Celebrity Big Brother 2018 housemates: Full list of female contestants taking part in CBB's 'Year of the Woman'

Jacob Stolworthy
Channel 5

The new series of Celebrity Big Brother launched last night (2 January) on Channel 5 with an all-female house - a “gentle nod” to the landmark 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.

This year's house is currently comprised of women from different generations across all walks of life ranging from a former MP and journalist to a glamour model and Khloe Kardashian's best friend.

Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe leads this year's pack alongside novelist and former editor of The Lady, Rachel Johnson who has a famous celebrity big brother of her own - politician Boris.

Malika Haqq, known to fans of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, also entered as did Made In Chelsea star Ashley James, and glamour model Jess Impiazzi.

The UK's first transgender newsreader, India Willoughby, and 82-year-old veteran actor Amanda Barrie - best known as Coronation Street character Alma - rounds up the initial crop of housemates alongside Maggie Oliver, the detective constable who led the investigation into the Rochdale child sex abuse ring which served as inspiration of 2017 BBC drama Three Girls (she was played by Sarah Lancashire).

This was the second Big Brother launch in history to have seen just women enter the house following the reality competition's non-celebrity eighth series which aired on Channel 4 back in 2007.

Male celebrities will be entering the house throughout the series with the first - the identity of whom was announced on Big Brother's Bit on the Side following last night's launch - arriving this Friday (5 January).

The series is presented by Emma Willis.

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