Marcus has declared his all-time favourite housemate (Picture: Rex/PA)

If anyone knows Big Brother inside and out, it’s voiceover icon Marcus Bentley. 

Commentating the show since it first started in 2000, the Geordie star has seen it all throughout the years – the tears, the wins and the tantrums the entire way. 

So we put it to Marcus to name the all-time greatest housemate, as E4 continues its trip down memory lane with Big Brother: Best Shows Ever. 

Speaking exclusively to, he told us: ‘It’s Nikki Grahame – she was such a diva, such a sort of, “Oh my God, who is this person?” Literally. “Oh, she’s tantruming, what a diva”.

‘What funny little character, but of course you had this soft sort of vulnerable side and I just fell in love with her, because of all those things. 

‘She completely irritated the life of me, at the same time! She touched every emotion in me.’ 

Nikki’s strops – including the Who Is She? rant – became iconic (Picture: Rex)

Nikki appeared in the seventh series of the show back in 2006, where her near-daily diary room tantrums became stuff of legend, including her “Who is she?!” rant. 

Despite her sometimes bratty behaviour, she charmed audiences and became so loved she won a National Television Award for her antics. 

Nikki ended up returning for Ultimate Big Brother in 2010, and was a ‘time warp’ housemate in 2015. 

She also appeared in Big Brother Canada 2016. 

Nikki was known for her tantrums and developed a romance with Pete (Picture: Rex)

But Marcus says her loud persona was only half of what won him over – with her more vulnerable moments some of the most stand-out parts of the series’ entire run. 

‘She was in [Ultimate Big Brother] and there was a moment in there when she was discussing that she suffered from anorexia, very well publicized,’ he said. 

Marcus has remained with the show since the start (Picture: Rex)

‘She had a moment with Vanessa Feltz there in the house towards the end, where she was talking about her life and, honest to God, talking about it now I feel a lump in my throat.’ 

‘She was so vulnerable and what she’d been through and all of these sort of diva-ish, sort of, you know, childish tantrums and cutting wit,’ Marcus continued. 

‘You know, and fun, but she had this vulnerable side – and I think for me, she just pressed every single button for me. 

‘If push comes to shove, Nikki Grahame is my all-time favourite.’

Big Brother: Best Shows Ever airs weeknights from 9pm on E4.

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