Gay British comedian Julian Clary was one of 13 celebrities to move in to the Big Brother house last night for the tenth series of Celebrity Big Brother.
Describing himself as ‘renowned homosexual’, Clary said he should be alright in the Big Brother house, as long as he can have three hours alone in the bathroom every day.
Clary told host, winner of Big Brother 2 Brian Dowling, that ‘the main reason I’m going into the house is to widen my circle’.
It will be Clary’s second experience of reality TV after competing in BBC dance show Strictly Come Dancing in 2004, where he came third.
Clary’s housemates/competitors include ex-soap stars Julie Goodyear, Martin Kemp and Cheryl Fergison, Nolan Sister and TV presenter Colleen Nolan, So Solid Crew MC Harvey and Judo Olympics contendor Ashley McKenzie.
The 13 celebrities include models Danica Thrall, Rhian Sugden and Jasmine Lennard, Italian Prince Lorenzo Borghese, Jersey Shore star Mike Sorrentino and journalist Samantha Brick, who was ridiculed earlier this year for writing a column about the downside of being beautiful.
The celebrities will compete for popularity in the house and from viewers to be the last one standing in the house in three weeks time.
The non-celebrity version of Big Brother culminated just three days ago, with transgender man Luke Anderson winning the hearts of the British public and voted winner.
Clary has been a household name in Britain since the 1980s. Recently he’s been a frequent contestant on BBC Radio Four comedy quiz Just a Minute and published a novel called Briefs Encountered, inspired by living in Noel Coward’s old house.
In May, Clary left the inneundo aside for a serious interview with British newspaper The Daily Telegraph in which he compared the campaign for same-sex marriage to the Suffragette’s fight for votes for women.