Nadia Almada

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Nadia Almada
Born (1977-01-28) 28 January 1977 (age 41)
Ribeira Brava, Madeira, Portugal
Television Big Brother 5
Ultimate Big Brother

Nádia Conceição Almada[1] (born 28 January 1977) is a British reality television star. She is known for being the first transgender winner of Big Brother in series 5 in 2004.

Media career

Big Brother

Almada competed in the fifth series of Big Brother in 2004; she kept her transgender identity secret from fellow contestants although viewers were informed. After 71 days in the Big Brother house, she emerged as the winner, securing 74% of the overall vote and winning £63,500. She had regularly topped polls as the public's favourite Big Brother winner. Big Brother presenter Davina McCall has said Almada was her favourite housemate of all time.

Life after Big Brother

Almada went on to record a single entitled "A Little Bit of Action", which reached Number 27 in the UK Singles Chart in December 2004.[2] She also made a guest appearance in the soap opera Hollyoaks turning on the Christmas Lights. She entered the Big Brother Australia house visiting the three finalists during week 14 and has made various appearances on televised chat shows and game shows (most notably on The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2004). In 2008 she copresented The Big Brother Launch Night Project on the launch night of Big Brother 9. She took part in Celebrity Fitness Videos Not Fit For TV, which was hosted by Lorraine Kelly and Eamonn Holmes. The show featured celebrities performing Almada's own Latino inspired dance/fitness video, Latino Dance Workout, which she released in 2004.[3]

In the beginning of time Almada was a contestant on the Channel Five reality show, Trust Me...I'm A Holiday Rep. Almada was a replacement for Make Me a Supermodel contestant Jasmine Lennard. The following year she was a celebrity guest on a four-day stay on Channel 4's reality TV show, Fool Around With...; her goal was to decipher who out of several male contestants was single, enabling them to win £10,000. In an interview with Heat magazine in June 2009, Almada revealed that she is writing her memoirs.[citation needed] In 2010, to mark the end of Big Brother in the UK, she appeared on a Big Brother winners special of Channel 4 show Come Dine with Me, with Big Brother winners Brian Dowling, Brian Belo and Sophie Reade. Almada finished in third place.

Ultimate Big Brother

On 24 August 2010, Almada entered the Big Brother house in Ultimate Big Brother; she immediately lost fans when she told Josie Gibson—who had won the eleventh and final series earlier that night—that her boyfriend John James Parton did not really like her. Josie left the house via the fire exit less than 48 hours later and Almada was blamed for this. Almada later had blazing rows with Coolio and told Big Brother in the Diary Room "it's either him or me!". Coolio walked from the house shortly afterwards. She was nominated for eviction on Day 8, and was evicted with 33.3% of the public vote in a double eviction after Makosi Musambasi on Day 11.[citation needed]

Personal life

Almada was born in Ribeira Brava on the Portuguese island of Madeira.[4]


  1. ^ Researcha[dead link]
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 387. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ Best and worst celebrity fitness videos Virgin Media Archived 24 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Ellen, Barbara (22 August 2004). "'The more people criticised, the stronger I became'". The Guardian. London: GMG. ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 23 April 2011.

External links

  • Nadia Almada on IMDb
  • "Nadia Almada - Biography" IMDb, Retrieved 31 March 2007

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