Big Brother presenters: Who has hosted the reality show?

With an ITV reboot imminent, see who has fronted the UK reality show over the years

ITV's Big Brother reboot reveals its iconic eye logo. (ITV)
ITV's Big Brother reboot reveals its iconic eye logo. (ITV)

Big Brother will return to UK screens when it relaunches on ITV2 on Sunday, 8 October at 9pm.

The reality TV show came to an end in 2018 after 19 years but is due to return this summer on ITV and its streaming platform ITVX, complete with two new hosts.

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 finalist AJ Odudu and Channel 4 presenter Will Best - who both worked on Channel 5 spin-off show Big Brother's Bit On The Side - will be co-presenting the revamped show.

Read more: Big Brother is back: Everything we know about the new series

However, they're far from the first people to be the face of this hugely popular reality TV series.

AJ Odudu and Will Best - Big Brother (ITV)
AJ Odudu and Will Best - Big Brother (ITV)

Over the years, an array of different faces have been the first people glimpsed by Big Brother contestants when they're eventually booted from the house.

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With Big Brother's return imminent, let's look back at all those who have presented the show since it first launched on Channel 4 way back in 2000.

Davina McCall | Hosted Big Brother 2001-2010

Dental nurse Jade Goody greets presenter Davina McCall as she leaves the Big Brother house at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire to become the ninth contestant to be evicted as the fly-on-the-wall show reached its dramatic finale.   (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Jade Goody greets presenter Davina McCall as she leaves the Big Brother house at Elstree Studios. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Davina McCall was the original host of Big Brother when it launched on Channel 4 in 2000. She fronted 11 series of the show as well as presenting Celebrity Big Brother from 2001 to 2010.

McCall, 55, has since revealed she planned all three of her children - all born in September - around Big Brother to make sure she didn't miss hosting any of the series. Presenting the show while heavily pregnant she once famously wore a dress emblazoned with the slogan "Big Mutha".

She also coined the phrase: "Big Brother house, this is Davina. You are live on Channel 4 please do not swear!"

Brian Dowling | Hosted Big Brother 2011-2012

Brian Dowling announces that Andrew Stone (not pictured) will be evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother House at the Elstree Studios, Borehamwood. Picture date: Tuesday January 10, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brother.   (Photo by Rebecca Naden/PA Images via Getty Images)
Brian Dowling won Big Brother in 2001 and then went on to host the show. (Getty Images)

Irish reality star Brian Dowling, 45, won the second series of the show in 2001 and also won Ultimate Big Brother in 2010. He went on to host the show when it moved to Channel 5 in 2011, along with Celebrity Big Brother.

He now hosts and narrates The Real Housewives of Cheshire and Jersey.

Emma Willis | Hosted Big Brother 2013-2018

Emma Willis presents Big Brother at Elstree Studios on September 14, 2018 in Borehamwood, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Emma Willis presenting Big Brother in 2018. (Getty Images)

Emma Willis, 47, started guest presenting Channel 4 spin-off show Big Brother's Big Mouth in which fans shared their opinions of the latest series and its housemates in 2005.

She co-hosted Big Brother's Little Brother for one year on Channel 4 in 2010 and then Channel 5's Big Brother's Bit On The Side from 2011.

So, when Dowling stepped down as host of the main show in 2013 she was the natural successor to the crown, proving you need to be a Big Brother fan to make a good host. She saw the show through to its end in 2018 after 19 series.

She has since presented Channel 4 reality show The Circle and Cooking With The Stars on ITV.

Dermot O'Leary | Hosted Big Brother's Little Brother 2001-2008

Dermot O'Leary outside the Big Brother house in 2003. (Shutterstock)
Dermot O'Leary outside the Big Brother house in 2003. (Shutterstock)

This Morning and X Factor host Dermot O'Leary, 50, was the presenter of the original spin-off show Big Brother's Little Brother from 2001 to 2008. He also fronted Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack in 2008.

The one-off series replaced Celebrity Big Brother and saw famous names work with Big Brother to control the house instead of living in it. It came about following the racism controversy of Celebrity Big Brother 2007 involving Shilpa Shetty, Jade Goody, Jo O'Meara and Danielle Lloyd.

