Who is Big Brother’s Cian Carrigan? The gay Irish contestant hoping to charm viewers

The final series of Big Brother has kicked off and contestants have entered the house for the last time.

Cian Carrigan, a 23-year-old gay man from Clonmel, Ireland, is one of the 13 chosen for the latest instalment of the long-running reality TV show, which first aired in 2000.

On his profile on Channel 5, he says he has a phobia of kneecaps and being tickled and says he wanted to be a Spice Girl or a WWE wrestler growing up.


Speaking to Independent.ie, Carrigan said he hoped to bring a “little bit of rural Ireland” to the show, along with his own personality.

“I don’t know what it is. I couldn’t pinpoint my exact personality. Hopefully I’ll bring some fun and a good ear to listen,” he said.

Carrigan, who is a computer gaming rep and has two other gay siblings, told the Irish Sun he was ready to bring some “country humour, contemporary fashion and honesty” to the house.

Rodrigo Alves, aka Human Ken Doll, was removed from Celebrity Big Brother (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty)

He added that his family were fans of Big Brother and that appearing on the series meant a lot.

“We had an aunt that used to love it but sadly, she passed away,” he said. “We kept watching it because of her. I think my aunt would be proud that I’m in Big Brother. Not many people at home have things like this happen to them.”

Carrigan also told the Independent.ie that he wasn’t bothered by sharing a room with lots of other people. “It’ll feel really cosy,” he said. “I love sharing a room with people.”

“I am going to absolutely embrace it, it’s going to be fun,” he said, adding he would not get on with housemates who were “pompous” or “arrogant”.

Rodrigo Alves (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty)

The new series aired on Friday on Channel 5 and follows the recent season of Celebrity Big Brother, which saw human ken doll Rodrigo Alves removed from the show.

Contestant Dan Osborne claimed Alves was removed from Celebrity Big Brother after doing something “inappropriate” that involved him.

“I don’t really want to talk about it. I’ve had stories told about me, so I know it’s not nice. I don’t want to do that to anyone else,” Osborne told The Sun.

“It wasn’t scary for me, just uncomfortable.”