Some of this year's Celebrity Big Brother contestants
20 year old Bedford-born Lacey is most famous for being The Sun’s Page 3 Idol winner in 2011. Since being spotted in Ayia Napa, she has modelled for the likes of Nuts, Front and Loaded as well as being involved in the iconic Lynx campaigns.
Lacey has released two calendars and appeared as a Soccer AM ‘Soccerette’ with ex-CBB housemate, Rhian Sugden. "Modelling for Page 3 Idol has made me feel sexy and confident. I've never really felt like that before. I've never loved myself!" she said. Banghard's mother has always been supportive of her career choices and it was actually her idea for Lacey to become a glamour girl.
Lacey’s surname attracts a lot of attention and her nickname is 'Bangers'. When it comes to her unique title, she says 'I've had every joke you can think of thrown at me. It doesn't happen so much now – just the odd brave guy. I'm used to it. I don't care.'
On going into the Celebrity Big Brother house, Lacey thinks she’ll struggle with being woken up as she’s not a morning person. She’ll also miss her favourite food, Nandos.
35 year old Claire is best known as a star of 90s pop group, Steps. Following a brief stint in girl band TSD she joined Steps at the age of 19 and the band went on to receive record sales of over 20 million. Famed for their dance routines as well as their catchy pop tunes, Steps were constantly topping the charts, won countless awards and sold out tours all over the world. After the Beatles, they were the most successful British pop group ever. Following the band's split in 2001, Claire briefly joined forces with ex-bandmate 'H' to form a duo act which saw them singing together as well as presenting kids' TV shows Steps to the Stars and SM: tv Live.
Following Steps’ split, Claire has spoken about her struggle with depression and after battling with eating disorders to stay thin throughout her time in the band, Claire found comfort in eating: "From the age of 17 to 25, I was in the music industry and had someone to organise my life. Then it stopped. I ended up sitting around wasting time and getting fat." Claire's weight has been a big talking point and she appeared on our television screens once again in BBC documentary Claire Richards: My Big Fat Wedding. Following the documentary, Claire released a best-selling fitness DVD.
In recent years, Claire has been back on our TV screens in Popstar to Opera Star, Slave to Food, Celebrity Master Chef and The Steps Reunion which followed the iconic pop group making their comeback after a decade. Following this, Steps reformed and were back at the top of the UK album charts and an ultimate UK tour. Of the reunion, Claire says: 'At some points it's been a bit weird, but most of the time it’s like no time has gone by at all, which is weird given that we've been apart longer than we were together. We've all grown up, had babies, got married, got divorced...and got married again!'
41 year old Italian, Frankie Dettori MBE is one of the most famous and successful jockeys of his generation. Having won over 3000 races, the Dubai World Cup three times and 14 British Classics, Dettori made history in 1996 when he achieved seven wins on a single day at Ascot, costing bookies £25 million. In November of this year, Frankie made the headlines after failing a surprise drugs test; he has been temporarily suspended from riding in races.
Frankie was born to a champion jockey father and circus performer mother. He left school at 13 and moved to Britain in 1985 to be a Race Horse Trainer’s apprentice.
Frankie recalls his days as an apprentice: 'We were too young to go to the pub so we hung out at the bookies.’ As his visits became more frequent, Frankie said: 'When you're into gambling like that every day and hooked on it, it really is better than sex.' Married with five children, Frankie was awarded an MBE for his services to sport in 2000. He quickly found a place in the nation's hearts on the quiz show A Question of Sport and acted as a team captain. As well as his commitments to sport, Frankie owns a chain of restaurants with celebrity chef Marco Pierre White and lives up to his nickname 'Funtime Frankie', counting professional DJing as a hobby. He has broken most of the bones in his body due to riding accidents and says his guilty pleasure is a burger from McDonalds.
Actress Gillian is best known as one of the most loved characters in the iconic British soap, EastEnders where she played Kathy Beale before leaving in 1998.
Famed for her gritty drama performances, Gillian has also appeared in Casualty, The Bill and Footballer’s Wives and in recent years took part in entertainment show, Strictly Come Dancing. As well as the small screen, Gillian appeared on stages across the UK this year in musical Girls Night alongside her sister, Kim. Gillian has also become a favourite panellist on Loose Women, where she doesn't shy away from voicing her strong opinions!
Gillian now lives in Hertfordshire with her 2 children. In 2009, she split from her businessman husband after 23 years of marriage. On her notoriously rocky relationship, Gillian said splitting was ‘a tough decision, but the right one.' She remains positive about her love life and she says 'I'm a huge romantic. I definitely haven't given up on men. I'd love to fall in love again. Why not? You're never too old for romance.'
Neil 'Razoz' Ruddock
Ruddock is a former professional footballer, actor and television personality. His career as a central defender spanned from 1986 – 2003 and after making his debut on the pitch at Millwall, he played for Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Liverpool, West Ham and was once capped by England.
Whilst playing for Southampton in the late eighties, Ruddock's celebration technique became known as the 'Ruddock Stomp'.
Never far from controversy, he was also part of the Liverpool squad infamously known as the 'Spice Boys' alongside David James, Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore.
Once he had left football, Neil found himself in demand on TV. From appearing as a panellist on A Question of Sport to being a campmate in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here he proved a TV natural. He kept his hand in sport, with shows including Razor Ruddock’s Pass & Move Soccer School and Football Saved My Life, where he attempted to change the life of fifteen dysfunctional men through their involvement with football. Neil has also starred in ITV drama Fat Friends and recently appeared on Celebrity Total Wipeout.
