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the official website of TV presenter Brian Dowling!
Since winning Big Brother Series 2 in 2001 Brian has never looked back - going on to become an established TV/Radio presenter, voice over artist, corporate host and Panto star. Still universally loved, Brian was voted 'The Nation's Favourite Big Brother Housemate Ever 'by the public in 2005 2007.' In 2010 Brian received the supreme accolade of being voted the fans No1 housemate in C4's last series "Ultimate Big Brother".
Brian would like to thank everyone for their unconditional support over the years, saying he has 'the most amazing and loyal fans in the world'.
At 9pm, June 5th 2012 on Channel5 we will see Brian step on stage through the new Big Brother Eye to introduce live to us the latest batch of Housemates who we will watch and dissect for the next few months.
The house has been totally revamped in a sumptuous Las Vegas style with a disco themed Diary Room and Regal chair.
This time Big Brother have promised housemates with a mixture of ages, lots of tasks and a number of twists.
Brian has been promoting the new series for the past few weeks with interviews in Sunday Star, NEW, OK, and Star magazines. Was a guest on ITV’s Loose Women and he has filmed videos for various online websites including Channel5, Digital Spy. He graced the front cover of the Mirror on Sunday’s ‘Celeb’ magazine with a Jubilee themed photoshoot and excellent interview.
Brian says:- I would like to wish you all a Very Happy New Year and good health to you all!
Thank you so much for all your wonderful support last year especially through my first year of hosting Big Brother. Your support through Twitter and Facebook has been tremendous once again!
I hope you are all as excited as me at the return of Celebrity Big Brother on C5 this Thursday, 5th Jan at 9pm, it should be a great one, and I hope for, and would appreciate your support once again!!! xxx
July 28th Thursday: This Morning – Summer – Great Yarmouth – ITV1`
Brian visits the second resort today in his series of Summer Venues for ITV1 This Morning when he hosts the This Morning outside broadcast from the beach at Great Yarmouth.
Once again music is provided by the Overtones, and joining Brian to host the show this week are Amy Childs and Matt Johnson. Imogen Thomas will once again be judging the 'Hunks in Trunks'.
Get yourself along to the American Diner outside Joyland by 10:00 am and join in the fun!
July 26th Tuesday:Rehearsals at Elstree Studios.
Brian went to the Big Brother studios today to begin rehearsals for the forthcoming Celebrity Big Brother.
Brian tweeted ”In car on way to the BB House!!!Super excited and nervous!!!I'm nearly live on Ch5!!!”
Brian has done interviews with Star Magazine and New Magazine this week.
July 22nd Friday:Brian Dowling to Host Big Brother,
Brian Dowling is thrilled to be announced as the new presenter for Big Brother 'one of the most talked about shows on TV', in its new home on Channel 5. The first show to air is Celebrity Big Brother which launches on Aug 18th directly followed by the regular edition which runs into early November.
Brian was thrilled to be Channel 5's first choice for this very prestigious role, and said how shocked he was to hear the job was his after many weeks of meetings and screen tests. When first told Brian said: ‘Oh my God! Are you sure?’! Keeping the news under his hat for 3 weeks he said was difficult as he was so excited, 'I am just so chuffed and struggled waiting to tell everyone.'
After the announcement Brian received a constant stream of support from friends fans and celebrities and ex housemates:
Davina said: 'Brian’s the No. 1 BB host. He is the perfect man for the job. Louie Spence:''I'm so happy for you, you deserve it your a great presenter, & a lovely person to boot.xxxx' Claire Richards (Steps) "You will be Amazing!!!!" Keith Duffy (Boyzone) and Mark Feehily(Westlife) were amongst the many Irish celebrities to offer congratulations.
Ex BB1 Housemates Nick and Anna also offered congraulations. Anna Nolan writing in the Irish Herald said..'to see him in action in the studio is impressive, he is spontaneous, professional and naturally funny. He is a huge talent waiting to burst on to the screens.
In response to all the good wishes Brian tweeted. "Thank you all so much for all your love and support!!I won't let all you BB fans down!!Big Brother House this is Brian,you are live on Channel5......."
As for Brian's fellow BB pesenter of Big Brothers Bit On The Side Emma Willis he said. 'I’m really excited Emma’s on board,” “She’s such a gifted TV presenter. I’m hoping we’ll be a dream team together!
July 18th Monday: This Morning Summer - Brighton – ITV1
Brian will be presenting a Summer series of outside broadcasts for ITV1's This Morning, from various popular holiday resorts.
On Monday July 18th Stacey Solomon and Brian Dowling will kick off This Morning Summer with a live broadcast from Brighton Beach
They'll be joined by Imogen Thomas and Su Pollard, who will be searching for Brighton’s best Hunk In Trunks, breaking a world record, and chatting to special guest Dom Joly.
