The disgraced Two And A Half Men actor had been tipped to appear on the series for some time, but rumours that he would be entering the house tonight had died down, with many speculating that Channel 5 wouldn’t be able to afford such a major star.
But now it looks like the 45-year-old – who suffered a dramatic fall from grace earlier this year after his behaviour appeared to spiral out of control – will be a contestant in this year’s series after all.
Sheen was spotted disembarking a plane at Heathrow – not far from the Big Brother house in Elstree, Hertfordshire – just hours ahead of the show’s live launch tonight.
Other celebrities rumoured to be going into the house include Pamela Anderson, Amy Childs and Sally Bercow, the latter of whom appears to be confirmed for the series after h er publicist Max Clifford claimed she had been signed up by Channel 5.
Celebrity Big Brother launches tonight on Channel 5 at 9pm
The ex-Two and a Half Men star is thought to have agreed terms with Channel 5 to go on the programme – which The Only Way Is Essex beauty Amy Childs, boxing champion Ricky Hatton and Britain’s Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, have all been linked with – in the hope he will create ‘unmissable TV’ after his recent cocaine binges and romps with porn stars.
An insider revealed to the Daily Star newspaper: ‘It would be unbelievable. A producer’s dream. No-one would want to miss the chance of seeing what he’s up to and hear the wacky things he’s been saying.
‘And let’s face it, he’s been saying some crazy stuff recently.’
The 45-year-old actor – who was recently fired from his £1.2 million-per-episode role on Two and a Half Men and also called the show’s co-creator Chuck Lorre a ‘clown’ – is set to fly in from his Los Angeles mansion to the UK over the next few weeks.
A Channel 5 spokesperson explained: ‘Big Brother execs are in talks with a number of celebrities about appearing on the series but we’re not confirming any names at the moment.’