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Rylan Clark

Rylan Clark
Born Ross Richard Clark
(1988-10-25) 25 October 1988
Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, England
Occupation Presenter, television personality, singer, model
Years active 2000–present
Employer ITV
Channel 5
Known for Signed by Katie Price (2011)
The X Factor (2012)
Celebrity Big Brother (2013)
Daybreak (2013)
This Morning (2013–)
Big Brother's Bit on the Side (2013–)

Ross Richard "Rylan" Clark (born 25 October 1988) is a British presenter, television personality, singer and model. He is best known for finishing in fifth place on the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, and winning Celebrity Big Brother in January 2013.

In May 2013, as part of a revamp by Channel 5, Clark and AJ Odudu were announced as Emma Willis' new Big Brother's Bit on the Side co-hosts, replacing Jamie East and Alice Levine; Willis herself replaced Brian Dowling as the host of Big Brother. In addition to this, Clark has had several presenting roles on the ITV Breakfast programme Daybreak as their stand-in showbiz editor and also guest presents sections of daytime television programme This Morning.

On 18 September 2014, it was announced that Rylan got engaged to Dan Neal from Big Brother on a trip in Paris, where Dan proposed. [1]

Early and personal life

Clark was born Ross Richard Clark[2] on 25 October 1988 in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex,[3] to mother Linda Clark.[4] His early career was working for Optical Express in Lakeside Shopping Centre.[5] He is openly gay.[6] He is also a voice for animals and, in June 2013, posed naked for an anti-fur PETA campaign to speak against the fur industry. He explained, "I just don’t agree with animals getting killed just to be worn."[7]

In 2003, Clark was an extra in the romantic comedy film Love Actually.[5] He also acted as Rupert Grint's body double in the Harry Potter films.[5] In 2007, he applied for Big Brother 8, but, "the day I was going in, it got taken away from me because it got leaked to the press. It was devastating."[5]

Clark has been a part-time model since he was 16.[8] It was during his early modelling career that he adopted the stage name "Rylan" as it was more unusual.[2] He was in several Take That and Westlife tribute bands in Ibiza,[3] and was also part of a Spanish boy band called 4bidden until January 2010.[8][9]


2011: Signed by Katie Price

In 2011, Clark was a finalist on the Sky Living modelling competition Signed by Katie Price.[10] He finished as runner-up behind Amy Willerton.[11]

2012: The X Factor

In May 2012, Clark auditioned for the ninth series of The X Factor at The O2 Arena in London, in front of Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and guest judge Rita Ora. He amused the judges and the studio audience with his friendly banter and bubbly personality, before singing a dance version of Des'ree's "Kissing You". Barlow said afterwards: "Rylan, love your personality, hate your voice, really strange song choice as well" Walsh also admitted that he was "a bit worried". Barlow gave Clark a "no", but Ora, Contostavlos and Walsh all decided to say "yes" and put him through to bootcamp.

At bootcamp, Clark sang The Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha" (again with a dance twist), with former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger now a judge. After his performance, Barlow admitted: "[I] Think he's going to haunt me throughout this competition." Barlow was reluctant to send Clark through to judges' houses, but the other three judges were in favour of him advancing. Clark was eventually put through into the boys category with Scherzinger as his mentor. At judges' houses in Dubai, Clark performed a stripped-back rendition of Rihanna's "We Found Love" in front of Scherzinger and Ne-Yo. Scherzinger later put Clark through to live shows as one of her final three, along with James Arthur and Jahméne Douglas. She told him: "Rylan, it's such a big risk... but I have to take it, and you are in my final three.", and then Clark appeared to have an immense breakdown on the spot.[12]

Clark sang "Gold" by Spandau Ballet in the first week of the live shows, and was in the bottom two with Carolynne Poole the following night. Scherzinger backed Clark as he was her own act, while Barlow and Contostavlos opted to save Poole based on the final showdown performance. This left Walsh with the deciding vote, but he appeared unable to make up his mind. After hesitating for some time, he eventually said "I'm going to with Carolynne, I want to keep Carolynne.", although he had to say who wanted to send home, not who he wanted to save. Eventually, after being pressured for an answer by presenter Dermot O'Leary, Walsh exclaimed "I want to take it to deadlock". O'Leary then revealed that Clark had received more public votes and Poole was sent home, much to the disgust of her mentor, Barlow, who stormed off stage and later called Clark a "joke act" and "talentless".[13]

In week 2, Clark persisted to wind Barlow up by first performing part of Barlow's "Back for Good", and then claiming afterwards that he had booked him a cab in advance in case he stormed off stage again-to which Barlow responded "That's funny 'cause I've had yours on hold for two weeks."[14] That week Clark was put through to week three on the public vote.[15] In week five, he was in the bottom two again with Kye Sones, but was saved by the public vote after the judges' votes were deadlocked.[16] In week 7, Clark revealed on The Xtra Factor that his psychic had told him he would make it to week 7 of the competition before leaving,[17] but the following night he was put through to by the public vote,[18] before being eliminated by the judges in week 8, with only his mentor Scherzinger voting to save him over Union J.[19]

2013–present: Celebrity Big Brother and television career

After leaving The X Factor, Clark joined Daybreak as a guest entertainment presenter in December 2012.[20]

