Celebrity Big Brother: What happened to the past winners?

Celebrity Big Brother 2017 is well and truly underway, and although the stars haven’t even been in the famous abode for a week, there has already been plenty of drama.

Austin Armacost lost his rag with Speidi over, erm, bottled water and Calum Best had a serious temper tantrum last night after Coleen Nolan implied that he was… Er… A player.

Yep, it’s all suitably ridiculous and in keeping with previous years of the show.

As I started to wonder which of this year’s celebs is going to take home the CBB crown, I couldn’t help but reflect on the previous winners of the hit reality show… And if you have found yourself wondering whatever became of the likes of Paddy Doherty and Ulrika Jonnson then you’re in luck because I have compiled the complete lowdown on what happened to the celebs after they won Big Brother.

You. Are. Welcome.

Jack Dee


Jack Dee

Comedian Jack Dee was the first ever winner of the show, winning over the nation during his 2001 stint in the first series of Celebrity Big Brother, which was in aid of Comic Relief back then.

Jack had a miserable time in the house and has since refused all permission to have any of the clips of him inside the house to be aired again. However, it didn’t exactly harm his career.

Jack went on make an even bigger name for himself than the one that he went in with and is still a popular and well-established comedian.

Mark Owen

Mark Owen

Take That star Mark Owen is another star whose career went from strength to strength after a brief stint in CBB, with Mark making his celebrity comeback on the show – the first time he’d ventured into the public eye since his solo career flopped in the late 90s.

After his victory, he signed a new record deal and returned to the charts with a Top 5 hit, unfortunately his follow-up records didn’t do quite as well and Mark was dropped.

Over the years he repeatedly tried his hand at a solo career but mostly blossomed during Take That reunions, with Mark being one of the three remaining members of the band, alongside Gary Barlow and Howard Donald, even lending a hand in Barlow’s new BBC talent show, ‘Let It Shine’.


Mark ‘Bez’ Berry

Bez was largely unknown when he entered Celebrity Big Brother in 2005 and his win appeared to spur on a Happy Mondays reunion in 2007.

Despite enjoying popularity and success, Bez’s financial situation wasn’t improving and he was declared bankrupt in 2008.

Perhaps the strangest plot twist for any CBB winner to date, Bez ended up running for parliament for the Salford and Eccles constituency in the 2015 UK General Election, he managed to receive 703 votes on his platform of “free energy, free food and free anything” but ultimately came in sixth place, with the winning seat securing over 21,000 votes.



Chantelle Houghton

Chantelle’s Celebrity Big Brother experience in 2006 was a little different to her fellow winners because she entered the house as a total unknown, unaware that she’d been selected as CBB’s first ever ‘non-famous’ housemate.

The new star enjoyed a relationship with The Ordinary Boys’ Preston, who she met in the house, and once she left she was reportedly inundated with modelling and TV appearance deals worth £500,000.

She nabbed her own Big Brother spin-off show, ‘Chantelle: Living The Dream’ and released an autobiography in 2006.

She and Preston split in 2007 and Chantelle went on to have a baby with fellow Celebrity Big Brother winner Alex Reid in 2012, she continues to make TV appearances and is working the celebrity circuit.

Not too shabby for somebody who entered the house as an unknown, eh?

Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty

The 2007 series of Celebrity Big Brother was arguably the most shocking, controversial and outrageous of all with Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd and Jo O’Meara being accused of racially abusing Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty.

Shilpa was already very famous in the Bollywood industry and entered the show to make a name for herself across the UK.

Following her win, Shilpa landed a presenting spot in Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother. She continues to be a popular TV presenter and TV judge across India and also co-owns an Indian chain of spas and salons called Iosis.



Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika made a name for herself in 2002 after having an affair with England’s football manager Sven-Göran Eriksson and soon launched a TV career that saw her appear on shows such as Dancing On Ice and Come Dine With Me.

In a strange twist of fate, Ulrika appeared to retreat from the limelight after winning Celebrity Big Brother in 2009, although she did release her debut novel, ‘The Importance of Being Myrtle’ in 2011.

Alex Reid

Alex Reid

Alex has had a rocky relationship with his celebrity status, only shooting to fame after dating former glamour model Katie Price in 2009, who he was still with when he entered the house in 2010.

Alex, who is also a professional martial arts fighter, admitted that he hoped being in the house would change the public’s perception of him as at the time Katie was quite unpopular following her split from Peter Andre and the negative media attention had rubbed off on him.

During his winner’s interview, the crowd chanted for Alex to dump Katie but he refused, proclaiming his love for the star, but they did split shortly afterwards and Alex went on to have a baby with fellow CBB winner Chantelle Houghton in 2012.

Career-wise, Alex continued pursuing professional cage fighting and in July last year he made a grand return to top tier fighting in Bellator 158, however, he lost to Rodney Moore.

Paddy Doherty

Paddy Doherty

Paddy was best-known for being one of the Irish travellers featured in Channel 4’s ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ and had also previously featured in Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men, with the star insisting that his tough persona was just an act.

After winning the 2011 series of CBB he appeared on various talk shows as well as nabbing his own TV show, ‘When Paddy Met Sally’, which was a two-part documentary that saw him attempting to live the lifestyle of his former CBB housemate, Sally Bercow.

