Whether you like it or not, it can’t be denied that Big Brother played a big hand in changing the landscape of British TV.
Since the first series, reality shows have gone on to represent a huge portion of modern TV viewership. The sequel to the first series of Big Brother hit our screens in 2001 and like the original it filled our evenings with a cast of would-be celebrities who we hated, loved and for whom we felt everything in between.
So, what have the housemates of Big Brother 2 been up to since they had their 15 minutes? Well let’s find out!
Stuart was a 36 year old company director from Oxford, but apart from that, he was considered by the other housemates to be rather arrogant and competitive as he argued with Amma and Penny.
He was eventually evicted in week 3 with 86% of the vote, so obviously the nation agreed. After the house, he and fellow contestant Dean went on to invent the Tea Bag Bin. He also made numerous TV appearances on shows including RISE, BBLB and on QVC. He also presented some TV shows including BBLB, Sky News and QVC. He has also co-represented on radio shows including FOX FM and Capital Gold and had his own radio show on Mix 96 FM.
Amma, who was 23 at the time, was a stripper who hailed from London. Her most notorious moment came when she revealed her day job of stripping to the house mates.
In the end, she was evicted in week six with 64% of the vote. After she starred in Big Brother, she went on top dip her toe into the world of acting when she starred in Sky One classic Dream Team for one series.
She also returned to Ultimate Big Brother for the “Who is She?” task in 2010, which was the last time she appeared on our TV screens.
Up next is the winner of Big Brother 2, Brian Dowling, the air steward from County Kildare. As well as being known as everyone’s favourite in the house, he was also known for his dislike of fellow housemate Josh.
After winning Big Brother he starred in other reality TV shows including Hell’s Kitchen, where he came third and Fáilte Towers – which was an Irish reality TV series which involved celebrities running a hotel for sixteen days and nights, where he came second. He also won a Come Dine with Me Big Brother Winners special. In 2010, he won Ultimate Big Brother and the title of Ultimate House mate.
So he’s no slouch when it comes to winning reality TV shows.
Brian certainly kept himself busy after winning Big Brother 2 as he also co-presented Live from Studio 5, as well as presenting Big Brother on Channel 5. He has also became the first openly gay SMTV Live presenter in 2002, his own show called Brian’s Boyfriends and is a guest presenter on This Morning. He has also done voice-over work which includes his work narrating The Salon. He has also hosted awards ceremonies including the Elle Style Awards. He had a spot on Radio 1 on Saturdays mornings doing the entertainment news in 2004-6.
As well as a spot of panto every now and then, since 2014, Dowling has presented the TV3 game show Sitting on a Fortune in Ireland
Before entering the house, Dean, 27, was an online manager from Birmingham. Despite being known to the other housemates as the boring one who liked to play his guitar a lot, he still managed to finish third with 5% of the vote to win.
After the house, he appeared on the Virgin State at V Festival. More recently, he formed a company with house mate Stuart and invented the Tea Bag Bin and has written a book called Living in the Box: An Adventure in Reality TV. He released a single with fellow house mate Bubble called “Standing Tall”, which charted at number 9
Penny was a teacher from London in her former life, so to speak, and once inside the ever-vigilant walls of the Big Brother house, one might say she had a tendency to get on everyone’s t*ts by taking over in the kitchen, as well as mothering the other housemates.
One of her more infamous acts in the house was dropping her towel for the entire world to see, which Channel 4 had to apologise for. She was the first to go from the house, being evicted in week one with 58% of the vote.
After the house, she lost her job as a teacher at an all girls school and posed almost naked in a newspaper but for conveniently placed bubbles. She also appeared in Jack and the Beanstalk playing a fairy and had a show on Liberty Radio. Penny then judged Miss Ireland in 2001 and starred in a Big Brother special of The Weakest Link. She has since returned to teaching.
26-year-old Elizabeth Woodcock was a website designer from Cumbria before she braved the Big Brother house, and she was one of the final four, so to speak. She came forth with 2% of the vote needed to win.
After Big Brother, she split with her boyfriend, who had sold naked pictures of her to Daily Star, then after that she made a documentary on a motorbike trip she made from Poland to Malta, using a Yahama Fazer to cross over 10 different countries in Europe.
After her adventures, she continued to work as a web designer.
Londoner Josh Rafter was a property manager before Big Brother. The 32-year-old was known for being somewhat of an outsider in the house after being voted in by the public and annoying Brian by being voted into the house.
He was evicted in week 7 with a whopping 84% of the vote. After the house, he dabbled in modelling for a while before taking up a part in a campaign by the NHS focusing on safe sex. He is also a supporter of a number of gay charities.
Nowadays, he is the Managing Director of a property company and Chairman of the Wig Party.
Narinder Kaur, 28, was a medial rep from Leicester before Big Brother. She was known in the house as the “bitchy one” as well as for having a game of tonsil tennis with Brian. Her stay at the house, however, was not a long one, as in week 4 she was evicted with 62% of the vote.
Since leaving the show, Narinder has never strayed too far away from the Big Brother world. Since her eviction, she has made appearances on TV shows including BBLB and Big Brother’s Bit on the Side as well as other Big Brother related documentaries and the Big Brother Panto, yes you did indeed read that right, alongside with her own radio show. She has also written a book on Big Brother, because y’know, she hadn’t really mentioned it since she left.
In more recent times, she welcomed a child into the world with her husband, for whom fellow housemate and best mate Brian is the godfather.
As well as that, she became the front of an UK Campaign against forced marriages and has done some modelling.
There always has to be a quota on Big Brother; you have the annoying one, the nice one, the one with attitude and so on. Helen Adams filled the role as the ditzy one. Often known to the other house mates for “Helenisms” as they called them such as “I love blinking I do”.
During her stay, she began a romance with fellow housemate Paul, and throughout the show she proved to be popular, eventually coming in second with 37% of the vote needed to win.
After the house, Helen continued her relationship with Paul, appearing in celebrity magazines together such as Heat along the way. It wasn’t to be however, as after five years together they split up in 2006.
Helen kept herself busy after Big Brother with numerous TV appearances including a spot on Lorraine Kelly’s show Lorraine, a guest panellist on Loose Women, various spots for GMTV and other Big Brother documentaries. She also released a Dance Workout DVD. She has also appeared in other reality shows such as Celebrity Fear Factor and Dead Set.
More recently, Helen has gone back to her job as a hairdresser.
Paul Ferguson (aka Bubble)
Probably best remembered these days for his cameo playing himself in The Office, Bubble was a warehouse worker from Surrey who admitted to the rest of the house that he had a £500 a week drug addiction. He was evicted in week five with 53% of the vote and after the house he went on to release a charity single with fellow ex-housemate Dean called “Standing Tall” which charted at number 99.
Besides his cameo in The Office, he has had a number of TV appearances on shows such as Dead Set and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Nowadays, after attending drama school, he now works as a drama teacher.
Before the house Paul Clarke, 25, was a CAD manager from Reading. During his stay at the Big Brother house, he became known for his relationship with Helen. His duration in the house was a fairly lengthy one, as he was evicted in week 8 with 84% of the vote.
After Big Brother, he continued his relationship with Helen as they moved in together in London. However, as stated earlier, it wasn’t to be.
After the house, Paul went back to his previous career designing cars.