Take a trip down memory lane and see the best, worst and strangest Big Brother pairings...


The Big Brother house is a hotbed of romance and has produced many memorable couples over the years.

Being holed up together for weeks on end seems to bring contestants together – but does their love last when they’re out in the real world?

1 housemates Claire Strutton and Tom McDermott began dating 6 months
after the show ended. Son Pierce was born in 2001 and the couple moved
to Spain in 2003 to run a property website. They have since split.

Helen Adams and Paul Clarke famously flirted so much in series 2 that Big Brother set them up with a romantic night in ‘the snug’. They were together for 5 years outside of the house but split in 2006.

Some contestants
have indulged in saucier antics. Jade Goody and PJ Ellis shared a night
of drunken fumbling under the covers in series 3 while Michelle Bass
and Stuart Wilson were believed to be the first couple to have sex in
the house in series 5.

Others find love with stars from different series. ‘Nasty’ Nick Bateman from the first Big Brother started dated series 4’s Justine Sellman following her stint on the show but dumped her shortly after.

Contestants occasionally
form the most unlikely relationships. Series 7 star Nikki Grahame
claimed she was in love with eventual winner Pete Bennett in her first
eviction interview, and was later voted back into the house to be
reunited with him. They carried on their romance after the show but soon

Series 9’s Luke Marsden and Rebecca ‘Bex’ Shiner were also an unexpected pairing.

Love can blossom in the Celebrity Big Brother house too. Chantelle Houghton entered as a non-celebrity amongst the famous contestants in 2006 and fell for singer Samuel Preston. They went on to marry but things fell apart several months later.

Big Brother romances continue to keep us hooked on the show.