In 2012, Paddy appeared in Irish TV show ‘Celebrity Bainisteoir’ but he has since retreated from the public eye.

Denise Welch

Denise Welch

Denise became one of Celebrity Big Brother’s most infamous housemates after she enjoyed a steamy Jacuzzi session with X Factor bad boy Frankie Cocozza during her time in the house, with the actress going on to flash her boobs to the shock of her fellow housemates.

However, Denise’s naughty antics clearly did the trick as she won the show and continued to enjoy a successful TV career until October 2013, where she walked out of Loose Women due to ITV’s new director, Helen Warner.

She has not appeared on an episode since, however, although her TV work has dipped, she still makes the odd appearance on our screens and recently made a guest appearance as Kyle Slater’s mother in EastEnders.

Julian Clary

Julian Clary

Clary continued to enjoy celebrity success in both TV and theatre after his 2012 CBB victory, appearing on Your Face Sounds Familiar and Give A Pet A Home as well as various panto performances in the following years.

He also gave a heartrendingly honest interview with Piers Morgan during a Life Stories special in 2013, where he opened up about suffering with depression.

Rylan Clark-Neal

Rylan Clark

Perhaps the most heartwarming and amazing success story in Celebrity Big Brother history, Rylan entered the CBB house just weeks after he won over the nation in the 2012 series of The X Factor, with Rylan reaching week 8 in the singing competition despite being a novelty act.

Rylan immediately impressed Big Brother viewers with his down-to-earth and no-nonsense attitude, locking horns with Speidi and beating them to first place. After his victory, he achieved unprecedented success as he was named the host of Big Brother’s sister programme, Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.

Since then, Rylan also nabbed a presenting spot on This Morning as the show’s celebrity correspondent and was also named as one of the co-hosts for The Xtra Factor for last year’s series of the show.

The star has released an autobiography and even found love with one of the housemates from ‘regular’ Big Brother during his Bit On The Side stint, marrying Dan Neal in 2015.

Charlotte Crosby

Charlotte Crosby

Charlotte was already a hugely popular star when she entered the CBB house in 2013, finding fame on MTV’s Geordie Shore in 2011.

After winning the show, Charlotte became a much more mainstream star, enjoying guest spots on a variety of TV shows and also securing her own TLC show, ‘The Charlotte Crosby Experience’.

The Geordie favourite also appeared on MTV’s ‘Ex On The Beach’ and released an autobiography, ‘Me, Me, Me’ and a fitness DVD in the months following her Celebrity Big Brother victory.

The star quit Geordie Shore in June 2016 but continues to enjoy TV success.

Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson

Controversial comic Jim was due to appear in Rylan’s series of Celebrity Big Brother but was arrested as part of Operation Yewtree. His name was soon cleared and he appeared a year later, emerging victorious – much to the disdain of critics.

Since his win, which divided viewers due to Jim’s offensive sense of humour whilst in the house, Jim has released one stand-up comedy DVD but has otherwise kept a low profile.

Gary Busey

Gary Busey

We were all a little stunned when Hollywood star, Gary Busey, entered the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2014, with the actor being an established and successful international actor, starring in films such as Point Break and Lethal Weapon.

Despite rubbing his fellow housemates up the wrong way, Gary won over the nation and was crowned the winner of CBB, since then he has appeared in the USA’s version of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, ‘Dancing With The Stars’, finishing in 10th place, and courted controversy last year when he endorsed Donald Trump for President during the election.

Katie Price

Katie Price

Katie Price has admitted that she wasn’t her usual self during her CBB stint as she was battling a painful infection following breast implant surgery, so as soon as she left the house as the new queen of Celebrity Big Brother she was off to hospital to have her ailment seen to.

The Pricey has since maintained the incredibly high profile that she had before going into CBB and is a regular panellist on booth Loose Women and Bit On The Side.

Katie recently hit the headlines after behaving outrageously at a Christmas party that she was paid to attend and she admitted that the ‘Old Katie’ was back during a racy interview with Rylan Clark-Neal on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side last week.

It’s safe to say that Katie isn’t going anywhere.

James Hill

James Hill

James entered CBB off the back of his appearance on The Apprentice and soon struck up an adorable bromance with US star Austin Armacost.

The pair won an Attitude Award for their TV friendship but James has since appeared to disappear from the limelight entirely, although he has been supporting Austin during his current stint in the house via his Twitter account.

Scotty T

Scotty T

Another Geordie Shore star, nobody was surprised when Scotty T took home the crown in January 2016 and he continues to enjoy a busy career in TV.

As well as his ongoing commitment to Geordie Shore, Scotty also appeared in MTV’s Ex On The Beach after his stint as well as nabbing himself a cameo in Neighbours.

The star is the new face of boohooMAN.com and embraces his celebrity lifestyle.

Stephen Bear

Stephen Bear

Never was there a CBB winner as divisive as Stephen Bear – and that’s saying a lot.

Bear got himself a spot on the show after rubbing people up the wrong way during an appearance on ‘Ex On The Beach’ a year earlier, and he definitely didn’t disappoint in the drama stakes.

The show only ended a few months ago but Bear has seen his career go from strength to strength, although he did recently rant about not being invited back into the house for the current All Stars vs. New Stars series.

To be honest, Bear, we’re still recovering from last time.

Celebrity Big Brother continues tonight at 9pm.


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