The next series of Celebrity Big Brother – which begins on January 3rd on Channel 5 – is rapidly turning out to be the place celebs go to resurrect their careers, as not only has C5 risked the wrath of anti-domestic violence campaigners by offering shamed comedian Justin Lee Collins a place in the house, they also offered former Corrie star Bruce Jones a bed for three weeks…
And given that after he left Coronation Street, and his role as Les Battersby, he ended up broke, facing a prison sentence and struggling with alcoholism, it’s fair to say his TV career is officially and clinically dead.
Things began to go the way of the pear for Bruce in 1998 when he pleaded guilty to drink driving and was banned from driving for three years. By 2000, his boozing had became such a problem, he spent a few weeks in the celebrity rehab clinic, The Priory…
In March 2007, he was sacked from Coronation Street after allegedly got drunk with an undercover reporter, made “inappropriate comments” and revealed future storylines.
By the time 2010 rolled round, Bruce was in court again, this time to plead guilty to dangerous driving and drink-driving. In court, his estranged wife claimed that Bruce had “physically and emotionally” abused her for years.
On 27 April 2010, he was sentenced him to eight months imprisonment, which was suspended for 18 months. In May of that year, it was reported that Jones was homeless after the bank repossessed his £500,000 Cheshire house.
But of Wendi Peters – who of course played Les’s second wife Cilla – being offered a place in the house along with Bruce, she has no similarly sordid story to tell; she just needs a job.
Last night a TV source told the Mirror of Bruce and Wendi, “If they sign up, it will be a real coup as there are at least 10 million Corrie fanatics out there who will immediately be interested in watching.”
Since leaving Corrie, Wendi has been a finalist on Celebrity Masterchef and appeared with Gordon Ramsay on The F Word.
Here’s a reminder of Les and Cilla at their Corrie best…
Would you like to see Bruce and Wendi in the CBB house?