Kate Louise Lawler (born 7 May 1980
in Beckenham, London) was the first female winner of Big Brother UK,
winning the 2002 third British season of Big Brother. Since leaving Big
Brother, she has worked as a television presenter and personality, a model
and as a disc jockey.
In September 2002, Lawler became a DJ on Capital FM, a position she held
until December 2003. She co-presented the Channel 4 breakfast TV show
RI:SE from February 2003 until it was axed in December of that year. In
2005, she was one of the competitors in the ITV show Celebrity Wrestling,
competing under the name The Brawler. She helped her team, the Warriors,
win the team championship, but was eliminated in the semi-finals of the
individual competition by fellow model Leilani Dowding.
Lawler has modelled clothing for Arsenal FC, of whom she is an avid
Lawler wrote a twice-weekly Big Brother 7 column for The Sun online for
the duration of the series. Early in the series she spoke about her
opinion and feelings towards BB7, branding the housemates "weird" and
Although she previously denied rumours that Lawler would participate, on
14 August 2006, Lawler entered Love Island 2 as a new arrival. Fellow
contestant Sophie Anderton was not impressed as she had had it written
into her contract for the show that Lawler, along with three other unnamed
celebrities, would not also appear. Sophie had been rude to Kate at a
party in London, to which Kate retaliated; this had caused Sophie's
animosity towards Kate. However once on Love Island Sophie and Kate made
up, and became friendly. Kate came third top female in the final of Love
In 2006, Lawler appeared on Brainiac: Science Abuse, receiving an electric
shock in an electric chair. She was a presenter on Playdate, a late-night
dating programme on ITV2.
Lawler currently works as a club disc jockey in Europe and Japan, and is
monthly resident at Manchester club Sankeys, and an occasional columnist
for the UK-based celebrity gossip magazines OK! and New.
Lawler has also appeared in various men's magazines, including Loaded,
Front, Nuts and Zoo. On 24 July 2006 Ann Summers announced that Lawler
would be the company's new model in its lingerie advertisements.
In 2007 Lawler appeared on the BBC comedy Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive.
On 1 October 2007 Lawler joined Kerrang! Radio, co-presenting the
breakfast show, The Morning After alongside Tim Shaw from 7:00-10:00 am.
When Shaw was suspended from the station on 23 April 2008, Lawler
temporarily helmed the breakfast show on her own until Shaw's dismissal
was confirmed. At this point, on 12 May 2008, she moved to Drive!,
Kerrang's 4:00pm-7:00pm show, which she presented on her own until OJ Borg
joined the show as her co-presenter on 27 October 2008. After the
departure of Borg in October 2009 she became a solo presenter once again.
On 26 January 2008 Lawler returned to Big Brother as a hijacker for a day
in the new show Big Brother Celebrity Hijack. She ran the Flora London
Marathon on 13 April 2008 wearing only Ann Summers lingerie, raising funds
for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
She appeared on the BBC gameshow Hole in the Wall in the autumn of 2009
and won the £10,000 which she donated to Cystic Fibrosis.
On 26 January 2007 Lawler was banned from driving for six months after
being caught speeding at 92mph in a 60 zone in Ugley, Essex. She received
a £1,100 fine and three points, pushing her over the 12-point limit
resulting in the ban.