A heavily tattooed glamour model, a former male escort and a woman who runs a "gold-digger" website are among the bunch of housemates who began a stint on 'Big Brother' on Thursday night.

They were joined by a deaf Harry Styles look-a-like and identical teenage twins who work on a supermarket checkout as nine contestants joined the latest run of the series.

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    <strong>Sallie Axl, 26, from Liverpool</strong> The model and DJ claims to have slept with more than 70 women and a string of celebrity men but says she dumped her last boyfriend after she found him checking her phone. She says her biggest achievement is travelling around the world with her daughter.

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    <strong>Sam Evans, 23, from Wales</strong> The stockroom assistant was born with around 80% hearing loss and wants to be a role model for other deaf children who are embarrassed about wearing hearing aids. He compares himself to cockney wheeler-dealer Del Trotter and has played for the Wales and Great Britain deaf football teams and says he is not always able to follow conversations properly.

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    <strong>Callum Knell, 28, from Rochester in Kent</strong> The children's sports coach said he is worried his housemates will be annoyed by his "very good looks" but thinks he will win any arguments because he is so intelligent, which he says is his "trump card". He is single and says he is not looking for love in the house but will definitely "crack on" with someone.

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    <strong>Dexter Koh, 28, from Liverpool</strong> The self-styled celebrity publicist claims to have worked as a male escort, magician and strip club manager before setting up a PR firm in the East End of London. He hit the headlines last year when he claimed to have blown six-figure sums on escort girls and drinks in upmarket clubs and describes his love life as "complicated".

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    <strong>Jack and Joe Glenny, 18, from Cheshunt in Hertfordshire</strong> The pair of identical twins have the same job - as supermarket checkout assistants - and share everything from hobbies to the same bedroom. They love musicals and idolise Richard Branson because as Jack says: "He is dyslexic and now he has an island."

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    <strong>Jemima Slade, 41, from London</strong> The 41-year-old runs a dating site for gold diggers and also works as a hairdresser. The mother-of-one said she will miss her family and plans to deal with it by bonding with her "new family" in the house, but says she does not want to live with smelly people, lazy people or smokers.

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    <strong>Sophie Lawrence, 20, from Canning Town in east London</strong> The dental nurse comes from a Gypsy family who run a scrapyard business, has a black belt in karate and admits she has a temper. But she does not take herself too seriously, saying: "I have webbed feet and I'm always joking about them. You have to laugh at yourself."

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    <strong>Wolfy Millington, 20, from Bolton but now lives in Falmouth, Cornwall</strong> The student is a practising Shamen who says she connects "with earth through love and harmony". She says she can talk to animals and also works as a mackerel fisherwoman and says she has "a passion for fishing which borders on the erotic".

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    <strong>Michael, 29, Cork</strong> Michael entered the house as a postman but is actually a professional actor working for Big Brother, known as the 'People's Puppet'. "I've been recruited by Big Brother to work for you. I'm not the fun-loving happy-go-lucky postman." He told viewers he was in the house to "spin a web of secrets and lies" and said: "You control me. You want to know what the secret is? You're looking at it."

However, a spanner was thrown in the works when the twist in the 'Secret And Lies' theme revealed 'postman' Michael to be a professional actor working for Big Brother. Read more here...

The launch of the show has been given a staggered start with a further selection of hopefuls will be added to the Channel 5 show on Friday night.

As ever, the show has attracted an array of wannabes. They include nude model and aspiring DJ Sallie Axl, a mum-of-one with a full sleeve tattoo who claims to have slept with 70 women.

She also claims to have had liaisons with celebrities and footballers and was pictured with one of the stars of 'The Only Way Is Essex' earlier this year.

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  • Big Brother: Secrets & Lies - Launch Part 1

    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Wolfy Millington attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Wolfy Millington attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Wolfy Millington attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Wolfy Millington attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Wolfy Millington attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sallie Axl attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sallie Axl attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sallie Axl attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sallie Axl attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Emma Willis attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Emma Willis attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Emma Willis attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: A general view of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Big Brother: Secrets & Lies - Launch Part 1

    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Emma Willis attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Jack and Joe Glenny attend part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Callum Knell attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Callum Knell attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Callum Knell attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Michael attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Michael attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Jemima Slade attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Jemima Slade attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Jemima Slade attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Jemima Slade attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sophie Lawrence attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sophie Lawrence attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Big Brother: Secrets & Lies - Launch Part 1

    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sophie Lawrence attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

  • Big Brother: Secrets & Lies - Launch Part 1

    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sophie Lawrence attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sam Evans attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sam Evans attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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    BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sam Evans attends part 1 of the launch of Big Brother: Secrets & Lies at Elstree Studios on June 13, 2013 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

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Also taking part is Dexter Koh, who claims to have been a highly paid escort, strip club manager and magician, calling himself a "jack of all trades" and a "social chameleon".

Jemima Slade owns a dating website, said to have 40,000 clients, which puts women in touch with wealthy men, and the 41-year-old says she likes to date toy boys.

The single mum - who once gave a newspaper interview claiming she was bringing up her daughter to target rich men - is also a hairdresser and has tried to forge a side-career as a lookalike of 'Sex And The City' star Sarah Jessica Parker.

Housemates will this year have to show they have practical skills because their new home includes an allotment area where they will be expected to grow their own food. And they will have to pedal a cycle to generate their own electricity during their stint on the series, this time known as 'Big Brother: Secrets & Lies', which will last throughout the summer.

Another contestant is Sam Evans, who was born with severe hearing loss and as a result has had difficulty with speaking clearly. He has represented national deaf football teams and has never had a girlfriend.

Stage musical-loving twins Jack and Joe Glenny are both Tory supporters, have shared a bedroom for many years and say of themselves: "We're funny, we're friendly and we're fat."

'Big Brother' was launched on Channel 4 in 2000 but moved to Channel 5 in 2011 where it has struggled to match its previous ratings. The audience has dipped to below a million viewers at times.

This series sees a new presenter Emma Willis taking over the show, to replace Brian Dowling, with former 'X Factor' contestant Rylan Clark now co-hosting the spin-off show 'Big Brother's Bit On The Side'.

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