Celebrity Big Brother's all-female cast is unveiled

Justin Harp
Photo credit: Channel 5

From Digital Spy

The Celebrity Big Brother house has opened its doors to an all-female lineup to celebrate the Year of the Woman.

Christmas and the New Year have passed, which can only mean that Emma Willis was back on Channel 5 on Tuesday night (January 2) to chuck a load of celebs into the nation's favourite mansion.

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But this year, there's a twist! To celebrate 100 years since women won the vote in the UK, the reality competition kicked off with only female stars entering the house. (At least to start with!)

Here's a full round-up of the ladies who made stylish entrances into the Celebrity Big Brother house this evening:

  • Jess Impiazzi, former Ex on the Beach star and glamour model
  • Ashley James, former Made in Chelsea star and socialite
  • Malika Haqq, Khloé Kardashian's BFF and recurring guest on Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  • Amanda Barrie, proper acting icon who starred in Carry On, Coronation Street and Are You Being Served?
  • India Willoughby, the nation's first-ever trans news reader
  • Rachel Johnson, accomplished journalist, sister of Boris Johnson and daughter of I'm a Celeb's Stanley Johnson
  • Ann Widdecombe, ex-Tory MP known for her controversial stances on marriage equality and abortion
  • Maggie Oliver, former detective who helped break up the infamous Rochdale child grooming ring depicted in the BBC's Three Girls
Photo credit: Channel 5

In addition to the all-female line-up of housemates, Celebrity Big Brother invited only an all-female live audience and even gave its iconic announcer Marcus Bentley the night off!

It wouldn't be Celebrity Big Brother without a twist, so don't count on the house staying all-female for long. The male housemates - rumoured to include Love Island's Jonny Mitchell and The Apprentice's Andrew Brady - are expected to turn up in four days' time.

Celebrity Big Brother continues on Wednesday (January 3) at 9pm on Channel 5, followed by Rylan Clark-Neal with Bit on the Side at 11.05pm.

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