'Big Brother': All the winners and where they are now

·TV Reporter, Yahoo Entertainment UK
·10-min read
Big Brother winners Josie Gibson, Pete Bennett and Kate Lawler. (Getty/PA)
Big Brother winners Josie Gibson, Pete Bennett and Kate Lawler. (Getty/PA)

Big Brother was the king of reality shows after its launch in 2000, making huge stars of housemates who were branded heroes or villains for their behaviour.

The fly-on-the-wall social experiment ran for 11 series at Channel 4, before making its way over to Channel 5 where it was cancelled in 2018 after a further eight series and later snapped up by ITV2 for a 2023 return after a five-year hiatus.

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Big Brother has also spawned spin-offs including Teen Big Brother, Ultimate Big Brother and the hugely popular Celebrity Big Brother, but there have been 19 winners of the main series so far - we take a look at who they are and what they're doing now.

All the Big Brother winners so far

Series 1 Craig Phillips (2000)

Craig Phillips, winner of the first edition of the reality television series Big Brother UK, is leaving Big Brother House, London, in July 2000. The show, first developed in the Netherlands, was shown on Channel 4. With up to 10 million viewers tuning in for the show it became an instant success. (Photo by Dario Mitidieri/Getty Images)
Craig Phillips (Getty Images)

The show's first ever winner set the standard for Big Brother champions by announcing that he would be donating his prize jackpot to a friend with Down syndrome to pay for her heart and lung transplant.

Phillips is a builder by trade and got a truck load of TV work in the years afterwards on a DIY theme, including 60 Minute Makeover, Trading Up, Trading Up In The Sun, and Craig's Trade Tips.

He's now a dad of two and is still a popular contributor to TV shows.

Series 2 Brian Dowling (2001)

Air steward Brian Dowling, the winner of the channel 4's 'Big Brother' show, celebrates with his parents, after winning the  70,000 prize money.   (Photo by John Stillwell - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Brian Dowling (PA Images via Getty Images)

Dowling is the only person to have won Big Brother twice - both as the champion of the second series, and in 2010 for Ultimate Big Brother in a last hurrah series at Channel 4.

However, it wasn't the last viewers would see of Dowling as he moved with the reality show to Channel 5, taking over from Davina McCall as presenter.

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The TV presenter's many screen appearances have included taking part in the Irish version of Strictly, Dancing With The Stars, in 2020 where during a switch-up episode that saw the contestants swap partners he danced in the show's first all-male partnership - with Kai Widdrington, who joined Strictly in 2021 as AJ Odudu's partner.

Dowling also narrates The Real Housewives of Cheshire and Jersey.

Series 3 Kate Lawler (2002)

Contestant Kate Lawler celebrates after winning Big Brother, on the final day of the contest, at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire.   (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Kate Lawler (PA Images via Getty Images)

Big Brother's first ever female winner Lawler took part in a memorable summer in the house that also included Jade Goody, Adele Roberts and Alison Hammond.

She's enjoyed a busy career since then, mostly as a radio DJ, although she has also presented Channel 4's now-defunct breakfast show RI:SE and taken part in Love Island back in its early celebrity days, as well as Celebrity Wrestling.

Lawler recently became a mum and is a presenter on Virgin Radio.

Series 4 Cameron Stout (2003)

Winner Cameron Stout is seen at the photocall for the release of the Big Brother 4 book ' Up Close And Personal ' on August 8, 2003 at the Channel 4 Building, London.  (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
Cameron Stout (Getty Images)

The fourth series of Big Brother was known for being one of the least exciting - because for once, the housemates actually got on pretty well.

It was won by thoroughly nice fish trader Stout, who became famous for his strong Christian beliefs and who took part in a swap with Big Brother Africa during his series.

Stout has made a few TV, BBC Radio Scotland and panto appearances since his win, but hasn't chased a media career.

Series 5 Nadia Almada (2004)

Big Brother housemate Nadia Almada leaves the house after being announced the winner at the end of the fifth series of reality TV show
Nadia Almada (Getty Images)

Portuguese contestant Almada didn't tell her housemates that she was transgender during her time in the house, although viewers did know.

Since winning, she has released a single, a fitness video and made entertainment show appearances, before entering a successful career as a colour specialist at Vidal Sassoon in London.

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Series 6 Anthony Hutton (2005)

Anthony Hutton during
Anthony Hutton (FilmMagic)

Newcastle's Hutton swapped being a dancer in a 70s-themed bar for TV stardom when he won series six, becoming infamous for a steamy jacuzzi session with fellow housemate Makosi Musambasi.

Viewers might remember Hutton for his peak mid-00's haircut, but he's now capitalising on his 'do with a Durham barbers called Mr Hutton's where he has styled Geordie Shore stars and also runs an academy.

He recently appeared on This Morning in a rare TV appearance to talk about the Big Brother reboot.

Series 7 Pete Bennett (2006)

Pete Bennett leaves the Big Brother House as the winner during the final of Big Brother Seven on August 18, 2006 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Pete Bennett (Getty Images)

Series seven winner Bennett was keen to raise awareness of Tourette's syndrome when he entered the house and his stardom continued afterwards in various different music acts, which even saw him perform at Glastonbury.

Bennett had a sad reason to be back in the limelight recently as he offered his thoughts on the passing of Nikki Grahame in 2021, who he'd had a romance with during the series.

After the recent reboot announcement, Bennett, who launched cleaning company Celebriclean in 2016, joked that he wanted to host the series with his runner-up and friend, Glyn Wise.

Series 8 Brian Belo (2007)

Brian Belo Leaves the house as the winner of Big Brother at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.   (Photo by Joel Ryan - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Brian Belo (PA Images via Getty Images)

Until the last year that Big Brother aired in 2018, Belo was the youngest ever winner of the series at just 19 years old - and his runners up, twins Amanda and Sam Marchant, were the first contestant duo.

