Celebrity Big Brother 2012: Meet the housemates

Who is Who in This Year's Celebrity Big Brother

After months of speculation, tonight Big Brother finally revealed this year's second batch of celebrity housemates. Without a TOWIE cast member in sight, here are the thirteen Celebrity Big Brother celebrities we're all going to get to know a lot better over the next three weeks.

 

Ashley McKenzie

Judo athlete Ashley enters the Big Brother house fresh off the back of his London 2012 Olympic games appearance. Ashley went out in the first round of the men's 60kg category, losing out to eventual silver medalist Hiroaki Hiraoka. Diagnosed with ADHD and OCD, he has also spent time in a young offender's institute. Ashley claims that taking up Judo turned his life around and currently holds the number one junior ranking for his weight category in Britain.

Cheryl Fergison

Actress Cheryl is best known for playing the loveable Heather Trott in soap Eastenders, which she left earlier this year. Cheryl's other TV credits include 'Let's dance for Comic Relief', 'Loose Women' and 'Little Britain'.

Coleen Nolan

A woman of many talents, Coleen first shot to fame in the seventies as part of girl group The Nolans. Since then Coleen has gone on to forge a successful presenting career with credentials including 'This Morning' and 'Loose Women'. Coleen follows in the footsteps of former colleague Denise Welch who won the previous series earlier this year. No pressure then!

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino

No stranger to reality television, Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino garnered fame after appearing in hit US show 'Jersey Shore' in 2009. In 2011, Mike was offered a 'substantial' amount of money by Abercrombie and Fitch not to wear any of their clothing on the grounds that his association with the company could be seriously damaging to the brand.

Danica Thrall

Professional model Danica has graced the pages of men's mag favorites FHM, Maxim, Nuts and Loaded since beginning her career two years ago. She caught the public's attention earlier this year after appearing in Channel 4 documentary 'Sex, Lies and Rinsing Guys' which saw Danica use her modeling skills to make as much money as she could out of wealthy men.

MC Harvey

Best known for being part of garage band 'So Solid Crew', MC Harvey is the second member of the group to enter the Big Brother house following Romeo earlier this year. Harvey was previously married to singer Alesha Dixon with the two divorcing following his affair with talent show singer Javine. Last year, Harvey claimed to have had a relationship with Cheryl Cole, something she vehemently denied.

Julian Clary

Comedian Julian is best known for his camp persona and often-outrageous sense of humor. A familiar face to reality television shows, Julian previously appeared on 'Strictly come Dancing' and 'The Underdog Show'. His forthcoming stand up tour 'Position Vacant: Apply within' will see Julian embark on a search for a husband. But could he find one in the house first?

Julie Goodyear

Soap royalty Julie Goodyear is best recognised for her portrayal of feisty barmaid Bet Lynch on Coronation Street and was awarded an MBE for 'service to television drama' in 1996. Julie, 67, recently hit the headlines in 2010 when she married her ex-stalker Scott Brand age 41.

Jasmine Lennard

Jasmine rose to fame in 2005 as one of the finalists in TV show 'Make me a Supermodel'. Known for her outrageous behavior, Jasmine certainly isn't one for mincing her words, famously dubbing the show's head judge Rachel Hunter as 'Rachel Munter.' Jasmine is also alleged to have romanced both Simon Cowell and Christiano Ronaldo.

Prince Lorenzo Borghese

Lorenzo is a member of the Italian noble family, boasting an impressive ancestry including Pope Paul V. In 2006 he appeared in US hit television show 'The Bachelor' documenting his quest to find love. He is also an accomplished novelist, releasing his first book 'The Princess of Nowhere' in 2010.

Martin Kemp

English actor and musician Martin is most famously known as the bassist in 1980's band Spandau Ballet. After the group split, Martin went on to forge a successful career in acting, popularly portraying Steve Owen in BBC soap Eastenders.

Rhian Sugden

Page 3 model Rhian hit the headlines in 2010 after it was revealed that she had been engaging in a string of saucy text messages with married TV presenter Vernon Kaye. In 2011, Rhian tried her hand at acting, appearing in comedy 'Your Highness' alongside James Franco and Nathalie Portman.

Samantha Brick

Journalist and broadcaster Samantha Brick rose to prominence this year after the Daily Mail famously published an article she penned entitled; 'There are downsides to looking this pretty. Why women hate me for being beautiful'. The piece caused a public uproar with people labeling Samantha as 'self gratifying' and 'vain '.