The most shocking Big Brother transformations of all time
Big Brother first launched into the zeitgeist more than two decades ago and, it’s fair to say, a lot has changed in the intervening years.
The beloved show, which launched the careers of the likes of Alison Hammond and Josie Gibson, is days away from its much-anticipated comeback on ITV, but what has happened to past housemates?
While new presenters AJ Odudu and Will Best will be ushering in the next batch of aspiring reality starlets, it’s hard to forget some of the previous cast, with several going on to make it in the cut-throat world of showbiz.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the biggest Big Brother transformations.
Alison, 48, is perhaps the most successful Big Brother housemate of all time – despite just spending 14 days in the house back in 2002.
But despite her short-lived stint, the then 27-year-old, who was up to her eyeballs in debt, managed to endear herself to the nation, with typically Alison moments, including falling through a garden table.
Money problems are now a thing of the past as she’s since gone on to become one of the UK’s most in-demand presenters, famed for her hilarious celebrity interviews – she once ‘married’ The Rock – on This Morning and now saving Great British Bake Off.
Josie, 38, emerged victorious on Big Brother in 2010 and has kept on winning at life ever since.
A far cry from her former life as a sales rep, Josie is now a veritable TV hunny, mostly known for her work on This Morning, and presenting alongside Holly Willoughby.
Her other credits include Loose Women, Bake Off: An Extra Slice, The Wheel, The Jump and Celebrity Dinner Date.
Narinder, 50, was in the second season of Big Brother and was evicted in week four.
While she entered the house as medical rep, she later switched careers and began life as a broadcaster, appearing on the likes of Good Morning Britain and Talk TV.
Unafraid to share her opinion, Narinder has got into blazing rows on TV, including on the ITV show earlier this year during which criticised the royal family’s colonial past.
Anna, 51, looks totally unrecognisable since she became the first runner-up on Big Brother, losing out to Craig Phillips, 23 years ago.
At the time, the 29-year-old former nun was working as office manager and was cooped up alongside the likes of Darren Ramsay, Melanie Hill, some chickens and of course, ‘Nasty’ Nick Bateman.
Now, though, Anna is head of development at one of Ireland’s leading TV production companies, chair of the National LGBT federation and boasts over 10,000 followers on Twitter.
Nichola, then aged 29, was among the original cohort of the juggernaut series as it arrived with a bang on UK screens for the first time in 2000.
The artist, from Bolton, was responsible for one of the series’ most memorable moments: stripping off to make clay imprints of her body.
Unrecognisable from her BB appearance, Nichola is now a fitness fanatic and often shares Instagram pictures of herself in the gym.
Alex, a model from Essex, was in the third season of Big Brother back in 2002 and managed to get through the season without getting too involved in any of the controversies that unfolded.
After the show wrapped up, he signed lucrative television deals, including one where he fronted a live show on Nickelodeon, as well as securing more modelling work and even appeared on a celebrity Christmas special of Blind Date.
However, he was then involved in a car crash, which claimed the life of 63-year-old butcher Kurt Lange. Alex claimed that Lange had ‘ran into the side of my car’.
Alex said the incident ‘completely destroyed my career’ and is now married to a French ballerina, has four children and has worked in affordable housing.
Melanie was in the first Big Brother house but had a rough ride, later writing an an essay entitled ‘How Big Brother Destroyed My Life’.
Following her exit from the show, Melanie dabbled in TV presenting, she fronted E4 dating show Chained and also dated for three years, which resulted in a court case over their dog.
Melanie now lives away from the spotlight, with her focus being on family, partner Glenn Notton and eco-living.
Her Instagram bio reads: ‘Family of 6 humans and 2 dogs, living in London, on a zero waste journey and addicted to vintage. Hoping to inspire and be inspired’.
Big Brother: The Launch is airing on ITV1, ITV2 and ITV X at 9pm on October 8.
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