Q: We loved watching you presenting the Mint,
specifically when you were teamed with Beverley French. Was the show
really as much fun to do as it seemed to be from a viewerís
perspective? Our second question is with the possibility of Quizmania
relaunching the UK Quiz TV market in the near future do
you see any chance of you going back in to the Quiz TV
A: I loved doing The Mint. Of all
the television shows I have done this was the only one that you
actually forgot you were on live television, and we literally just
had a laugh. Because it is 4 hours live without a commercial break,
if it wasnít for Beverley no way would I have stayed on the show
for the length of time I did, it was just so easy, it was like going
out with my friends for a drink. It didnít feel like I was
Errrrm! I know at the moment there
is a show going on called Bingo Night Live which has kind of
replaced The Mint. I donít know if I could ever do a quiz again
like The Mint, as the hours are quite unsociable. Although I would
never say never, I think possibly not in the near future.
Q: I would like to ask, do you
still see Arthur? I saw him in the Girls Aloud video. I thought he
looked funny in the wig. I bet you had a laugh over that. I saw ITV
are having a new late night quiz show. Would you consider
doing the like of this show again? I miss seeing you on The
Mint. The way we got to see you and hear bits of news about you when
you sat and chatted was great. Hope we see you again soon on TV. I
really miss you.
A: Yes I do see Arthur quite a
lot, he has been staying with me because he is back from the Girls
Aloud tour, and he is looking for a new apartment, for he and his
friend. So he has been staying with me and is currently on holiday,
so yes I see him nearly every morning, and we are still very good
friends. Would there be a chance of them getting back together
again? Not at the moment, but never say never! I find it difficult
to date, being well known makes it difficult, but regardless of that
I have never been one to date a lot, I am not slutty, slutty. I
believe in just meeting a genuine person and for it just to happen,
not to force it. Love isnít a priority in my life at the moment; Iím
still young, and a lot of my friends are still single. The best way is
to be in a relationship with someone who trusts you, where you can
still go on holiday with friends, and be able to come home to your
partner, - finding a balance. At the moment I am happy, I have my
meal for one and my giant plasma screen.
Q: Have you been on any nice
holidays since we saw you last? You mentioned on The Mint once you
were going to learn to drive. If you could drive what would be your
dream car? Missing you like crazy Brian and really hoping weíll
get to see you on TV again in the UK. Love your blonde hair.
A: I havenít been on a holiday
since 2006, how bad is that? It has mainly been down to work. Doing
The Mint I only had one week off, last year I was in Ireland
working. This year I am tied with work again. I am doing the Closer
adverts until Nov, and also it is difficult getting together with
friends, all having the same time free. To be honest at the moment I
am quite happy to be working, as long as I have my false tan I am
I havenít learnt to drive, but
if I did I would want a big Land Rover 4 x 4.
Everyone loves me blonde, I maybe
went a bit too blonde at one point, but I do like having blonde in
my hair, my hairdresser knows what he is doing.
Q: All I want to know is where
have you been I have not seen you for ages? Any tv programmes
in the pipeline for the future?
A: It is difficult to be on TV the
whole time unless you are in the elite group of people who
constantly get shows. Just because you are well known it doesnít
mean that you will constantly get work. I have done quite well, I am
established, I have great representation, but all those ingredients
donít guarantee that you will get work. I am lucky that I can get
stuff, that people say Ďhe is quite good, we like himí, and
people want to work with me, it is just finding the right thing.
Q: It looked like you and
Beverly had great fun on The Mint. Do you miss working on The Mint
and do you miss working with Beverly French?
If you could work with one
person who you have never worked with before who would it be and
How is your cooking going since
Hells Kitchen? Do you cook for yourself or does someone cook for
you? Or do you buy ready made meals?
A: (For Beverley see above.)
Mmmm one person who I have never
worked with before. Ö I think I would like to work with my friend
Antony Cotton as we have never worked together before. I would love
to do a scene with him in Coronation Street. Playing his love rival!
A cat fight on the cobbles.
Cooking is getting better, I donít
cook for myself all the time as I tend to eat out quite a lot, and
if I am eating in it will be from Tescoís or Marks and Spencers
and bung it in the oven.
Q: I was so delighted when
you were in Family Fortunes to read that the night you were in it it
got more viewers than it ever had apart from one night years ago
when Les Dennis was in it. I miss you so much. are there any
plans for you to do any more TV work in the UK in the
A: I was really happy to hear
(For work see above).
