Natalie Cassidy is first to enter CBB

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 January 2012
Natalie Cassidy

Natalie Cassidy

Natalie Cassidy became the first star to enter the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house this evening (05.01.12) and was immediately given a secret task

Natalie Cassidy became the first star to enter the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house this evening (05.01.12).

The former 'EastEnders' star was called into the Diary Room on the Channel 5 show and given a secret mission upon her arrival in order to "break the ice" with the other housemates, with Big Brother giving her an earpiece and instructing her on how to welcome her fellow housemates.

Natalie greeted a bemused 'Kill Bill' star Michael Madsen with a hug and the words You're my favourite actor, I loved you in Free Willy!"

Other celebrities to enter the house include Calum Best's former flame, Irish model Georgia Salpa, 'The Only Way Is Essex's Kirk Norcross, model Nicola McLean, shamed 'X Factor' contestant Frankie Coccozza, Playboy twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon, dance teacher Andrew Stone, Ryan Giggs' sister-in-law Natasha Giggs, So Solid Crew's Romeo Dunn, 'Loose Women's Denise Welch and Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas.

Ahead of entering the house, Gareth said: "I'm very competitive. Anything I do I try to win."

His manager Emanuele Palladino said: "I'm really looking forward to watching Alfie [Gareth] in the house, as I think most of Wales will be.

"When the call came he was hesitant at first, but realised actually it would be a lot of fun and why not.

"The timing is great so soon after retiring, and it gives him a platform for people to get to know who he is and his voice, outside of the rugby pitch and the sports pages."

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