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Chantelle Houghton
Born 21 August 1983 (1983-08-21) (age 26)
Brentwood, Essex
Occupation Reality TV personality
Spouse(s) Samuel Preston (2006-2007)

Chantelle Vivien Houghton (previously Preston) (born 21 August 1983, Brentwood, Essex, UK), was the first 'non-celebrity' to feature in the Channel 4 reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.[1]

She emerged as the winner of series 4, beating 10 bona fide 'celebrities' (Michael Barrymore, Maggot, Preston, Pete Burns, Traci Bingham, Dennis Rodman, George Galloway, Rula Lenska, Faria Alam and Jodie Marsh),[2] and winning a prize of £25,000.[3]

Following a much-publicised on-screen courtship,[4] Houghton married former fellow Celebrity Big Brother 2006 contestant Samuel Preston of The Ordinary Boys in August 2006.[5] The couple announced their separation in a joint statement on 27 June 2007, and finally divorced on 21 November 2007.[6]

In October 2007, Chantelle was named "TV's latest reality millionaire" and experts reported that her true wealth easily exceeds £1 million.[7]



Born in Brentwood, Essex, Houghton was born to parents Alan and Vivien, and has an older brother Greg. Leaving school at 15 with seven GCSEs, she worked in a bank and as an insurance telesales rep.[8]



After various friends suggested she would make a good model, Houghton entered a 2001 competition run by a Motorcycle News magazine, and after winning it became a promotions girl.[8] Wanting to be like her heroine Jordan (Katie Price), she undertook some glamour modelling, started out by having her mother take some topless shots in a local park. In 2003, she entered a Daily Star competition as a page three girl, which she didn't win but appeared once in the tabloid newspaper.[8]

She appeared as a Soccerette model on Sky TV's Soccer AM show,[9] and worked for a look-alike agency, portraying Paris Hilton[10] (the same agency now offers another model as a "Chantelle Houghton look-alike"). In 2005 she competed in a Miss Greater London beauty pageant, where she lost to Jenny Velasquez[11] who took the crown and went on to compete in Miss England.

Celebrity Big Brother 2006

Houghton had originally applied to be in Big Brother 6 and was a stand-by for that series but was never called up, however producers decided to use her for the upcoming celebrity version of the show.

Houghton entered the house on day one and became the first non-celebrity to enter Celebrity Big Brother. She was told by Big Brother her cover story was that she was a member of a fictional band called Kandy Floss.[12] According to Big Brother, Houghton was the lead singer. Their singles were "I Want It Right Now", "Come Back" and "More More More". "I Want It Right Now" was their biggest hit. Had she failed to convince them, she would have been evicted from the house. She successfully fooled her housemates and survived to the end of the show. In her Big Brother profile page Houghton described herself as a "bright, blonde bimbo" (despite not being a natural blonde). She said, "I look like Paris Hilton, not on purpose but it's just the way it turned out". She has since been nicknamed "Paris Travelodge", implying a poor man's version of Paris Hilton.

On the first evening, Houghton reported a potential problem: she had previously met Jodie Marsh's brother while out clubbing.[13] Happily for her, her fears proved unfounded.

On 8 January (day four), Big Brother set a task to the group to rate themselves by how famous they thought they were. The celebrity they thought was the most famous stood on the #1 podium and the person they considered the least famous stood on the #11 podium. Houghton had to avoid being put in the #11 podium to prove she had fooled the real celebrities that she was famous and to stay in the house. Houghton survived the task, being chosen to stand on the #9 podium, ahead of Preston and Maggot. She was then called to the diary room to discuss her identity with Big Brother. This was simultaneously shown on a television screen in the lounge, in front of the other housemates.

Houghton was nominated for eviction on day 21, but was saved from eviction by the public as the other two nominees (George Galloway and Dennis Rodman) left the house in a double eviction. While in the house, Houghton established close bonds with Jodie Marsh and Preston of The Ordinary Boys.

Houghton won the show on 27 January with 56.4%[14] of the public vote, ahead of Michael Barrymore on 22.7%, earning her £25,000 (the celebrities were reportedly paid fees of up to £150,000 each).

Media career

Houghton's mother stated she was to be represented by publicist Max Clifford.[citation needed] However, he replied on TV that she has not signed with him but he did 'help out in an advisory position'.[citation needed] Houghton is said to have £500,000 worth of offers for modelling, TV appearances and interviews.[15] Clifford believes that her fame would be brief but explosive: "I think it will be a very exciting five or 10 minutes. Maybe we can stretch it to 15."[citation needed]

Houghton has also presented The Paul O'Grady Show[16] and is good friends with Chanelle Hayes. She also had her own post Big Brother show called Chantelle: Living the Dream. Houghton's first magazine cover was weekly celebrity magazine, Sneak magazine.[citation needed]

Houghton has appeared as a guest on several TV shows since winning Celebrity Big Brother. These include:

Houghton also presented her own dating show called Chantelle's Dream Dates, where she gave girls on the street a makeover and got them to date one of three male contestants, similar to Davina McCall's show Streetmate.

