15 of the Most Iconic "Big Brother" Housemates of All Time
Reality-TV fans, rejoice: "Big Brother" is making a comeback. After a five-year hiatus, ITV teased viewers with the recognisable eye logo in the advert break during the "Love Island" final, as the channel confirmed it would be returning to our screens in 2023 on ITV2. It's hard to believe the show, which was named after the all-seeing political ruler in George Orwell's famous novel "1984", premiered back in 2000.
Davina McCall famously hosted the show on Channel 4 and coined iconic catchphrases, such as "you are live, please do not swear". It became an instant hit and completely transformed television. For the first time ever, cameras recorded everything, even live streaming from the house throughout the day. Contestants would then nominate their two least-favourite housemates each week, and the UK public voted for their favourite, with one (or sometimes more) leaving each week until one was crowned the winner.
The first series was won by Liverpudlian Craig Phillips and went on to launch successful careers for some of the most popular housemates. Celebrity spinoffs were created starring the likes of Gemma Collins and Perez Hilton, as well as analysis shows "Big Brother's Big Mouth" and "Big Brother's Little Brother" continuing the conversations after the main show. After 10 years, Channel 4 axed the show, but the format continued on Channel 5 as series two winner Brian Dowling took over the presenting reins, before Emma Willis took centre stage.
Fans immediately took to social media to express their delight at the show's return, with many speculating that Rylan Clark would be their ideal host. Sadly, the TV presenter tweeted that he hasn't been asked, writing, "Should clarify. I've not been asked to host the show. As a fan, like always, I'm made up it's coming back. I know how hard you/we all fought to keep that name alive and I'm so glad it paid off in the end. The OG reality is back. It's the news we wanted. Welcome back bro x #bbuk."
Before the return of the addictive show that will inevitably be filled with drama, it's time to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane. From Jade Goody to Brian Belo, read on for a reminder of the most iconic "Big Brother" contestants of all time.