He hails from the South, as his dead-giveaway drawl quickly exposes, and was raised in a highly conservative, deeply religious atmosphere in Chattanooga, Tennessee.His father, a Lieutenant Colonel with the Army, was killed in a plane crash when he was only 11.Uncertain about his direction in life, an inescapable talent for high camp, not to mention an impish mug and pocket-sized structure ideal for commercials, must have inspired Leslie enough to risk taking on Hollywood in 1982. theatergoers will probably recognize him for such prone-to-misfit characters as Brother Boy, an institutionalized drag queen, in "Sordid Lives," and Peanut, a habitual barfly, in "Southern Baptist Sissies." His own one-man testimonials, such as the off-Broadway "Hysterical Blindness" and the more recent "Like a Dog on Linoleum," show an actor quite adept at baring his soul and exposing his childhood agonies on stage amidst laughter and tears. A self-proclaimed substance abuser and sexaholic, Jordan spent jail time more than once for DUI before facing his inner demons and reaching full recovery (since 1996).

Leslie Jordan is a contestant in this year's Celebrity Big Brother.

The American actor - who was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee - is best known for his role as Beverley Leslie in the smash hit sitcom Will and Grace.

His role as the catty, obscenely wealthy southerner Beverley won him the Outstanding Guest Actor Emmy award in 2006.

Leslie has worked with some of Hollywood's biggest starts, including George Clooney, Faye Dunaway, Robert Downy Jr and Billy Bob Thornton.

In lowbudget film projects since 1988, he has been part of such off-the-wall material as Monster Hospital (1988), Black Velvet Pantsuit (1995) and Farm Sluts (2003), to name a few.

He has also experienced the joy of seeing one of his own writing projects come to full fruition with the film Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel (2000).

He was also given the chance to recreate his Big Brother role in Sordid Lives (2000) to the big screen.

Most recently he appeared as Council Witch Quentin Fleming in the last series of American Horror Story: Coven, alongside Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates.

Growing up in a highly conservative, deeply religious atmosphere in Tennessee, Leslie learned to use humour as a shield to defend him from bullies. However, because of his love of writing, Leslie decided to become a journalist and studied at the University of Tennessee, though he didn't find it hugely fulfilling and instead turned to acting.