Q: I loved seeing you in back
stage. Were the disciplines very scary?. They looked it especially
the wheel of death. We loved watching you and you looked so
good in lycra. When are we going to see you again you were great on
Smash Hits too? You looked so cool.
A: Anything to do with heights was
quite scary, I tried a lot of them, but more scary were the outfits,
how tight they were. Some of them were made for me specially, which
was quite camp, and I got to keep one the pink lycra one which was
Q: I am a massive fan and a friend
on your Facebook and Myspace and I never see you message anyone, do
you not read your messages as I would love a reply from you. When
will we see you again on tv?
A: I do read my messages, but find
it quite hard to get into using Facebook, Also I am always aware of
replying to one person and this upsetting another one if I donít
reply to them. I am just amazed so many want to be friends.
Q: At any point in BB did you
genuinely feel you had a good chance of winning?
A: Only when it came to the actual
final and I was standing there with Helen and Davina said, ďand
the winner isÖĒ and then I thought, I could actually win this!
Not until that point did I ever think I would.
Q: In the BB house you seemed very
close to both Dean and Helen. If you hadnít won, would you have
preferred Dean or Helen to have taken the title (and the money!)?
A: I think because I was in the
final two with Helen that I think it is easier for me to say Helen,
because she equally deserved it. I thought if I hadnít have been
there and it wasnít me it would have been great for her, as we
were the only two who experienced being in the house on our own.
Q: A highlight of BB2 for me was
watching the friendship grow between you and Dean. I laughed and
laughed at some of your conversations! Post BB2, what went wrong and
is there any chance of reconciliation?
A: Nothing went wrong I have never
fallen out with any of my old housemates, a lot of it is to do with
peopleís lives changing, and doing different stuff, you just lose
contact as you would with old classmates. You are still friends. I
was very lucky to be at Deanís wedding, a big thing in his life. I
havenít seen him for a good five years, so it isnít a
reconciliation, it just we havenít seen one another.
What did you think of his book?
I didnít really read it, and
everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and their story, and that
is what his story is, and what he believes. I donít think anything
in it was malicious, and when I see Dean again there will be no
problems. Dean was for me in the house Ďfantasticí and I will
never forget that.
Q: Why did you decide not to sell
your story (and your soul!) to the tabloids post winning BB2? Was
this your own personal decision or did you act of the advice of
A: This was a personal decision
before I had any representation, and because I had won £70,000 in
my eyes that was a sh*t load of money, and at the time I just did
not want to talk about Big Brother, I had only won on the Friday and
this was like on the Saturday and Sunday and this was something I
could just not have done. I just didnít want to do it at the time.
Q: When you watched back episodes
of BB2 did you feel you got a fair edit? Did you feel there was any
contestant who hadnít been edited fairly and if so in what way?
A: Well I won the show, so yeah!
The show showed me for the person I was at the time. That was quite
loud, very demanding, a bit spoilt (laughing) in a good way. You canít
really blame editing, if you say it, you say it, if you do it, you
do it. Anyone who says that are just looking for excuses.
Q: What have you done with your
orange publicity shots and entrance t-shirt?
A: My entrance t-shirt I still
have it. I also still have my winning outfit that I will always
Q: Looking back, do you wish BB2
had a winnerís week and reunion show or are you still pleased you
could remain out of the public eye immediately after your win?
A: After winning I got management
and the idea was to take me away, I donít regret that because I
signed up with SM:tv for two years, so I could not regret what
happened. I was staying in a hotel in Covent Garden and Helen was
going out to all these parties, and I was playing tennis. It was so
weird. I was there heading out in shorts and t-shirt and she was
heading out to some celebrity party, those are the roles we kind of
went down. I have got no regrets at all.
Q: I have heard that Ant and Dec
have bought the rights to some of their old shows including SM:tv
which was made by Blaze. Does this include the documentary that was
made about you after you left the Big Brother House? Did you ever
receive a copy of that footage? If it still exists would you
consider allowing it to be shown now?
A: The footage to that would be
with the person who owns Blaze, Conor McAnally, I have seen some of
the footage, but I have not seen all of it. As regards to it being
shown now, maybe not, as so much has happened since then, and it was
so long ago. We made quite a lot of it at the time, then I started
on SM:tv and so then it was shelved. But in a way that documentary
was my Ďwinnerís weekí, but it has never been show, so maybe
that is how it should stay.
Q: Since winning BB Is there
any time when you feel you have let yourself down in public?
