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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'.

» BRIAN DOWLING'S DIARY – January 2011

January 31st Monday: Galway Bay FM Radio Ireland Night-Time with Alan Murphy. Brian chatted by phone from the UK, discussing him presenting at the NTA's after party, kissing Davina and his Bond Street suit. His second series of Wagons' Den, RTÉ Two, that begins in March, and his show this week on TV3 Driving Me Crazy.

January 26
th Wednesday: National Television Awards After Show Party ITV2. 

“Brian Dowling and Caroline Flack present from the aftershow party for the awards ceremony. They will be talking to the winners in the VIP lounge at London's O2 and finding out all the gossip from the ni91.jpgght.”







January 24th Monday: Brian is featured in 4 magazines this week. In New magazine he was featured in the Good Cop/Bad Cop interrogation.. In Now magazine he answered fans questions in Back Chat. The Star features Brian in a sixty second Q&A section, and Closer Magazine a small piece on Brian's Wish List. All the articles feature pictures of Brian.

January 24th to February 4th Live From Studio Five Brian begins a two week run of presenting the C5 evening show with Kate Walsh.
January 7th Friday: Brian chats to Karen Costa from TV 3 Xpose backstage at the Tivoli Theatre about his role as Bridie Gaga in Beauty & The Beast.

January 2011 to December 2011: Brian Dowling begins another year of Adverts for Closer Magazine.

99.jpg“This week, Bauer Media's Closer magazine launches a new nationwide TV campaign.The new 10-second ad was created by Closer's creative agency Team Saatchi. The execution expands images from each issue, moving between stories through rays of 'Closer' pink light. Ultimate Big Brother winner Brian Dowling will be the voice of the campaign, as he has been with previous Closer marketing activity.

Nicky Holt, Publisher of Closer, commented: "This is a punchy and eyecatching campaign created to remind readers that Closer is unrivalled in providing the best and most original celeb, fashion and real life content in the market - week in, week out."

The campaign will broadcast throughout 2011, on both terrestrial and satellite."

January 2011 GCN (Gay Community News) Magazine, Dublin. Brian has the Magazine cover and has a 2 page spread inside with a photo shoot.


20 Jan 2011 by christine

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» BRIAN DOWLING'S DIARY – December 2010

December 29th Wednesday: Channel 5 – Brian appears as a pundit on the show Most Shocking Celebrity Moments 2010. The show includes a piece on the end of Big Brother featuring short clips from Ultimate Big Brother.

December 14th Tuesday: Brian starts his run in the pantomime Beauty and the Beast at the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin. Brian revives his popular character Bridie from last year’s panto Cinderella, this time in the guise of Bridie Gaga! Brian appears alongside Alan Hughes, Michelle McGrath, John Lovett and many more stars. The run ends on Sunday 16th January 2011.

December 10th Friday: TV3 - Ireland - Ireland AM – Brian is a guest, talking about the panto, Beauty and the Beast. Link: LINK

December 6th Monday: TV3 - Ireland - Brian makes another guest appearance on The Apprentice – You’re Fired the show where Anton Savage is joined by a panel of celebrities, captains of industry, journalists and broadcasters, who'll interrogate the fired apprentice in front of a live audience.

December 4th Saturday: Brian is a pundit on the E4 show 50 Greatest Plastic Surgery Shockers: A countdown of the 50 most dramatic cases of plastic surgery, featuring the rich, the famous and weird devotees of cosmetic procedures from around the world.

December 1st Wednesday: Today is a very busy day for Brian. He started the day by appearing on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM Dublin. LINK

It was then on to two more Radio Shows for Brian: Newstalk ie and The Moncrieff Show.

Finally, Brian was a guest on RTE2's Elev8, where he spoke to the regular presenters Ivan and Diana about his forthcoming appearance in the Panto, Beauty and the Beast.

20 Jan 2011 by christine

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» BRIAN DOWLING'S DIARY – November 2010

November 30th Tuesday:  Brian launches the Coca Cola Christmas Designated Driver Campaign. In its 7th year Brian was chosen to launch the campaign in both Dublin and Belfast on the same day. 

The campaign, which runs for the entire month of December, offers designated drivers FREE soft drinks, juice and bottled water over the course of the festive season.

November 26th Friday: Brian is a guest on RTÉ One The Daily Show.

