‘Big Brother’ star banks a tidy sum

Brian Dowling says the 'Big Brother' show  changed every aspect of his life, adding 'I'm not driven by money, but it's helped my bank balance too.'

The cash pile at TV presenter Brian Dowling’s UK media firm soared last year to over €550,000.

The former Ryanair cabin crew supervisor was last year replaced by Channel 5 as presenter of Big Brother but can console himself with the €556,411 that lay in his firm’s bank account at the end of March 31 last.

The Co Kildare man shot to fame over 10 years ago when he won Big Brother and has carved out a very successful media career for himself since.

New accounts filed with the Companies House in the UK by Dowling’s firm, Brian Dowling Ltd show that the firm’s cash pile increased sharply last year by 69% from £270,862 (€328,133) to £458,948.

The firm’s accumulated profits last year almost doubled from £187,619 to £372,400.

The company was only incorporated on March 3rd 2011.

The openly gay 35-year-old Rathangan native worked for four years at Ryanair before entering the Big Brother house in 2001.

Channel 5 obtained the rights to Big Brother in 2011 and the Co Kildare man presented the 12th and 13th series of the show and fourth series of the celebrity editions.

In 2010, Dowling was crowned the Ultimate Big Brother housemate and has spent 82 days in the house between Big Brother and the Ultimate Big Brother.

The popular presenter holds the record for never being up for eviction during his two stays in the Big Brother house.

Along with his work on Big Brother, Dowling has appeared on numerous other TV programmes — both here and in the UK.

They include TV3’s Celebrity Salon, ITV’s Hell’s Kitchen, Channel 4’s Come Dine with Me and he recently appeared as a co-host alongside Kathleen Lynch on RTÉ’s Wagon’s Den.

In a previous interview reflecting on his broadcasting success, Mr Dowling said: “No matter what I’ve done in TV, I’ve always been known as Big Brother’s Brian Dowling. Even if I won an Oscar, it wouldn’t change.

He said: “The Big Brother show has changed every aspect of my life. I’m not driven by money, but it’s helped my bank balance too.”


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