Celebrity Big Brother

D.O.B: 02 October 1989

Home town: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Job: Playboy Playmates

Star sign: Libra

Interesting fact:

After moving into the Playboy Mansion in 2008, the gorgeous twins became two of Hugh Hefner’s three new girlfriends.

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Glamour girl twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon are American glamour models who are best known for being Playboy Playmates.

After moving into the Playboy Mansion in 2008, the gorgeous twins became two of Hugh Hefner’s three new girlfriends. This catapulted them into fame and they began appearing on the hit US reality television series, The Girls Next Door.

With a strong fan base, the twins proved a great success in the show and pulled in millions of viewers, making the season premiere the most-watched programme in the show’s history.

As their romantic relationship with Hugh Hefner ended, the American beauties moved out of the Playboy Mansion and concentrated on their television career as well as appearing in an honour-winning film in 2010.

D.O.B: 14 May 1985

Home town: Dublin

Job: Model

Star sign:

Interesting fact:

Georgia’s modelling career began at the age of 14 after she was spotted on the street by a talent scout for Select Model Management.

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Gorgeous Georgia Salpa, 26, is a Greek-born Irish model who currently stands as Ireland’s favourite pin-up. A proud career woman, Georgia says: “Everyone finds what they are good at, and this is my niche.”

Georgia has promoted everything from fake tan to wrestling, most of which whilst wearing her beloved bikinis. Her career was properly launched when she became the only Irish finalist in the first “High Street Honeys” competition run by FHM magazine.

Although it was reported that she would be an “ideal companion” for Jungle runner-up Mark Wright, Georgia has openly admitted that it is his Essex co-star, Kirk Norcross that has caught her attention…

On the many Internet sites dedicated to Georgia, she is often compared to Kim Kardashian and Georgia jokes that she would contemplate plastic surgery to achieve a Kardashian-style bum!

D.O.B: 25 July 1974

Home town: Bridgend

Job: Ex rugby player

Star sign: Leo

Interesting fact:

Known by the nickname “Alfie”, Gareth is famous for his unusual celebration technique. When he scores tries, he slaps his head and has sparked this popular phenomenon amongst his supporters

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Gareth Thomas is a retired Welsh professional rugby player who is highly commended for his success and achievements in his sport. After starting his career playing at youth level, Gareth continued his first class career at Bridgend where he stayed and returned to for a number of years.

He made his debut for Wales in 1995 before scoring a Welsh record in 1999 by becoming one of only seven players to score four tries for his country. He continued to break records and in the 2007 Rugby World Cup he created sporting history when he became the first Welshman to win 100 international caps in Rugby Union. He is now listed 11th in the world on the international list of leading rugby union test try scorers.

Since his retirement in 2011, Gareth has continued to take part in charity work, using his influence to help others. He was voted top of the Pink List 2010 of the 101 most influential gay people in the UK and he received Stonewall’s Hero of the Year award in October 2010.

Since coming out as an openly gay man, Gareth has become a vocal supporter of Childline and has commented that “if [coming out as gay] makes one young lad pick up the phone to Childline, then it will have been worth it.”

D.O.B: 13 January 1993

Home town: Brighton

Job: Entertainer

Star sign: Capricorn

Interesting fact:

Although Frankie was rumoured to be dating his fellow X-Factor contestant, Amelia Lily, he insists he is single.

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Frankie Cocozza was catapulted into the spotlight in 2011 after successfully auditioning for the X-Factor. At his first audition in front of a live audience and panel of judges, Frankie proved his cheeky personality, which ultimately got him through to the live finals of the show and earned him a loyal fan base.

Mentored by Take That’s Gary Barlow, Frankie continued to do well in the show until he sensationally left, a move which he says made him “feel free.” The controversial star hopes he will get a career out of his success so far and is ambitious to become a television presenter: “I’d like to be like George Lamb, he’s cool.”

He is excited about being in the most famous house in Britain and is sure to bring some of his fun-loving personality to this Celebrity Big Brother series.

D.O.B: 22 May 1958

Home town: North Shields

Job: Actress / Television Presenter

Star sign: Gemini

Interesting fact:

Denise is married to actor Tim Healy. They have two children.

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Denise Welch is an actress and television presenter whose career kick-started when she left London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 1979. Although she has worked in theatre, Denise is probably best known for her career in television and has appeared in hit dramas such as Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Byker Grove, A Kind of Living and Spender.