"Brian Dowling is the most famous Irish contestant to enter the Big Brother house and his popularity was proven when he was crowned Ultimate Big Brother Housemate this year! We catch up with one of Ireland's most popular exports and hear about his latest ventures at home."

November 24th Wednesday: The first publicity pictures are released for Brian’s panto: Beauty & the Beast. Which starts it’s run on 14th December. Brian is playing the part or Bridie Gaga.

November 23rd Tuesday:   Brian’s  second show in the series of Wagons Den with Katherine Lynch. Tonight’s guest is Calum Best.
November 19
thFriday: Brian is once again presenting Live From Studio Five C5 with Kate tonight. Antony Costa is live in the studio, an interview with Dannii Minogue and features on XFactor and Justin Bieber complete the show. 

November 17th Wednesday: Brian is the guest on the  ITV2 live link from  the UK to Australia for I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now.

November 16th Tuesday  Brian starts his new half-hour comedy series this evening Wagons’ Den on RTE Two. The Six part series which he co hosts with Katherine Lynch features guests each week, who lay themselves open to some cutting edge humour. All the week’s celebrity news and gossip is trawled through ripping apart the PR spin and the Bogus Blather to cut right to the black heart of the story.

The first show features Eastenders Stefan Booth

November 13th SaturdayMagic (music) TV Brian Dowling's Chick Flick Fest! Top 50
Put on your pyjamas and snuggle up with Brian Dowling as he counts down the 50 finest chick flick tunes ever made!

Also: November 13th Saturday. Magic (music) TV

Cheek to Cheek
Brian Dowling…..
It's time to get up close and intimate with Ultimate Big Brother winner, Brian Dowling, as he handpicks his own personal playlist and reveals the reasons behind his choices.

The above shows are constantly repeated on TV. Check listings for date and time.

November 10th Wednesday: Xpose TV3 Brian attends the launch of  Lisa Fitzpatrick's new book, Enjoying Style and Fashion. VIDEO   

November 5th Friday: Brian attended the Firework Display on Clapham Common.

November 4th Thursday:   Brian attended The fifth annual Stonewall Awards took place on at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The event was hosted by comedian Sue Perkins and attended by more than 450 people including celebrities, politicians, sports people and writers. The event celebrated those who have made a positive impact on the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in 2010.

Brian also made a short video clip at the event in support of Stonewall’s “It Gets Better” campaign.

Watch the Video

November 4th Thursday:  This Morning ITV1. Brian once again presents keeps us all updated with the soap news with and explosive edition for Bonfire Night



November 4th Thursday: Brian Dowling also attended the DVD launch of 'Loose Women in New York, Loose In The City' at Century, London.

The same evening Brian was also photographed at the Groucho Club London chatting with his old friend Antony Cotton.

November 1st Monday:  This Morning ITV1 Brian gives us all the updates on the Soaps for this week and chats with Coleen and Phil in the Hub.


20 Jan 2011 by christine

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» BRIAN DOWLING'S DIARY – October 2010

October 30th Saturday:  Poundland Store,  Cirencester. Brian Dowling opens Poundland’s 300th store. Brian is presiding over the Family Fun Day, signing autographs, meeting the locals and having pictures with them, and even h85.jpgelping out on the 75.jpgtills. 76.jpgLINK86.jpg




Later that evening Brian went along to the BBC Studios as a guest of his friend Tess Daly to watch Strictly Come Dancing which she is presenting.

October 28th Thursday:  ITV1 This Morning Soapbox with Brian Dowling all the la81.jpgtest soap news. 83a.jpg



Oct 25th Monday:  Bria79.jpgn is covering80.jpg the Soapbox  soap run downs on ITV1 This Morning. LINK 

Later he chatted with Coleen Nolan in The Hub. LINK




Oct 22nd Friday:78.jpg  Brian Dowling is announced as the Quiz Master for the National Finals of the All-Ireland Schools Quiz in April 2011in conjunction with the Irish League of Credit Unions.  Launching the start of the quiz Brian said “So excited to be back home in Ireland and to be part of this event. It is going to be loads of fun for kids around the country over the next couple of months. I will be back in April and I am really looking forward to an exciting, nail biting final at the RDS next year!” The annual event, now in its 20th year, has become the highlight of the school calendar, attracting over 25,000 participants in over 300 venues throughout the 32 counties. With the aim of encouraging teamwork among young school children under the age of 13, the questions for the Quiz are compiled by primary school teachers and will cover topics such as geography, history, music, literature and sport.  LINK

Oct 21st Thursd77.jpgay R82.jpgehearsals for new series.. Wagons’ Den RTE2




Oct 18th Monday: TV3 Ireland – The Apprentice – You’re Fired.  Brian is a guest on the show where Anton Savage is joined by a panel of celebrities, captains of industry, journalists and broadcasters, who'll interrogate the fired apprentice in front of a live audience. 

