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Friday 27 May 2016

Big Brother: Ashleigh Coyle is next Northern Ireland contestant

By Rebecca Black

Published 07/06/2014

Ashleigh hopes to continue work as a model
Ashleigh hopes to continue work as a model

A teenage model from Londonderry became the second local to enter the Big Brother house last night.

Ashleigh Coyle (18) is a former Miss Derry and runs self-esteem classes for young women.

She recently finished her A-Levels at Oakgrove Integrated College in the city.

The 5ft 9in blonde received cheers as she entered the house dressed glamorously in black and wearing extra tall pink be-jewelled platform shoes.

Just before going in Ashleigh said she will miss her family and boyfriend while in the house.

Although she was initially cheered, the infamously fickle crowd booed when she mentioned she had a boyfriend.

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Ashleigh said her future plans include continuing to model and also to work in PR.

She has just finished exams in business studies and travel and tourism.

Ashleigh has joined Fermanagh man Christopher Hall (23), who entered the house on Thursday.

The Ulster pair follow in the footsteps of former Big Brother contestants from Derry including Conor McIntyre in 2012 and Seany O'Kane in 2007.

One of the best known ex-Big Brother Northern Ireland contestants is Belfast woman Orlaith McAllister, who took part in the show in 2005.

During last night's instalment, Liverpudlian Mark Byron received a reward of £5,000 within an hour of being in the house.

Wolverhampton singer Pauline Bennett, who was voted to be the "power housemate", was given a "power trip" to choose housemates to punish and reward.

Bennett, who performed on Kylie Minogue's single Shocked under her stage name Jazzy P, chose to reward Bryon and punish Hertfordshire man Matthew Davies.

Also in the house is Glaswegian Danielle McMahon (25), who says her career as an underwear model does not clash with her devout Catholicism.

She said she might clash with "liberal girls" who tell vulgar stories and described herself as having "class, flair and charisma".

Other housemates include Californian Kimberly Kisselovich, a Playboy Bunny who also works as a lawyer.

The Channel 5 show, hosted by Emma Willis, also features former Celebrity Big Brother winner Rylan, who is presenting the spin-off show Bit On The Side.

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