Chantelle Houghton
Chantelle Houghton
Chantelle Houghton 2011.jpg
Houghton in 2011
Born Chantelle Vivien Houghton
(1983-08-21) 21 August 1983 (age 34)
Wickford, Essex, England
Nationality English
Occupation Television personality, glamour model, media personality, television presenter, columnist, novelist
Years active 2006-present
Television Celebrity Big Brother (2006)
Ultimate Big Brother (2010)
Samuel Preston (m. 2006; div. 2007)
Alex Reid (2011-2012)
Children 1

Chantelle Vivien Houghton (born 21 August 1983) is an English television personality, glamour model, media personality, television presenter, columnist and novelist. She was the first 'non-celebrity' to feature in the Channel 4 reality television show Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.[1]

She emerged as the winner of series 4, beating 10 celebrities: (Michael Barrymore, Maggot, Samuel Preston, Pete Burns, Traci Bingham, Dennis Rodman, George Galloway, Rula Lenska, Faria Alam and Jodie Marsh),[2] winning a prize of £25,000.[3] Following a much-publicised on-screen courtship, Houghton married former fellow Big Brother contestant Samuel Preston of The Ordinary Boys in August 2006.[4]

Early life

Houghton was born in Wickford, Essex, to Allan and Vivien, and has an older brother, Gregg. She has a daughter. She attended Bromfords School in Wickford, the same school that Big Brother 8 winner Brian Belo attended.[5] She left school at 15 with seven GCSEs, then worked in a bank and as an insurance telesales rep.[6] Houghton is a vegetarian.[7]

Career

Modelling

After various friends suggested she would make a good model, Houghton entered a 2001 competition run by a Motorcycle News magazine, and after winning it became a promotions girl.[6] Wanting to be like her heroine Katie Price, she undertook some glamour modelling, started out by having her mother take some topless shots in a local park. In 2003, she entered a Daily Star competition as a page three girl, which she did not win, but appeared once in the tabloid newspaper.[6]

She appeared as a Soccerette model on Sky TV's Soccer AM show,[8] and worked for a lookalike agency, portraying Paris Hilton.[9] In 2005, she competed in a Miss Greater London beauty pageant, where she lost to Jenny Velasquez[10] who took the crown and went on to compete in Miss England.

Celebrity Big Brother 2006 / Ultimate Big Brother 2010

Houghton had originally applied to be in Big Brother 6 and was a stand-by for that series but was never called up, however producers decided to use her for the upcoming celebrity version of the show.

Houghton entered the house on day one and became the first non-celebrity to enter Celebrity Big Brother. She was told by Big Brother that her cover story was that she was a member of a fictional band called Kandy Floss.[11] According to Big Brother, Houghton was the lead singer. Their singles were "I Want It Right Now", "Come Back" and "More More More". "I Want It Right Now" was their biggest hit. Had she failed to convince them, she would have been evicted from the house. She successfully fooled her housemates and survived to the end of the show. In her Big Brother profile page Houghton described herself as a "bright, blonde bimbo" (despite not being a natural blonde). She said, "I look like Paris Hilton, not on purpose but it's just the way it turned out".

On 8 January (day four), Big Brother set a task to the group to rate themselves by how famous they thought they were. The celebrity they thought was the most famous stood on the No. 1 podium and the person they considered the least famous stood on the No. 11 podium. Houghton had to avoid being put in the No. 11 podium to prove she had fooled the real celebrities that she was famous and to stay in the house. Houghton survived the task, being chosen to stand on the No. 9 podium, ahead of Samuel Preston and Maggot. She was then called to the diary room to discuss her identity with Big Brother. This was simultaneously shown on a television screen in the lounge, in front of the other housemates.

Houghton was nominated for eviction on Day 21, but was saved from eviction by the public as the other two nominees (George Galloway and Dennis Rodman) left the house in a double eviction. While in the house, Houghton established close bonds with Jodie Marsh, and Preston.

Houghton won the show on 27 January with 56.4%[12] of the public vote, ahead of Michael Barrymore on 22.7%, earning her £25,000 (the celebrities were reportedly paid fees of up to £150,000 each).

Houghton re-entered the Big Brother house for Ultimate Big Brother, following the conclusion of Big Brother 2010, and to signal the end of Big Brother on Channel 4. She entered the house with her ex-husband Preston. During the show, Houghton reformed the fake band Kandy Floss with fellow Ultimate Big Brother housemates Victor Ebuwa and Nadia Almada for a task. Houghton survived eviction on Day 11 and subsequently landed third place on the finale with 20.51% of the finale three-way vote on Day 18, finishing behind Nikki Grahame and winner Brian Dowling.

Media career

Houghton also had her own post Big Brother show called Chantelle: Living the Dream.

