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.
Twelve editions of Celebrity Big Brother have been made, involving a total of 128 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
|1||Jack Dee||38||Comedian and Actor||1st - Winner|
|1||Claire Sweeney||28||Actress and Singer||2nd - Runner-up|
|1||Keith Duffy||26||Boyzone Singer/Songwriter and Actor||3rd - Third Place|
|1||Anthea Turner||40||TV Presenter||4th - Evicted|
|1||Vanessa Feltz||39||Broadcaster and Journalist||5th - Evicted|
|1||Chris Eubank||35||World Title Boxer||6th - Evicted|
|2||Mark Owen||30||Take That Singer/Songwriter||1st - Winner|
|2||Les Dennis||48||TV Presenter and Comedian||2nd - Runner-up|
|2||Melinda Messenger||31||TV Presenter and Glamour Model||3rd - Third Place|
|2||Sue Perkins||33||Comedienne and TV Presenter||4th - Evicted|
|2||Anne Diamond||45||TV and Radio Journalist||5th - Evicted|
|2||Goldie||37||Musician, DJ and Actor||6th - Evicted|
|3||Bez||40||Happy Mondays Dancer and Percussionist||1st - Winner|
|3||Kenzie||19||Blazin' Squad Rapper||2nd - Runner-up|
|3||Brigitte Nielsen||41||Actress and Model||3rd - Third Place|
|3||Jeremy Edwards||33||Actor||4th - Evicted|
|3||Caprice Bourret||33||Model, Businesswoman and Actress||5th - Evicted|
|3||Lisa I'Anson||39||Radio and TV Presenter||6th - Evicted|
|3||John McCririck||64||Horse Racing Pundit||7th - Evicted|
|3||Jackie Stallone||83||Astrologer and Mother of Sylvester Stallone||8th - Evicted|
|3||Germaine Greer||65||Feminist, Academic and Journalist||9th - Walked|
|4||Chantelle Houghton||22||Non-Celebrity||1st - Winner|
|4||Michael Barrymore||53||Comedian and TV Presenter||2nd - Runner-up|
|4||Maggot||24||Goldie Lookin' Chain Rapper||3rd - Third Place|
|4||Preston||23||The Ordinary Boys Singer||4th - Evicted|
|4||Pete Burns||46||Dead or Alive Singer/Songwriter||5th - Evicted|
|4||Traci Bingham||37||Baywatch Actress and Model||6th - Evicted|
|4||Dennis Rodman||44||NBA Basketball Player||7th - Evicted|
|4||George Galloway||51||Labour MP and Journalist||8th - Evicted|
|4||Rula Lenska||57||Actress||9th - Evicted|
|4||Faria Alam||39||FA Secretary, had an affair with Sven-Goran Eriksson||10th - Evicted|
|4||Jodie Marsh||27||Glamour Model and TV Personality||11th - Evicted|
|5||Shilpa Shetty||31||Bollywood Actress and Model||1st - Winner|
|5||Jermaine Jackson||52||Member of the Jackson Family and Singer for the The Jackson 5||2nd - Runner-up|
|5||Dirk Benedict||61||Actor||3rd - Third Place|
|5||Ian "H" Watkins||30||Steps Singer and Actor||4th - Evicted|
|5||Danielle Lloyd||23||Glamour Model and Miss Great Britain 2006||5th - Evicted|
|5||Jack Tweed||19||Jade Goody's Boyfriend||6th - Evicted|
|5||Cleo Rocos||44||Comic Actress and TV Personality||7th - Evicted|
|5||Jo O'Meara||27||S Club 7 Singer/Songwriter||8th - Evicted|
|5||Jade Goody||25||Former Big Brother Housemate and Media Personality||9th - Evicted|
|5||Carole Malone||52||Journalist, Columnist and Broadcaster||10th - Evicted|
|5||Leo Sayer||58||Singer/Songwriter||11th - Walked|
|5||Jackiey Budden||48||Jade Goody's Mother||12th - Evicted|
|5||Ken Russell||79||Film Director||13th - Walked|
|5||Donny Tourette||22||Towers of London Singer/Songwriter||14th - Walked|
|6||Ulrika Jonsson||41||TV Presenter and Media Personality||1st - Winner|
|6||Terry Christian||45||TV and Radio Presenter||2nd - Runner-up|
|6||Coolio||45||Musician, Rapper and Record Producer||3rd - Third Place|
|6||Verne Troyer||40||Actor and Stunt Performer||4th - Evicted|
|6||Ben Adams||27||A1 Singer/Songwriter||5th - Evicted|
|6||Tommy Sheridan||44||Politician||6th - Evicted|
|6||La Toya Jackson||52||Singer/Songwriter and Member of the Jackson Family||7th - Evicted|
|6||Michelle Heaton||28||Liberty X Singer and TV Personality||8th - Evicted|
|6||Mutya Buena||23||Sugababes Singer/Songwriter||9th - Walked|
|6||Tina Malone||45||Shameless Actress||10th - Evicted|
|6||Lucy Pinder||25||Glamour Model||11th - Evicted|
|7||Alex Reid||34||Mixed Martial Artist, Actor and Ex-Husband of Katie Price||1st - Winner|
