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Anna Nolan
Born 16 October 1970 (1970-10-16) (age 39)
Nationality Irish Republic of Ireland
Occupation Television presenter
Known for First runner up first series Big Brother UK

Anna Nolan (born 16 October 1970) is an Irish television presenter. She came to prominence in 2000 when she was the first runner up in the first series of the British reality show Big Brother. She said on Big Brother she was forced to come out as a lesbian to her parents when her grandma caught Anna and her girlfriend Tania kissing in the park[1]. After leaving the house, she worked for the BBC on two series, Anna in Wonderland and Closure. She has presented a number of television programmes, in both Ireland and the UK, and most recently hosted The Afternoon Show on RT√Č One, along with Bl√°thnaid N√≠ Chofaigh. She announced in August 2006 that she would not be renewing her contract for the third series. She was replaced with first-season host (who was not present in season 2) Sheana Keane. In August 2006 Anna was a presenter on the BBC programme Inside Out when the BBC North East and Cumbria crew filmed Anomalous Phenomena Investigations of Newcastle upon Tyne conducting a paranormal investigation at Hurworth Grange Community Centre in Hurworth-on-Tees. The show aired on 30 October 2006. She is an occasional panelist on RT√Č Two discussion show The Panel. Anna is now a reporter on the documentary series Would You Believe.

Big Brother Host, Davina McCall, has said that Anna Nolan was the only big brother contestant that she ever became friends with and they are still friends today.

Nolan is an atheist. On 10 January 2010, she hosted a special one-off program for RT√Č One television entitled "O Sister Where Art Thou?" during which she attempted to track down and interview women with whom she had shared noviciate life in Dublin's Loreto Order. At the end of the program, while in conversation with a fellow former novice, she said: "I don't believe in God. I don't think there's a Heaven or Hell. I believe in the human spirit. I think we all make choices. I think we all have fears and for some people, when they get the fears or worries, they turn to a higher power. I just kind of deal with it. And when I go, that's it; I'm gone into the ground and 'goodbye world'. Which isn't depressing; some people might find it depressing. And I might be wrong and that's the good thing because if I'm wrong I'll get into heaven(!)".


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