Everyone’s invited to join in the fun so head to Brighton – rain or shine! Please arrive at 10am next to the Ohso Social bar and restaurant.
This is just the start of the fun - This Morning will be travelling to the country’s biggest and best beaches all summer.
At this moment no more locations are as yet confirmed but they may include Benidorm, Blackpool, and Great Yarmouth. so keep an eye out for news of the locations.
July 13th Wednesday: “Legally Blonde" The Musical Press Night.
Brian attended thePress night for the musical “Legally Blonde” at the Savoy Theatre London along with Denise Van Outen. Asked what he thought of the musical Brian replied "Amazing!!"
July 12th Tuesday:This Morning ITV1
Brian gives the midweek run down of all the soaps on today's “Soapbox”.
July 8th Friday: This Morning ITV1
Brian gave the weekend run down of The Soaps this morning on the ITV1 show, breaking the news that Pat Butcher/Wicks/Beale/Evans aka Pam St Clement was leaving Eastenders after 25 years.
July 6th Wednesday:ITV Summer Party, Notting Hill, London
Brian attended the ITV Summer party last night. The exclusive bash saw a host of ITV’s biggest names descend on North London, along with Ant and Dec, Holly Willoughby, Myleene Klass, Fearne Cotton, Fiona Phillips, Jenni Falconer and Dancing On Ice stars Emma Bunton, Chloe Madeley, Elen Rivas and Denise Welch.
Piers Morgan also made an appearance with his pregnant wife Celia Walden. He was joined by his former Britain's Got Talent colleague Amanda Holden and his replacement on the show Michael McIntyre.
Brian was usher at the wedding of his showbiz
friends Pippa O'Connor and Brian Ormond when they married at St
Patrick’s Church at Curtlestown, Co Wicklow, Ireland on Saturday.
The couple were joined at their wedding reception at The Ritz Carlton
Hotel in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, by over 300 guests including Irish
soccer star Robbie Keane, 30 and his model wife Claudine Palmer, 27,
model boss Andrea Roche, 33, and her boyfriend Rob White, 34.
Also in attendance were former Miss World winner
Rosanna Davison, 27 and her boyfriend millionaire heir Wesley Quirke,
28, model Karen Fitzpatrick, TV presenter and model Avril Kelly, and
Sky TV presenter Louise Loughman and her husband, property mogul
June 16th Thursday: This Morning ITV1
Brian is once again a guest on This Morning, this time he is giving his views on Celebrity Holiday hotspots.
"We want to dress like them, eat like them and look like them, so it's only logical that we want to holiday like a celeb as well! Travel expert Brian Dowling has been scouring the world wide web to show us the best deals for the most glamourous holiday destinations across the globe - and if you're lucky you might even bump into one of the superstars by the sun loungers!
We'll be taking a look at the Isle of Wight, Cannes, Ibiza, Cyprus, Majorca, Cornwall and Lake Como in Italy."
Brian has been asked once again to present on the show from 'The Hub'
May 18th Wednesday:British Soap Awards - Let's Party ITV2
Brian co hosts the ITV2 Soap Awards
after show party along with Sheree Murphy and Joe Swash, where he
chats to all the winners and gets some back stage gossip from the
stars of the soaps. The British Soap Awards 2011 is one of the
most glitzy and glamorous awards night in the showbiz calendar and as
always the stars dressed in their finest to attend their premier
event of the year.
May 16th Monday: This Morning ITV1
Brian previews the British Soap Awards. He also gives some back stage gossip from the British Soap Awards - Let's Party show he presents for ITV2 on May 18th..
May 10th Tuesday: Wagons Den RTÉ 2
Week 10 Final show in series. Guests: Brian Kennedy, Caprice, Will Mellor, Niamh Kavanagh
May 3rd Tuesday: This Morning ITV1
Brian was presenting on the show from 'The Hub' today.
May 3rd Tuesday: Wagons Den RTÉ 2
Week 9 Guests:
May 1st Sunday: Miss Universe GB 2011
After huge praise for his work last year Brian has once again been asked to host the very prestigious Miss Universe GB at that International Conference Centre, Birmingham, on Sunday 1st May 2011
The event sees 50 regional finalists from England, Scotland and Wales compete for the coveted title of Miss Universe GB, where they will be judged by a panel from the world of fashion and celebrity.
The new beauty queen, Miss Universe GB 2011 will represent The United Kingdom in Miss Universe 2011 competition, an event that is owned by Mr Donald Trump.
Week 8 Guests: Una
Healy, Rebecca De Havilland and Brian Ormond.
