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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 is to present the "Party in the Park" concert taking place at Temple Newsam, Leeds on Sunday July 17th 2005. The concert will go out live and exclusively on LIVINGtv. Brian and his co-host Nikki Sanderson (Candice from Coronation Street) will introduce a star-packed line-up including LibertyX, Lemar, Rooster, Melanie C and Tony Christie.
Brian & Nikki will also be going backstage for a special warm-up show, exclusively for LIVINGtv viewers.
In an exclusive quote to the site Brian says
”I love pop music, so “Party In The Park” is my ideal job! It’s a massive event so I’m quite nervous about hosting it, but I’m sure the crowd will be amazing on the day. I’ve known Nikki for a while now, so it will be great fun to finally work with her.”
The programme times are as follows:
SUNDAY 17 JULY
Party in the Park: The Warm-Up 3:00pm - 3:30pm Living TV Party in the Park Live 2005 3:30pm - 6:30pm Living TV
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
NIKKI SANDERSON AND BRIAN DOWLING TO PRESENT PARTY IN THE PARK, LEEDS
(Live and exclusive on LIVINGtv – July 17th, 3pm – 6.30pm)
Coronation Street’s Nikki Sanderson, (aka Candice), and Big Brother favourite, Brian Dowling are to present this year’s biggest Party In The Park in the UK to an audience of 70,000 music fans! Acts announced so far include Lemar, Mel C, Freefaller and Tyler James with more to be announced in the next couple of weeks by radio partner, Radio Aire, in Temple Newsam, Leeds.
Nikki Sanderson was thrilled to be involved: "I love live music events and can't wait to see who else is performing at Party In The Park, in Leeds. I'm really excited about working with Brian Dowling and hope the event is a great success."
Brian added: ”I love pop music, so “Party In The Park” is my ideal job! It’s a massive event so I’m quite nervous about hosting it, but I’m sure the crowd will be amazing on the day. I’ve known Nikki for a while now, so it will be great fun to finally work with her too.”
This is the twelfth Party In The Park, Leeds and, with Live8 using London’s Party In The Park concert slot, the biggest of these in the UK this year. Along with the Party In The Park Warm Up at 3pm on LIVINGtv, the concert will air live from 3.30pm for three hours of chart topping music, performances and banter from Nikki and Brian.
Brian has today taken part in the Daily Mirror’s “Make Poverty History” bus tour. The battle bus which is travelling the length of the country gathering support in the campaign for debt relief and fair trade, set off today on it's journey to Edinburgh.
Along the way celebrities will be joining the bus to gather support, sell wristbands and according to the Daily Mirror hand out tickets to Saturday's Live 8 concert in London.
Brian has been helping out alongside Bob Geldof, Javine, LibertyX, and Christopher Parker on the bus.
Pictures should be appearing in tomorrow's Daily Mirror, and we will bring them to you as soon as they are available. GMTV were also filming today and it is expected that it will be featured on tomorrows edition of the show.
Brian's began his first ever-Big Brother Column in NOW magazine this week, where in his own inimitable style he gives his views on this year's consignment of Big Brother housemates. As forthright as ever he gets his claws into Sam’s lack of clothing, Anthony’s hairy bum & legs, and Maxwell’s boobs. His favourite housemate however at this moment in time is Makosi, who he says is 'prissy, glamorous and a good sport.' Brian’s barometer for this week is ‘Stormy’, and he suggests ‘Quick, hide the sharp objects!’
Brian also attended the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2005, held at Berkeley Square on Tuesday June 7, 2005. Numerous celebrities including Teri Hatcher, Elle McPherson, Charlotte Church, Cat Deeley, Javine, Back Street Boys, Jack Osborne, Usher & Rachel Stevens, attended the event hosted by Jonathan Ross. Brian's picture appears on numerous photo sites.
On Wednesday along with Anna Nolan from Big Brother1 , Brian launched a new Big Brother download service for Vodafone, in St Stephen's Green Dublin.
Brian has also recently attended the christening of Duncan James(Blue) new baby, and was a guest of Girls Aloud at their recent concert at Hammersmith Apollo. Brian interview in the Irish Sunday People newspaper.
The following message has just arrived from Brian.
"Hi everyone at Absolutely Brian! Well what great news I've had today. It's amazing to be at No.1.
I'm really shocked and surprised! I took part in the show four years ago and there's been so many contestants and popular characters since then. I really thought Jade or Nadia would have had it in the bag. I'm very flattered, thank you to everyone for voting for me, I have the best fans in the world.
Our very own Big Brother housemate has been crowned the fan's 'Favourite Housemate' of all the UK series’, beating last year’s Big Brother winner Nadia and media darling Jade. With over 100,000 votes cast by Big Brother fans via the Channel 4 BB website, Brian has proved - four years on from winning BB2 - his endearing popularity.
