Helen Wood (television personality)

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Helen Wood
Born (1986-11-28) 28 November 1986 (age 32)
Bolton, England
  • Media personality
  • journalist
Years active2014-present
Known forBig Brother, sex scandals

Helen Wood (born 28 November 1986) from Bromley Cross,[1] Bolton is a British reality television participant, magazine columnist and former escort. Wood is best known as the winner of Big Brother 15 and involvement with England footballer Wayne Rooney whilst working as an escort. Wood had a regular column in the Daily Star newspaper until March 2017.[2] In 2017, Wood released her debut autobiographical book, titled A Man’s World.

Early Life[edit]

Wood was brought up in Bolton and has two brothers. When she was 16 she went into foster care after leaving home. Whilst at school Helen then became pregnant with her only child, born in 2003.[3] She attended Thornleigh School.[1]


In 2006 Wood was a single mother and in debt and was recruited into escort work by her friend Jenny Thompson. She claims to have slept with four millionaire footballers, three actors and a judge while working as an escort.[4]

Wayne Rooney Threesome[edit]

Wood claims Wayne Rooney paid £1,000 for a threesome with her and her friend Jennifer Thompson in a Manchester hotel while his wife, Coleen Rooney, was five months pregnant.[5][6] It was reported his solicitors unsuccessfully tried to fight the allegations when they first surfaced in early August 2010.[7][8] Wood was subsequently paid £40,000 for her story after Jennifer Thompson tipped newspapers off shortly a year after the threesome allegedly happened. Wood then agreed to sell her version of events shortly after

Gagging Order[edit]

In 2011 a well-known actor also took out a court injunction to prevent her revealing their relationship. [9] The actor paid Wood £195 for sex after booking her through an escort agency in March 2010.[10] Despite the injunction, the actor's name was revealed in the Irish and US press.[11]

Big Brother[edit]

Wood controversially won Big Brother 15, The winner's prize was £100,000. She was the first woman to win the competition since the show's inception on Channel 5.

Ofcom received over 1,500 complaints for Wood and Pauline Bennett bullying Jale Karaturp.[12] Wood received a warning on Day 12 due to bullying Jale Karaturp[13] and Day 21 she received another warning due to using threatening behaviour to housemate Matthew Davies.[14]

Wood continued her feud with fellow housemate Danielle McMahon after the series had finished. Wood was arrested in March 2015 following an altercation with McMahon.[11]

She returned in Big Brother 16 for two weeks as a "Time Warp Housemate".[15] Wood clashed with another Time Warp Housemate, Brian Belo, branding him "psycho", comparing him to a murderer and telling him he "looked like a rapist". Belo left the house and Wood received a formal warning.[11] Channel 5 boss Ben Frow banned her from appearing on the show or spin-off ‘Bit On The Side’ ever again. He admitted he thought ‘BB’ had made a mistake in allowing her to be a housemate for the second time.[11]


  1. ^ a b "'Winning Big Brother was a godsend', says Helen Wood". The Bolton News.
  2. ^ Harris, Niomi (16 May 2016). "Helen Wood reveals attack forced her to get plastic surgery surgery".
  3. ^ "Helen Wood: life of a middle class prostitute". 14 April 2011 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  4. ^ Akingbade, Tobi (3 September 2017). "Former prostitute Helen Wood tells Coleen Rooney to 'wake up' after Wayne Rooney scandal with party girl". Metro. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  5. ^ Packer, Sarah (21 February 2017). "Wayne Rooney secrets ready to be exposed by escort". Cairns Post. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  6. ^ Rayner, Gordon (13 April 2011). "Leading actor's gagging order over affair with Rooney prostitute". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  7. ^ Moore, Matthew (5 September 2010). "Wayne Rooney 'slept with prostitute while wife Coleen was pregnant'". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  8. ^ Luard, Elisabeth (12 September 2010). "Wayne Rooney made one mistake – he got caught". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  9. ^ Editor, Frances Gibb, Legal (5 May 2016). "Actor in tryst with Rooney prostitute exposed". The Times – via www.thetimes.co.uk.
  10. ^ Garson, Robert (5 May 2016). "Beloved British Family Man Burned by Escort's Breach of Contract". Observer.
  11. ^ a b c d "Helen Wood Injunction: The 'Big Brother' Winner And Former Sex Worker's Most Controversial Moments". Huffington Post. 4 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Big Brother complaints top 1,500 after Jale 'bullying'". BBspy. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  13. ^ "'Big Brother': Helen Wood Warned Over 'Bullying' Jale, Told Her Behaviour Is 'Unacceptable' In Diary Room". Huffington Post. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  14. ^ Rach, Jessica Anais (26 Jun 2014). "Helen Wood given formal warning by Big Brother after vicious rant at Mathew: "You're a backstabbing b****rd"". Closer. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Nikki Grahame and Helen Wood will enter the Timebomb Bunker tonight!". Channel5. Retrieved 13 October 2017.