In the early nineties, Denise became a household name as she took on the role of Marsha Stubbs in the drama series, Soldier Soldier. Following on from her success in this show, she turned to a music career and released a double-A side single, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me/Cry Me a River” which remained in the UK singles charts for three weeks.

Denise’s success continued to grow as she was cast as Natalie Horrocks in Coronation Street. A popular character, Natalie rose to landlady the famous Rover’s Return.

Since then, Denise has continued to guest star in shows including Where the Heart Is, Holby City, The Bill, Doctors, Down to Earth, Born and Bred and Hollyoaks and is a firm favourite on British TV screens.

Most recently, Denise is known for her four year long role in the highly successful drama, Waterloo Road. She is also famed for her opinionated personality and for being a regular panellist on the topical chat show, Loose Women.

D.O.B: 15 December 1972

Home town: Kettering

Job: Entertainer / Dancer

Star sign: Sagittarius

Interesting fact:

He is the lead singer and songwriter for his own group, Starman.

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British born Andrew Stone is an all round entertainer whose career has spanned 30 years and has seen him embrace theatre, television, music, dance and DJing. Most recently he starred in the hit television show ‘Pineapple Dance Studio’ alongside Louie Spence. Andrew says: “I would say, as a dancer, I’m as good as Justin Timberlake.”

Since training at the Central School of Ballet, Andrew has starred in five West End musicals as well as festivals and concert venues around the world. He has performed with Kylie Minogue, Christina Aguilera, Tina Turner and Ricky Martin to name a few. In 2010 his band ‘Starman’ released their first debut digital only single, “I Don’t Wanna Dance”, which reached number four in the independent breakers chart the week of release.

Andrew, who started dancing at the age of 8, says he was born for show business: “I’ve sung with Tina Turner, I’ve danced with Britney Spears, my CV speaks volumes so I’m not a wannabe.”

Andrew declares himself as proud to be metro sexual and says that although he is often mistaken to be gay, his ideal woman is “a girl who dresses sassily and sexily, who’s not scared to put it out there and doesn’t play games. I’m very visual, I’m a very sexual person and what you look like means a hell of a lot to me.”

When talking about fame, Andrew says: “I’m not fame hungry and I’m not a wannabe. I can cut it! I’m in it to win it and I will not give up.” On his own fame, Andrew says: “I’m bigger than Corrie.”

Birthday: 6 September 1980

Job: Television presenter, actress, singer and writer

Star sign: Virgo

Interesting fact: The Big Brother house is the 46th house Kerry has lived in

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 on to 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 Atomic Kitten, Kerry made the successful transition into a television career, starring in several of her own reality shows including, My Fair Kerry, Kerry Katona: Crazy in Love, Kerry Katona: Whole Again, and Kerry Katona: What’s the Problem?

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.

Birthday:  8 November 1975

Job: Actress

Star sign: Scorpio

Interesting fact: Tara once booked a room at a London hotel just to house all of her shoes

Born in Wyckoff, New Jersey, Tara Reid began acting at a young age and went on to become a regular face on US game show Child’s Play.

During her teenage years, Tara made guest appearances on some of America’s best-loved shows, including Saved By The Bell: The New Class, Days of our Lives and All My Children.

In 1997, Tara moved to the bright lights of Hollywood to focus on her film career, the next year winning a breakout role in the Cohen Brothers’ cult classic The Big Lebowski.

Tara followed up her success with supporting roles in box-office hits Cruel Intentions and Urban Legend, before hitting the jackpot with a role as virginal Vicky in American Pie and, three years later, American Pie 2. In 2012, Tara will return to the big screen in comedy sequel American Pie 4: American Reunion.

Age: 52

Job: TV personality

Hometown: Wherever his family are

Interesting fact: CBB 2011 will mark the first time in 33 years that Paddy has slept in a bed without his wife

Born again Christian, Paddy Doherty, rose to fame when he appeared on the documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

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.

Job: Beautician and TV personality

Hometown: Essex

Interesting fact: Amy was once a member of the Essex County Table Tennis team

Flame-haired glamour girl Amy Childs rose to fame in 2010, when she emerged as the breakout star of BAFTA award-winning reality show 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’.

Now in demand, Amy 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.

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