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Kingsbury boxer Audley Harrison stars in Celebrity Big Brother

PUBLISHED: 15:21 19 August 2014 | UPDATED: 15:43 19 August 2014

Audley Harrison arriving at Celebrity Big Brother house (PA/ Ian West)

Audley Harrison arriving at Celebrity Big Brother house (PA/ Ian West)

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Kingsbury boxer Audley Harrison has swapped his gloves for a stint of reality TV for the second time by taking part in Celebrity Big Brother.

Audley Harrison and Michael Sprott (right) during the Vacant EBU Heavyweight Title bout at Alexandra Palace (PA/ Sean Dempsey)Audley Harrison and Michael Sprott (right) during the Vacant EBU Heavyweight Title bout at Alexandra Palace (PA/ Sean Dempsey)

The sportsman, who previous took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2011, has entered the house with 13 other television personalities

He is joined by former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, Ex-Emmerdale actress Claire King and Deirdre Kelly, known as ‘white Dee’, who rose to notoriety in the Channel 4 documentary series Benefits Street.

Audley Harrison during a visit at Copland Community School in Wembley  (Photo by Jonathan Goldberg)Audley Harrison during a visit at Copland Community School in Wembley (Photo by Jonathan Goldberg)

Mr Harrison, a 6ft 6in university graduate, won gold medals at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, turning professional the following year. He famously donned a Keep Stonebridge Adventure Playground Open t-shirt, minutes before his World heavyweight fight with David Haye that saw him knocked-out inside three rounds in November 2010.

The playground in Shakespeare Avenue, Stonebridge, had been battling to stay open due to a lack of funding but was reprieved following his fight.

Audley Harrison during the launch show for Strictly Come Dancing (PA/ Ian West)Audley Harrison during the launch show for Strictly Come Dancing (PA/ Ian West)

He announced his decision to retire in May last year but after reversing that decision he has yet to enter the ring again.

Mr Harrison is a regular visitor to schools in Brent where he gives inspirational talks to students.


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