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Big Brother set to make a comeback on ITV2 – but what are the Kent stars of the show doing now

It's been announced Big Brother will be returning to our TV screens, after being axed four years ago.

The show was on TV for 18 years and in that time plenty of people from Kent made the show what it was.

The original host, Davina McCall, has lived in Wadhurst before moving to Tunbridge Wells and the famous voice of the show, narrator Marcus Bentley, has also lived 'down south' for more than 20 years.

Celebrity Big Brother also had a whole host of Kentish celebs including Ann Widdecombe, James Jordan, Jamie O'Hara and Lee Ryan.

But we've also had plenty of normal people thrown into the limelight by the show. We take a look at the former housemates and what they're up to now...

Nick Bateman (Nasty Nick)

Nasty Nick Bateman was on the first series of Big Brother in 2000
Nasty Nick Bateman was on the first series of Big Brother in 2000

Nick Bateman, from Wickhambreaux near Canterbury, was a contestant on the first season of Big Brother, and became known as a villain because of his constant lying and manipulation of other contestants.

As a result of his behaviour, he was confronted and thrown out of the house by producers. Straight after the show, Nick went on to present the television show Trust Me, and appeared in pantomime a number of times.

Nick, who is now 54, claims to be "living the dream" in Sydney, Australia as a freelance writer and published author. He is now an Australian citizen and is active on his Twitter account.

Suzie Verrico

Susie Verrico, from West Malling. Credit: Big Brother picture desk
Susie Verrico, from West Malling. Credit: Big Brother picture desk

Former model Suzie Verrico, from West Malling, was a house guest on the seventh series of Big Brother.

She entered the house by winning a golden ticket thanks to a promotion with Nestle, after previously auditioning three times for the show.

Her famous feud with fellow contestant Nikki Grahame led to Nikki's iconic line "Who is she?" after Suzie nominated her for eviction.

Now, the 59-year-old lives in Chelsea, London with her husband and two dogs - Ted and Max - who make frequent appearances on her Instagram page.

Kathreya Kasisopa

Kathreya Kasisopa. Credit: Channel 4
Kathreya Kasisopa. Credit: Channel 4

Kathreya Kasisopa, who lived in Welling, was Big Brother's first ever Thai contestant, and entered the house holding a jar of cookies.

During her time on the show, it was discovered that she, along with six other housemates, had been discussing nominations in secret code, and so they were all dramatically put up for eviction.

She may not have been evicted then, but was ultimately voted out and finished in sixth place.

She now goes by the name Kat Kasisipa, and is an "exotic, interactive cabaret comedian" with her stage name being Pussykat Bangkok. She is also a panellist and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, even hosting one of the podiums at London Pride in 2019.

She will be appearing at Swale Pride in Sheerness on August 27.

Sam Pepper

Sam Pepper was in series 11. Credit: Channel 4
Sam Pepper was in series 11. Credit: Channel 4

Sam Pepper, who was born in Ashford and a graffiti artist at the time, took part in the eleventh season of Big Brother.

He ended up leaving in a quadruple eviction and came seventh overall in the competition.

Since leaving the show, Sam began his successful yet controversial YouTube career.

His prank-style YouTube videos gained a lot of negative backlash, and he was forced to apologise to his subscribers.

In 2014 he was accused of sexual assault by a number of women, which he denies. Now, he lives in Los Angeles and maintains 2.14m subscribers on his YouTube channel.

Danny Whisker

Margate's Danny Wisker was on the show in 2015
Margate's Danny Wisker was on the show in 2015

Danny Wisker, from Margate, came in third place in the sixteenth series of the show.

During his time in the house, it was revealed that he'd made a number of fatphobic and offensive tweets, which were exposed to the rest of his housemates by producers.

He claimed that he had no memory of the tweets, which was not received well by viewers.

Since being on the show, Danny returned to his job as a demolition man, and has taken part in a number of charity football matches. He recently posted about his excitement for the show's return on his Instagram story.

Simon Gross

Simon " Showbiz" Gross. Picture: Bob Kitchin
Simon " Showbiz" Gross. Picture: Bob Kitchin

Simon Gross was also on the sixteenth series of Big Brother, and was initially evicted on the same day.

However, he ended up re-entering the house later on in the series and got a reputation for being a "snake" with other contestants.

He was also viewed as very dramatic on the show, and cried regularly.

In the end, he came in tenth place.

Simon has been busy since his departure from the show. He is a television presenter, actor, producer and entertainer, and has appeared in several pantomimes - although he already had experience with this prior to Big Brother.

Recently, he interviewed stars on the red carpet at the revised West End debut of Grease for the website and YouTube channel LondonTheatre1.

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