CBB: Amanda Barrie entered the house on Tuesday night[Channel 5]
The 82-year-old Coronation Street star said she is taking part in the show to keep her mind off of dying.
Amanda Barrie – who played Alma Sedgewick for 20 years on the soap – also plans to spend the pay package on her future care home bills.
She joked to The Mirror: “What keeps me working? I think it’s occupational therapy to stop me thinking about death, really.”
Amanda Barrie said she entered CBB to ‘keep her mind off dying’[ITV]
The actress added: “I had no intention of doing it [Celebrity Big Brother], but then I thought it could pay for my care home. It would be nice to have that independence.
“I think Big Brother will be good training for the care home, anyway. I may as well have a go at it now.”
Amanda was the last housemate to enter the house when the show launched on Tuesday night.
Celebrity Big Brother: Jess Impiazzi and Amanda Barrie were the first housemates to win immunity [Channel 5]
She is the oldest housemate to ever take part in the programme.
Channel 5 viewers also saw Ex On The Beach star Jess Impiazzi, policewoman Maggie Oliver, news presenter India Willoughby and Made In Chelsea’s Ashley James enter the house.
Boris Johnson’s sister, Rachel Johnson has also entered, alongside Khloe Kardashian’s pal Malika Haqq and Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe.
Celebrity Big Brother: Emma Willis unveiled the first task for housemates to win immunity [Channel 5]
Fans are also convinced Loose Women’s Katie Price will make an appearance, as well as controversial The Apprentice star Katie Hopkins, Emmerdale’s Charley Webb and Geordie Shore star Holly Hagan.
This year’s show marks 100 years since the suffragettes won the right for women to vote, so CBB is celebrating by ushering in an all-female house.
However, the contestants will soon be joined by some male stars.