The contestants seeking to win Big Brother crown
These are the female contestants appearing in the new series of Big Brother.
* Noirin Kelly, 25
Retail manager from Dublin
A former All-Ireland athletics champion who describes herself as a "girly girl", Noirin says she believes education is the answer to everything.
She is a self-assured straight talker, though she says she has a bad habit of speaking before she thinks, so could end up insulting people unintentionally.
Noirin is a practising Roman Catholic and lives with her parents and younger siblings.
* Beinazir Lasharie, 28
Study support assistant from London
Beinazir's family were forced to flee their native Pakistan and seek asylum in the UK when she was one year old after her father - a supporter of Benazir Bhutto after whom she was named - received death threats over his political views.
She says growing up with two brothers has made her an "alpha female", and she thinks she will make a "wicked housemate", though her high-energy levels might get others down.
Beinazir says she believes that all religions preach the same thing and describes herself as a humanitarian. Working with children has made her more patient, humble and open-minded, she says.
Her life philosophy is: "You get what you give, you are what you eat, work hard play hard, and be yourself".
* Sophie Reade, 20
Glamour model from Cheshire
Sophie, whose bra size is 30GG, has been working as a glamour model for two years, posing nude for UK Playboy magazine and appearing at motorbike shows - but has never told her parents.
She lives at home with her parents, two older brothers and Chihuahuas Army and Moo, and says she regrets not going to university.
Though she makes no claims to great intelligence, she hates the "blonde bimbo" label and says she would make a good "president" of England because everyone would listen to her.
Sophie says she cares deeply about the war in Iraq and has raised more than £10,000 for the troops, and likes US President Barack Obama because "his daughters look cute".
* Angel McKenzie, 35
Professional boxer and artist from south London
Originally from Russia, Angel is an ex-rock star who moved to England 12 years ago and now runs a gym owned by her adopted "father", a former British and European boxing champion.
She is passionate about boxing and fitness, neither smokes nor drinks alcohol and says she will approach the Big Brother experience as if it were a boxing bout.
Angel left home at 24 to pursue a career as a rock star, and was well known in Russia.
* Lisa Wallace, 41
Unemployed and from Birmingham
Lisa has worked in various factories throughout her life and says she has learned to go without and is not greedy.
She was a geeky teenager who came out as a lesbian to a teacher after being teased about it, and admits to being a perfectionist when it comes to her hair and make-up.
Lisa is also a stickler for cleanliness at home, and says her home is so spotless you could eat off the floor.
She enjoys flirting with both sexes and would love to "turn" Angelina Jolie.
* Sophia Brown, 26
Private banking assistant from London
Sophia, who is 4ft 11in and has suffered from lupus since she was young, describes herself as fun, fierce and feisty.
Her proudest achievement was getting an A* in GCSE English and says she was an ideal student at school, though she gave up on her dream of becoming a lawyer because she thought it would be too boring.
Sophia is single and says men give her headaches because she does not know what they want. She does not need a man to make her feel special.
Her worst habits are are randomly breaking into song, farting all the time and talking to herself.
* Karly Ashworth, 21
Unemployed and from Fife
A part-time glamour model and one of FHM's "high street honeys", Karly says her job defines her 100% as she loves to show off, knows how to work the camera, and loves looking good.
Her proudest achievement was being accepted to study art and design at Dundee University, though she left after only three weeks.
Karly is passionate about women's rights, empowering women and stopping domestic violence.
She believes in God but would not class herself as a proper Christian as she has had sex before marriage. She says girls generally think she is a bitch but they are just jealous of her.
Karly believes she can win this series of Big Brother, though she says that her untidiness may make her unpopular with her fellow housemates. She is a massive flirt but will not make the first move as she likes to be elusive.
Her favourite part of her body is her bum.
* Saffia Corden, 27
Beauty consultant from Nottingham
A mother of two, Saffia hates people who stereotype her as a single mum and strives to be just the opposite.
She is adamant that no man would ever come between her and her children and will miss them "immensely" but BB will be "her time". Single Saffia said she considered turning lesbian because she is sick of men.
Saffia says she always gets what she wants and says she's usually seen as a show-off, a bitch and a fantastic mother, and she says all are true.
She says she is very competitive but does not think she will win. She is taking part in Big Brother to provide some direction in her life
Men bidding for the Big Brother crown
* Rodrigo Lopes, 23
Student from Brazil
Rodrigo is half Italian, half Brazilian and came to the UK to study and to search for a better life. His family still lives in Brazil and he speaks to them every day, though he does not want to go back to Brazil, saying: "England is everything to me."
He thinks that British people find him "very strange" because he hugs and kisses people and is very tactile.
Before he came to the UK he wasn't interested in men but now he thinks he might be gay, although on average he dates an equal amount of men and women.
Rodrigo describes himself as ambitious and good-hearted although he thinks his mother would say he is a little feisty at times because when he sees something wrong he can't keep quiet.
He once paid a taxi fare by giving the driver his shoes when he realised he had no money, and says his bad habits are picking his nose and feet when he is alone and farting and blaming it on other people.
After he finishes studying he wants to open a shop, although he doesn't know what kind of shop yet.