A: Never! Never! No Iíve never
read anything about myself or seen any pictures. I am always very well behaved. I am
quite boring really. I am really well behaved. I donít show
myself up, only in private.
Q: Looking back on your career is
there any job that you regretted in hindsight turning down?
A: Mmmmm possibly, I suppose there
is one, but I wouldnít like to say which it was, and there were
other contributing factors at the time.
Q: What about a second series
of Brianís Boyfriends?
Yes I did turn that down at the
time, because it wasnít right the right time. The show was a huge
success and so yes. Because I am a different person now I think I
would like to make another series of it.
Q: Have you watched any recordings
of Hellís Kitchen, and if so, was there far more bullying towards
you by Jim Davidson than was actually shown on TV?
A: I have still not watched Hellís
Kitchen, which is strange because I watched Big Brother straight
away. Thing is I really really enjoyed it, but I think that Jim was
just so offensive, but again having said that there was some really
good footage on the show. Who is to say what would have happened had
Jim not been on the show, things happen for a reason, and it made me
a stronger better person. It was brewing up all along Jim had upset
a lot of people he had made Adele cry, he upset Abbey. We had silly
little arguments all the way along , it was building up into a
crescendo. There was the one about me helping the girls, and I
thought, I can help who I want to help you canít tell me what to
do. I donít think he liked people standing up to him. But it shows
me as a person that I will stand up for myself, and I am glad that I
Q: Was there more Ďnigglingí
towards you than was shown on screen?
There were a lot of niggles along
the way. And stuff that people havenít seen, which I donít want
to go into, because there is no point, but he was constantly saying
stuff that I found quite vulgar and I said this to Barry and he was
going to have a word, then I said.. no, no itís fine. Itís no
big deal, they will see everything and if they think it is you knowÖ.but
that is society that is the way things are. It shows that homophobia
and bullies are still out there.
Q: You mentioned that when your TV
work dries up you would like to find work in public relations? Would
that be in Ireland?
A: When the whole TV thing stops I
probably would go into Public Relations in London and work for a
Q: With so much of your work
seemingly based now in Ireland would you consider moving back there
A: The thing is with Ireland I can
go back and forth Ė make a series in a week, which is good. I do
live in London, and for the foreseeable future I can see myself
living here. The stuff in Ireland is just nipping back and forth.
Q: Are you still planning to
appear in Fair City?
A: The Fair City role I was offered
went quiet when I was doing Hellís Kitchen, and since Hellís
Kitchen I havenít really stopped. I have been working in Ireland
or the UK. So it definitely wont be this year as I am doing work up
until November in my diary.
Q: Do you do a lot of corporate
A: I do loads of P.Aís, I think
I have 4 coming up at the moment..
Q: If C4 do an All Stars version
of Big Brother would you appear?
A: That is a very difficult
question, and not something I would jump at doing, and there are a
lot of reasons why. It is something that I am not quite sure I want
to do. A lot of people would think OMG that is stupid! OMG how could
you not do it! However there is a lot of stuff to look into, it is not
as easy as just saying yes. It is a case of if I wanted to do the
show I would want to win it., and I think if I did the show and didnít
win it, it could affect me as I am so popular, and so I have to look
at the bigger picture. In a way what more can I achieve by doing it?
I have won once and been voted most popular housemate twice.
Christine: If you did do the show
again people are going to expect to see BB2 winner Brian once again.
Yes of course they are. Me running around screaming Evil Demons!
If it was a two week thing, or three, but not 10 weeks during the
summer. I am not sure I could get through that. If I did do it I
could love it, I could enjoy it, I could win it, and I do stand a
chance of doing quite well but there are still lots of things to
Q: Are there any plans for an
autobiography? If so, have you a time span in mind Ė could we
expect one in, say, the next couple of years?
A: I think you should just do one
in your life, and thinking that, some younger than me have done 2 or
3Ö I could have done one if I had wanted to, I am quite you know.
in a way thatÖI think I could have done a whole lot more than what
I have done, but there are reasons why I havenít done stuff like
that. I have been asked to do them, I could have done two, but when
you are writing things about friends and family - my family are all
really young - I just think that my story isnít finished yet. I
have got to fall in love, do stuff like that, Iíve got loads of
stuff to do yet. If I do Big Brother All Stars and then win it Iíd
bring out a book then.
Q: I read today that Russell Brand
is set to crack the USA, would you consider working there?
A: Absolutely! Iíd work anywhere
(laughs). Working in America is the dream. I am quite happy working
in England and Ireland but if America comes calling. Yes please!
