Josie crowned 'Big Brother' winner

Josie was tonight revealed as the winner of the 11th and final series of Big Brother.

Josie was tonight revealed as the winner of the 11th and final series of Big Brother.

The 25-year-old has won £100,000 (€120,000) and will go straight back into the house with some of the best-known faces from the show’s history to compete in Ultimate Big Brother, which begins later tonight.

Josie, who lives on a farm in Bristol, was the bookies’ favourite to win the contest.

She developed an on/off romance with Australian heartthrob John James during the time they spent in the house, with their relationship becoming one of the main features of the series.

Before the blonde went into the house she claimed that she was going to ``find a husband'' there.

Josie won with 77.5% of the public vote.

The financial sales rep told the show’s host Davina McCall that she would use some of her winnings to buy former housemate Steve new legs.

The ex-serviceman lost both his legs as well as an eye when he was injured by a bomb in 1989 while on patrol in Belfast.

Josie, who left the complex in a multi-coloured maxi-dress, told presenter Davina McCall that she thought John James was “super handsome”.

“Every minute felt like an hour [when he left],” she said.

“When you spend that much time with someone, when they are not there you get really down.”

After he was evicted from the house on Friday, the Australian said: “I do love her, there’s no doubt about that. I just have to wait until she gets out and see what happens, really.”

Welsh minister Dave came second with 9.1% of the vote.

The 39-year-old from Pontypool turned to religion in 1992 after going off the rails with drink and drugs.

Mario, who came third, entered the house as a “mole” and had to perform secret tasks while dressed in a mole costume.

He was selected by a tombola at the start of the series 77 days ago.

The 28-year-old from Essex, who was born near Venice and is half Italian and half British, said: “It is like a constant whirlwind, a magical adventure.”

JJ, professional boxer and barman from London, came in fourth.

The 23-year-old told Davina: “In four short weeks I have done so much. I am so pleased that I had a chance to be there.”

Student Andrew, who was the youngest contestant to make the final, came in fifth place.

The 19-year-old said: “I will be leaving this house with a lot more confidence and with the drive to do what I want to do.”

Andrew was a child mathematics genius, taking A-levels at just 13 years old, and is now studying maths at Oxford.

More in this section

Puzzles logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day.

Lifestyle
Newsletter

The best food, health, entertainment and lifestyle content from the Irish Examiner, direct to your inbox.

Sign up