Nicola McLean

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Nicola McLean
Nicola June McLean

(1981-09-18) 18 September 1981 (age 37)
  • Glamour model
  • television personality
  • media personality
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
TelevisionI'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (2008)
Celebrity Big Brother (2012 & 2017)
Spouse(s)Tom Williams (m. 2009–present)

Nicola June McLean (born 18 September 1981)[1][2] is an English glamour model, television, and media personality. She was a contestant in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2008, and Celebrity Big Brother in 2012 and again in 2017, which was an All-Star vs. New Star season. McLean returned as an All-Star and left the house on the final night in fifth place, beating her original season's position of seventh place.


McLean's parents are Scottish: her father is from Keith and her mother is from Port Glasgow.[3] Before becoming a model, McLean was an Army cadet.[4] She modelled for Page Three of The Sun between September 1999 and July 2004,[5] and the Daily Star from 2000 until 2006. One of the UK's most successful glamour models, she appeared on Page 3 in The Sun and Daily Star almost every week for around five years - notching up almost 300 appearances in total.[citation needed]

After having her bust increased from 32C to a 32E in 2004, she left The Sun and continued doing Page Three for Daily Star, until she became pregnant in 2006. In November 2007, she underwent her second breast enlargement, which took her up to a 32G.[6] McLean came fourth in The Sun poll for the "Best Page 3 Girl Of All Time" beating Samantha Fox, Jo Hicks, Leilani Dowding and Jordan,[7] whose rivalry with McLean has been widely publicised.[8]

In addition to Page Three, she also appeared on the cover of lads' mags including Zoo, Nuts, Front, loaded and Ice.


During her time as a glamour model, McLean often featured on tabloid showbiz gossip pages and latterly as a guest on television shows including The Weakest Link (Page 3 special), Richard & Judy, The Big Breakfast, Test The Nation (WAGs Special) and The Sexiest Girls In Britain. [9]

McLean retired from modelling in 2006 after giving birth. She decided to return to modelling, TV work, and acting in early 2008, after being asked to feature as a main star in the Channel Five TV documentary Help! I've Got a High Maintenance Wife. [10] Since then, she starred in the TV show WAGS' World… With Nicola McLean on Wedding TV and Channel Five's Generation Sex.[9] She returned to glamour modelling assignments in February 2008 with the Daily Star,[11] and she has also appeared on more lads' mags covers. [12] McLean was a contestant in the November 2008 edition of ITV reality TV show I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!.[13] She clashed with fellow camp mate David Van Day during the series. McLean become the seventh celebrity to be eliminated and finished in sixth place on Day 18. [14]

On 22 November 2008, McLean was chosen by Ultimo to model their range of D-G cup bras.[15]

On 5 January 2012, McLean became a housemate on Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother. She clashed with cast member Denise Welch in a now infamous row dubbed Pantsgate by the press and viewers[16] and controversially shredded her fellow housemates' letters from home in order to gain her own, shouting "Shred Shred Shred!" as she did so.[17] She was nominated on Day 7 of the series,[18] but survived this eviction on Day 9.[19] She was nominated again on Day 14,[20] but survived this eviction on Day 16.[21] McLean was the sixth housemate to be evicted, on Day 21 of the series, finishing in seventh place overall.[22]

After her popular and controversial stint in Celebrity Big Brother, McLean become a regular fixture on the side show Big Brother's Bit on the Side and in one episode dated 18 September 2015, had a significant row with reality television star Farrah Abraham.[23]

McLean entered the Celebrity Big Brother house for the second time in January 2017 as an All Star housemate. In the house she repeatedly clashed with Kim Woodburn and Jedward. She was nominated for eviction on Day 20 of the series,[24] but survived this eviction on Day 22.[25] On Day 25, she was nominated for eviction but survived this eviction once again on Day 27. [26] On Day 29, after surviving the final public vote of the series, McLean become one of the show's finalists. [27] During the final on Day 32, McLean finished in fifth place.[28] She returned for Big Brother 18 as a special guest during a shopping task along with fellow ex-celebrity housemates Marnie Simpson and Gemma Collins. The trio stayed for 3 days before departing during a live show, during which Nicola gave immunity to Raph Korine.[29] McLean has stayed in the Big Brother house for a total of 56 days, one of the longest tenures of any celebrity in the show’s history.

Charity work[edit]

McLean is a supporter of PETA. In May 2009, she was spotted at a protest in London holding a sign that read "Unhappy Birthday Selfridges! Drop Cruel Foie Gras".[30]

Early and personal life[edit]

McLean was born in London to Scottish parents and has one sister.[31] She married footballer Tom Williams on 13 June 2009. The couple have two sons, Rocky and Striker Williams.[7][32]


  1. ^ "This WAG lost her mammary". The Sun. 25 November 2008.
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
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  4. ^ "Nicola McLean Sun Vido". London: The Sun. 5 October 2007. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Nicola McLean - Stat's". Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  6. ^ "Diary of a 'Wannabee WAG'". Daily Mirror. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Nicola McLean - Biography". Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  8. ^ Nicola's Jordan Rant
  9. ^ a b "Nicola McLean". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Nicola McLean". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Nicola McLean is Back!". 22 February 2008. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  12. ^ "Nicola McLean - TV star and Page 3 model". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Navratilova leads jungle line-up". BBC News. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  14. ^ "Page three model Nicola McLean voted off I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!".
  15. ^ "Nicola's sexylol Down Underwear". London: The Sun. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  16. ^ "Celebrity Big Brother house 'went into lockdown' during pantsgate row! - Celebrity Big Brother 2017 - TellyMix". 27 January 2012.
  17. ^ "BB Nicola McLean wins letter from home". 20 January 2012.
  18. ^ (11 January 2012). "Nicola Mclean and Natasha Giggs up for Celebrity Big Brother eviction".
  19. ^ "Natasha Giggs evicted from Celebrity Big Brother - News - Celebrity Big Brother - What's on TV". 13 January 2012.
  20. ^ "Celebrity Big Brother 2012: 8 awaiting their fate". 20 January 2012.
  21. ^, Metro Web Reporter for (20 January 2012). "Kirk Norcross and Natalie Cassidy evicted from Celebrity Big Brother".
  22. ^ Cockerton, Paul (26 January 2012). "Nicola McLean out of the house in first part of double eviction night".
  23. ^ "It kicks off between Farrah Abraham and Nicola McLean on CBB's Bit On The Side - Celebrity Big Brother 2017 - TellyMix". 18 September 2015.
  24. ^ "Nicola McLean facing Celebrity Big Brother eviction on Tuesday as she battles it out against seven housemates". 23 January 2017.
  25. ^ "Stacy Francis is evicted from Celebrity Big Brother".
  26. ^ McGeorge, Alistair (30 January 2017). "Ninth CBB housemate leaves in handcuffs in secret eviction". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  27. ^ Tutton, Charlotte (31 January 2017). "Celebrity Big Brother: Calum Best evicted as finalists CONFIRMED". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  28. ^ "Nicola McLean finishes fifth in Celebrity Big Brother final 2017". 3 February 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  29. ^ "Lotan Carter, Kieran Lee and Raph Korine granted Big Brother eviction immunity by Celeb VIPS as Emma Willis hints NEW housemates will enter next week". 17 June 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  30. ^ "Nicola McLean: PETA Protester". Gossip Girls. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  31. ^ This Morning, 1 February 2012
  32. ^ "Nicola McLean's Wedding Jewels". 21 July 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2012.

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