Broadway and West End star Marisha Wallace joins Celebrity Big Brother

Marisha Wallace on Celebrity Big Brother
Marisha Wallace

West End and Broadway star Marisha Wallace has joined the cast of Celebrity Big Brother.

Fresh from her starring role in Guys & Dolls, the musical superstar is stepping away from the stage this month.

The American performer has joined the line up for Celebrity Big Brother’s return to ITV1. The series airs nightly at 9PM.

On joining the show, Marisha said: “Why Celebrity Big Brother?! I say why not! Any thing that will challenge me and scares me is always something that I’m interested in doing, and Celebrity Big Brother is ICONIC!

“Over the past few years’ I’ve been doing back to back shows and went from Hairspray, straight into Oklahoma, straight into Guys & Dolls so it’s going to be very strange to be in the same house for a few weeks!”

She continued: “I hope to let the world find out more about me as a person and not just the roles that I play. I’m excited to represent the theatre community on this huge platform. I want to tell my stories and inspire people who come from small towns who don’t have a lot, but who dream big and hopefully I can inspire them to dream bigger.

“I want to get to know the housemates on a personal level, not just what we know about them from the media. And Oh yes I do want to win too.”

And asked if she had any bad habits that could cause her to face eviction, Marisha shared: “I love to sing and I sing all the time even doing random chores and activities. My life is a musical. I may leave some lashes and wigs and gowns around the house.”

Marisha has gained recognition for her roles in Something Rotten, Dreamgirls, Waitress, and as Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray.

Most recently, she’s been captivating audiences as Miss Adelaide at The Bridge Theatre, a performance that has earned her a nomination for Best Musical Performance at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Last year, Marisha shone in the acclaimed production of Oklahoma! at the Young Vic, which led to nominations for both an Olivier Award and an Evening Standard Theatre Award.

In 2021, she toured the UK with her album and EP, made her television debut in season 2 of Netflix’s Feel Good, and was the face of a campaign for Charlotte Tilbury.

Last festive season saw Marisha release her own festive single.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.