Oct 15th Friday: Brian is one of the guests on Davina McCall: A Comedy Roast on C4. Brian took the stage alongside Patrick Kielty, Chris Moyles, Rich Hall, and Jack Whitehall. Jimmy Carr hosts the proceedings as Davina takes centre stage to endure an evening of insults and friendly abuse.

Advert for Beauty and Beast Panto on the side of 500 buses in Ireland.


Oct 11th Monday: Brian is once again presenting Live From Studio Five on C5. In the studio this evening he is chatting to Ray Meagher – Alf  from Home and Away.

Oct 9th Saturday: Brian talks about his new RTÉ chat show The Wagons Den with Katherine Lynch which airs in November. A cross between Celeb Juice and Loose Women the show is expected to be a huge hit. LINK

Oct 8th & 9th:  More Smash Hits TV with Brian as voice over.

On Friday we have: Omg! The Fit Boys Pop Riot.
Brian Dowling's causing a riot in the name of pop as he counts down the 20 hottest boys in the business right now!

Then Saturday it’s: Oo-Er! The Cheesefest Pop Riot.
Brian Dowling's causing a riot in the name of pop as he counts down the 50 cheesiest ever party tracks!

Oct 4th Monday: RTÉ1 Radio  The Mooney Show – interview.  Brian chats about the forthcoming Cheerios Panto – Beauty and the Beast at the Tivoli, Dublin, Ultimate BB and his love interest.  Listen again HERE 

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67.jpgSept 29th Wednesday:  Brian signs a five figure Pantomime deal to appear in the Cheerios  Panto at the Tivoli and Dublin for the next three years.. Brian will once again reprise his role of Bridie Nolan in this year’s Beauty and the Beast. The panto opens on 14th Dec and runs until Jan 16th. To book visit Tivoli Theatre


Sept 27th Mon & 28th Tues: Brian is again the guest presenter alongside Kate Walsh on Live from Studio Five C5 at 6.25pm.59.jpg

Sept 25th Saturday: Buzz Magazine Feature. Brian talks about My life! My guilty crush! 5 Things you didn’t know about me! I Want… Autumn must haves!

Brian is a guest on this week's RTÉ 1 The Saturday Night Show one of Ireland's premiere talk shows presented by Brendan O'Connor. The 64.jpgshow airs at 9.55pm on 25th Sept and this is the first show of the new series. Guests tonight include Paul Gascoigne and Sadie Frost.

Following the show Brian headed off as a guest to Krystle Nightclub in Dublin that was holding it’s 4th Birthday celebrations. Other guests at the birthday bash included a host of Irish rugby stars, X Factor's Louis Walsh, models Irma Mali, Angelica Salomao, Karena Graham, Cheryl O'Rourke, Cristiona Aston, Sarah Morrissey, super talented magician Shane Gillen, and many many more...

Sept 21st Tuesday: Brian has a two page spread with photoshoot in this weeks Closer magazine.

Sept 20th Monday: Brian is appearing on ITV’s This Morning once again, this time he is doing the ‘Soapbox’ soaps rundown.  Once again Brian does an interview for This Morning’s ‘The Hub’

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69.jpgSept 19th Sunday: Brian does the Voice over on a of Smash Hits channel "HITS" programmes. Brian has done a number of these shows and it is worth keeping an eye on the channel for they seem to go out on a regular basis. He told me has done '50 Hot Boys' '50 Hot Girls' and '50 Songs to smooch to' In the show today Brian does the run down of the 50 Hottest Girls in Pop.

Sept 17th Friday: Brian is the guest presenter alongside Kate Walsh on Live from Studio Five C5 this Friday 17.9.2010 at 6.25pm. Guest this evening is American model, fashion photographer, actress, author and agent, Janice Dickinson.

56.jpgSept 16th Thursday:  Topical ITV2 panel show hosted by Leigh Francis (in character as Keith Lemon) with Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby as the team captains.

