'Loose Women' panellist Carol McGiffin, 'TOWIE' loverat Mario Falcone and football manager Ron Atkinson were among the famous faces who entered the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house on Thursday night.

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Host Emma Willis introduced 13 new celebrity contestants as the series returned to Channel 5, promising to keep them guessing with a string of surprises.

Former 'Coronation Street' stars Bruce Jones and Vicky Entwistle - who played Les and Janice Battersby on the ITV soap - entered the house together as one housemate, while dancer Louie Spence proved popular with the crowd as he made his way inside the Elstree compound.

Model Sophie Anderton looks set to cause fireworks, having previously starred in 'I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!', where she came to blows with Natalie Appleton.

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  • Carol McGiffin

    Carol McGiffin is best known as a regular panellist on daytime talk show 'Loose Women'. She married Chris Evans in 1991 and the couple separated in 1994 and divorced in 1998. She is now engaged to Mark Cassidy who is 22 years younger than her. She’s not shy of tabloid attention and has admitted to loving a few drinks and a good party.

  • Mario Falcone

    Mario Falcone is a television personality and also a bespoke tailor on Saville Row. He is best known for starring as himself in the ITV2’s 'The Only Way Is Essex'. Debuting during the third series in 2011, Mario became known for his on/off relationship with Lucy Mecklenburgh, which finally ended in February 2013. He used to be a self-confessed player - involved in threesomes, foursomes and fivesomes

  • Bruce Jones

    Bruce Jones is an actor, best known for his role as cab driver Les Battersby in 'Coronation Street'. He left the role in 2007

  • Vicky Entwistle

    Vicky Entwistle is most famous for playing the role of "loudmouth" factory worker Janice Battersby in ITV's 'Coronation Street'.

  • Louie Spence

    Louie Spence is a choreographer, television personality and artistic director of Pineapple Dance Studios. He was a professional dancer and in his youth, performed in West End musicals such as Cats and Closer to Heaven.

  • Abz Love

    Abz Love was a member of the famous 90’s boy band 5ive. They sold almost 20 million records around the world.

  • Charlotte Crosby

    Charlotte Crosby is a British reality television personality who shot to fame on 'Geordie Shore'. Her on-off relationship with fellow cast mate Gaz had viewers gripped. Famously labelled as Cheryl Cole’s favourite, Charlotte loves to be the centre of attention and describes herself as fun, loveable, ditzy and laid back.

  • Courtney Stodden

    Courtney Alexis Stodden is an American television personality and model. At 16 Courtney, an aspiring country music and pop music singer and actress became in touch online with critically acclaimed 'Green Mile' actor Doug Hutchison, on the recommendation of a friend who worked in Hollywood and knew Hutchison. They began a courtship over the Internet. On 20th May 2011, the couple married in Las Vegas.

  • Danielle Marr

    Danielle Marr is celebrity Botox Doctor and clinical Director of DermaFace Clinic. She rose to fame through the reality show 'Dublin Wives'.

  • Dustin Diamond

    Dustin Diamond is an American actor best known for his role as Samuel "Screech" Powers in the television show 'Saved by the Bell'. He’s also appeared on the reality TV show 'Celebrity Fit Club' and published a memoir, Behind the Bell. Dustin has also directed and released his own sex tape called 'Screeched – Saved by the Smell'.

  • Lauren Harries

    Lauren Charlotte Harries (born James Charles Harries) is a British TV personality. Beginning her career as a young boy at the tender age of 10 on the Wogan show, Harries was labelled a ‘child prodigy’ in the field of antiques. Harries, who is now a woman after a full sex change operation was born was born in Surrey in 1978.

  • Ron Atkinson

    Ronald ‘Ron’ Atkinson is a football player turned team manager who went on to become a football pundit with his own trademark phrases known as "Big-Ronisms" or "Ronglish". He was famously forced to resign from ITV in 2004 after making a shocking racist comment about black Chelsea star Marcel Desailly.

  • Sophie Anderton

    Sophie Anderton is a model and reality television personality. She was born in Bristol and rose to fame after appearing in underwear brand Gossard’s 'girl in the grass' advertising campaign. She has been on shows such as Celebrity Love Island, 'I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here', 'Hole in the Wall' and 'Winter Wipeout'.

The names of the housemates had been kept under wraps until launch night, but speculation that teen bride and singer Courtney Stodden would appear proved to be correct.

The 18-year-old model, who rose to fame when she married 53-year-old actor Doug Hutchinson when she was just 16, is rumoured to have been drafted in to replace Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kirstina Brown, who is reported to have pulled out of the competition earlier this week.

Others who entered the house include Richard Breen, best known as Abz Love from 90s boyband 5ive; 'Geordie Shore' personality Charlotte Crosby; Dustin Diamond, who played Screech in television show 'Saved By the Bell'; and Lauren Harries, who became famous as a child prodigy before undergoing a sex change.

Completing the line-up is little-known celebrity botox doctor Danielle Marr.

A statement said: "This series will be loaded with countless twists, turns and tough tasks to keep our celebrities on their toes."

The house has been given a celebrity make-over after the regular series of 'Big Brother' ended earlier this week.

The new celebrity housemates will be under constant surveillance from 27 remote-controlled cameras, 12 fixed cameras, five manned cameras, 10 infra-red cameras, a tower cam and 57 camera mirrors strategically positioned across the house.

'Celebrity Big Brother' continues on Friday night with 'The Big Twist' at 9pm on Channel 5.

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