Nick Bateman

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Nick Bateman
Born Nicholas Bateman
5 November 1967 (1967-11-05) (age 46)
London, United Kingdom
Occupation Media personality
Years active 2000–present

Nicholas "Nick" Bateman (born 5 November 1967), also known as "Nasty Nick", is a British media personality and a former contestant on the first series of the British version of Big Brother.

Early life[edit]

He grew up in Kent with his four sisters. He was educated at a boarding school in Kent for five years, then at the private Gordonstoun School near Elgin in Scotland. Having graduated, Bateman opted away from university in favour of travelling for the following three years.

He worked for ATN Channel 7 in Sydney, Australia on Sons and Daughters, Romper Room, and Newsworld.[citation needed]

On returning to England he then worked in the City of London for ten years as a broker for the Willis Group Holdings (working at Lloyd's of London) from 1990.

Big Brother[edit]

Bateman first came to public prominence as a contestant on the first series of the UK version of Big Brother. He was one of 40,000 people that applied to be in the first series of Big Brother in the United Kingdom in 2000. During his stay at the Big Brother house, he was the only contestant never to receive a single eviction nomination. However, he was soon dubbed "Nasty Nick" by the tabloid press because of his duplicitous nature, playing members off against one another. After 36 days he was finally exposed by the other housemates, who confronted him over his behaviour and also uncovered his attempts to manipulate fellow housemates' votes in the weekly eviction process, in violation of Big Brother rules. He was asked to leave by the show's producers. The episode in which Nick was confronted by the others attracted 6 million viewers. Such was the media interest in this first series, the news that Nick had been thrown out featured on the front page of every national newspaper in the UK, apart from the Financial Times, which put the story on page 3.

After Big Brother[edit]

After his departure from the show, Nick enjoyed reasonable media exposure and attended many show-business parties and premieres. He went on to present the television show Trust Me and appeared on BBC2's "Email weekend" and Film Four's "Double Take". He wrote a book entitled Nasty Nick: How to be a Right Bastard. He has also featured in the reality television series Back to Reality and in the Big Brother pantomime. Later, he featured as the narrator in a stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.

He has spoken at both the Cambridge Union and Oxford Union and has worked as an after dinner speaker. In recent times, however, he has opted to step out of the public limelight to concentrate on writing.

He currently holds a Private Pilot's Licence as well as Racing car Licence.

Bateman has enjoyed some success as a freelance writer and as a social commentator. He has also trained at the BBC in Single Camera Director as well Camera operation and Avid Editing.

In 2010, Bateman returned to the Big Brother house to compete in Ultimate Big Brother, the final episode of Big Brother on Channel 4. During the show, the Big Brother narrator called him "Not So Nasty Nick", due his better behaviour compared to the first series of Big Brother. He finished in fifth place, becoming the only contestant ever to be there for the first and last day of the programme on Channel 4. Bateman has played an active role on the Channel 5 companion show Big Brother's Bit On The Side since the 2011 Channel 5 relaunch of Big Brother.

In 2011, Bateman and his magazine fashion stylist wife Lynnette Peck Bateman opened an online vintage fashion boutique called Lovely's Vintage Emporium.

Bateman now presents a radio show on 107.8 Academy FM (2011) in Kent every Sunday from 10am to 2pm.

Bateman has appeared in Panto on several occasions. In the immediate aftermath of Big Brother, he appeared at the Theatre Royal Lincoln in Jack and the Beanstalk. He returned to Panto for 2011 playing Baron Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Granville Theatre Ramsgate. He also played an ugly sister in Cinderella in Skegness at Christmas 2012.