Coronation Street veteran Julie Goodyear has become the latest star to be linked with Celebrity Big Brother, according to The Sun.
The paper reports that the actress, who played Bet Lynch in the soap, has snapped up a £300,000 fee to enter the house when the show returns in August – with producers hoping she will be as popular as last series’ winner Denise Welch.
“Julie may be getting on a bit but she’s certainly game for a laugh,” a show source said of the 70-year-old.
“Denise proved that the Corrie stars bring in a decent audience, and don’t mind poking fun at themselves and having a laugh.
“Julie is as keen as mustard to get into the house and is already talking about winning.
Others who have been tipped to take part in the next series include camp comic Julian Clary, whom show bosses are hoping will liven things up with his outrageous humour.
“He is not afraid to speak his mind and it’s usually in a comical way,” an insider told the paper. “Big Brother is an adult show so he won’t get any flak for coming out with outrageous comments.”
Ex-EastEnder Cheryl Fergison is also thought to be in the running, along with Blue’s Lee Ryan, controversial newspaper columnist Samantha Brick, and Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle.
The series is now set to run twice a year on Channel Five after proving a hit with viewers.