Actress Nadia Sawalha branded her time on Celebrity Big Brother as “hell” when she became the fourth celebrity to be voted out.

The Loose Women panellist, 50, did not pull any punches after she left, especially when asked about her fellow housemate Katie Hopkins…

She accused the outspoken Sun columnist of bullying celebrity blogger Perez Hilton in the house and said Katie’s fiery rows with the American left her more determined than ever to stick up for him.

Nadia struck up a close friendship with Perez, who has been at the centre of furious arguments with his other housemates.

She said: “I think people lost the courage to be his friend. They all said to me every day, ‘You see, it’s association’. 
People wouldn’t even sit next to him on a chair because they knew the audience hated him. I just couldn’t do that. 
Even if I hadn’t liked him I would have aligned myself to him because because I’m not going to see anyone isolated.

“That was the plan. Katie Hopkins said, ‘Everyone in this house must isolate him’. She said that.

“I hate people being bullied.”

Nadia added that she thought Katie, 39, wound people up and left them feeling victimised.

She said: “She’s was somebody who would say the most contentious thing to get the crowd baying, to make people feel victimised. And that is exactly what she does in the house.”

The actress was clearly happy to leave the house, telling viewers that she preferred being a viewer than a contestant on the show.

Laughing, she said: “I should never have crossed over. I made a terrible, terrible mistake. It was a disaster.”

Another celebrity will be evicted in a two-hour live special on Monday.