|7||Dane Bowers||30||Another Level Singer/Songwriter and DJ||2nd - Runner-up|
|7||Vinnie Jones||44||Actor and Ex-Footballer||3rd - Third Place|
|7||Jonas Altberg||25||Basshunter, Singer/Songwriter, Record Producer and DJ||4th - Evicted|
|7||Stephanie Beacham||62||Actress||5th - Evicted|
|7||Nicola Tappenden||27||Page 3 Girl and Glamour Model||6th - Evicted|
|7||Ivana Trump||65||Fashion Model and Socialite, Ex-Wife of Donald Trump||7th - Evicted|
|7||Sisqó||31||Singer/Songwriter||8th - Evicted|
|7||Stephen Baldwin||43||Actor and Activist||9th - Evicted|
|7||Lady Sovereign||24||Rapper and Grime Artist||10th - Evicted|
|7||Heidi Fleiss||44||'Hollywood Madam', Businesswoman and TV Personality||11th - Evicted|
|7||Katia Ivanova||21||Model, ex-girlfriend of Ronnie Wood||12th - Evicted|
|8||Paddy Doherty||52||Big Fat Gypsy Weddings Star||1st - Winner|
|8||Kerry Katona||30||Media and TV Personality and Atomic Kitten Singer||2nd - Runner-up|
|8||Jedward||19||Singers, The X Factor and Eurovision Contestants||3rd - Third Place|
|8||Amy Childs||21||The Only Way Is Essex Star||4th - Evicted|
|8||Lucien Laviscount||19||Actor||5th - Evicted|
|8||Darryn Lyons||45||Paparazzo and Entrepreneur||6th - Evicted|
|8||Bobby Sabel||25||Model||7th - Evicted|
|8||Tara Reid||35||Actress and Model||8th - Evicted|
|8||Pamela Bach Hasselhoff||47||Actress, Ex-Wife of David Hasselhoff||9th - Evicted|
|8||Sally Bercow||41||Wife of the John Bercow||10th - Evicted|
|9||Denise Welch||53||Actress and Loose Woman||1st - Winner|
|9||Frankie Cocozza||18||X Factor Contestant and Media Personality||2nd - Runner-up|
|9||Gareth Thomas||37||Rugby Player||3rd - Third Place|
|9||Michael Madsen||54||Actor, Poet and Photographer||4th - Evicted|
|9||Kristina and Karissa Shannon||22||Playboy Playmates and Glamour Models||5th - Evicted|
|9||Romeo||31||So Solid Crew Rapper||6th - Evicted|
|9||Nicola McLean||30||Glamour Model and Media Personality||7th - Evicted|
|9||Natalie Cassidy||28||EastEnders Actress and TV Personality||8th - Evicted|
|9||Kirk Norcross||23||The Only Way Is Essex Star||9th - Evicted|
|9||Georgia Salpa||26||Model||10th - Evicted|
|9||Natasha Giggs||29||Media Personality, had an affair with her brother-in-law, footballer Ryan Giggs||11th - Evicted|
|9||Andrew Stone||39||Singer/Songwriter and Star of Pineapple Dance Studios||12th - Evicted|
|10||Julian Clary||53||Comedian and Novelist||1st - Winner|
|10||Coleen Nolan||47||The Nolans Singer, TV Presenter and Author||2nd - Runner-up|
|10||Martin Kemp||50||Spandau Ballet Singer and Actor||3rd - Third Place|
|10||Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino||31||Jersey Shore Star and Model||4th - Evicted|
|10||Ashley McKenzie||21||Olympic Judoka||5th - Evicted|
|10||MC Harvey||33||So Solid Crew Rapper and Media Personality||6th - Evicted|
|10||Julie Goodyear||70||Coronation Street Actress||7th - Evicted|
|10||Prince Lorenzo Borghese||40||Italian Prince and Entrepreneur||8th - Evicted|
|10||Danica Thrall||24||Glamour Model and TV Personality||9th - Evicted|
|10||Samantha Brick||39||Journalist and Writer||10th - Evicted|
|10||Rhian Sugden||25||Page 3 Girl and Glamour Model||11th - Evicted|
|10||Cheryl Fergison||46||EastEnders Actress||12th - Evicted|
|10||Jasmine Lennard||27||Fashion Model||13th - Evicted|
|11||Rylan Clark||24||X Factor Contestant and Media Personality||1st - Winner|
|11||Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt||26 and 29||The Hills Stars and US TV Personalities||2nd - Runner-up|
|11||Ryan Moloney||33||Neighbours Actor||3rd - Third Place|
|11||Claire Richards||35||Steps Singer/Songwriter||4th - Evicted|
|11||Neil 'Razor' Ruddock||44||Ex-Footballer and TV Personality||5th - Evicted|
|11||Tricia Penrose||42||Actress and Singer||6th - Evicted|
|11||Frankie Dettori||42||Jockey||7th - Evicted|
|11||Gillian Taylforth||57||Actress and TV Personality||8th - Evicted|
|11||Lacey Banghard||20||Page 3 Girl and Glamour Model||9th - Evicted|
|11||Sam Robertson||27||Actor||10th - Evicted|
