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Rachel Rice

Rachel Jenkins
Rachel Rice

(1984-03-07) 7 March 1984 (age 35)
Pontypool, Wales
  • Television personality
  • model
  • actress
  • teacher
Years active1993–present

Rachel Rice (born 7 March 1984), is a Welsh television personality, model, actress and teacher. She is known for winning the ninth series of the Channel 4 (now Channel 5) reality series Big Brother.[1] She has a degree in English and Drama, and is now a teacher at Abersychan School.


Early life and career

Born in Pontypool,[citation needed] Rice worked as a television and film actress. She took part in numerous global television commercials – including the Sony Handicam's 'Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden' in 1991. One of her most notable roles was an appearance alongside Hugh Grant in the 1993 Gothic horror Night Train to Venice when she was eight.[2] She later worked as a model and trained as a teacher. She is currently teaching full-time.[3]

Big Brother

Rice entered the Big Brother house on 5 June 2008. During her stay in the house, Rice survived two eviction votes, the first in Week 8, where nine others faced eviction as a punishment for breaking rules, and the second in Week 10, where she survived over Stuart Pilkington. She was announced as the winner of her series on 5 September 2008.[4]

On the Big Brother's Little Brother reunion show, Rice spoke of her plans to spend some of her £100,000 prize money on paying student debts, buying a new car and giving £10,000 to charity.[5]

On 4 January 2009, Rice appeared on The Sunday Night Project taking part in the Coat of Cash feature.

On 6 June 2009, Rice appeared on T4, where she discussed her first impressions on the Big Brother 10 housemates, and what she had done with her £100,000 winners prize since leaving the house.


Rice was second runner up in the 2003 Miss Wales contest, which was won by Imogen Thomas; who coincidentally appeared in series seven of Big Brother. She has gone on to represent both South and North Wales in Miss Great Britain. In 2004, she won the Wales On Sunday newspaper's Welsh Idol. Rice was also a finalist in the 2005 More magazine's Most fanciable girl in the UK beauty contest.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Night Train to Venice Pia
1994 The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Marina Savage
1994 The Lifeboat Debbie
1995 Mister Dog Giulia
1996 The Prince and the Pauper Prissy
2001 Happy Now Second Contestant
2007 The History of Mr Polly Christabel's Friend
2008 Big Brother Herself Winner
2009 The Sunday Night Project Guest
2012 Missed Connections Hottie 1 Film
2013 Big Brother's Bit on the Side Herself 1 episode; panelist


  1. ^ Smith, Lizzie (6 September 2008). "Big Brother: Rachel beats the bookies to become shock winner". London: Mail Online. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Hugh Grant co-star Rachel Rice wins the 100,000 pounds Big Brother prize". The Economic Times. 6 September 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Cwmbran's Big Brother winner supports Congress Theatre appeal". South Wales Argus. 12 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Rachel Is The Winner!". 5 September 2008. Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2008.
  5. ^ Rachel's spent half of Big Brother winnings – Tellyzone
  6. ^ "Miss more 2005 finalists".

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