Clark became a housemate in the eleventh series of Celebrity Big Brother in January 2013.[21] He was the second celebrity to enter the Big Brother House.[21] On launch night, he and Italian jockey Frankie Dettori selected which celebrities would join them in the House and who would be banished to the Basement.[21] It was revealed mid-way through the series that, contrary to the show's rules of staying in the Big Brother House throughout the series, Clark had been leaving the house each Sunday to rehearse for The X Factor Live Tour, which began a day after the live final on 25 January.[22] He made it to the final five, alongside Neil "Razor" Ruddock, Claire Richards, Ryan Moloney, and Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (Heidi & Spencer being counted as a single housemate). Clark was announced as the winner during the live final,[23] after which he broke down into tears like he did during the X Factor judges' houses.[24]

Clark confirmed on 15 February 2013 that he would be working on This Morning every Wednesday in March.[25] He also made regular appearances on Celebrity Juice during its ninth series.[26] Throughout April 2013, he returned as a guest showbiz editor for Daybreak. In May 2013, he was announced as the new presenter of Big Brother's Bit on the Side.[27] During the tenth series of The X Factor, Clark provided all the gossip from the show on This Morning. He also acts as "Hub presenter" on Fridays.

In February 2014, Clark made a guest appearance in the Sky 1 comedy series Stella.[28] In March, he was a member of the "Bangtastic Four" (alongside Abz Love, Joey Essex and Antony Costa) during the eleventh series of Celebrity Juice.[29]


Year Title Role Note(s)
2012 The X Factor Contestant 5th place
2013 Celebrity Big Brother Housemate Winner
2012–13 Daybreak Entertainment Presenter
2013– This Morning Hub Presenter Every Friday
2013– Big Brother's Bit on the Side Presenter
2014 Stella Himself
Guest appearances


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  2. ^ a b "X Factor 2012: Shocker as Rylan Clark reveals his REAL name".  
  3. ^ a b Jack Seale and Tom Cole (2 October 2012). "The X Factor 2012: Rylan Clark".  
  4. ^ "Episode 23". Celebrity Big Brother. Series 11. Episode 23. 25 January 2013. Channel 5.
  5. ^ a b c d Cains, Eleanor (25 October 2013). "Celebrity birthdays: 5 things you didn’t know about Rylan Clark".  
  6. ^ Manning, Jenny (13 November 2012). "Rylan Clark: I was fat, ginger and gay ... but look at me now!".  
  7. ^ Manning, Jenny (13 June 2013). "It's fur the animals! Rylan Clark peels off for PETA".  
  8. ^ a b " - Rylan Clark". Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Live show 6". The Xtra Factor. Series 9. Episode 22. 10 November 2012. ITV2.
  10. ^ Aitkenhead, Decca (16 December 2012). "Rylan Clark on The X Factor, death threats and being seen as a fame-hungry diva".  
  11. ^ Owens, Nick (3 March 2012). "Katie Price's bust-up with teen model who won her reality TV show".  
  12. ^ "X Factor: Final Contestant Rylan Clark Overwhelmed By Getting Through, But Suffering Death Threats Behind The Scenes".  
  13. ^ Eames, Tom (7 October 2012). "'"Carolynne Poole first to leave 'The X Factor.  
  14. ^ Vallahis, Maria (14 October 2012). "Put your money where your mouth is...will Rylan Clark prove Gary Barlow wrong?".  
  15. ^ "X Factor results show two drama as Rylan Clark breaks down in tears".  
  16. ^ Samander, Lema (5 November 2012). "Kye Sones loses out to Rylan Clark after X Factor deadlock vote".  
  17. ^ "'"X Factor: Rylan packs bags following elimination 'tip.  
  18. ^ "X Factor's Rylan Clark breaks down over his 'guilt' at Ella Henderson's shock exit".  
  19. ^ Fitzmaurice, Sarah (25 November 2012). It's been an absolute pleasure': Rylan Clark is booted off the X Factor after giving his best vocal performance of the show in the sing off"'".  
  20. ^ "Rylan Clark makes his debut presenting on Daybreak as entertainment editor".  
  21. ^ a b c Wheeler, Rachael (3 January 2013). "Frankie Dettori and Rylan Clark send half the housemates to the freezing basement in dramatic CBB twist!".  
  22. ^ Sperling, Daniel (21 January 2013). "'"Celebrity Big Brother: Rylan secretly exiting house for 'X Factor.  
  23. ^ Sheridan, Emily (25 January 2013). "Celebrity Big Brother 2013 final: Rylan Clark wins".  
  24. ^ Graham, Daniella (25 January 2013). "Rylan Clark has X Factor-style meltdown after being named Celebrity Big Brother winner".  
  25. ^ McGarry, Lisa (6 March 2013). "X Factor’s Rylan Clark 'kicking off' on This Morning TODAY!". Unreality TV. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  26. ^ Sperling, Daniel (28 February 2013). "Rylan Clark joins 'Celebrity Juice', mocks 'X Factor' with Keith Lemon".  
  27. ^ Clark, Rylan (14 May 2013). "Twitter / RylanClark: Ok guys it's OFFICIAL. I'm the new presenter of Big Brothers Bit On The Side! So excited to join the BB Team x @bbbots #RylansBIGnews xxx".  
  28. ^ Clark, Rylan (18 July 2013). "Best time filming 'Stella' x".  
  29. ^ McGarry, Lisa (15 April 2014). "Celebrity Juice: Rylan Clark, Abz, Joey Essex & Antony Costa ARE The Bangtastic 4! VIDEO". Unreality TV. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 

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Preceded by
Julian Clary
Celebrity Big Brother UK winner
Series 11 (2013)
Succeeded by
Charlotte Crosby
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