Who is Courtney Act? Celebrity Big Brother 2018 contestant and Open Mic night winner who appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race


CELEBRITY Big Brother 2018 is underway, with this year's show launching with an all-female line-up.

But more celebs have since arrived – and one of the new housemates is drag queen Courtney Act. Here is Courtney's story…

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Who is Courtney Act?

Courtney Act – whose real name is Shane Gilberto Jenek – is an Australian singer, drag queen and TV personality with a long history on reality tele.

The Aussie finished 13th on Australia Idol way back in 2003 and released a solo single titled Rub Me Wrong on the back of her performance on the show.

She recently came back into the spotlight as she appeared in the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race – reaching the final with competitors Adore Delano and Bianca Del Rio, the eventual winner.

The Brisbane-born entertainer also covered the 2016 US Presidential election as the foreign correspondent for an Australian pop culture website.

British TV fans might also recognise her from her appearances on Single AF on MTV and she is also friends with Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix after Courtney and her band the AAA girls appeared in the group's video for Power.

The Sun Online has exclusively revealed how Courtney will be entering the Celebrity Big Brother house.

A source said: "Courtney has seen everything as a drag queen so nothing will faze her in the house.

"She's a pro who won't be intimidated by any of the big personalities in there and she won't back down from a row."

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What was her CBB wardrobe failure?

As she prepared to walk into the Celebrity Big Brother house for the first time, the drag queen shocked the audience and fans watching at home by tripping on her skirt.

Making her way towards the stairs, Courtney's sparkling skirt fell away revealing more than intended to the cameras.

But she managed to quickly rectify the wardrobe malfunction and laugh off the incident before quickly heading into the house to meet the other celebs.

One watching CBB viewer at the time tweeted: "Well Courtney Acts entrance will go down in #CBB history I'm still laughing over it in my mind"

But some fans have since claimed the whole incident was staged and suggested Courtney might have whipped off her skirt herself.

When is Celebrity Big Brother 2018 on?

Celebrity Big Brother is on twice a year, and returned to our screens on January 2 at 9pm on Channel 5.

Spin-off Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal is also returning.

It came after rumours the show might be facing the axe.

The show marks 100 years since women won the right to vote in Britain, and launched with an ALL-FEMALE cast of celebrities to begin with.

CBB is on every night on Channel 5 and usually begins at 9pm. Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On the Side is on the same channel later the same night.

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