Aisleyne Horgan Wallace
Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace (born 28 December 1978 in London, England) is a British glamour model, fashion designer, magazine columnist and television and media personality. She rose to fame in 2006, when she appeared, and ultimately achieved third place, in the seventh series of the popular reality TV series Big Brother.
Horgan-Wallace’s mother is Sophia Horgan, a fashion designer, and her father is Steve Wallace, a car dealer. They separated when Aisleyne was three years old. She was raised by her mother in North London and moved schools several times due to clashes with fellow pupils. At the age of 16, Horgan-Wallace stopped living with her mother and stayed with friends before moving to a women’s hostel. She was reunited with her father at the age of 18 after he managed to track her down.
It has been reported that Horgan-Wallace won a Prince’s Trust grant to take a beauty therapy course at college, and that she had jobs in shoe shops and as a promotions girl. Her official biography states that she studied at the London College of Fashion, and that she took part-time promotional jobs to help fund her education.
Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace rose to become notable in the United Kingdom when she was selected as a contestant in the seventh series of the Channel 4 TV series, Big Brother, in 2006. She entered the Big Brother house on Day 12, and became known for her clashes with fellow contestants Nikki Grahame and Grace Adams-Short, and for being voted into “the house next door” by the public — a secret house, where she was forced to choose who, out of five new contestants, would become new housemates. n Horgan-Wallace reached the final on day 93; she came third with 22% of the public vote. She was the highest placed female housemate of the series. It was reported that Horgan-Wallace’s popularity shocked the show’s producers, with tabloid sources suggesting that they had attempted to “engineer” the series’ finalists, and did not expect the swing in public support for Aisleyne.
In August 2010, she turned down an offer to appear in Ultimate Big Brother in order to shoot her scenes as ‘Maria’ in the British urban comedy movie, Anuvahood instead.
She was photographed with former World heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in May 2008, amid reports of them visiting a London nightclub. Aisleyne had previously described Tyson, whom she first met at a restaurant opening in November 2005, as a “pussycat” and a “gentleman”. In January 2009 it was reported that Tyson had proposed to her and she was considering her response. She became friends with Charlie Brooker after appearing in his television series Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe, and the two attended the 2007 Glastonbury Festival together, as documented by Brooker in his Guardian column. Aisleyne subsequently appeared in Brooker’s zombie horror Dead Set. Reports in April, June and July 2008 revealed Horgan-Wallace to be a friend of the singer Amy Winehouse. She was photographed visiting Winehouse’s Camden flat on a couple of occasions and more recently she was spotted out in Bow with Winehouse and three of her friends.