Celebrity Big Brother: Who is White Dee?

Published Monday, Aug 18 2014, 22:30 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Deirdre Kelly became famous thanks to her appearance in documentary series Benefits Street. about the residents of James Turner Street, Birmingham. She is better known by the nickname White Dee.

Deirdre Kelly 'White Dee', Celebrity Big Brother Summer 2014

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Here are five facts about White Dee:

White Dee says she had no idea the show would be called Benefits Street until about two weeks before it aired - and she was very unhappy with the title. She disputes the makers' claim that the show was a fair and balanced portrait of the street.

She is a single mother with a son and daughter.

White Dee worked for Birmingham City Council until about five years ago. She then claimed benefits after becoming too depressed to work. She has been a highly divisive figure since rising to fame. Critics have accused her of cashing in on her fame and pointed out she's been pictured holidaying abroad despite being too depressed to work.

She says being thrown into the limelight has been a "real shock" but she doesn't think she's really changed. She recently told BBC that life isn't necessarily better now, just busier, and she finds it difficult being out on public as she is so recognisable now.

White Dee appeared on a rap record called 'Your to Blame' (sic) earlier this year, admitting her kids were "mortified" by it. Her Benefits Street fame has also led to offers from across the world for television work, reality shows, modelling, newspaper columns and even holidays.

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