Julian Clary has been crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5 in the UK, beating Coleen Nolan and Martin Kemp to the prize.

On a tense final night, rapper MC Harvey, Olympian Ashley McKenzie and reality star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino were all evicted from the house in the early stages.

Kemp was then evicted, leaving Nolan and Clary to anxiously wait to hear who had won the show.

Fireworks and confetti mark Clary's exit from the Celebrity Big Brother house as the winner of the series

Former Loose Women presenter Coleen Nolan described her Big Brother journey as "unbelievable" and her second place spot as "humbling". Despite initially believing that she would get on with fellow contestant Julie Goodyear, Nolan said she had "felt something" from day one. She mentioned a "fakeness" about the former Coronation Street actress but also praised her for being "a great housemate".

Nolan was narrowly pipped to the top spot by Clary

During his winner's interview, 53-year-old comedian Clary said that winning was a novelty for him. "It doesn't happen very often; I've never won anything in my life," he told presenter Brian Dowling.

Clary said he didn't expect the Big Brother experience to affect him so much, and declared himself "an emotional wreck". He also paid tribute to those in the house he grew close to, including Nolan and Goodyear.

Clary said that winning was "a shot in the arm" for his career. He told host Dowling: "I'm going on tour very soon, that will be a constant stream of filth, I guarantee."

Martin Kemp was in third place