5||Day 9||8th|
|3||John McCririck||Horse Racing Pundit||Day 1||Day 12||7th|
|3||Lisa I'Anson||Radio and TV Presenter||Day 1||Day 14||6th|
|3||Caprice Bourret||Model, Businesswoman and Actress||Day 1||Day 16||5th|
|3||Jeremy Edwards||Actor||Day 1||Day 16||4th|
|3||Brigitte Nielsen||Actress and Model||Day 1||Day 18||3rd|
|3||Kenzie||Blazin' Squad Rapper||Day 1||Day 18||2nd|
|3||Bez||Happy Mondays Dancer and Percussionist||Day 1||Day 18||Winner|
|4||Jodie Marsh||Glamour Model and TV Personality||Day 1||Day 9||11th|
|4||Faria Alam||FA Secretary, had an affair with England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson||Day 1||Day 14||10th|
|4||Rula Lenska||Actress||Day 1||Day 16||9th|
|4||George Galloway||Labour MP and Journalist||Day 1||Day 21||8th|
|4||Dennis Rodman||NBA Basketball Player||Day 1||Day 21||7th|
|4||Traci Bingham||Baywatch Actress and Model||Day 1||Day 23||6th|
|4||Pete Burns||Dead or Alive Singer-Songwriter||Day 1||Day 23||5th|
|4||Preston||The Ordinary Boys Frontman||Day 1||Day 23||4th|
|4||Maggot||Goldie Lookin' Chain Rapper||Day 1||Day 23||3rd|
|4||Michael Barrymore||Comedian and TV Presenter||Day 1||Day 23||2nd|
|4||Chantelle Houghton||Non-Celebrity||Day 1||Day 23||Winner|
|5||Donny Tourette||Towers of London Singer-Songwriter||Day 1||Day 3||14th|
|5||Ken Russell||Pioneering Film Director||Day 1||Day 5||13th|
|5||Jackiey Budden||Jade Goody's Mother||Day 3||Day 8||12th|
|5||Leo Sayer||70's Singer-Songwriter and Musician||Day 1||Day 10||11th|
|5||Carole Malone||Journalist, Columnist and Broadcaster||Day 1||Day 10||10th|
|5||Jade Goody||Former Big Brother Contestant and Media Personality||Day 3||Day 17||9th|
|5||Jo O'Meara||S Club 7 Singer-Songwriter||Day 1||Day 24||8th|
|5||Cleo Rocos||Comic Actress and TV Personality||Day 1||Day 24||7th|
|5||Jack Tweed||Jade Goody's Boyfriend||Day 3||Day 26||6th|
|5||Danielle Lloyd||Glamour Model and Miss Great Britain 2006||Day 1||Day 26||5th|
|5||Ian "H" Watkins||Steps Singer and Actor||Day 1||Day 26||4th|
|5||Dirk Benedict||TV and Film Actor||Day 1||Day 26||3rd|
|5||Jermaine Jackson||The Jackson 5 Singer and Musician and Member of the Jackson Family||Day 1||Day 26||2nd|
|5||Shilpa Shetty||Award-Winning Bollywood Actress and Model||Day 1||Day 26||Winner|
|6||Lucy Pinder||Glamour Model||Day 1||Day 8||11th|
|6||Tina Malone||Shameless Actress||Day 1||Day 15||10th|
|6||Mutya Buena||Singer, formerly of Sugababes||Day 1||Day 15||9th|
|6||Michelle Heaton||Liberty X Singer and TV Personality||Day 1||Day 18||8th|
|6||La Toya Jackson||Singer-Songwriter and Member of the Member of the Jackson Family||Day 1||Day 20||7th|
|6||Tommy Sheridan||Scottish Socialist Politician||Day 1||Day 20||6th|
|6||Ben Adams||A1 Singer-Songwriter||Day 1||Day 22||5th|
|6||Verne Troyer||Actor and Stunt Performer||Day 1||Day 22||4th|
|6||Coolio||Musician, Rapper and Record Producer||Day 1||Day 22||3rd|
|6||Terry Christian||TV and Radio Presenter||Day 1||Day 22||2nd|
|6||Ulrika Jonsson||TV Presenter and Media Personality||Day 1||Day 22||Winner|
|7||Katia Ivanova||Model, known for being the ex-girlfriend of The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood||Day 1||Day 13||12th|
|7||Heidi Fleiss||'Hollywood Madam' Businesswoman and TV Personality||Day 1||Day 13||11th|
|7||Lady Sovereign||Rapper and Grime Artist||Day 1||Day 16||10th|
