Journalist Rachel Johnson is the first celebrity to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house when the series launches in the new year, Channel 5 has confirmed.
The broadcaster officially confirmed Johnson would be going in with a tweet sent out this morning. Johnson is the sister of Boris Johnson, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. She is also the daughter of Stanley Johnson.
The 52-year-old journalist has worked for the Financial Times, the BBC, The Spectator and The Mail On Sunday. Johnson wrote a column in the Mail On Sunday, where she talked about her plans for the show:
“I’ve never sat down and watched CBB in the way my children religiously binge-watch it, but when Channel 5 came calling, I didn’t delete the annual email asking me to be on. It was because this one said that the new series was all about female empowerment and 100 years since women got the vote.”
She added: “It was going to be called Big Sister (it’s ended up being called Celebrity Big Brother: Year Of The Woman), with a “classy” all-female line-up for the launch. Female politicians, performance artists, broadcasters. Serious stuff. Big names were duly dropped, and the emphasis on “empowerment” rather than “ritual humiliation” promised.”
This marks the first time in show history that the show has revealed a housemate early for a celebrity series. C5 has previously confirmed housemates for the civilian series, most notably for Big Brother: Timebomb back in 2015.
Other celebrities rumoured to enter the house include former Corrie actress Amanda Barrie, The Apprentice’s Elizabeth McKenna, Goggleboxer Sandra Martin, and US R&B star Ginuwine.
Celebrity Big Brother 2018 launches January 2 at 9pm on Channel 5.