Russell Brand | Hosted Big Brother's Big Mouth 2004-2007

Russell Brand talks to fans outside the Big Brother Seven House on August 04, 2006 in Borehamwood, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Russell Brand rose to fame hosting Big Brother's Big Mouth. (Getty Images)

Comedian Russell Brand, 48, rose to prominence as the flamboyant late-night host of Big Brother's Big Mouth from 2004 to 2007.

The former sex and drug addict went on to become a Hollywood actor, starring in films like Get Him To The Greek and marrying and later divorcing pop singer Katy Perry.

After shifting gears towards sharing his radical political views on social media, Brand was recently the subject of a Dispatches documentary that investigated his alleged mistreatment of women during the peak of his fame. He has denied all the allegations against him.

George Lamb | Hosted Big Brother's Little Brother 2008-2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27:  George Lamb discussing his new television programme 'Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb' during a BUILD LND event at AOL on September 27, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
George Lamb in 2017. (Getty Images)

George Lamb, 43, is the son of Gavin and Stacey and EastEnders star Larry Lamb. He took over as host of Big Brother's Little Brother from O'Leary in 2008 and was joined by Willis in 2010. While she moved with the show to Channel 5, Lamb did not.

He has now quit the limelight to run Wiltshire company Wildfarmed, which promotes regenerative agriculture in the UK and France.

Rylan Clark | Hosted Big Brother's Bit On The Side 2013-2018

Presenter Rylan Clark in the diary room of the new look Big Brother house in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire before the start of the UK vs USA Celebrity Big Brother this Thursday.
Rylan presented Big Brother's Bit On The Side after winning the show. (PA/Alamy)

Rylan, 34, found fame on The X Factor in 2012 and then won Celebrity Big Brother in 2013. He went on to become the host of Big Brother's Bit On The Side on Channel 5 later that year, fronting the show until it ended in 2018.

He co-hosted Big Brother: Best Shows Ever with McCall on Channel 4 in 2020 to mark the anniversary of the reality series.

Rylan now co-hosts coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest on BBC among many other TV and radio projects.

AJ Odudu | Hosted Big Brother's Bit On The Side 2013

AJ Odudu attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 at The Royal Festival Hall on February 19, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
AJ Odudu's first big presenting job was on Big Brother's Bit On The Side (Getty Images)

Odudu, 35, will be co-hosting the newly revamped Big Brother when it returns in early October.

She had her big break co-hosting Big Brother's Bit On The Side in 2013 and has since gone on to work on shows including This Morning, Eurovision, Comic Relief and The Platinum Jubilee coverage.

She has competed in several celebrity reality shows including Cooking With The Stars and Celebrity SAS. She reached the final of Strictly in 2021 but was forced to pull out due to a leg injury.

Will Best | Panellist Big Brother's Bit On The Side 2013-2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Presenter Will Best attends the launch of the Lyle & Scott flagship store at Carnaby Street on October 3, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Lyle & Scott)
Presenter Will Best in 2013. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Lyle & Scott)

Best, 38, will join Odudu in hosting the new series of Big Brother on ITV2.

He worked on Channel 4 weekend morning show T4 and presented ITV talent show Dance Dance Dance in 2017. He was a regular panellist on Big Brother's Bit On The Side between 2013 and 2014, working with Odudu.

AJ Odudu and Will Best | Big Brother on ITV 2023 - ?

AJ Odudu and Will Best behind the scenes at the filming of the new Big Brother promo. (ITV)
AJ Odudu and Will Best behind the scenes at the filming of the new Big Brother promo. (ITV)

After a five-year break, Odudu and Best will welcome audiences back to the Big Brother house when it returns to TV in early October 2023.

"I love Big Brother and if you had asked me at the start of my career what show I would want to present, this would be it," said Best, sharing his excitement at joining the show.

The news felt just as surreal for Odudu: I was so buzzing and excited," she revealed. "I didn’t tell anyone until my name was on the dotted line - it didn’t feel real."

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