|7||Stephen Baldwin||Actor and Activist||Day 1||Day 20||9th|
|7||Sisqó||R&B Singer-Songwriter||Day 1||Day 20||8th|
|7||Ivana Trump||Fashion Model and Socialite, Ex-Wife of Donald Trump||Day 6||Day 25||7th|
|7||Nicola Tappenden||Page 3 Girl and Glamour Model||Day 1||Day 25||6th|
|7||Stephanie Beacham||TV and Film Actress||Day 1||Day 27||5th|
|7||Jonas Altberg AKA Basshunter||Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer and DJ||Day 1||Day 27||4th|
|7||Vinnie Jones||Film Actor and Former Footballer||Day 1||Day 27||3rd|
|7||Dane Bowers||Singer-Songwriter and DJ, formerly of Another Level||Day 1||Day 27||2nd|
|7||Alex Reid||Mixed Martial Artist and Actor, known for dating Katie Price||Day 1||Day 27||Winner|
|8||Sally Bercow||Wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow||Day 1||Day 9||10th|
|8||Pamela Bach||Actress, Ex-Wife of David Hasselhoff||Day 1||Day 14||9th|
|8||Tara Reid||Film Actress and Model||Day 1||Day 16||8th|
|8||Bobby Sabel||Fashion Model||Day 1||Day 22||7th|
|8||Darryn Lyons||Paparazzo and Entrepreneur||Day 1||Day 22||6th|
|8||Lucien Laviscount||TV Actor||Day 1||Day 22||5th|
|8||Amy Childs||Star of The Only Way Is Essex||Day 1||Day 22||4th|
|8||Jedward||Pop Duo and The X Factor and Eurovision Contestants||Day 1||Day 22||3rd|
|8||Kerry Katona||Media and TV Personality and Singer, formerly of Atomic Kitten||Day 1||Day 22||2nd|
|8||Paddy Doherty||Big Fat Gypsy Weddings Star||Day 1||Day 22||Winner|
|9||Andrew Stone||Singer-Songwriter and Star of Pineapple Dance Studios||Day 1||Day 7||12th|
|9||Natasha Giggs||Media Personality, known for her extra-marital affair with her brother-in-law, footballer Ryan Giggs||Day 1||Day 9||11th|
|9||Georgia Salpa||Model||Day 1||Day 14||10th|
|9||Kirk Norcross||Star of The Only Way Is Essex||Day 1||Day 16||9th|
|9||Natalie Cassidy||EastEnders Actress and TV Personality||Day 1||Day 16||8th|
|9||Nicola McLean||Glamour Model and Media Personality||Day 1||Day 21||7th|
|9||Romeo||Rapper and MC, formerly of So Solid Crew||Day 1||Day 21||6th|
|9||Kristina and Karissa Shannon||Playboy Playmates and Glamour Model||Day 1||Day 23||5th|
|9||Michael Madsen||Film and TV Actor, Poet and Photgrapher||Day 1||Day 23||4th|
|9||Gareth Thomas||Rugby Player||Day 1||Day 23||3rd|
|9||Frankie Cocozza||Shamed The X Factor Contestant and Media Personality||Day 1||Day 23||2nd|
|9||Denise Welch||Actress and Loose Woman||Day 1||Day 23||Winner|
|10||Jasmine Lennard||Fashion Model||Day 1||Day 8||13th|
|10||Cheryl Fergison||EastEnders Actress||Day 1||Day 10||12th|
|10||Rhian Sugden||Page 3 Girl and Glamour Model||Day 1||Day 15||11th|
|10||Samantha Brick||Controversial Journalist and Writer||Day 1||Day 17||10th|
|10||Danica Thrall||Glamour Model and Reality TV Personality||Day 1||Day 17||9th|
|10||Lorenzo Borghese||Italian Prince and Entrepreneur||Day 1||Day 22||8th|
|10||Julie Goodyear||Coronation Street Legend||Day 1||Day 22||7th|
|10||MC Harvey||Rapper and MC, formerly of So Solid Crew||Day 1||Day 24||6th|
|10||Ashley McKenzie||Olympic Judoka||Day 1||Day 24||5th|
|10||Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino||Jersey Shore Star and Model||Day 1||Day 24||4th|
|10||Martin Kemp||Actor and Musician, of Spandau Ballet||Day 1||Day 24||3rd|
|10||Coleen Nolan||Singer (The Nolans), TV Presenter and Author||Day 1||Day 24||2nd|
