Big Brother star is unrecognisable 21 years after coming second on the show and quitting fame for ‘normal job’
Big Brother star Jonny Regan is unrecognisable 21 years after coming second on the show.
The former Firefighter from Trimdon, County Durham, shot to fame in 2002 when he appeared in the third series of the reality show.
Just a few years later, Jonny, 51, quit fame for ‘normal job,’ becoming the owner of a photography company and two decades on looks completely different.
The former reality star was spotted visiting a supermarket in County Durham last Wednesday, dressed in light grey denim shorts and a yellow jumper.
He has certainly stayed in shape, but Jonny’s previously brown hair has now turned grey, and instead of a light goatee, he sports a full mustache and beard.
No way! Big Brother star Jonny Regan, 51, is unrecognisable 21 years after coming second on the third series of the show
Throwback: The former Firefighter from Trimdon, County Durham, shot to fame in 2002, when he made it to the final of the reality show back in 2002 (pictured in 2002)
Out and about: Jonny was spotted visiting a supermarket in County Durham last Wednesday, dressed in light grey denim shorts and a yellow jumper
Jonny starred in the third instalment of Big Brother alongside Kate Lawler, who won the series, Alison Hammond and the late Jade Goody, back in 2002.
The former fireman – who admitted urinating in the shower during his time in the reality show – proved popular with viewers.
He left the fire service and took up acting – touring in the musical Boogie Nights and starring in pantos. He also appeared in adverts for British Gas and Skybet.
Jonny – who goes by Jonathan since the show – eventually set up a successful photography business, which he continues to run after stepping back from the limelight,
The BB star now lives in Hartlepool with his wife Joanne Llewellyn, who he wed in July 2004, after 12 years of dating.
The couple tied the knot at St William’s RC Church, in Trimdon Village, County Durham, followed by a reception behind closed doors at Shotton Hall, Peterlee.
He previously told The Northern Echo how he initially began his relationship with Joanne after meeting in a nightclub.
‘She had just been on holiday and she looked fantastic. She had a short top on and this flat, brown stomach, and her tan just made her smile look incredible.
Now and then: Jonny’s previously brown hair has now turned grey, and instead of a light goatee he sports a full mustache and beard
Normal life: Just a few years after appearing on Big Brother, quit fame for ‘normal job,’ becoming the owner of a photography company
Former star: Two decades on from his time as a housemate, Jonny lives in Hartlepool with his wife Joanne Llewellyn, and looks completely different
‘Because I’d had a lot to drink, I think it gave me Dutch courage. I went straight over to her, gave her a kiss and got her phone number.
‘I was a bit young and wild, but Joanne tamed me. When we’d been going out for a few months, I thought maybe this time it was different.’
When Big Brother first hit screens in 2000, the entire country was captivated by the ins and outs of a group of strangers locked in a bolthole while watched at all hours by cameras and given tasks.
It ran on Channel 5 for a total of 11 series, while there were seven series of Celebrity Big Brother and a final special edition called Ultimate Big Brother.
The social experiment has found a new UK home on ITV2 and ITVX, with the upcoming series set to kick off on Sunday 8 October.
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