* Frederick George Fisher, 23
Entrepreneur from Market Drayton
Oxford University graduate Freddie describes himself as a polymath: a free spirit for whom 2009 is about blossoming, which is why he decided to go into the Big Brother house.
Freddie lives with his parents in a stately home and gets annoyed when people put his achievements down to the wealth of his parents.
He says his parents are clever, but they annoy him sometimes, but their house is so large it doesn't matter as he only sees them at meal times.
Freddie was a member of the Young Conservative Association although says he is an anarchist at heart.
He has thought about becoming a politician though when he was four he wanted to be a palaeontologist and his dream job would be to be a rock star.
Freddie says he gets on with his siblings but has only recently got to know them as they were all at different boarding schools, and when he was seven years old he suddenly had "existential fear" that he was always going to be a mummy's boy and never be able to stand on his own two feet.
He does not own a TV and claims not to know how Big Brother works.
* Charlie Drummond, 22
Customer Service Adviser from Newcastle
Charlie won the Newcastle heat of Mr Gay UK in 2007 and has worked as a model, though he now works in customer service for the JobCentre, which he says he loves.
He says his favourite part of his job is walking into the office in the morning and saying "Good morning angels" to his colleagues, who reply "Good morning Charlie".
A huge Big Brother fan, Charlie thinks he has a good chance of winning as he thinks the public will keep him in the house as it would be dull with out him. He says he has no game plan, and just wants to be himself in the house.
When he was younger he dreamed of being a pop star and wanted to be in a boy band, and says he was always the centre of attention at school.
Even now people think he is a show off, he says, and admits to a love of podium dancing on nights out.
As a child he left his pet frogs Freddie and Eddie outside one night, causing them to freeze. He tried to thaw them out with a hairdryer and now has a phobia of the amphibians.
* Kris Donnelly, 24
Visual Merchandiser from Shrewsbury
Kris says he dropped out of university after the girls stopped doing his work for him, and despite having no job ambitions when younger, has worked as a model.
He says he is currently single through choice because he is waiting for "the one", although he says he manages to pull someone every time he goes out.
Kris thinks people see him as good looking, confident and focused, but he says this is wrong.
"It is like having a Ferrari on the outside and a Skoda in the middle," he says.
Because of his looks no one expects any personality from him, he says, and adds "when the package is this pretty no one cares what is inside".
Kris thinks he will pass every task BB sets the house unless it involves shaving his head. He also thinks he can win.
Siavash Sabbaghpour, 23
Events organiser originally from Iran but now living in the UK
Siavash grew up in Iran but moved to the UK when he was a child and lives with his mum but mostly stays with friends. He says he has never paid a rent bill in his life.
He dropped out of university, where he was studying fashion, saying he hated it because he was surrounded by people without money.
Siavash says he is a slave to fashion and clothes define the individual. He is currently waiting for his big break to become a stylist, declaring that he is going to be the biggest designer ever as he "knows how to do stuff".
He also admits to being a sponger, getting his friends to pay for everything for him, and will only go out if someone else pays for the table.
Because his friends are designers, he says, he does not have to pay for clothes either.
Siavash says his biggest regret in life is not having a bigger penis, and his bad habits include blowing bubbles with his spit.
In the future he would like to get married and adopt children because he says there is no point having your own because so many are already homeless.
* Sree Dasari, 25
Student union elected president from India
Sree grew up in India, and left the country for the first time when he came to England to study for a masters degree in business.
He grew up with cleaners and cooks, and says that now his female housemates look after him instead. Sree says that girls tend to love him as he can flatter anyone.
Sree intends to stay a virgin until he meets the right girl. He is looking for someone that is patient, committed and honest and says his ideal woman is Beyonce.
Sree speaks to his parents every day. He calls them "living gods" because they have given him life and says he is close to all of his family.
His main ambition is to be an actor or prime minister but he would also like to be a celebrity so that he can work for charities and raise awareness of disease.
* Cairon Austin-Hill, 18
Student from Florida
Cairon was born in London but moved to Florida when he was a year old and returned to the UK two years ago and now lives in the capital with his dad. Cairon is studying performing arts and one day would like to work in the music industry, ideally as a Hip Hop artist.
He describes himself as a typical teenager who loves drinking, smoking and partying and says that people see him as a joker or a "sarcastic prick".
His father calls him Casanova as he used to be a "player" but he says he has calmed down this aspect of his personality.
Cairon does not think that Big Brother will change him as a person and says he will continue with his education and follow the same dreams. He predicts he will come in the top five.
* Marcus Akin, 35
Window fitter from London
Sharing a house could be problematic for Marcus - he says he has not done it in 20 years.
He describes himself as a big child in a man's body and likes to exaggerate to tell a "cool story", and thinks Big Brother will be "like a mini Butlins and a regression into childhood".
Marcus has a Siamese cat which he describes as "a bit of a bastard" as it steals money and sabotages plants.
He enjoys evening classes and has completed courses in Japanese, interior design, grounds maintenance, health and safety, food safety, first aid and construction and is currently doing an IT course.
One of the proudest moments in his life was renovating the windows in Windsor Castle and he says his ideal job would be a porn star or toy designer.
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