|10||Julian Clary||Comedian and Novelist||Day 1||Day 24||Winner|
|11||Paula Hamilton||Supermodel and Media Personality||Day 1||Day 7||11th|
|11||Sam Robertson||Coronation Street and Beaver Falls Actor||Day 1||Day 9||10th|
|11||Lacey Banghard||Page 3 Girl and Glamour Model||Day 1||Day 14||9th|
|11||Gillian Taylforth||Actress and TV Personality||Day 1||Day 16||8th|
|11||Frankie Dettori||Champion Horse Racing Jockey||Day 1||Day 21||7th|
|11||Tricia Penrose||Actress and Singer||Day 1||Day 21||6th|
|11||Neil 'Razor' Ruddock||Former Footballer and TV Personality||Day 1||Day 23||5th|
|11||Claire Richards||Steps Singer-Songwriter||Day 1||Day 23||4th|
|11||Ryan Moloney||Neighbours Actor||Day 1||Day 23||3rd|
|11||Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag AKA Speidi||Stars of The Hills and US TV Personalities||Day 1||Day 23||2nd|
|11||Rylan Clark||The X Factor Singer and Media Personality||Day 1||Day 23||Winner|
- ^ Ages at the time the housemates entered the house
- ^ Occupation at the time the housemate entered the house
- 22 March - Jade Goody, Big Brother 3, Big Brother Panto and Celebrity Big Brother 5 housemate. (b. 1981)
On some occasions, celebrities have entered the house for a short period of time as guests.
|Name||Reason for notability||Role||Series||Source(s)|
|Jimmy Savile||Television presenter||Re-creating his television programme Jim'll Fix It with the housemates||2006|||
|Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan||Television presenters||Playing You Say We Pay alongside housemate George Galloway for the weekly shopping task, as part of their programme Richard & Judy|||
|John and Sylvia Caddock||Parents of Jackiey Budden, grandparents of Jade Goody||Attended a meal in the house as part of the masters and servants task||2007|||
|Michelle Marsh||Glamour model||Posed for photographs from a cherry picker as part of the paparazzi task||2009|||
|Michael Barrymore||TV presenter, comedian and Celebrity Big Brother 2006 housemate|
|Alice Barry||Actress in Shameless|
|Nikki Grahame||Big Brother 2006 housemate|||
|Barry Fry||Football manager||Gave each housemate a pep talk about their performance in the house||2010|||
|"Edward"||Lionel Richie impersonator||Judged a task in which the housemates had to sculpt a model of Richie's head|||
|Davina McCall||Television presenter (Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother)||Entered the house for an evening in disguised as evicted housemate Nicola T wearing a chicken outfit.|||
|Mohamed Al-Fayed||Businessman||Judged an Egyptian-themed task||2011|||
|Marco Pierre White||Chef||Judged a cooking task|||
|Christopher Mintz-Plasse||Actor (Fright Night)||Delivered prizes to housemates who won the Fright Night-themed task|||
|Jodie Marsh||Glamour model||Judged a fitness task||2012|||
|Aldo Zilli||Chef||Prepared food for winners of a task|||
|Marilyn Galsworthy||Actress||Entered to convince housemates she's a celebrity psychic called Shelley, but was actually receiving instructions from her daughter and ex housemate, Jasmine Lennard.|||
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- Official website
- Celebrity Big Brother at the Internet Movie Database
- Celebrity Big Brother at TV.com
- Big Brother's channel on YouTube
- Big Brother on Twitter