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Who is Wayne Sleep? Celebrity Big Brother 2018 housemate and former star of I’m A Celebrity

WAYNE Sleep is a ballet legend and one of Britain’s most famous dancers who’s now doing his thing on Celebrity Big Brother 2018.

And the nation was recently following him and several other stars as they travelled around the world on The Real Marigold on Tour on the BBC.

 Wayne Sleep is a ballet legend and one of Britain's best-known dancers
Wayne Sleep is a ballet legend and one of Britain’s best-known dancers

Who is Wayne Sleep and how did he become a dancer?

Wayne Sleep was born in Devon on July 17, 1968, and won a Leverhulme Scholarship to the Royal Ballet School aged 13.

In 1966, he joined the Royal Ballet Company and became a Senior Principal Dancer and established a world record by doing an entrechat-douze (a jump with twelve beats of the feet) in 1973.

He left to form his own dance company Dash in 1980 and worked to present dance to a wider audience, while he also appeared on a variety of West End shows.

Wayne has previously said he is bisexual and is currently living with his husband Jose Bergera.

 Wayne was a Senior Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet Company and established a world record by doing an entrechat-douze (a jump with twelve beats of the feet) in 1973
Wayne was a Senior Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet Company and established a world record by doing an entrechat-douze (a jump with twelve beats of the feet) in 1973

What TV shows has Wayne Sleep been?

Wayne Sleep competed on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here in 2003 and came fourth.

He was also a judge on ITV dance show, Stepping Out, alongside Mel B and Jason Gardiner in 2013.

Wayne appeared in BBC’s 2016 mini-series The Real Marigold Hotel where he joined a group of celebrity pensioners on a journey to India.

Following that he starred on The Real Marigold Tour which saw him, Miriam Margolyes, Rosemary Shrager and Bobby George travel the world.

He was also involved in a special 20th-anniversary show to celebrate the Full Monty.

When did Celebrity Big Brother 2018 start and what channel is it on?

Celebrity Big Brother is on twice a year, and headed back to our screens on January 2 at 9pm on Channel 5, with a special hour-and-a-half launch show.

Spin-off Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal also returned and airs after the main programme.

The show launched with an ALL-FEMALE cast of celebrities to commemorate 100 years of women have the right to vote.

CBB will show how the women interact in the house before the male celebrities also enter. The show also promises to “challenge gender stereotypes”.

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