In May 2006, she signed a £300,000 deal with Random House to publish her autobiography. It was released in October 2006 called Living the Dream which sold 50,000 copies. Extracts from the book were read out by Simon Amstell on the 14 February 2007 edition of Never Mind the Buzzcocks which caused Preston, who was a guest on the show, to walk off the set.[18]

Houghton came second in The Independent's 'Britain's Happiest People' list.[19]

Houghton was nominated in the Most Popular TV Contender category at the 2006 National Television Awards, but was beaten by Nikki Grahame, herself a former Big Brother contestant.[20]

Houghton has written several columns in magazines, most notably OK!'s BB7 columnist and NEW 's BB8 columnist. Before becoming NEW 's BB8 columnist she had another column in NEW magazine entitled "I Want It Right Now" in which she shared make up and fashion tips.[citation needed]

After divorce

Since splitting from Preston, Houghton reinvented herself and has been described as "the new Katie Price."[21] Chantelle appeared on the scene with dyed blonde hair with extensions, fuller looking lips, and had a breast enlargement.[8] In April 2009 however she revealed that she thought her new breasts (which had gone up from a B cup to an E) were too large and that she needs physiotherapy owing to their weight."[22] In 2008, she opened a clothing store in Great Yarmouth called Store Twenty One.[23] In 2009 she had a brief cameo in the ITV drama Whatever It Takes.

Personal life

Houghton announced her engagement to Samuel Preston on 11 April 2006.[24] In an exclusive £300,000 deal each with OK! magazine,[8] they were married on 25 August 2006 at the Dartmouth House in Mayfair, London.

After their honeymoon, the couple moved to Preston's flat in Brighton, East Sussex. In a later 2008 interview with Piers Morgan, Houghton admitted that Preston had told her one month after the wedding that he had not wanted to marry her.[8][25] The couple continued undertaking interviews for various magazines, with Houghton losing weight and colouring her hair brunette to look more like Preston's former fiancee Camille.[8]

Ten months later, on 27 June 2007 they announced in a joint statement that they were ending their marriage. "After much soul-searching and tearful discussions we have sadly decided to end our marriage," they said in the statement. “We hope we can always remain friends and still love each other but we both think we put so much pressure on one another to make our marriage work that it has ended up destroying our relationship. No one else is involved in our decision."[26] The couple insisted their relationship was genuine and denied they had rushed into marriage. “We know people will think we married too quickly on the back of Big Brother but the truth is that, what anyone thinks, we did have a whirlwind romance but we were genuinely in love with each other at the time and we will never regret our time together. We both believe in marriage and we never treated our vows or our commitment to each other lightly. We've spent hours and hours discussing whether we can salvage our marriage, give it another go, try harder, anything rather than give up. But we now both agree that we should go our separate ways. We are both young and we still have our lives in front of us. The last two weeks or so have been very upsetting and sad for us and our friends and family and we appreciate their support."[citation needed]

In July 2007, it was rumoured in the Daily Mail that the couple had moved back in together.[27] However, it was then reported that Preston was dating again and the former couple only communicated to discuss business matters.

The rumours of the final breakdown to their marriage were confirmed on 21 November 2007, when London's Reuters News Agency announced that Houghton had been granted a decree nisi at First Avenue House, on the grounds of her husband's admitted unreasonable behaviour.[citation needed] Preston did not contest the petition, and neither appeared in court for the ninety–second hearing.[6] They were given their decree absolute certificate six weeks later.[citation needed]


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  6. ^ a b "Big Brother's Chantelle and Preston Divorce". Reuters. 2007-11-21. 
  7. ^ Chantelle is reality TV's latest millionaire (thelondonpaper)
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Piers Morgan: The darkside of Fame - BBC One, 26th October, 2008
  9. ^ The Soccerettes Hall Of Fame 2005/06 showing Houghton at #6
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  13. ^ "Chantelle - Celeb or not a Celeb - that is the question…". Special Bets. Retrieved 2005-01-08. 
  14. ^ "The Celebrity Big Brother Final - Review Of The Voting". Special Bets. Retrieved 2006-01-30. 
  15. ^ "Chantelle is a £1m winner". This is London. 2006-01-27. 
  16. ^ "The Paul O'Grady Show". IMDB. 2006-10-27. 
  17. ^ "Hotel Babylon press pack". BBC Press Office. 2006-12-20. 
  18. ^ "Preston: '...Buzzcocks bust-up was a laugh'". NME. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  19. ^ "Britain's Happiest People". Happiest People. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  20. ^ Results of The National Television Awards 2006 Results and Nominations
  21. ^ "Chantelle: My bad boy is fit". The Sun. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  22. ^ "Chantelle Houghton: I hate my big breasts". The Sun. 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  23. ^ "Big Brother's Chantelle to open new shop". Great Yarmouth Mercury. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  24. ^ "Chantelle and Preston get engaged". BBC News. 2006-04-12. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  25. ^ "Chantelle Houghton: Preston never wanted to marry me". Now! magazine. 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  26. ^ "Big Brother couple end marriage". BBC News. 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  27. ^ Chantelle moves back in with Preston

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Preceded by
Celebrity Big Brother UK Winner
Series 4 (2006)
Succeeded by
Shilpa Shetty


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