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When Nadia Almada first teetered into Channel Four's Big Brother house on impossibly high heels, in the summer of 2004, TV viewers in Britain had probably never seen more than a few minutes of any real transsexual person on their screens before.

Activists and lawyers at the time were nursing Britain's Gender Recognition Bill through Parliament, and there was momentary concern about what kind of person this unknown quantity was.

They needn't have worried.

Within days the young Portuguese woman soon had people's attention, as her immense personality, piercing laugh and manifest vulnerability took viewers on a roller coaster ride of emotions, in which her transsexual background was sometimes the focus but often pushed to the background by other dramas.

Nadia won that fifth series of Big Brother in a landslide victory that carried millions on a wave of emotion, sharing her dramatic realisation of public acceptance.

In 2010 Nadia returned to Big Brother for a celebration show with other popular or controversial housemates. The return was not such a happy event.

Three weeks after that event she agreed to give an in-depth interview and talks here about her childhood, changing gender, those television experiences and much more too.

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  • Lindsey

    A wonderful interview and an amazing reminder of the Nadia we all know and love! Thank you for doing this!

    Sep 25, 2010 at 9:29 pm
  • Stuart Lorimer

    The world’s most infectious laugh!

    Great interview, Christine.

    Sep 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm
  • Andrew Gilliver

    So glad you did this interview Christine and so good to hear Nadia in fine form.Hope it all works out for her.

    Sep 25, 2010 at 11:35 pm
  • Helen Wilson

    Nadia takes you through every emotion in such a small space of time, that must of left you exhausted Christine.

    Sep 26, 2010 at 8:01 am
  • Jo Shaw

    Great to hear Nadia so on top of things. She is still a great role model. The world needs Nadia! ;-)

    Sep 27, 2010 at 12:09 am
  • stuart cosgrove

    Fascinating interview Christine and much to reflect on. Nadia remains a remarkable personality, and someone who history will prove, has played an important role in the diversity of Europe. Thanks.

    Sep 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm
  • Leon

    Absolutely fantastic interview. Nadia you are a legend and an icon. I absolutely love and adore you and always will. Hope to see alot more of you xxxx Keep your stunning face and glorious laughter in the lime light where it belongs xxxx

    Sep 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm
  • Teresa

    Superb interview, Christine. I enjoyed listening.

    Sep 28, 2010 at 10:55 am
  • jodie arabella daimba

    she is a great role model for all transexuals which i am too! i had my sex change sursery 2 years ago and i never looked back, i was so happy and totally fulfilled with my life just like her. it all actually started on her when i first saw her in big brother and i said to myself yes thats what i wanted so in retrospect nadia has become a part of my life. god bless her . x

    Sep 29, 2010 at 1:08 pm
  • Carole Haley

    Wonderful interview! Love you Nadia you are fantastic now as you have been always.Good luck with everything that comes your way beautiful xxxxx

    Sep 29, 2010 at 7:17 pm
  • Sara

    NADIA.. YOU ARE TRULY AMAZING !

    ALL OF THESE IDIOTS DURING UBB CLAIMING YOU HAVE CHANGED WERE CHATTING BULLSHIT ! YOU HAVNT CAHNGED AT ALL YOU ARE ALWAYS YOURSELF AND YOU ARE ONE HECK OF A HUMAN BEIGN ! LOVE YOU X

    Sep 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm
  • Caroline Jones

    Thanks Christine. I’ve never watched Big Brother but I loved your interview with Nadia. She’s quite a gal.

    Sep 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm
  • David Gray

    Terrific interview. Nadia, you are indeed fabulous and an inspiration to all of us. It’s good to hear your waterfall of laughter again.

    Sep 30, 2010 at 10:51 pm
  • Amanda James

    Fantastic interview Christine, thanks for doing this, it’s great to hear Nadia laughing again, I was so worried about her after the ridiculous BB backlash.

    Nadia, you really are an amazing woman, I absolutely adore you and I wish you all the best of luck with Ya Mutto, Eurovision and everything in life. **big hugs** Stay fabulicious, babe!

    Oct 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm
  • JP Kelly

    An entertaining, candid, inspirational interview. Thanks for putting this out there Christine - great work!

    Feb 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm
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