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John Loughton
Born John Roddy Loughton
17 August 1987(1987-08-17)
North Edinburgh, Scotland
Residence Edinburgh
Nationality Scottish
Other names Big John
Alma mater University of Stirling
Known for Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack

John Roddy Loughton (born 17 August 1987) is a youth voice activist, charity worker and former chairperson of the Scottish Youth Parliament who became prominent when he appeared on and won the E4 reality show Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack in 2008.[1]



John is a native of the Granton area of North Edinburgh. He attended Inchview Primary School and Craigroyston Community High School. He then studied for an Honours degree in Politics and Sociology at the University of Stirling, but put those studies on hold in 2007 to become Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

In 2008, John became a contestant on Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack. On the first day of the series, John was given a hidden earpiece to wear, unbeknown to his fellow housemates. Comedian Matt Lucas then relayed a number of ridiculous instructions to John, which he followed, much to Lucas's amusement and his fellow contestants' incredulity. His ultimate success in the competition was attributed to the sporting attitude he showed in fulfilling Lucas's instructions, no matter how ridiculous or embarrassing, especially since his new housemates had only just met him.

After Big Brother, he returned to Edinburgh and completed his term as the Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament and then joined the Scottish office of the youth work charity Fairbridge as its Policy and Communications Officer, during which time he also became the Vice-Convener of the Scottish Parliament's Cross-Party Group on Children and Young People and a Director of Youthlink Scotland. He was promoted in 2010 to become Fairbridge's Head of Policy for the whole UK.

He served as a member of the Commission on Scottish Devolution, which recommended a number of new powers for the Scottish Parliament.

He stood as an independent candidate in a by-election for the Forth ward in Edinburgh City Council in November 2008, but in the autumn of 2009 it was announced that he had joined the Scottish Liberal Democrats and would be supporting their candidate, Kevin Lang, in the 2010 UK General Election in the constituency of Edinburgh North & Leith where he lives.

Achievements and Positions Held

  • Co-Founder, North Edinburgh Young People's Forum
  • Director, North Edinburgh Trust
  • 2004 Edinburgh Evening News Award winner for "Community Involvement"
  • Represented the United Kingdom to the European Union Presidency Summit
  • Finalist, Scottish Charity Champion of the Year award, 2008




Preceded by
Paul Brennan
Big Brother UK Special Edition Winner
Series 1 (2008)
Succeeded by


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