Big Brother housemates revealed
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 have begun a stint on TV's Big Brother.
They were joined by a deaf footballer and identical teenage twins who work on a supermarket checkout as nine contestants joined the latest run of the series.
The launch of the show has been given a staggered start with a further selection of hopefuls expected to be added to the Channel 5 show on Friday.
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.
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.
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."