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Celebrity birthdays: 5 things you didn’t know about Rylan Clark

Eleanor Cains
25 October 2013
Celebrity birthdays: 5 things you didn’t know about Rylan Clark
Rylan Clark is right at home on the 'Big Brother' diary room chair. Copyright [Rylan Clark Twitter]

From making the headlines on 'The X Factor' to winning 'Celebrity Big Brother' and becoming the presenter of 'Big Brother's Bit on the Side', Rylan Clark has had a pretty uh-may-zing couple of years. Find out where it all began and where it's going on Rylan's 25th birthday today.

1. Just call him Ron

Before Rylan shot to fame on 'X Factor' he paid his dues with a few roles on the big screen.

As well as being an extra in 'Love Actually', Rylan had an important part to play on 'Harry Potter'; Rupert Grint's body double. Well, before going blonde and then dark, he did used to be ginger, after all.

2. Rylan's glasses past and present

Back in the day when Rylan was making ends meet before earning a living presenting TV shows and being a famous type, he worked at Optical Express in Lakeside Shopping Centre.

It's a sign of how far he's come that this year the glasses wearer starred in a spoof Specsavers ad with Alan Carr for Channel 4's Comedy Gala, and attended the Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards.

3. Rylan Clark, property developer

There are only so many fabulous outfits and shiny teeth you can buy, so it's no surprise Rylan has his sights set on bigger fish when it comes to investing his money.

He told Essex Style Magazine he's "putting a bit away" and wants to set up a property development company with his brother, who is a builder. Sounds like a shrewd move, Ry.

4. Rylan's 'Big Brother' experience was six years in the making

Winning 'CBB' in January 2013 was extra special for Rylan, since his 'BB' dream began back in 2007.

At a press conference after winning the show, Rylan revealed he worked hard to nab a place in the normal 2007 series, but it got leaked to the press the day he was due to go in, which was "devastating".

5. You can trust Rylan with your rings

Rylan made lasting friendships during his time in 'CBB', so much so that he performed a very special role at Neil 'Razor' Ruddock's wedding last month.

Rylan was the ring bearer at Razor's special day, which included a reunion of 'CBB' housemates Tricia Penrose, Claire Richards and Gillian Taylforth. He also kept hold of the couple's marriage certificate when they jetted off on honeymoon. I shall rename him Responsible Rylan.

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