|11||Paula Hamilton||51||Supermodel and Media Personality||11th - Evicted|
|12||Charlotte Crosby||23||Geordie Shore Star||1st - Winner|
|12||Abz Love||34||Five Singer||2nd - Runner-up|
|12||Lauren Harries||35||Media Personality and Former Child Antique Expert||3rd - Third place|
|12||Carol McGiffin||53||Loose Women Panellist||4th - Evicted|
|12||Mario Falcone||25||The Only Way Is Essex Star||5th - Evicted|
|12||Vicky Entwistle||44||Actress||6th - Evicted|
|12||Louie Spence||44||TV Dance Expert and Personality||7th - Evicted|
|12||Courtney Stodden||18||US TV Personality||8th - Evicted|
|12||Bruce Jones||60||Actor||9th - Evicted|
|12||Dustin Diamond||36||Actor||10th - Evicted|
|12||Sophie Anderton||36||Model and Reality TV Star||11th - Evicted|
|12||Ron Atkinson||74||Former Football Manager and Pundit||12th - Evicted|
|12||Danielle Marr||33||Dublin Wives Star||13th - Evicted|
- ^ Ages at the time the celebrity entered the house
- First to enter: N/A (Celebrity Big Brother 1)
- Last to enter: Ron Atkinson (Celebrity Big Brother 12)
- Last out: Charlotte Crosby (Winner) (Celebrity Big Brother 12)
- Biggest winning percentage: 77% to win – Mark Owen (Celebrity Big Brother 2)
- Closest winning percentage: 54% to win – Bez (Celebrity Big Brother 3)
- Biggest eviction percentage: 82% to evict – Jade Goody (Celebrity Big Brother 5)
- Closest eviction percentage: 50.6% to evict – Anne Diamond (Celebrity Big Brother 2)
- Most nominations: 18 nominations – Heidi and Spencer (Celebrity Big Brother 11)
- Most nominations in a single week: 10 nominations – Heidi and Spencer (Celebrity Big Brother 11)
- Most times nominated: 4 times – Courtney Stodden, Louie Spence (Celebrity Big Brother 12)
- Most nominations from a winner: 11 nominations – Bez (Celebrity Big Brother 3), Ulrika Jonsson (Celebrity Big Brother 6)
- Least nominations from a winner: 0 nominations – Paddy Doherty (Celebrity Big Brother 8)
- Most nominations from a finalist: 18 nominations – Heidi and Spencer (Celebrity Big Brother 11)
- Least nominations from a finalist: 0 nominations – Vinnie Jones (Celebrity Big Brother 7), Paddy Doherty, Kerry Katona, Jedward, Amy Childs (Celebrity Big Brother 8)
- 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.
|Series||Celebrity||Notability||Reasons for entering||Source|
|4||Jimmy Savile||Television presenter||Re-creating his television programme Jim'll Fix It with the housemates|||
|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|||
|5||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|||
|6||Michelle Marsh||Glamour model||Posed for photographs from a cherry picker as part of the paparazzi task|||
|Michael Barrymore||TV presenter, comedian and Celebrity Big Brother 4 housemate|
|Alice Barry||Shameless Actress|
|Nikki Grahame||Big Brother 7 housemate|||
|7||Barry Fry||Football manager||Gave each housemate a pep talk about their performance in the house|||
|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.|||
|8||Mohamed Al-Fayed||Businessman||Judged an Egyptian-themed task|||
|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|||
|9||Jodie Marsh||Glamour model and Celebrity Big Brother 4 housemate||Judged a fitness task|||
|Jedward||Singers, Celebrity Big Brother 8 housemates||Voices of the Cheeky Cherubs giving housemates secret tasks|||
|Aldo Zilli||Chef||Prepared food for winners of a task|||
|10||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|||
|12||Doug Hutchison||Actor, Courtney Stodden's husband||Entered to see Courtney in her part of the fake hostage shopping task|||
|Vanessa Feltz||Broadcaster, Journalist and Celebrity Big Brother 1 Housemate||Entered as part of the BBFM task|||
|Rylan Clark||TV Personality, Bit on the Side host||Entered as part of the Big Brother's bitchfest task|||
|Danielle Marr||Dublin Wives' star, ex-housemate|
|Sophie Anderton||Model, Reality TV star, ex-housemate|
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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