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FROM DIARY ROOM TO CLASSROOM; BB winner becomes teacher: EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: MIKE MERRITT

BIG Brother winner Cameron Stout has snubbed the reality TV circuit to start a new life as a teacher in his native Orkney.

The popular islander, who won series four of the Channel 4 show in 2003, has turned down the chance to appear on Come Dine With Me.

Instead he'll be taking charge of a primary six class at Stromness Primary School from August.

The 39-year-old star, whose mum Doris is a retired teacher, said: "It will be a new challenge and I'm looking forward to it.

"I still watch Big Brother and really enjoy it - especially knowing what it is like being a housemate. It brought me in a lot of work - even now I still get offers.

"The other day I was asked to appear on Come Dine With Me but it was not feasible with me living here and the others having to travel to my home to dine.

"It is a pity because it could have showcased some of Orkney's wonderful produce.

"But I'm really looking forward to teaching. It is something I really want to do."

Before Big Brother, Cameron worked as a fish trader for an American company in Orkney. He has just completed his teacher training and will work as a probationer at Stromness.

Since BB, Cameron has copresented the BBC Scotland series Teen Commandments with Edith Bowman, appeared in pantomime in Aberdeen and Glasgow and is involved with various charitable events.

He was also featured in a special Big Brother exhibition at Stromness Museum.

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Date:Jun 27, 2010
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