Q&A Brian Dowling
Darling Dowling: Brian has moved onwards and upwards since his Big Brother win
After winning the second series of Big Brother in 2001, it was only a matter of time before charismatic Irishman Brian Dowling landed a job as a TV presenter. His first gig came in the form of Saturday morning kids' show SM:tv Live. Since then, the former cabin crew supervisor has had his own makeover series Brian's Boyfriends and co-hosted The Good Soap Guide. This week Brian, 26, returns to front I'm Famous And Frightened Extra.
Are you a scaredy cat?
I get frightened by scary movies; I can't really watch them. I always think there's someone under my bed waiting for me. Well, one can always hope...
What do you think of the celebrities on this year's I'm Famous And Frightened?
They're not necessarily A-list, but everyone watching will know who they are. If you lock up a load of celebrities in a haunted castle, people will be interested, whoever they are. They want to see people's reactions to being put in that situation.
Have you ever seen a ghost?
No, never. Well, I have seen myself first thing in the morning - not nice.
Do you still keep in touch with anyone from BB2?
Narinder, is the only one I speak to. She's one of my good friends. A lot of people think she's just a nasty b!tch, but she's not really.
What did you think of this year's Big Brother?
I watched the last few weeks and voted for Nadia to win. I think she was the true star of the show.
Have you met her?
Twice. I thought she was really sweet and feminine.
I gave her some advice: I told her to start making the right decisions and not to do stuff just for the money; not to take on work she didn't want to do.
Do you miss getting up early on Saturdays to do SM:tv Live?
Honestly, no. I think it was the right time to go, because they wanted to change the show.
Do you watch its replacement, Ministry of Mayhem?
No. And I don't think it could ever be as successful, because I don't think any Saturday show can. SM:tv Live was one of the best going and it will be hard to top that. Plus, Tess and I were really damn good - I've got to blow my own trumpet once in a while, because no one is going to blow it for me!.
Famous and Frightened Extra on Sunday and Monday hosted by BB2 winner and former SM:tv Live presenter Brian Dowling. 'They asked me to take part last year but I said no' he says. ' I don't really like scary things'