Thursday: Most Socking Talent Show Moments. Channel 5
Brian is one of the celebs giving their views on a
countdown of memorable incidents from reality shows and the
contestants who created controversy and hit the headlines both on and
off the screen. These include Susan Boyle's audition on Britain's Got
Talent, clips from The X Factor, The Apprentice, Hell's Kitchen,
Strictly Come Dancing and I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!
Thursday: This Morning ITV1
Brian is giving a
run-down of what to watch on TV over the Easter holidays.
Week 6 Guests: Sandy
Kelly, Laura Whitmore and Jedward.
April 8th Friday:
This Morning ITV1
Brian is reviewing the
papers on This Morning.
WednesdayOktv! Channel 5
Brian was interviewed on the show about the return of Big Brother to
Channel 5this year. Brian was asked his thoughts on the return of the
show alongside two other previous winners, Josie Gibson and Brian
Den RTÉ 2
5 Guests: Brenda
Donohoe, Josie Gibson and Emmet Scanlan
Sunday:Credit Union of Ireland School Quiz.
Ultimate Big Brother champion Brian Dowling joined
the Irish League of Credit Unions yesterday (Sunday 3rd April 2011)
(ILCU) at the RDS in Dublin to host the special 20th Anniversary
Credit Union All Ireland Schools Quiz. Over 400 primary school
children from across the country competed for the national title.
The annual event, now in its 20th year, was run
throughout the winter months in communities all over Ireland by
volunteers from ILCU affiliated credit unions. The Quiz has become
the highlight of the school calendar, attracting over 25,000
participants in over 300 venues throughout the 32 counties in the
lead up to the national finals.
Speaking at the event, Quiz Master Brian Dowling
said: Everyone, including me, had so much fun yesterday! The RDS was
packed and you could see that all of the teams had been working
really hard to prepare for this. It was really exciting being
involved in the Quiz, I enjoyed every minute of it!
April 2011: Race for Life video.
To celebrate a decade
of support for Tesco and Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, Tesco
has teamed up with a host of famous faces to encourage one million
women to sign up to this year’s event series.
An inspiring video,
starring Race for Life ambassador Paula Radcliffe and celebrity
supporters Kate Walsh, Linda Barker, Jeff Brazier, Brian Dowling,
Nell McAndrew and Fay Ripley has been released today to spur on as
many women as possible to walk, jog or run 5k at their local Race for
Week 3 Guests: Rebecca Creighton, Anna Nolan and Danny Young
March 18th Friday: This Morning ITV1
Brian is reviewing the papers on This Morning.
March 15th Tuesday:Wagons Den RTÉ 2
Week 2 Guests: Vivenne Connolly, Mary McEvoy and Jason McAteer
March 8th Tuesday:Wagons Den RTÉ 2
Today sees the start of Brian's second series of Wagons Den. After their huge ratings hit of the first series Sheila Chic aka Katherine Lynch and Brian Dowling return for a 10 part series. Each week their guests get put through the celebrity mangle to be spit out the other end, their celeb lives dissected and lampooned, but having a brilliant fun night to remember.
Week 1 guests are: Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh ,Vogue Williams and Shayne Ward
Brian becomes the voice of the Irish Just-eat TV Adverts.
"We decided to camp it up a little and bring a bit of celebrity glam into our lives by using Ultimate Big Brother Champion Brian Dowling. Having been present at the recording of the voice-over I have to say that Brian was absolutely brilliant. As well as being very funny, he had no issue in doing everything we asked of him. It was a pleasure working with him.
Just-Eat.ie's TV adverts will be transmitted from Friday 25th February 2011 and will air on numerous networks including RTE, TV3, E4, Sky Group, Universal and Setanta. Look out for them hitting a screen near you!"
February 9th Wednesday:Brian Dowling - Nominee for Man of Style at thePeter Mark VIP Style Awards.
Brian has been nominated in the Man of Style section at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards, Friday 25th March 2011 at the Shelbourne Hotel Dublin. There are four categories: Most Stylish Woman, the Man of Style, Most Stylish Couple - and this year's additional category: The Newcomer Award. You have until March 24th 2011 to make your feelings known!
February 2nd Wednesday: Driving Me Crazy TV3 Ireland 7.30pm.
Brian Dowling and Andrea Roche
He was crowned Ultimate Big Brother winner and has won over the Irish nation with his quick wit and charm. Brian Dowling takes on the challenge of "Driving Me Crazy" as he embarks on a journey with former Miss Ireland winner, Andrea Roche. As the journey progresses it become quite clear who is in charge, with a number unscheduled pit-stops, a lot of panic and some interesting conversation, the team find themselves completely lost and struggling to make it on time. Will they reach the end before the clock runs on out?
The show should be available to watch in the UK after it airs in Ireland HERE