We look set to have our very own Celebrity Big Brother contestant to cheer on this summer.

The Channel 5 show returns on Thursday (August 16) – and all the signs are that York radio star Roxanne Pallett will be one of the housemates.

Roxy – one half of the Breakfast With Ben And Roxy show on Minster FM – gave a broad hint about her appearance in an interview with OK! magazine.


The former Emmerdale star told the glossy that she had been approached by the Big Brother producers in the past:

  • I’ve been offered the show for the last six years and I have always said no. Because I’ve always felt more comfortable hiding behind a character.

    But this year, since moving into radio and getting my own breakfast show, I’ve gained more confidence showing the real me. I’m more open-minded, so who knows?

Signed ‘£750K deal’

Is Roxy on the box again? Photograph: Matt Crossick / PA Wire
And today the Sun said it could reveal the ‘official’ CBB line-up – and it included our Roxy.

It reported that she has signed a £750K deal to take part.

If the hot rumours are proved true, she will join Celebrity Big Brother only weeks after being airlifted to hospital after crashing in a stock car race.


North Yorkshire firefighters spent two hours cutting her from the wreckage of the vehicle at Hunmanby Raceway near Filey. Roxy lost consciousness after the accident but escaped with relatively minor injuries.

Roxy won’t be York’s first claim to Celebrity Big Brother fame. Music producer and former husband of Liza Minnelli David Gest was on the show in 2016.

He had a home in York, and when he died later the same year, his ashes were scattered here.

‘Official CBB line-up’

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According to the Sun, this is the full line-up on Celebrity Big Brother 2018.

Stormy Daniels (porn star who claims to have slept with Donald Trump)
Love Island 2017 contestant Gabby Allen
TOWIE bad boy Dan Osborne
‘Psychic’ Sally Morgan, TV medium
Kirstie Alley, US actor who found fame in Cheers
Married At First Sight contestant Ben Jardine
Natalie Nunn, star of Bad Girls Club and wife of footballer Jacob Payne
York’s very own Roxanne Pallett
Chloe Ayling, held captive in Italy for six days
Banker turned motivational speaker Nick Leeson, who cost Barings Bank £800m
‘Human Ken Doll’ Rodrigo Alves, who has spent £500K on plastic surgery
Corrie actor Ryan Thomas
Ex Arsenal and Liverpool footballer Jermaine Pennant

Whirlwind romance

Photograph: OK! Magazine
We mentioned Roxy’s interview with OK! magazine – and that contained another revelation too.

The mag, due out tomorrow, will tell how the former soap star got engaged to fiancé Lee Walton just one week after they met.

They bonded online over a shared love of Elvis Presley. Then Lee popped the question seven days after they first laid eyes on one another.

Roxy told the magazine:

  • When I walked into the pub and saw him I thought, ‘Oh my God, you’re real!’ I just flung my arms around him and it was like we’d been together forever. We were kissing within five minutes.

    We were engaged within a week of meeting! I know it sounds crazy, but I knew my heart.