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Guide to Big Brother 9 housemates

The ninth series of Channel 4's Big Brother has finished.

Here is a rundown of this year's contestants.

RACHEL RICE - WINNER

Rachel Rice

AGE: 24

OCCUPATION: Trainee teacher

'Alpha female' Rachel is a former child actor who has starred in more than 20 adverts and a film with Hugh Grant.

She talks non-stop and admits people may find her annoying.

MICHAEL 'MIKEY' HUGHES - RUNNER-UP

Micheal Hughes

AGE: 33

OCCUPATION: Radio producer

Mikey lost his sight 10 years ago while undergoing an operation and likes doing stand-up comedy while in women's clothes.

If he won 1 million, he says he would buy a pet pig.

ALEXANDRA DE-GALE - REMOVED

Alexandra De-Gale

AGE: 23

OCCUPATION: Accounts executive

Alexandra has a seven-year-old daughter and claims to be famous in Croydon, London, where she lives.

She converted to Islam a few years ago and was booed when she entered the house.

BELINDA HARRIS-REID - EVICTED

Belinda

AGE: 44

OCCUPATION: Theatre director

Belinda was raised in East Africa and has two children, both of whom she has taught at home.

She has her own theatre company, can play the clarinet and piano and has also appeared naked on stage.

DALE HOWARD - EVICTED

Dale Howard

AGE: 21

OCCUPATION: PE teaching student

Party animal Dale rates himself 10 out of 10 for attractiveness and is desperate to have girls screaming his name.

He dreams of being a footballer and his dream date would be with WAG and model Abbie Clancy.

DARNELL SWALLOW - EVICTED

Darnell Swallow

AGE: 26

OCCUPATION: Songwriter

Born in Ipswich but raised in the US, Darnell claims he has never seen Big Brother and has been arrested at least five times.

Despite repeatedly saying his name to housemates, he has so far been called Daniel, Danielle and Donald.

DENNIS MCHUGH - REMOVED

Dennis McHugh

AGE: 23

OCCUPATION: Dance student

Will and Grace fan Dennis says that if he could make any law it would be that everyone must wear fake tan.

He says he always gets comments on his "fabulous" eyes and sparkling white teeth, can do the splits and believes housemates may nominate him out of jealousy.

JENNIFER CLARK - EVICTED

Jennifer Clark

AGE: 22

OCCUPATION: Part-time model

Jennifer has a 22-month-old daughter and is anti-everything - anti-abortion, anti-smoking, anti-fur, anti-spitting and anti-ladette.

She says she uses her beauty and brains to get what she wants.

KATHREYA KASISOPA - EVICTED

Kathreya Kasisopa

AGE: 30

OCCUPATION: Thai massage therapist

Originally from Thailand, cookie monster Kathreya came to the UK seven years ago and loves to dance.

When she dies she wants her gravestone to be made of cookies so that her relatives can come and eat it.

LISA APPLETON - EVICTED

Lisa Appleton

AGE: 40

OCCUPATION: Beauty and tanning sales rep

Former body-builder Lisa is the girlfriend of fellow contestant Mario whom she met after buying a crystal ball from him on eBay.

Mario pawned his Rolex watch to pay for her breast enlargement.

LUKE MARSDEN - EVICTED

Luke Marsden

AGE: 20

OCCUPATION: Politics student

The Conservative supporter has been involved in the wrestling scene since the age of 16 as a ring announcer and referee.

He loves wearing suits and his favourites are ones he has bought from Asda.

MARIO MARCONI - EVICTED

Mario Marconi

AGE: 42

OCCUPATION: Former Tag officer at the Home Office

Mario (real name Shaun) is Lisa's boyfriend, but has to pretend to be going out with fellow contestant Stephanie to avoid eviction.

He says he takes more than two hours to get ready for a night out and claims to have once played a stripping policeman in an advert for hot tubs.

MAYSOON SHALADI - WALKED OUT

Maysoon

AGE: 28

OCCUPATION: Model

Maysoon was keen to prove that not all models are self-centred, claiming she has "old-fashioned values".

Also a beautician, she speaks fluent Arabic and has appeared in several music videos, including hits by Sean Paul and Simon Webbe.

MOHAMED MOHAMED - EVICTED

Mohamed Mohamed

AGE: 23

OCCUPATION: Toy demonstrator

Born in Somalia, Mohamed has lived in Kenya, Ethiopia and Dubai before moving to the UK with his family.

He says laughter is important to him and he hopped down the stairs and checked his afro before going into the house.

NICOLE CAMMACK - EVICTED

Nicole

AGE: 19

OCCUPATION: Student

Rex's other half entered the house on 1 August, and is eligible to win the show's main prize.

An only child, she admits to being spoilt and her relationship with Rex won't help. After meeting him at last year's Notting Hill Carnival, Nicole was taken out on a lavish first date including 100 worth of chocolate, 600 shoes and dinner in Chelsea.

REBECCA SHINER - EVICTED

Rebecca Shiner

AGE: 21

OCCUPATION: Nursery nurse

Rebecca admits she loves being the centre of attention and screamed at anything and everything whilst bouncing up and down as she entered the house.

She wants to be informed if pop group Hanson announce a tour whilst she is in the house.

REX NEWMARK - EVICTED

Rex Newmark

AGE: 24

OCCUPATION: Executive chef

Rex's three loves are food, money and success and says his job is to be a "professional bully".

He still lives at home, where his meals are cooked by the family housekeeper.

SARA FOLINO - EVICTED

Sara

AGE: 27

OCCUPATION: Executive PA

Australian-born Sara won an award from her current employer, MTV, for being the loudest person in the office.

She hopes to shake up the "reserved and shy Brits", having been "an archetypal teenager from hell" when she was younger.

STEPHANIE McMICHAEL - EVICTED

Stephanie McMichael

AGE: 19

OCCUPATION: Student

Aged 13, Stephanie lied about her age to appear on Pop Stars: The Rivals for a chance to be in Girls Aloud.

She wants to be the most famous housemate ever and had to pretend to be Mario's girlfriend for a week to escape eviction from the house.

SYLVIA BARRIE - EVICTED

Sylvia Barrie

AGE: 21

OCCUPATION: Student

Sylvia came to the UK from Sierra Leone when she was 11 and admits she has a sharp tongue.

She says she is very trendy and prays every night before bed.

STUART PILKINGTON - EVICTED

Stuart Pilkington

AGE: 25

OCCUPATION: Property developer

Stuart is obsessed with the gym and rates himself as nine out of ten for looks.

His passions in life include his daughter, music, women and Manchester United.




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