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Reality bites: NI contestants on life after TV fame

Winning a place on shows like Big Brother, X Factor, The Apprentice and Love Island promises instant celebrity, but is it all it's cracked up to be? Claire O'Boyle finds out

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Adam Maxted on Love Island

Adam Maxted on Love Island

Island life: wrestler Adam Maxted

Island life: wrestler Adam Maxted

Adam on Love Island with Katie Salmon

Adam on Love Island with Katie Salmon

Beauty queen: make-up artist Grainne McCoy

Beauty queen: make-up artist Grainne McCoy

Housemate: personal trainer Orlaith McAllister

Housemate: personal trainer Orlaith McAllister

Orlaith on Big Brother in 2005

Orlaith on Big Brother in 2005

Orlaith with her children Eva and Anthony

Orlaith with her children Eva and Anthony

Homebird: Eoghan Quigg came back home two years after being on X Factor

Homebird: Eoghan Quigg came back home two years after being on X Factor

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Eoghan Quigg new

Eoghan Quigg new

Adam Maxted on Love Island

It's a staggering 20 years since Big Brother brought the world of reality TV crashing its way right into our front rooms - and telly hasn't been the same since.

With unforgettable shows like The Apprentice, X Factor and Love Island coming up behind it to make overnight stars of countless boys- and girls-next-door, the landscape of celebrity was transformed forever.

And at the heart of the UK's biggest ever reality shows, were some of our very own famous faces.