Q: How do you feel about turning
A: I think that in your twenties
you always think Iím thirty! Iím thirty! Iím thirty! but I
have actually found clarity in my life. even just turning thirty. I
kind of know what I want and where I am going. I think that in your
twenties you are allowed to be foolish, you are allowed to be stupid, but I
think in your thirties it is very very different.
Christine: And with your family?
Yes I feel more responsible I am
the older brother, but I also feel a bit more responsibility towards
myself, because in your thirties the person you meet you are
probably going to spend the rest of your life with, and a lot of
peopleís hopes and dreams, kind ofÖ If I was going to have
children, I am going to do it in my thirties. If I am going to find
someone, get married, I am probably going to do it in my thirties.
So I think it is quite exciting. There is no way my thirties could
be as good as my twenties because of the whole Big Brother thing,
but they could be, who knows!
Last year when The Mint finished I
took a couple of months out and did absolutely nothing, and then I
got a call for Hellís Kitchen, you never know what is around the
corner. You just donít know in this industry, I am quite lucky
because I havenít made it so massive, it is almost a way that I
can plod away until something amazing comes along, I have always
been constant with working.
Q: What are some of the
biggest lessons you have learned since becoming famous?
A: That you canít always trust
everyone. Just to stay grounded, thatís the one thing, and to stay
true to yourself, and remember who your real friends are.
Q: What is important to you at the
A: I think in this day and age
that all my family and friends are all very healthy and that they
are just good, that is what is important to me. Friends and family
are very important to me. Especially with people dying, wars,
storms, stabbing people, shooting people and everything, the whole
telly thing it is just not real. There is nothing I wouldnít do
for my friends, and I am quite happy to say that they would do the
same for me.
A: Where is home these days?
Q: I am like Joan Collins I have
two homes one in England and one in Ireland. I just jump on an Aer
Lingus plane and away I go.
Q: How have your recent RT…
shows been received - and have they rated well?
A: Extremely well. The one I just
did there So You Want to be Famous did extremely well. It rated
really high for the first episode that increased for the second and
then it remained at the second level for the third. It was really
good, my first proper job over there, and everyone who watched the
show said it was very American and that was the aim of show. I had
to do the show without any autocue; I had to learn those lines. I
had to learn them all, I had to do that for every show off by heart.
I only got the scripts the day before. Normally in England you would
have 40 or 50 people on a crew for a show, in Ireland there were 10,
and the director took no sh*t , you had to do your lines! Do your
lines! I think that the show showed a different side of me, the delivery
was very different.
Q: How do you feel about the botox
A: I find those stories so
incredible. The pictures they did for So You Want to be Famous were
completely airbrushed, of course they were. In one picture even I
went- I look really weird there. It is the make-up, the lighting,
but on the back of that I am the type of person who would say yes I
have had botox, because I am actually quite honest, I have always
said I would have it done eventually, but I am quite good, I have my
facials, I look after myself, I go to the gym. You know I donít do
drugs, I donít smoke; I just find it quite funny. If I had
something done, I would like my lip bigger, I have always wanted to
have my top lip done, but in case it went wrong I would be like
ewwww! I really just find it funny that people think that about me,
that I am 29 and already had botox.
Q: Have you got a message for your
A: Brian wants to say that.. I
have finally reached 30, I thought it was going to be scary, but I
am happy now that I am officially 30. I am very much single, and
very much botox free!! Which is quite surprising, as I thought that
by the time I reached thirty, I would be in a relationship, and have
a face like Pete Burns. and I donít.
I just want to thank everyone
especially on Facebook because I have been really bad, but I promise
I am going to get more involved with it. It is quite scary with so
many people, and I feel it is unfair to reply to one and not
another. So apologies if I havenít replied to you.
My twenties have been amazing.
Thank you for all the support. I just hope my thirties are twice as
good. Bring it on!
Thank you to everyone on the
website. To people who sent Birthday cards and presents. Thank you
for your constant support over the years. I always get amazed that
people do care and stuff, it is very very flattering. I do get very
emotional about it sometimes, these people are giving up their time
and effort, and they want me to succeed, and I think that is such an
amazing thing, and in some ways saying thank you just isnít
enough. It would be good if there was a word that meant more than
thank you. The support has been constant, through good times, and
through bad times. The people who are with you through highs and
lows are like friends in a way. It shows how they are as people. I
think we should have a fan day out some time. (To be arranged -