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Iconic Big Brother Housemates

15 of the Most Iconic "Big Brother" Housemates of All Time

Iconic Big Brother Housemates

Reality-TV fans, rejoice: "Big Brother" is making a comeback. After a five-year hiatus, ITV had been teasing the iconic show's return for months, finally confirming the launch date in September. The OG reality experiment will be back in its third iteration (it was previously aired on Channel 4 and Channel 5) on 8 October, airing nightly on ITV2. This time, Aj Odudu and Will Best will be the presenters on hand for all the entrances and evictions, as well as hosting "Big Brother: Late & Live", a nightly show following the main episode full of exclusive footage and dissecting the drama.

As we prepare for new Diary Room rants, it's hard to believe the show, which was named after the all-seeing political ruler in George Orwell's famous novel "1984", first premiered 23 years ago. 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. Alison Hammond, now best known for hosting "The Great British Bake Off" and "This Morning", was first on the public's radar thanks to the reality show. And the late Jade Goody rose to prominence after appearing on the series in 2002.

After its initial success, 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 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.

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.

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