Marcus Bentley "emotional" and "overwhelmed" over Big Brother comeback

Marcus Bentley

Big Brother's big voice Marcus Bentley has revealed his feeling "emotional" and "overwhelmed" about the comeback of the show on Channel 5 next month. The voice over, who has narrated the show since the first series, quit Channel 4 to follow the reality hit to the new channel.

And in his first interview with the Daily Star Sunday today, Marcus confessed: “I’m overwhelmed to think it’s coming back.

"When I heard they wanted me to do it I was quite emotional. It’s been my life for over a decade and I was worried they’d go for a completely new look and get someone else in. When I was offered it I didn’t give it a second thought – I said yes straightaway.”


The Geordie star, who went inside the house during a last year's 'Ignore the obvious' task, says he hopes show bosses invite him to enter again to stir up this year's bunch of housemates.

“Going in last year was just fantastic – I think it was a brilliant moment in the show’s history," he said. "I was terrified of doing it but it was a big success and I’m so glad I did it.

"I absolutely want to do it again this year, it would be great. You couldn’t do it every week but for the right task it’ll make for very funny viewing!”

But while Marcus has what some may call a dream job - getting paid to talk about Big Brother - it has its downsides, as he tells the tabloid: “I had to get the wife to pay the gas bill on the phone because if I do it the staff just end up giggling and get me to repeat everything.

“Someone got hold of my mobile number once and they kept ringing to hear my answer phone. And people ask me every day if I can record messages for them.

“I used to be an actor but I never thought I’d become famous for my voice. I’m grateful to Big Brother that I’m famous for something.”

Marcus originally got the job for the first series back in 2000 because the producers loved the way he pronounced the word chickens. Since then his voice has boomed across millions of telly sets across the country for a decade every summer.

The new series of the show starts next month on Channel 5.

“I always thought it would come back. There’s nothing like it on TV – all the other reality shows are pale imitations," Marcus added.

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