In May 2006, she signed a £300,000 deal with Random House to publish her autobiography. It was released in October 2006 called Living the Dream which sold 50,000 copies. Extracts from the book were read out by Simon Amstell on edition of 14 February 2007 of Never Mind the Buzzcocks which caused Preston, who was a guest on the show, to walk off the set.[13]

Houghton came second in The Independent's 'Britain's Happiest People' list.[14]

Houghton was nominated in the Most Popular TV Contender category at the 2006 National Television Awards, but was beaten by Nikki Grahame, herself a former Big Brother contestant.[15]

Houghton has written several columns in magazines, most notably as OK!s BB7 columnist and New!s BB8 columnist. Before becoming New!'s BB8 columnist she had another column in the magazine entitled "I Want It Right Now" in which she shared make up and fashion tips.[]

In June 2010, Houghton fronted a campaign for PETA 'Fight Impotence. Go Vegetarian'.[16] On 24 August 2010, Houghton was the second housemate to enter the Ultimate Big Brother house behind winner of Big Brother 2010, Josie Gibson, to compete for "Ultimate Housemate". Her ex-husband Preston was the third person to enter the house. Houghton finished third behind runner-up Nikki Grahame and winner Brian Dowling.

In September 2010, Houghton was named as the new face of La Senza underwear range.[17]

Houghton has appeared as a guest on several TV shows since winning Celebrity Big Brother. These include:

Personal life

Houghton announced her engagement to Preston on 11 April 2006.[22] In an exclusive £300,000 deal each with OK!,[6] they were married on 25 August 2006 at the Dartmouth House in Mayfair, London.[]

After their honeymoon, the couple moved to Preston's flat in Brighton. In a later 2008 interview with Piers Morgan, Houghton admitted that Preston had told her one-month after the wedding that he had not wanted to marry her.[6][23] The couple continued giving interviews to various magazines, with Houghton losing weight and colouring her hair brunette to look more like Preston's former fiancee Camille.[6]

Ten months later, on 27 June 2007 they announced in a joint statement that they were ending their marriage. "After much soul-searching and tearful discussions we have sadly decided to end our marriage," they said in the statement. "We hope we can always remain friends and still love each other but we both think we put so much pressure on one another to make our marriage work that it has ended up destroying our relationship. No one else is involved in our decision."[24] The couple divorced in November 2007.[4]

References

  1. ^ Day, Julia (27 January 2006). "Chantelle banks exclusive interview". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010. 
  2. ^ "Non-celeb Chantelle wins Celebrity Big Brother - Celebrity Big Brother News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. 27 January 2006. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ "Manchester Evening News: Number one for news, opinion, sport & celebrity gossip". Manchesteronline.co.uk. 2 August 2014. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Big Brother's Chantelle and Preston divorce". Reuters. 22 November 2007. 
  5. ^ "Head's shock at Chantelle's bullying claim". Gazette News. 24 March 2006. Retrieved 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Piers Morgan: The Dark Side of Fame - BBC One, 26 October 2008
  7. ^ "Vegetarian Chantelle Houghton Returns to the 'Big Brother' House". Blog.peta.org.uk. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ "THE SOCCERETTES HALL OF FAME 2005/06". Sky Sports. 24 May 2006. Archived from the original on 25 February 2007. Retrieved 2010. 
  9. ^ "60 SECONDS: Chantelle Houghton | Metro News". Metro.co.uk. 25 October 2006. Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ "Katy Guest: Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God!". The Independent. London. 5 February 2006. Retrieved 2010. 
  11. ^ "All the latest TV news and gossip from reality TV, soaps, cult and dramas. Plus watch online clips and full episodes from TV shows all on MSN TV". Entertainment.uk.msn.com. Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ "The Celebrity Big Brother Final - Review Of The Voting". Special Bets. Retrieved 2006. 
  13. ^ "Preston: '...Buzzcocks bust-up was a laugh'". NME. Retrieved 2009. 
  14. ^ "Britain's Happiest People". Happiest People. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 2007. 
  15. ^ Results of The National Television Awards 2006 Results and Nominations
  16. ^ McCafferty, Nicola (2 June 2010). "We found this picture of Chantelle really, really funny... | OK! Magazine". OK!. Retrieved 2014. 
  17. ^ Amy Duncan (21 September 2010). "Chantelle scores lingerie deal but still waits on Preston | Metro News". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 2014. 
  18. ^ "Chantelle's ShowBiz Life Begins...". ShowBiz Ireland. 8 February 2006. Retrieved 2006. 
  19. ^ "Hotel Babylon press pack". BBC Press Office. 20 December 2006. 
  20. ^ "Friday 19 August | Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side". Channel 5. Retrieved 2014. 
  21. ^ "Celebrity News, Gossip and Photo Galleries - HuffPost Celebrity UK". Celebrity.aol.co.uk. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  22. ^ "Chantelle and Preston get engaged". BBC News. 12 April 2006. Retrieved 2010. 
  23. ^ "Chantelle Houghton: Preston never wanted to marry me". Now! Magazine. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 2008. 
  24. ^ "Big Brother couple end marriage". BBC News. 27 June 2007. Retrieved 2007. 

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Preceded by
Bez
Celebrity Big Brother UK Winner
Series 4 (2006)
Succeeded by
Shilpa Shetty

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