Former Mr Ireland Jeremy McConnell among line-up for Celebrity Big Brother
Published 05/01/2016 | 19:32
David Bowie's ex-wife, Angie Bowie, will join Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff, The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins and ex-EastEnders actress Danniella Westbrook in the Celebrity Big Brother (CBB) house as the line-up is confirmed.
Other celebrities entering the house include West End star Darren Day, X Factor finalist Christopher Maloney and Liza Minnelli's ex-husband David Gest.
In total 16 famous personalities will be entering the house, which has a vaudeville theatre theme this year.
The contestants in this year's CBB are:
:: US model and actress Angie Bowie, who was married to the Ziggy Stardust singer until 1980. The 66-year-old famously published an updated version of her autobiography, Backstage Passes: Life On The Wild Side With David Bowie in 2000.
:: Former EastEnders actress Danniella Westbrook, who has played Samantha Mitchell in the soap on and off since 1990. Westbrook battled cocaine addiction and has spoken about her struggle in interviews. Appearing on Victoria Derbyshire's BBC Two show in October 2015 to discuss domestic violence, she said: "Drugs will end up controlling your life. We all have our addictions one way."
:: The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins, who only lasted three days in the jungle during 2014's I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! Her relationship with fellow Towie star James Argent ("Arg") made headlines on numerous occasions until they broke up in 2012.
:: Nancy Dell'Olio, who found fame as ex-England football boss Sven-Goran Eriksson's girlfriend. The 54-year-old competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2011.
:: Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff, who is currently dating rugby player Ben Cohen. She partnered Cohen when he appeared on the show in 2013. In last year's show she partnered Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell.
:: Former X Factor contestant Christopher Maloney, who made the final of the show in 2012. Appearing on TV last year he admitted to having had over £60,000 plastic surgery after online trolls mocked him about his looks, shattering his self-confidence.
:: Winston McKenzie, a former Ukip spokesman who is now the English Democrats' candidate for London mayor.
:: Mucicals star Darren Day, who is no stranger to reality TV. He appeared in I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2002.
:: Megan McKenna, who starred in MTV reality show Ex On The Beach. She auditioned as a singer on Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor, twice in fact, but was unsuccessful.
:: Ex-Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Davis, who played Sinead O'Connor until last year. The Merseyside-based actress was sacked from the soap with "immediate effect" after storming off set. She was due to appear in I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! at the end of 2015 but due to a serious nut allergy could not go into the jungle.
:: Former EastEnders actor John Partridge, who starred as Christian Clarke from 2008 until he bowed out from the soap in 2012 - although he popped back in for the 30th anniversary special last year. He is also a big name in musical theatre and played Rum Tum Tugger in the official film production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats.
:: Geordie Shore star Scotty T, real name Scott Timlin. He will hope to emulate the success of his Geordie Shore cast mates Vicky Pattison (winner of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!) and Charlotte Crosby (winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2013).
:: Former Mr Ireland Jeremy McConnell. The heavily-tattooed Irishman is great friends with former Big Brother housemate Marc O'Neill. According to his profile on his management website, he has "slept with all the models in Ireland" and "needs to find a new stomping ground".
:: Jonathan Cheban, a close friend of Kim Kardashian and a regular on reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The public relations expert is the former CEO of CommandPR and the founder of luxury lifestyle website TheDishh.com.
:: Tiffany Pollard, best known for competing in US game show Flavour Of Love and reality series I Love New York. She has referred to herself as HBIC - Head Bitch In Charge - and also goes by the nickname New York.
:: American TV and stage producer David Gest, who appeared on the 2006 series of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! He was briefly married to Liza Minnelli and was best friends with Michael Jackson and his brothers.
Celebrity Big Brother's launch show is broadcast at 9pm on Channel 5.