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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 launches Big Brother 13

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.


05 Jun 2012 by christine

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Jan 5th Thursday

New Diary Room chair revealed


Jan 3rd Tuesday

Celebrity Big Brother house pictures revealed.


Brian spends the day at a freezing Elstree studios rehearsing for Thursday's live opening show.



Brian talks with  Digital Spy

Jan 1st Sunday

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


05 Jan 2012 by christine

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July 28th Thursday: This Morning – Summer – Great Yarmouth – ITV1`

125.jpgBrian 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,


124.jpgBrian 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 122.jpgfrom 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.

123.jpgEx 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

121.jpgBrian 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 the Press 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.

09 Jul 2011 by christine

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June 18th Saturday: Wedding of Pippa and Brian

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 Stephen Byrne.

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."


16 Jun 2011 by christine

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May 26th Thursday: This Morning ITV1

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.

08 Jun 2011 by christine

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April 26th Tuesday: Wagons Den RTÉ 2

Week 8 Guests: Una Healy, Rebecca De Havilland and Brian Ormond.

April 21st 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!

April 21st Thursday: This Morning ITV1

Brian is giving a run-down of what to watch on TV over the Easter holidays.

VIDEOApril 19th Tuesday: Wagons Den RTÉ 2

Week 7 Guests: Keavy Lynch, Edele Lynch, Jenny Frost and Kamal Ibrahim.

April 15th Friday: This Morning ITV1

Brian is reviewing the papers on This Morning.

VIDEO The team welcome Holly's new baby Belle

April 12th Tuesday: Wagons Den RTÉ 2

Week 6 Guests: Sandy Kelly, Laura Whitmore and Jedward.

April 8th Friday: This Morning ITV1

Brian is reviewing the papers on This Morning.

April 6th Wednesday Oktv! 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 Belo.

April 5th Tuesday Wagons Den RTÉ 2

Week 5 Guests: Brenda Donohoe, Josie Gibson and Emmet Scanlan

April 3rd Sunday: Credit Union of Ireland School Quiz. National Final

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 Life event.


08 Jun 2011 by christine

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March 29th Tuesday: Wagons Den RTÉ 2

Week 4 Guests: Virgina Macari, Tracy Piggott and Brent Pope.

March 25th Friday: Peter Mark VIP Style Awards, Dublin.

Brian was shortlisted in the Man of Style category alongside Baz Ashmawy, Keith Duffy, Gavin Friday, Paul Galvin, Kamal Ibrahim, Jedward, Will McCreevy, with Keith Duffy taking the award.



March 23rd Wednesday: This Morning ITV1

Brian is reviewing the papers on This Morning.

March 22nd Tuesday: Wagons Den RTÉ 2

116.jpgWeek 3 Guests: Rebecca Creighton, Anna Nolan and Danny Young


March 18th Friday: This Morning ITV1

Brian is reviewing the papers on This Morning.115.jpg

March 15th Tuesday: Wagons Den RTÉ 2

112.jpgWeek 2 Guests: Vivenne Connolly, Mary McEvoy and Jason McAteer


March 8th Tuesday: Wagons Den RTÉ 2

112.jpgToday 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 and118.jpg lampooned, but having a brilliant fun night to remember.

Week 1 guests are: Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh ,Vogue Williams and Shayne Ward

08 Jun 2011 by christine

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» BRIAN DOWLING'S DIARY – February 2011

February 14th Monday: Just-eat i.e. TV Adverts

Brian becomes the voice of the Irish Just-eat TV Adverts.

120.jpg"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 12th Saturday: Brian Dowling to present award at the 8th Irish Film & Television Academy awards.

Brian is presenting an award this Saturday at the IFTA's which is taking place at the Convention Centre Dublin. The award show, presented by Simon
Delaney is being broadcast live on Irish television.113.jpg

The 8th Irish Film and Television Awards Saturday 12th February 9:35pm - 11:50pm RTÉ1


February 9th Wednesday: Brian Dowling - Nominee for Man of Style at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards.

Brian has been nominated in the Man of Style104.jpg 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

The show should be available to watch in the UK after it airs in Ireland HERE

02 Feb 2011 by christine

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