It’s the reality TV show of the summer as once more Channel 5 open the doors to the world of the Big Brother house. But who’s who this year? Well let Channel 5 explain…
The 20-year-old Criminology and Sociology student grew up on a farm in Jersey. From the age of five Laruen was a gymnastics prodigy and by the age of 13 she had represented Jersey before taking up Karate. She’s currently a Black Belt and holds three world championship titles.
Her favourite party trick is tumbling or jumping into the splits at which “people are always amazed”. She claims to be a total “lightweight…after two drinks I think I’m on Dirty Dancing.”
Always the dumper in relationships Lauren is newly single, “it would be nice for there to be some good looking and intelligent guys in the house.” She thinks her toughest challenge in will be getting “annoyed by boys not doing washing up, who don’t clean the toilet. My room is always spotless.”
Arron’s looking to return to M.M.A after Big Brother. He’s mainly in it for the “glory” and loves being the centre of attention, “thousands of people watching the fight, coming out with your hand in the air… like being famous”.
He confesses that once he’s had a couple of drinks he always takes his top off in clubs, lifting up his shirt and showing off his abs. Currently single Arron’s not looking for anything new, “I’m a sucker for love; I fall in love like a big girl”. His strategy for winning Big Brother includes being a leader, getting others to like him and then playing them off against each other.
Sara is a 22-year-old Student/Model from Edinburgh who won Miss Edinburgh in 2010 and finished second in Miss Scotland 2011. (She believes that she should have won but was told she was too opinionated by the judges). She got her modelling break during a school catwalk show when she was 17/18, “I got jobs after that and was signed when I was 18/19”.
A wild, fun outrageous flirt Sara freely admits that she is very argumentative with a short temper. Sara is also a supporter of the Conservative party and a staunch Margaret Thatcher fan, “She was a great woman leader, did amazingly for the country”.
She’s been single for about a year “I could have a boyfriend if I wanted one. Most men think I’m really scary”. She doesn’t really think that she can win Big Brother, “It’s a popularity contest and there are a lot of people I don’t get on with”.
23-year-old Deana is currently Miss India UK and says that the greatest love of her life is money, “I don’t believe in love as every man is, or will be a cheater”.
Deana has successfully modelled in both the UK and India and, by the age of 18, had earned enough money to purchase her own house. She says she’s very ambitious and hardworking and that she finds boys easier to get on with than girls because they are jealous of her looks.
As her mother has always done everything for her and she employs servants when she is working in India, Deana has no idea how to wash up, iron and can’t cook.
She’s single at the moment but says that finding love is not her main goal. In the Big Brother House she thinks the toughest thing will be finding her own space and worries that her blunt honesty will lose her friends as it has done in the past.
Conor is a 24-year-old personal trainer and massage therapist from Northern Ireland –“I’m the sexiest 24-year-old from Derry. FACT!” The most important person in his life is him – “Basically I love myself.”
At 16 he won a place at the David Beckham Football Academy in London where he spent 4 days playing football with likes of Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. It is one of his proudest achievements as he was the only person from Northern Ireland to gain a place.
Conor’s party trick involves him wrapping his “man bit” around his wrist – people call it “the cock watch” and he claims it has got him plenty of interest from girls.
He thinks people’s un-cleanliness will be his biggest challenge in the Big Brother House because he’s a self-confessed “clean freak.”
Scott is a 20-year-old history student hoping to launch a career as a ‘celebrity historian’ after Big Brother.
He has an obsession with the British upper classes and the Regency Rakes from the 1800’s are his idols – he admires their cavalier attitude and how recklessly they spent money. A member of shooting and countryside societies at university he enjoys hunting game and would love to visit Africa and “bring trophies back”.
His most recent job was as an Avon Cosmetics Representative, he “quite fancied being an Avon lady” but he didn’t think it through as he “didn’t get any orders”.
Scott has never been in a long-term relationship; the longest lasted a month but he is on the look-out for love “it’s a never-ending crusade”. He says that his family are mostly unaware he is gay but suspects that they may have “gathered”.
Lydia, a 25-year-old professional dance, is engaged to Andy Scott-Lee. She met the reality star whilst dancing in a music video for his sister, Lisa Scott-Lee, of Steps fame.
As a child she attended three-hour dance classes, six days a week and professionally she has danced with Kylie Minogue and Kanye West, amongst others. She says that the best job she’s ever done was for the film ‘Mamma Mia’ where she was on screen for every ensemble number and even had a scene with Meryl Streep.
