Who Is Frankie Grande? ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Contestant Is Ariana's Brother - And Everything Else You Need To Know

Here's all the important information, in the form of 9 facts in 90 seconds...

28/07/2016 21:13 | Updated 29 July 2016

Frankie Grande may not be a household name just yet, but as ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ viewers will find out, he’s going to do his best to change that in the next three weeks.

The US star, and brother of songstress Ariana, is currently calling the ‘CBB’ house home, which means it’s time to get to know him a little better.

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Frankie Grande

So who exactly is Frankie? Allow us to explain, with nine facts in 90 seconds…

1. Frankie’s full name is ridiculously long

Ready? He’s actually called Frank James Michael Grande Marchione. Phew.

2. He’s pretty close to his famous sister

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Ariana and Frankie at a Madonna concert last year 

At 33, Frankie is the older, half-brother of ‘Into You’ singer Ariana. The pair have been pictured together a number of times over the years, and Frankie often accompanies his sibling to red carpet events

3. Frankie is no stranger to reality TV

Frankie’s TV career began in 2014, when he appeared on the regular version of ‘Big Brother’ in the US. He then went on to be a judge on ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’

4. He’s performed in - and produced! - Broadway shows

Frankie’s on-stage credits include ‘Rock Of Ages’ and ‘Mamma Mia!’, while in 2009 he produced a version of ‘Hamlet’ starring Jude Law.

5. And Frankie’s already pretty famous on YouTube too

He’s posted many videos over the years, clocking in a decent amount of views. Seriously, is there anything this guy can’t turn his hand to?

6. But don’t expect him to be an airhead

After triple-majoring - that’s when you specialise in three different subjects at degree level over in the States - at university, he took a year out before medical school, which is when the performing arts came calling.

7. He’s charitable

In 2008, Frankie co-founded Broadway In South Africa, a not-for-profit organisation that travels to the country to teach performing arts to kids.

8. Frankie has plenty of A-list pals

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Yup, that’s him and US talk show host Jimmy Fallon.

9. But he’s not afraid of getting into a feud

Over the years, he’s thrown shade at A-listers including Selena Gomez, so don’t expect him to mince his words in the house.

'Celebrity Big Brother' airs nightly on Channel 5. 

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