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Dowling is named Ultimate Big Brother housemate

The Irishman wins the ‘best of’ series as the lights go out on the Big Brother house for good after eleven summers.

Brian Dowling was named Big Brother's 'Ultimate housemate' - and became the only person to win two series of the show.
Brian Dowling was named Big Brother's 'Ultimate housemate' - and became the only person to win two series of the show.
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BRIAN DOWLING has been named Big Brother’s ‘Ultimate housemate’ as the long-running – and often controversial – show ended its life on British screens after eleven series.

A “shocked” Dowling – who first appeared on screens back in 2001 when he was named the winner of the show’s second series – beat Nikki Grahame of the 2006 series to be chosen as the show’s best-ever housemate following an 18-day miniseries to end the show’s run on Channel 4.

Dowling said that his appearance in the show had been “life-changing” and “defined everything I’d done in the last nine, ten years.”

Before the result had been announced, the show was ceremonially ‘buried’ in the garden in a ceremony led by the show’s longtime narrator, Marcus Bentley.


The show’s finale was somewhat marred, however, by the news that Nadia Almada – who had been evicted from the Ultimate Big Brother miniseries last week, and won the show in 2004 – had been hospitalised following an alleged suicide attempt.

Almada had told a TV interview she had been embarrassed and offended when fellow UBB housemate Coolio had demanded to see her genitals and felt unsafe in his company.

“I was relieved to be out because I was not enjoying myself in there. But events have not been portrayed how they actually happened. I have been suffering with a mental breakdown because of what I endured in there,” she told Live from Studio Five.

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