Although Belo was noted for admitting he didn't know who William Shakespeare was, he got work after his win performing a number of Shakespeare plays to make them more accessible.

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Belo also appeared in Charlie Brooker's Big Brother-themed zombie drama Dead Set, but is best known in his post-Big Brother years for his law suit where he claimed the idea for The Only Way Is Essex was originally his, having pitched a strikingly similar show with trailer called Totally Essex.

Series 9 Rachel Rice (2008)

Rachel Rice wins the final of this years Big Brother 9 at Elstree Studios,on September 5, 2008 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
Rachel Rice (Getty Images)

Rice's career in the spotlight began before Big Brother, as she worked as a child actor and then went into modelling competing in Miss Wales (alongside series seven's Imogen Thomas) and Miss Great Britain.

However, Rice's win didn't lead to Hollywood stardom - instead, she retrained as a teacher and is currently working at a school in Wales as Head of Expressive Arts.

Series 10 Sophie Reade (2009)

Big Brother 10 winner Sophie 'Dogface' Reade (left) is joined by Davina McCall after leaving the house during the final at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire   (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Sophie Reade (PA Images via Getty Images)

Series 10 saw a big slump in ratings that contributed to Channel 4 confirming they wouldn't renew the show past the end of its contract the following year.

Winner Reade has continued to work as a successful glamour model and has an OnlyFans account.

Series 11 Josie Gibson (2010)

Josie Gibson enters the Big Brother house at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.   (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Josie Gibson (PA Images via Getty Images)

Gibson was Channel 4's last ever winner and has proved one of the most successful former contestants.

A hugely popular winner, she re-entered the Big Brother house for Ultimate Big Brother less than 20 minutes after having left as the main series winner, but quit the spin-off on day three.

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She has made a huge number of TV appearances but is most famous for This Morning, where she started as a competition announcer.

Viewers loved Gibson's on-air gaffes and in 2021 she covered for host Holly Willoughby at short notice who was off sick - she is now a regular relief and holiday cover host, and often appears with her good friend, season three contestant and Friday host Alison Hammond.

Series 12 Aaron Allard-Morgan (2011)

Aaron Allard-Morgan wins the Big Brother final at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.   (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Aaron Allard-Morgan (PA Images via Getty Images)

Big Brother's first winner at Channel 5 didn't go on to set the world alight with a media career - Allard-Morgan happily settled back into his old life in Weston-super-Mare.

He runs a bar in his home town and wrote a book about his experiences on the show.

Series 13 Luke Anderson (2012)

Luke Anderson (YouTube/Big Brother)
Luke Anderson (YouTube/Big Brother)

Anderson may have won the series, but he had to split his £100,000 prize 50:50 with eighth-placed Conor McIntyre in a series twist.

Although he was popular with viewers for opening up on being transgender, Anderson has since spoken about having suffered panic attacks from trolling after he left the show.

He is now a dad to twins and runs a baking business with his wife.

Series 14 Sam Evans (2013)

Sam Evans celebrates after winning
Sam Evans (WireImage)

Evans, who was born with around 80% hearing loss, took part in a programme for Welsh language channel S4C after his win where celebrities tried to learn Welsh.

Not much is known about his career now, although it's said he had plans to return to his job at Debenhams after leaving the house - although all of its stores were closed and the shop went online only following the pandemic.

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Series 15 Helen Wood (2014)

Helen Wood is crowned the winner of Big Brother 2014 at Elstree Studios on August 15, 2014 in Borehamwood, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Helen Wood (WireImage)

Former escort Wood was already pretty famous before going on Big Brother, thanks to her kiss-and-tell about having had a threesome with Wayne Rooney while wife Coleen was pregnant and later when an actor took out an injunction to prevent being named as having been her client.

She was a controversial winner, having been accused of bullying another housemate and after the series being arrested for an altercation with an enemy co-star.

Wood briefly came back in the next series alongside other former contestants but ended up in a huge row with Belo and was later banned by Channel 5 bosses from ever returning to the series or its spin-offs.

Series 16 Chloe Wilburn (2015)

Chloe Wilburn is crowned the winner of the Big Brother: Timebomb house at Elstree Studios on July 16, 2015 in Borehamwood, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Chloe Wilburn (WireImage)

The series 16 winner welcomed her first child in 2018 and has been living a quieter life out of the spotlight since then.

She had always shunned being involved in showbiz, apparently returning to her old job in a call centre after winning.

Series 17 Jason Burrill (2016)

Jason Burrill is crowned the winner of Big Brother during the Big Brother Final 2016 at Elstree Studios on July 26, 2016 in Borehamwood, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Jason Burrill (WireImage)

Burrill might not have gone down the well-trodden route of a TV career, but he's certainly made some savvy moves with his prize money.

He invested in property development which is said to be set to earn him millions and he also works tirelessly to fundraise for charity.

Series 18 Isabelle Warburton (2017)

Winner Isabelle Warburton outside the Big Brother house in Elstree, Borehamwood. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Isabelle Warburton (PA Images via Getty Images)

Warburton was the last woman to win the show and invested her prize money in setting up a beauty salon.

She's also welcomed her first child in the last couple of years.

Series 19 Cameron Cole (2018)

Cameron Cole is crowned winner of Big Brother Final 2018 at Elstree Studios on November 5, 2018 in Borehamwood, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Cameron Cole (WireImage)

Big Brother superfan Cole took over Belo's mantle as the youngest ever winner at 19.

The vlogger came out on the show and won viewers' hearts, but rather than trying to keep up with his fame he is now studying Psychology at London's Goldsmiths University.

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