During Monday night’s Love Island finale, ITV announced Big Brother will return next year after a five-year absence.
The programme, in which roommates live together in a purpose-built house incommunicado for weeks to win a cash prize, started on Channel 4 in 2000 and was taken over by Channel 5 in 2011.
However, it was scrapped in 2018 due to a ratings slump.
Since its inaugural season, the program has served as a launch pad for many Irish participants. Here we look at where some of the most prominent are now.
Dubliner Anna Nolan entered Big Brother House on the first day of the first season and finished runner-up.
Her appearance on the show, which she described as “the greatest television show of a generation,” launched her successful broadcast career in roles The Afternoon Show and The Great Irish Bake-Off.
She has recently moved behind the camera and is currently the development manager at Coco Content, which produced First dates Ireland, room for improvement and Don’t tell the bride.
Farmer Tom McDermott became an overnight celebrity when he also signed on to star in the show’s first series.
Tyrone Tom, as he became known, was at the house for 43 days. After that, he and fellow contestant Claire Strutton had one child, but they later separated and McDermott has since married.
He retired from the celebrity spotlight after the show and now runs a property firm in southern England.
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Brian Dowling has been a fixture on Irish television screens since his win Big Brother in 2002.
The Kildare man returned in 2010 Ultimate big brother, which he also won. In 2020 he participated in the fourth series of RTÉs Dancing with the starsand he was also the narrator and presenter on ITVs The real housewives of Jersey.
In May, Dowling and his husband Arthur Gourounlian announced that they are expecting their first child this year.
Ray Shah continued the strong Irish run Big Brother when he finished second in 2003.
The Dubliner later hosted radio shows on Q102 and iRadio, while also collaborating on screen with TV3 (now Virgin Media) for a time.
In 2012, Shah founded his own company, Bodyfirst Nutrition, which sells nutritional supplements for athletes.
Former model Orlaith McAllister took part in the sixth season in the summer of 2005.
The Belfast woman, who was crowned Miss Northern Ireland in 1999, also worked on the programme’s talk show Big brother’s big mouth and later on the dating show Beauty queen and single.
In an interview with the 2019 Belfast TelegraphThe mother-of-two said she has “no regrets” about her celebrity years.
“I was 25 when I got into it Big Brother house,” she said. “I absolutely loved this experience. You have different chapters in your life and this was just one of the chapters of my life that I would never change. You had no worries or responsibilities. That was my life then. I lived in London after that and that was a very, very colorful chapter in my life.”
Before entering Big BrotherMarc O’Neill burst onto Irish television screens in the short-lived reality show West Dublin Tallafornia.
After his appearance on big brother 16he returned to university and graduated from NUI Maynooth in 2015 with a first class degree in Organic Chemistry and Molecular Biology.
After working in the US for some time and continuing his studies, O’Neill returned to Ireland and appeared on RTÉ in 2021 Ultimate Hell Week – The Pros.
He completed the Hell Week course alongside Münster rugby star Peter Stringer and Beautiful cityis Ryan Andrews.
Hughie Maughan became a fan favorite when he placed first runner-up in 2016 and was praised for his bravery when he came out as a gay member of the Traveling community.
Since his Big Brother He has continued to campaign for Travelers and has spoken out about the discrimination he has faced both because of his sexuality and because of his ethnicity.
Maughan has appeared Dancing with the stars and continues to work as a beauty therapist specializing in microblading.
In June he announced his plans to move to Galway while retaining a base close to his home in Ballymun.
Danielle Meagher came to public attention in 2012 when she appeared on the reality TV show called Dublin wives. It was her turn too Celebrity Big Brother In 2013.
A qualified dentist, she ran Dermaface, a clinic in Dublin specializing in anti-aging treatments. In 2019 she moved to Los Angeles.
Derrys Seany O’Kane is the father of one child who currently resides in Moscow, where he is studying to be a sex therapist. he was in Big Brother in 2008.
Speaking in 2020, he said his appearance on the show made a huge impact on his life.
He told that Belfast Telegraph: “The relationship between me and my father was not perfect before Big Brother, and it was a way for our reconciliation. I ended up becoming an ambassador for an organization that connected fathers and their children.”
Another celebrity contestant, Georgia Salpa, stayed on the show for 14 days in 2012.
She was at the peak of her modeling and television career at the time, and regularly appeared in sketches on RTÉs Republic of Telly.
She married millionaire Joe Penna in 2015 and the couple now live in Dubai with their three children.
Before appearing on 2016 Celebrity Big BrotherThe Dubliner had already gained reality TV experience on MTV’s Beauty School Cop Outs.
Before that he played for League of Ireland clubs Bohemians and Shelbourne.
More recently, McConnell has retired from modeling and reality TV and is now the director of a Turkish hair transplant center, Hair of Istanbul.
John and Edward Grimes made waves with both the 2011 and 2017 celebrity versions Big Brother.
The identical singing twins have already offered to host the latest series when it airs next year, saying on Twitter that they are “iconic housemates”.
They appeared first celebrity big brother 8, which was won by Paddy Doherty. Kerry Katona was second.
The brothers later returned to the house celebrity big brother 19 as All-Stars and placed second behind Coleen Nolan of Loose Women.
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