Meet the first eight female housemates of Celebrity Big Brother
The new roster has an all-female cast as of now
Celebrity Big Brother came back with a bang with eight women entering the famous house for the special series launch.
The new season of the Channel 5 reality show kicked off on Tuesday night, hosted by presenter Emma Willis.
This series is a little different to normal — the first batch of housemates are all female, although male contestants will be added soon.
Channel 5 said it was launching the show with the female-only cast to mark the 100th anniversary of women over 30 being given the vote.
Former Liverpool player John Barnes will be the first man to enter the house on Friday.
"Putting the women in first and allowing them to settle and take control of the house before the men arrive will create an interesting dynamic," Tamsin Dodgson, Celebrity Big Brother's executive editor, told BBC News.
"How do the different groups cope with power and what impact does gender really have? Fundamentally though it will be a lot of fun to watch."
But who are these contestants? Let's have a look at these women who have already entered the CBB house.
At 81 years old, the Benidorm star is the oldest celebrity to enter the house so far this year.
Best known by some as Coronation Street's Alma, following her 20-year stint on the show, she sealed her acting career back in the 1960s with roles in two of the famous Carry On films: Carry On Cabby and Carry On Cleo.
Ann Widdecombe served as a Conservative MP from 1987 until 2010, and has become a familiar face on screens, appearing in a number of shows, including last year's Sugar Free Farm.
She appeared in Strictly Come Dancing in the year after she stepped down and made it to the ninth week with her partner Anton Du Beke. Ann is also a popular novelist, penning titles such as 2014 murder mystery, The Dancing Detective.
James is best known by television fans for her role in hit Channel 4 reality show, Made In Chelsea, but she has amassed thousands of social media followers with both her work as a DJ and her regular fashion updates.
Moreover, she hosts her own show on Hoxton Radio every Friday.
Transgender newsreader India has previously worked as a TV reporter. As Jonathan Willoughby, she was a reporter at ITV Border in the northeast and Cumbria.
She quit her presenting job in 2010 after a decade, but returned to TV five years later, having transitioned to a woman. She has recently appeared as a host on Loose Women and has also been a guest on This Morning.
The MTV presenter is no stranger to reality television after rising to fame on both The Only Way Is Essex and, more recently, Ex On The Beach.
She is also known by followers for running her own women's fitness brand and her work as a glamour model. She's also appeared in 2017's Dangerous Game alongside Calum Best and once dated Charlie Sheen.
The former detective constable was a key figure involved in the Rochdale abuse scandal.
After encouraging young victims of sexual abuse to speak to police, she famously resigned from her position over the way authorities handled the case.
She was recently portrayed by Lesley Sharp in the BBC dramatization of the case, Three Girls.
You'll probably recognize reality TV veteran Malika if you've ever watched Husbands of Hollywood, Dash Dolls or Hollywood Divas. A series regular on US reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Haqq claims some small acting roles, including Penny in Sky High (2005), Shay in Definitely Divorcing (2016) and Video Ho £3 in an episode of Entourage.
But the 34-year-old is perhaps most famous for her association with Khloe Kardashian — the pair have been best friends since they were 15. She will be entering the house just days after her close friend Khloe Kardashian announced her pregnancy.
Journalist Rachel Johnson was the first housemate to be announced for this series of CBB — as Channel 5 revealed her name before Christmas.
She has edited The Lady magazine and written weekly columns for The Telegraph and The Evening Standard. She currently writes for The Big Issue and The Mail on Sunday.
As the sister of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, she isn't the first person in her family to do reality TV — as her father Stanley appeared in the most recent series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
The show started on Tuesday, with Liverpool star John Barnes joining the house on Friday, followed by six other male contestants.
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