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Ross Richard "Rylan" Clark-Neal (né Clark) is the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 11 (UK).

He also served as the presenter of Big Brother UK spin-off show Big Brother's Bit on the Side until its cancellation in 2018.


Rylan has worked as a model since the age of 16, and been a member of multiple boybands, including Take That and Westlife tribute acts. In 2007, he auditioned for the eighth regular series of Big Brother UK (BBUK), and was chosen by producers to become a housemate. However, he was dropped from the show just hours before he was due to enter the house[1] after his identity was leaked in the press.

In 2011, Rylan appeared as a contestant on the Sky Living reality show Signed By Katie Price; this led to him becoming close friends with Price.

Rylan finally shot to fame in 2012, when he became one of the contestants on the ninth UK series of The X Factor in 2012. Despite being seen as the token 'novelty' or 'joke' act, Rylan progressed to the live shows stage of the competition, as part of the 'Boys' category mentored by Nicole Scherzinger. He was noted for his colourful, lively performances - which included several mash-ups - and a 'feud' with head judge and Take That member Gary Barlow. He was eventually voted out by viewers just two weeks before the grand final.

Player History - Celebrity Big Brother 11 (UK)[]

Nominations History[]

Day Nominated Nominated By Final Position
4 Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt
Lacey Banghard
Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt -
7 Sam Robertson
Ryan Moloney
Ryan Moloney -
11 Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt
Lacey Banghard
Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt Nominated
14 No Nominations Nominated
21 No Nominations Nominated
23 No Nominations Winner

Post Big Brother[]

Rylan Clark-Neal
BBUK19 Rylan
Presenter Profile
Born October 25, 1988 (1988-10-25) (age 35)
Hometown Stanford-le-Hope
Known For Host, Big Brother's Bit on the Side
Years Active 2013-2018
Social Media


In April 2013, just months after Rylan won Celebrity Big Brother, newspaper reports suggested that Channel 5 was considering hiring him for BBUK spin-off show Big Brother's Bit On The Side[2]. The rumours were confirmed a month later, when C5 announced that BOTS presenters Jamie East and Alice Levine would be replaced by Rylan and AJ Odudu[3].

Rylan and AJ's first series on the BBUK presenting team was Big Brother 14. They hosted BOTS on weekends, and weekdays when Emma Willis was busy on the main show. During this series, Rylan fronted a special weekly edition of the show on Sundays, entitled 'Rylan's Supersized Celebrity Sunday'.

AJ left the show ahead of Celebrity Big Brother 13; she was not replaced, leaving Rylan without a co-host. During Celebrity Big Brother 15, Emma then announced that she would permanently step down from BOTS. As a result, Rylan became the spin-off's sole presenter, a position he has held ever since.

Rylan has occasionally appeared on the main show. During Big Brother 14, he presented a live nominations special when Emma was unavailable. During Celebrity Big Brother 15, Rylan co-hosted with Emma on two occasions, when producers experimented with merging live evictions with BOTS. In 2017, Rylan again joined Emma on the live launch of Big Brother 18, interviewing the candidates for 'The People's Housemate'.

In his role as host, Rylan has also occasionally entered the house to take part in tasks. During Big Brother 14, the 'remote control' task saw him interview psychologist Judi James as they walked around observing the housemates. He repeated this stunt during the 'Time Warp' task in Big Brother 16, with psychotherapists Nik and Eva Speakman. Meanwhile, Celebrity Big Brother 12 saw him chair a panel show named 'Big Brother's Bitchfest' in the living room.


Rylan's first series as a member of the BBUK presenting team was Big Brother 14 (also known as 'Secrets & Lies'), which featured the housemate Dan Neal. They met for the first time when Rylan interviewed Dan following his eviction. At the end of the series, speculation mounted that Rylan and Dan had begun dating each other; they eventually confirmed their relationship in November 2013[4].

In September 2014, Rylan confirmed on his Twitter page that he had become engaged to Dan[5]. The couple got married just over a year later. They subsequently changed their surname to Clark-Neal, which Rylan has been credited by since Celebrity Big Brother 17. They got divorced in 2021.

Press Photos[]


  • While he was a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother, Rylan sparked controversy after it emerged that he'd secretly left the house twice to rehearse for The X Factor Live Tour[6], which began the day after the CBB finale. Fans accused show producers of breaking Big Brother's rules concerning contact with the outside world.


  1. Rylan Clark: 'I'll sue Heidi and Spencer over bullying claims'. Digital Spy (26 January 2013). Retrieved on 14 May 2018.
  2. Rylan’s BBig TV BBreak. The Sun (24 April 2013). Retrieved on 14 May 2018.
  3. Rylan Clark and AJ Odudu join Big Brother spin-off show. BBC (14 May 2013). Retrieved on 14 May 2018.
  4. Big Brother lovers: Rylan Clark finally admits romance with Dan Neal. Metro (12 November 2013). Retrieved on 14 May 2018.
  5. Rylan Clark confirms engagement to boyfriend Dan Neal. Closer (19 September 2014). Retrieved on 14 May 2018.
  6. Rylan Clark 'left Big Brother house' for X Factor rehearsals. BBC (21 January 2013). Retrieved on 14 May 2018.

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Preceded by
Season 10
Julian CBB10
Julian Clary
Season 11
Rylan CBB11
Rylan Clark-Neal
Succeeded by
Season 12
Charolette CBB12
Charlotte Crosby
Celebrity Big Brother 11 Housemates
Rylan CBB11
Heidi & Spencer CBB11
Ryan CBB11
Claire CBB11
Razor CBB11
Tricia CBB11
Frankie CBB11
Gillian CBB11
Lacey CBB11
Sam CBB11
Paula CBB11