Lydia finds it hard to walk away from confrontation, “I can’t help but put my two pennies worth in – I pride myself on the ability to outwit my contender”. She’s very much in the show to win it, “I don’t go into something for the experience” and that she will win it by “letting people hang themselves. I’ll walk in and suss everyone out”
Lydia can’t drink alcohol because she’s allergic to it (she can’t even have it in food).
The 41-year-old Plus Size Model and animal rights campaigner is a former glamour model, who has appeared in countless publications and over 10 TV commercials.
Dogs are her pride and joy, “I’ve got five dogs, I’m the crazy dog lady” and recently set up a dog rescue charity. Since December they have homed 100 dogs, “I want to go worldwide with this. There is nothing more satisfying for your soul than saving a life”.
Eight years ago she became vegan, “it’s massive thing in my life, it defines me, and my values, I am secretly trying to turn everyone vegetarian.”
Her biggest challenge in the house will be cleanliness, “I’m very very tidy, so can’t stand it when people are not.” She is very clear why she wants to win Big Brother “I want the money, I want to start a vegan handbag and shoe company.”
This 28-year-old ex-Playboy Bunny from Lewisham says she’s a “professional arguer. I’m very logical and lyrically gifted… I’m taking the argument to the left and little do they know they are following”.
She’s currently the assistant manager in a nail varnish outlet but last year worked at the Playboy Casino in Mayfair as a hostess as well as being a ‘Jet bunny’ travelling on the Playboy jet. She met Hugh Hefner twice on her travels.
Her party trick is to smoke a cigarette with her boobs and she can down 10 tequila shots in 30 seconds.
Currently single Sheivonne thinks men are all liars and cheaters. She would only make an exception for Peter Andre on a white horse, and “even he’s a bit short”.
Chris is a 21-year-old flirty, silver-tongued doorman from Luton who also works as a bailiff.
He’s only recently moved out of home, renting what he calls his ‘shag pad’. Chris loves his work even though it’s put him in more than a few tricky situations including being held hostage and being bitten by a dog.
Chris describes himself as “a wind up merchant” and is fascinated with conspiracy theories, The Illuminati and anything paranormal. He goes to the gym “religiously, four-days a week, I’ve got a 50 inch chest” and describes his ideal woman as having “tattoos and tongue piercings. I like a girl that’s got swagger, red hair and fake boobs”.
Caroline, a 20-year-old former boarding school girl from Surrey, describes herself as “weird, embarrassing and a bit of a loser”. She also confesses that she is terrible with boys, “I’m not a very cool person; if I try to act aloof I come across socially inept”.
Caroline attended a private prep school, “for very sheltered little girls” where she was quite rowdy with her bad behaviour including “stealing all the wine at a parents’ evening and then stealing more wine at a school play. I was stomping around the stage, fell off it and threw up”.
The only paid job she’s had was as a Chugger (Charity Mugger) which her parents forced her to get when she dropped out of University. She didn’t last long as she dropped her phone down a toilet meaning her employers couldn’t contact her.
She’s never maintained a relationship for longer than a week, she says she “repels” boys, “I’m really inappropriate”. She doesn’t think she’ll win Big Brother, “I always think aloud, I’m very irritable and really blunt”.
The retail sales supervisor/part time barmaid believes that, “money does make you happy. It sorts out everything” but says that she is not a stereotypical Essex girl, “Yes I wear fake things when I go out but I’m not like that TOWIE lot”.
In the past she’s sold wine stocks and commodities which turned out to be very lucrative, “people say you can’t do it because you don’t have this or that like only two GCSEs but if you set your mind to it you can do it”.
Her dream job would be getting into TV or becoming an air hostess. She’s happily single but “I love flirting and chatting to boys as long as they have banter and can handle me they’re alright.”
Adam is 27 and was born in Burton-on-Trent but raised on the streets of Los Angeles where he became member of the infamous LA Crips gang.
He says that the best experience of his life so far has been getting clean and sober and back on the straight and narrow. Since the age of 19 he has worked hard to turn his life around and has worked as a mentor for young people in the US. He also wants to work with young adults with drug and alcohol problems in the UK.
People tend to find him intimidating but he doesn’t have a problem with it, “I would rather that than people trying to take the piss out of me all the time”.