Supermodel of the 1980s, Hamilton was discovered by David Bailey before going onto star in the VW 'changes' advert and modelling for brands from Revlon and Clinique to Gap.
Paula has admitted to alcohol and drug additions that affected her throughout her 20s, a topic she explored in her bestselling autobiography Instructions not Included. She considers herself to be a spiritual person, saying she has had many past lives as a baker and a sea captain.
She also feels deeply connected to nature and says that 'If I am a devotee to anything, it’s Mother Nature.' Paula loves her body and describes herself as a '50 year old with the body of a 20 year old'.
Simon Cowell became Paula’s childhood sweetheart at the age of 12 and they dated for seven years. Of her ex-flame, Paula said: 'I haven't been invited onto his yacht and I don’t want to go anyway.'
Rylan is best known for his flamboyant performances on this year's X Factor. Following spats with judge Gary Barlow and several songs for survival, Rylan made it to the quarter final shows after an impressive eight weeks in the competition. Mentored by Nicole Sherzinger, his performances saw him flying out of planes to the Spice Girls and coining his own type of 'Rylan Style' in excessive costumes.
X Factor wasn't the first time that Rylan has graced our screens and earlier this year, party animal Rylan scooped second place in the modelling TV series, Signed by Katie Price. As well as modelling, Rylan was also part of a Spanish boy band called 4bidden and has performed in Take That and Westlife tribute bands. A week after leaving the X Factor, he was presenting morning TV as the Guest Entertainment Editor on Daybreak.
Rylan spends a lot of time perfecting his look and admitted: ‘All my money goes on what I look like, if I can’t eat, I can’t eat. At least I’ve got my colour match right.’ Rylan is single after having his heartbroken three years ago. He says ‘I can’t wait to have kids. I've never been with a girl, it's not my thing but I’m not ruling it out. I want the Range Rover, the husband and two kids. I want to take my boy to football on a Sunday and my little girl dancing on a Wednesday.'
Aussie actor Ryan Maloney is best known for playing the iconic Jarrod 'Toadfish' Rebecchi in Neighbours since 1995, starting out in the soap at just 16. The endearing Toadie hasn't always been lucky in love with his first wife Dee dying on their wedding day and a jilting at the alter by Steph. During his 17 years in the soap, Ryan has had to deal with an array of dramatic storylines from being held hostage and blackmailed to having his ponytail cut off by Lou Carpenter!
As well as his award-winning acting in the soap, Ryan starred in an extremely successful production at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2004. Honesty was sold out for the whole season and broke box office records. On the British stage, we have seen him using his comedy charms in panto. As well as a daily fix of Ryan in Neighbours, he took part in Channel 5’s Celebrity Wedding Planner earlier this year and made sure the wedding had an Aussie influence with didgeridoo players to entertain guests.
Ryan got married in 2003 and has two children. He is a keen charity worker.
Sam is best known for his time on the cobbles of Coronation Street playing Adam Barlow. As well as Corrie, Sam has appeared in Scottish soap River City, Sky One's The Match and E4's Beaver Falls.
Taking the model-turned-actor route, Sam joined the cast of Corrie having never acted before: 'I was 18 and I'd not done any acting whatsoever. I went along to the audition and after a couple of call-backs I got it. So that was me, going from being a student with no acting experience to suddenly being on the set within six weeks.'
Sam left the soap after three years because he felt he had become 'public property'. He worked on his acting and came back in 2009 as Flynn in teen comedy drama Beaver Falls.
Heidi Montage and Spencer Pratt
Reality television stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt – also known as 'Speidi' – shot to fame in MTV’s popular show, The Hills. They are known for their turbulent relationship which dominated the show's storylines for many seasons. The blonde bombshell called of their engagement briefly in 2007 but the pair married in a lavish and dramatic ceremony which aired during a pivotal episode of The Hills.
Spencer, who is known for his controversial opinions, was named 'Top Villain of reality television' in America's TV Guide. As well as Laguna Beach and Princes of Malibu, the extravagant pair also had a stint in the US version of I'm A Celebrity… Get Me out of Here, lasting a mere four days before infamously quitting. The born again Christian couple released a book called How to be Famous in 2009 which included tips like 'Sexy girls get all the attention, not good girls' and 'never leave the house without full hair and makeup'.
In 2009, Heidi famously underwent 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day including a nose job, fat injections in her cheeks, neck liposuction and buttock implants. Of her procedures, Heidi said: 'I was an ugly duckling' and described herself as being 'an upgraded version of me' after the surgery. Only a year later, Heidi admitted that she is against plastic surgery.
Spencer has openly admitted that he believes 'Speidi' are 'the most famous people in the world' and says: 'I would do reality TV forever. It's so much cooler to have people come up to me and be like "Spencer Pratt!" and know my name, than to be Orlando Bloom who's famous for being some pirate.'
Tricia Penrose is best known for her iconic role as Gina Ward in long-running drama, Heartbeat. She has also appeared in The Royal, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Celebrity Masterchef and Who Wants to be a Millionaire to name a few.
One of Tricia's favourite memories is working opposite Gary Barlow when he appeared on Heartbeat. Another celebrity friend includes Tara Palmer-Tomkinson who she raised £780,000 for charity with in the Comic Relief does Fame Academy competition in 2007.
As well as acting, Tricia is a keen singer and was in a duo act called 'Second Image' with her mum when she was a teen. In 2002, she reached the final of A Song for Europe, coming close to winning the chance to represent the UK at Eurovision.
Party animal Tricia is married to entrepreneur and TV presenter, Mark Simpkin. They have two children. She'll be taking tips for CBB from friend Denise Welch who won Celebrity Big Brother this year.