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List of Big Brother (Australian TV series) season 1 housemates

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The first edition of Big Brother Australia, (23 April - 16 July, 2001) featured a total of fourteen Housemates competing to win the series. The series was won by Ben Williams from Victoria, Melbourne
(note: The ages listed below are the age of contestants when they entered the Big Brother house)

Andy[edit]

Andy Silva, aged 25, was the very first Australian contestant to be evicted from the Big Brother house.

Anita[edit]

Anita Bloomfield, aged 22, from Sydney, New South Wales, entered the House as an Intruder on Day 36, and was evicted two weeks later on Day 56.

Ben[edit]

Ben Williams, aged 22, from Epping, Victoria, and was a student who went to La Trobe University, North West Melbourne, Victoria, entered the House on Day 1 and was the winner of the first season of Big Brother Australia. Williams started a sports management company, with the money he won from winning Big Brother.[1][not in citation given]

New title Big Brother Australia winner
Series 1 (2001)
Succeeded by
Peter Corbett

Blair[edit]

Blair McDonough[2], aged 19, from Melbourne, Victoria, was the runner-up of Big Brother. After the show he went on to have an acting career, becoming a regular cast member of Neighbours from 2001 to 2006. He then worked in the United Kingdom and returned to Australia in 2009, working as a host of travel show Postcards. In 2011, he starred in Winners and Losers on the 7 network.

Christina[edit]

Christina Davis[3], aged 27, nicknamed Christina Ballerina, was a former ballerina from Sydney, New South Wales, entered the House on Day 1. She was evicted on Day 77. She is now a stand-up comedian and appeared in FHM's Search for Australia's Funniest Man (or Woman)[4]. She was once married to Triple M "The Cage (radio show)" breakfast host Mike Fitzpatrick. She no longer lives in Australia.[citation needed]

Gordon[edit]

Gordon Sloan, aged 28, an architect, entered the House on Day 1 and was evicted on Day 35. He later became a "human shield" in the Iraq War, with his exploits featured on Nine Network's A Current Affair. On 1 September 2007, Sloan mysteriously collapsed in Beijing. He was found to have collapsed in the corner of a nightclub, and when found, his lips had turned blue.[5] He died on 13 September after not waking up from his coma and his family decided to turn off his life support. His family opted not to speak directly to the press.[6] The media speculated that his collapse may have been due to a heroin overdose.[7] Fellow Big Brother housemate Todd James said that Sloan would never have willingly taken heroin.[5]

Jemma[edit]

Jemma Gawned, aged 26, from Melbourne, Victoria, entered the House on Day 1 and was evicted on Day 70. After the show, she started her own line of make-up products[8] and appeared regularly on Good Morning Australia on Network Ten hosted by Bert Newton. The business went into liquidation in 2009 and she moved on to a business called Naked Treaties, selling a range of raw, vegan, organic, gluten and dairy-free food products.[9]

Johnnie[edit]

John Cass, aged 30, known in the House as Johnnie, is from Sydney, New South Wales. He entered the House on Day 1, and was evicted on Day 63. He was labelled "Johnny Rotten" in the media[10] for giving consoling hugs to housemates upset that they had been nominated for eviction, where he had himself nominated them.

Lisa[edit]

Lisa Standing, aged 24, entered the House on Day 1, and was evicted on Day 42. She was often referred to as the "fence sitter" as she never got involved in conflict or sided with anyone.

Peter[edit]

Peter Timbs, aged 27, from Sydney, New South Wales, entered the House on Day 1. He was evicted on Day 49, and now works for TV Week magazine and is a reviewer on the Foxtel TV program The Know. Peter now works on Brisbane's Triple M breakfast show "The Grill Team".[9]

Rachel[edit]

Rachel Corbett, aged 20, entered the House as an Intruder on Day 36. She was evicted 4 days later. Rachel has been a part of a number of radio shows across the country including filling in on the Hot30 Countdown. She co-hosted on the All New Paul Murray Show with Rachel Corbett night show (then named Paul & Rach) on the Triple M network across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.[11] Rachel Corbett and Paul Murray filled in for Sydney breakfast on Triple M in Sydney from May 2009 to September 2009 and then their shift was put into the Drive timeslot to make way for a new Triple M breakfast show called 'The Grill Team'. Paul & Rach had their show only on Triple M on Tuesday to Thursday drive from October 2009 up until December 2010. Paul Murray left Triple M in December 2010 to take up a role with 2UE, though Rachel Corbett remained with Triple M. She then became the breakfast newsreader for The Grill Team. Soon after in February 2012, Rachel Corbett was put on drive with Merrick Watts and Julian Schiller and featured on the podcast "Merrick and the Highway Patrol".[12]

Sara-Marie[edit]

Sara-Marie Fedele, aged 23, a strip-club manager of the Dollhouse Gentleman's Club from Western Australia, entered the House on Day 1. After the show, she has appeared in Celebrity Big Brother Australia, a few episodes of the afternoon children's program Totally Wild on Network Ten and participated in Dancing with the Stars, series two in 2005. She also had minor success with the "Bum Dance" song and music video.[9]

Sharna[edit]

Sharna West, aged 34, was a flight attendant for Ansett Airlines, entered the House on Day 1 and was evicted from the house on Day 21.

Todd[edit]

Todd James, aged 27, entered the house on day 1 and was evicted on day 28. He is the first male to ever be evicted from the Big Brother house. He returned as a roving reporter on Big Brother Australia 2002. Since then, James became a father, worked as a radio breakfast host and music producer, and now runs a bathroom renovation business.

References[edit]

  1. Meegan, Genevieve (26 May 2007). "Say sorry to your kids: Hicks' ex". Sunday Mail (Adelaide). Adelaide Now (News Corp). Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. Bath, Gemma (2019-08-21). "Chrissie, Fitzy, Blair and everyone else we forgot were on Big Brother Australia". Mamamia. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  3. Coy, Bronte (2016-10-16). "Big Brother's most controversial moments of all time". News.com.au. Archived from the original on 2018-10-16. Retrieved 2019-11-09. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Christina Davis". Blah Artists. Archived from the original on 2 March 2019. Retrieved 2019-11-09. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Chamberlain, Emma (14 September 2007). "Sloan 'would not have taken heroin'". National Nine News. ninemsn. Archived from the original on 18 September 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2007. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Chamberlain, Emma (13 September 2007). "Mystery surrounds Big Brother star Gordon's death". National Nine News. ninemsn. Archived from the original on 16 September 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2007. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. Dennehy, Luke; Miller, Megan (14 September 2007). "Big Brother's Gordon Sloan dies in China". The Herald Sun. News Corporation. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2007. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "The gloss is gone for Big Brother's Jemma Gawned". Herald Sun. 2009-10-15. Archived from the original on 2019-11-09. Retrieved 2019-11-09 – via Daily Telegraph. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Tucker-Evans, Anooska (2012-08-05). "Where did our favourite contestants go after Big Brother finished?". Courier Mail. Archived from the original on 2019-11-09. Retrieved 2019-11-09. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. Frew, Wendy (2013-09-19). "The flip side of flamboyance". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2019-11-09. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. "The Big Brother contestant and the Radio Nerd make peace". Radioinfo. 2009-10-01. Archived from the original on 2018-11-16. Retrieved 2019-11-09. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. "Merrick Rachel and Jules hit the highway for Triple M". Radioinfo. 2012-02-19. Archived from the original on 2019-11-09. Retrieved 2019-11-09. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)


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