EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Harries confirms she'll be taking part in Celebrity Big Brother All Stars v New Stars

Lauren Harries is the first contestant to confirm they're taking part in the upcoming series of Celebrity Big Brother.

The transgender entertainer, 38, finished third when she took part in 2013, losing out to Abz from FIVE and Charlotte Crosby.  

A representative for Lauren told MailOnline: 'All she can say is that she shall be meeting some interesting people at Elstree on the 2nd of January.'

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Giving it another go: Lauren Harries, 38, is the first contestant to confirm they're taking part in the upcoming series of Celebrity Big Brother

Lauren recently hinted she'll be returning to the famous reality show by tweeting a picture of herself with Big Brother's Bit On The Side host Rylan Clark-Neal in his Elstree dressing room.

Her rep said:  'Lauren tweeted the photo of her and Rylan without thinking.'

When contacted about the tweet, a representative for CBB told MailOnline: 'As always, we don't comment on rumoured housemates. We shall announce them on the evening.'

Good to be back: Lauren previously hinted she'll be returning to the famous reality show by tweeting a picture of herself with Big Brother's Bit On The Side host Rylan Clark-Neal in his Elstree dressing room

Cosying up to the presenter, Lauren could be seen sporting a brunette perm, a full face of makeup, a pearl necklace and pink blazer.

She captioned the photograph: 'Having a selfie with #Rylanclark at his dressing room at elstree its been to long Rylan we should have a good old natter after so long x'  

Last year she continued to claim she enjoyed a six month fling with comedian Russell Brand in 2006 - and said he liked to watch himself on television while they made love.

Respectable: Lauren finished third in the 2013 edition of Celebrity Big Brother

She previously told MailOnline: 'He was very good in that department, but he liked to watch old footage of himself at the same time, when he was supposed to be looking at me.

'I was in love with him at the time, but I was young and naive - and the more I think about it, the more I think he was just after one thing. We would never go out anywhere.

However, Russell categorically denied the claims, telling MailOnline in 2013: 'Lauren's claims are as fraudulent as her evaluation of Ming vases on Wogan. And before she starts, I also have not had sex with a Ming vase or Wogan.' 

With the show set to return to screens on Channel 5 at 9pm on January 3, speculation is rife over who will be entering the house.

Former winner Katie Price and defending champion Stephen Bear are both in the frame to return, according to the Daily Mirror.

Bear's antagonistic antics drove his fellow housemates crazy over the course of the summer, and sparks will surely fly if he attempts to defend his crown.

Previous third-placed contestants Calum Best and James Jordan are another couple of names gaining traction.

Defending his crown? Reigning champion Stephen Bear is in the frame to return

With his wife Ola having just enjoyed the limelight in I'm A Celebrity, will James want to thrust himself back into the public eye? Or would he rather spend quality time with his spouse at home?

Runner-up Katie Hopkins will no doubt have plenty to say for herself if she decides to move back into the CCTV house.

She would surely relish the chance to ruffle more feathers and possibly go one better this time.

Most nominated ever: Spencer and Heidi Pratt, collectively known as Speidi, came second in the 11th series of CBB

Spencer and Heidi, collectively known as Speidi, came second in the 11th series of CBB.

The controversial duo acted as one housemate, and received the most nominations in the history of the programme.

The Hills stars were famed for speaking their mind and starting some fiery arguments, polarising viewers and terrorising the house. 

Battle of the Katies: Katie Price beat Katie Hopkins to the crown in 2014

 

 

 

 

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