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Nadia Almada

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

Nádia Conceição Almada[1] (born Jorge Leodoro, 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 1
    • Big Brother 1.1
    • Life after Big Brother 1.2
    • Ultimate Big Brother 1.3
  • Personal life 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

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 "Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2004"). In 2008 she co presented 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 Eamon 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 Britain's Next Top Model 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. 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 suicide.[4]

Nadia complained that Davina McCall had joked about her transsexuality on the supplementary show Big Mouth, introducing a guest as having "the boyish good looks of Nadia".[5] McCall apologised for the joke.

Personal life

Almada was born in

Preceded by
Cameron Stout
Big Brother UK winner
Series 5 (2004)
Succeeded by
Anthony Hutton

External links

  1. ^ Researcha
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 387.  
  3. ^ Best and worst celebrity fitness videos Virgin Media
  4. ^ a b "Big Brother's Nadia Almada in suicide bid". Unreality TV. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Ellen, Barbara (22 August 2004). "'The more people criticised, the stronger I became'".  
  7. ^ "Ultimate Big Brother: Nadia Almada in 'suicide attempt' days after being booed at eviction". Daily Mail (London). 10 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Hartley, Clodagh. "Bi-dentity card". The Sun (London). (subscription required)
  9. ^ Gender politics index Press for Change - Transsexual people and the press - collected opinions from transsexual people themselves (PDF) (see section B.5.j) Archived 13 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine


, but was there to welcome her back into the outside world after the show concluded. transition Her mother had not seen her for a year, since before Almada's [9]).testicles (gonads term for slang also dubbed Almada the Portugeezer, the "Portuguese Man O' War" and Nads, 'nads' being a The Sun newspaper tracked him down and revealed the story. The Sun bank. Her father, Luis, did not know his child was transgender until Barclays, she worked as a cashier in Big Brother. She has also managed a children's bookstore. Before appearing on Woking Almada moved to England in 1996 and worked in a department store in [8] but was known as Carlos.[7][6]

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