Throughout the 9 weeks of BB2 he entertained the nation. He was hilariously funny, had a razor sharp wit, but also showed his vulnerability and caring nature, in fact he was the perfect housemate!
Anna from BB1 encapsulated it perfectly when she said, “If you were to put Brian in any of the Big Brothers, and any Big Brothers until the end of time, he would always have won.”
Over the past week, we at Absolutely Brian asked some previous popular housemates for their opinions and memories of Brian‘s time in the Big Brother house.
DEAN : Brian’s mentor in BB2 “'Brian is a star. After the first day of Big Brother 2 it was obvious to me that he would eclipse the show and provide viewers with a sound reason to turn on the television.'”
Paul (Bubble) Ferguson One of Brian’s comedy partners in BB2 has just one word for Brian: “Lettuce!”
Stuart Hosking Another of Brian's 'roomies' from BB2 has this message for Brian: Well done Brian..just proves that BB2 will always remain the best ever. However, I should have left you locked in the store room a lot longer..about 9 weeks longer ! Stuart x Enjoy that moment once againHERE
Cameron Stout Winner of BB4 and a huge fan of Brian’s has just one word to describe Brian: “P H E N O M E N A L”
Jon Tickle one of the most popular housemates of BB4 has this to say about Brian: "There are always two winners of Big Brother: the real winner and the person who left the House last. Brian is unique in that he fulfilled both roles in BB2."
Sissy Rooney BB4’s Liverpudlian Fashion Designer said: I've had the pleasure of meeting Brian and he is a wicked guy, I liked him in Big Brother, and wanted him to win!!! and I think he has done really well for himself, well done Brian!!!
Antony Cotton (Coronation Street’s Sean Tully) said of his friend recently: “Brian is the funniest, warmest, most generous man on earth - I adore him!” (NOTW Sunday Mag)
Josie D’Arby : “Brian was a nice guy, without being boring, - he was the opposite hugely entertaining." “This guy's got a really sharp wit, a really good instinct for what's funny. When he's bitching he's actually really lovely, but what he says is quite intelligent, it's really funny. I think it is because he is hilarious that audiences really loved him!" (E4)
And some star quotes from when Brian when in the BB house..
Jonathan Ross : “ Like the rest of the nation my heart’s with young Brian, sent from up above to cheer us up.” (BBLB)
Kylie Minogue says, "I was obsessed by Big Brother 2 and fell in love with winner Brian Dowling. “"I'd love to meet him. When he was announced as the winner I just leapt off the couch and screamed." Brian performed a medley of her hits in a competition one night in BB2 - and was word perfect. She said, “It was a real thrill for me! His performance was fabulous and he was so entertaining.” (ananova)
And from Brian’s fans…
BRIAN - Entertaining, loveable, self-deprecating, genuine, charming, honest, sweet, caring, gorgeous, fun, angelic, bitchy, outrageous, stylish, witty, sexy, with added Awww and X-Factor by the bucketful. You have the WINNER!
Brian was an uncut diamond when entering BB, over the weeks he sparkled and shone as all his facets were revealed to the nation. What a precious gem he is! - Christine
Brian has been contracted to be the NOW magazine Big Brother 6 columnist for 11 weeks. He broke the news on his Radio1 'showbiz slot' on the Vernon Kay show on Saturday 21st May 2005. Brian, never one to hold back on his opinions said when announcing this commission, "I'm the official Big Brother correspondent for 11 weeks. I'm really excited, because it's something I've never done before!"
As Brian says, this will be the first time he has been a columnist for a Big Brother series, however he did a very popular showbiz column in Heat Magazine a couple of years ago entitled 'The Life of Brian' for a number of months.
We will all look forward to reading his forthright views on this new batch of housemates.
We have just had news that Brian has been invited to Hell's Kitchen tonight Friday the 29th April.
He will be there with Antony Cotton,(Sean from Corrie) Bruno Langley(Ex Corrie and Dr Who) and his friend and publicist Simon.The show airs on ITV1 9pm -10pm tonight
Also 10.30pm - 11-35pm on ITV2 with Extra Portions
following this is Hells Kitchen Live 11.35pm -12.35am on ITV2
Saturday evening shows - ITV1 9.35pm to 11.05pm & 'Extra Portions' ITV2 11pm-12pm featuring highlights from the previous evening.
Update - Brian made brief appearances on all the shows, being chosen as one of 'Hell's Hottest' on the Friday evening for his outfit of green Zara Shirt, Levi Jeans and Prada Shoes. He was also featured in Appleton's Appetisers on the Saturday evening show.