He freely admits to having a high opinion of himself but people are surprised how much he cares when they get to know him. In the Big Brother House he’s most looking forward to the tasks and says, “I will be a leader”. When watching the most recent series of Celebrity Big Brother and seeing someone having to eat porridge and cow urine he says, “it just reminds me of the stupid things me and my boys do”.
Luke A is a 31-year-old development Chef, born in South Africa but raised in Wales. Most people in his life are unaware he was born female, “my family and wife know, that’s about it”. From a young age he felt like “a boy in a girl’s body”.
Luke has been married for two years, “I knew that she was the one, I was tired of chasing girls”. They knew each other about a week before he told her he was transgendered. Luke A’s main hobby at the moment is the gym, “I want to lose at least another stone and have bigger guns and I want a six pack”.
In the house Luke says he will get annoyed at messy people and “loud opinionated people as well as chavs”. He also doesn’t like people who don’t pull their weight. He is confident that he can win, “I have a competitive streak and can be Mr. Nice Guy, quite charismatic, but I can f**k people over to get on in the house. It is a game and I plan to play it.”
Benedict has taught Politics, R.E, Sociology, German, History, French and Geography but was suspended from his last teaching job in 2010 when it was revealed that he was a stripper and had worked in porn. He defended himself against the accusations of improper conduct at a General Teaching Council hearing; he can return to teaching in two years and remains a proud spokesperson for the porn industry.
Benedict lives with his 18-year-old foster son whom he says has given his life worth. He is a former student of his.
In the Big Brother house Benedict says he would hate to find himself in a house with very loud or very laddish people with “lots to prove but nothing to say”. He thinks he has a good chance of winning the show but knows that some will hate the teacher side of his personality.
Luke S is a 24-year-old nightclub promoter from Stoke On Trent. He’s a charmer who wins people over whether they like it or not “including your girlfriend!”
He dropped out of university to work in bars, and got well known in the club scene, which took him in another direction, into club promoting. “Guys want to be me, girls want to be with me”. He’s only had one serious relationship and says that his ideal type of girl would have a “proper tight body” and not be stupid as he likes a challenge, “if she frustrates me that’s a good thing”.
In the Big Brother House he says he’ll be super competitive, “I’m a bad loser; I’d find a way of making it look like it was fixed if I lost. I’d have a sulk”. When asked if he thinks he can win the show, he’s clear on his intent, “I wouldn’t even bother applying if I didn’t want to win. If I play monopoly, I want to win. It’s not about the taking part”.
THE WILDCARD CONTESTANTS
Bubbly larger than life 19 year old Rebecca is currently in her first year of drama college and has previously been an extra on Shameless. She picked up the bug for acting whilst at school “I’d love to have a show on CBeebies, no classical stuff, it has to be very exaggerated and contemporary, like a drag queen type. I want to be Mrs Tumbles”
Rebecca has only had one major relationship and she is still with him. She says she’s only fancied one boy, and that’s her boyfriend.
In the Big Brother House she says she’d like to be a leader “I’d get them all ship shaped, I’m a bit of bossy boots, I’m so strong willed, but don’t take things too seriously” and would prefer physical tasks, “but not going for a 2 mile run or owt”. She also thinks she’ll be the house gossip “I’m a nosey bitch! But I can keep a secret.”
33 year old Anthony is a writer, model and actor from Cardiff. As well as writing fantasy e-books, his most recent was a Vampire book set in London in 1929, he also plays flute “in a kind of jazz style in an electro band.
He’s worked as a Gothic / Alternative Model since 2008. “The last modelling job I did was for a student project as a Frank Zappa lookalike. I haven’t had much money out of it, but it has been fun.” He says his dream would be to be an actor or published novelist and he says that teaching English in China for a year was the best experience of his life.
In the Big Brother house he anticipates that he will be “Sleeping in, staying up late and occasionally I talk to myself, sometimes you find yourself vocalising thoughts, there’s no doubt about that.
30-year-old Bhavesh is a hospital receptionist from Mumbai who now lives in Bournemouth, he is in a Civil Partnership and would like to use his time in Big Brother to change the mindset of Indians about being gay.
He love dressing up as Amy Winehouse and has compared himself to Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher, he wants to be known as someone who has contributed to society.
In the Big Brother House he reckons he will be “extremely glamorous and very high maintenance” but openly admits he can be a bit of a diva “if something doesn’t go my way, I’ll sulk”
He thinks that Some people might find him a bit too loud in the house and that he will get on people’s nerves but feels he has “80-95% chance of winning” and has always been a big fan of the show.
Big Brother airs on Channel 5