Ex-Corrie actress Amanda Barrie tipped for Celeb BB

Bad Girls, Benidorm star would be Channel 5 show's third-oldest contestant ever
- Posted on December 21 2017 at 06:27pm

Coronation Street actress Amanda Barrie

Former Coronation Street actress Amanda Barrie has reportedly signed up for Celebrity Big Brother 2018, which would make her one of the show’s oldest housemates ever.

Amanda is best known for playing Alma Halliwell on the popular ITV soap over a period of 20 years, until she quit the role in 2001.

She has since appeared on Doctors and Holby City, and more recently joined the cast of Benidorm as Psychic Sue.

Now, according to The Sun, she is set to become a Celebrity Big Brother housemate next month after agreeing a deal with Channel 5 bosses.

At 82 years old, she would be the show’s third oldest contestant to date, behind Lionel Blair, who was 85 when he took part in 2013, and Jackie Stallone, who was 83 during her four-day stint in 2005.

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“We really wanted someone who had lived a long, full life to contribute something different to the usual mix of housemates,” a source commented.

“There’s no doubt Amanda is outspoken – she wasn’t even supposed to have said anything about appearing on CBB, but couldn’t keep it a secret.”

In addition to her acting credits, Amanda has also dabbled in reality TV shows. In 2004, she took part in ITV’s Hell’s Kitchen, and earlier this year she appeared on BBC One’s The Real Marigold Hotel.

Channel 5 recently confirmed that the new Celebrity Big Brother will begin with an exclusively female line-up, before male housemates arrive later in the series.

Other names rumoured to be taking part include 5 News presenter India Willoughby, Love Island contestant Jonny Mitchell, and singer Ginuwine.

Celebrity Big Brother 2018 launches on Tuesday 2nd January at 9.00pm on C5.

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