Katie Price and Richard Bacon are the other guests on the night.


Sept 15th Wednesday: Brian is featured on TV3’s Xpose attending ‘The Other Guys’ premiere. VIDEO

Sept 14th Tuesday:  Brian was a guest on ITV’s This Morning today where he chatted about his time in the house to Holly and Phillip. He also joined Coleen Nolan in the This Morning ‘The Hub’ 

You can watch the video HERE for the interview and the video HERE for the The Hub Video.


In the evening Brian attended the Film Premiere of ‘The Other Guys’ featuring Eva Mendes, Will Ferrill, and Mark Wahlberg



Sept 13th Monday: Brian has an exclusive interview in today's Sun newspaper where he talks about the Finale and his fellow housemates.

In the evening Brian attended the wrap party for Ultimate Big Brother arriving at 58.jpgthe venue with the runner up Nikki Grahame.







Sept 11th Saturday:   3 Radio interviews
Radio1 w57.jpgith Vernon Kay LINK Listen again.2hrs 10mins.



RTE1 Radio LINK Listen Back. Brian starts 40mins in.

Dublin 102Q with Ray Shah(BB4)  

Saturday evening saw Brian present Alexandra Burke with a cake featuring the face of Simon Cowell for reaching No1 whilst she was performing at G_A_Y nightclub. Brian surprised the crowd at the venue and came onstage to a huge cheer. LINK


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48.jpgOn Friday 10 September Brian won the title of Ultimate Big Brother Housemate!  Brian looked shocked as Davina McCall called out his name to the Elstree crowd as the winner, ahead of Nikki Grahame in second place. Brian won with 49-21% of the second part of the vote ahead of Nikki Grahame who received 30.28% and Chantelle Houghton who received 20.51%. 



Davina crowning Brian as the Ultimate Housemate was the climax of an evening devoted to the iconic TV show which has now reached the end of its time on Channel 4. Brian looked dapper in a smart black suit and tie fitting perfectly the funeral theme of the evening. 


Brian had been favourite to win the show for much of its two and a half week duration; however a strong showing by Nikki towards the end of the last week made the final a slightly tense and nervous affair.  There were few doubts though that Brian would come through to win in the end.





Most of the memorable moments during the show involved him and he again made us laugh throughout with his hilarious banter with the other housemates. However Brian will not only be remembered for his effortless humour but for his compassion and warmth to his fellow housemates. Chantelle dubbing him ‘the nicest guy she had ever met’ and Ulrika saying that ‘every girl should have a Brian Dowling in their lives’.




Long term and newly converted fans alike cast their votes to crown Brian the well deserved Ultimate Big Brother Housemate.

03 Oct 2010 by christine

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» Brian Dowling wins Celebrity Come Dine With Me - Big Brother Winners Special!

44.jpgBrian as the winner of BB2 was one of four winners taking part in the celebrity edition of Come Dine With Me – Big Brother Special. He battled it out against Nadia Almada (Winner BB5) Brian Belo(Winner BB8) and Sophie Read(Winner BB10) to not only to provide the finest culinary delights but also be the most convivial host on the evening to be the winner of £1000 for charity.  

None of the menus would have Gordon Ramsey quaking in his boots, however Brian’s Starter: Rocket and parmesan salad. Main: Shepherd's pie and Desssert: Eton mess, was deemed the most impressive of the four. 

There were numerous ‘shakes head in disbelief’ moments throughout43.jpg the four days.  Sophie asking Brian Dowling “Do potatoes grown on trees?” To which he replied, “Yes, right by the money tree and the diamond tree." And was ‘chowder a type of dog?’ Brian Belo tried to squeeze a peeled lemon with a potato masher and make soup without any liquid!

Brian Dowling summed up the four nights perfectly "We've had drunken Brian Belo, we've had broken glasses, we've had fun, we've had lots of feely-touchiness, we've had a budding romance and we've had an argument. It's better than Big Brother!"  


03 Oct 2010 by christine

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» Come Dine With Me - Big Brother Winners Special.

The Come Dine With Me Big Brother Winners special filmed some time ago featuring Brian, along with Brian Belo: BB8, Sophie: BB10 and Nadia: BB5, airs on Sept 6th, the week of the Ultima43.jpgte Big Brother Housemate Final(Sept 10th).







There is a lovely interview with Brian in the May edition of Cheers Magazine, Ireland.


21 Aug 2010 by christine

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