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Scariest woman in Britain? Not you. Dawn ,C*; BIG BROTHER: City housemate in it for campaign.

Byline: By Tony Collins

WHAT a cutie! But who'd have thought that pretty little Dawn Blake (pictured here as a toddler growing up in Handsworth) would go on to achieve national fame in Big Brother.

As the Birmingham Mail revealed last week, Dawn, now 38 and living in Aston, entered the Big Brother house on Channel 4 claiming to be "the scariest woman in Britain".

But, in reality, she is a dedicated campaigner who graduated last year with a degree in exercise science from Wolverhampton University.

Her friend and fellow campaigner Anita Aheer said Dawn had auditioned for Big Brother as a last resort, in order to promote her pressure group, Alliance for Physical Activity Honesty.

The campaign is for new legislation to protest people from cowboys operating in the health and fitness industry.

Anita, aged 41, from West Bromwich, said: "It's a shame that issues aren't as important as mini celebrity status. She said Big Brother wasn't something she wanted to do, but felt she had to. She also auditioned for Strictly Come Dancing, but didn't get on.

"She's not in it to win it. She's in there to be herself and raise awareness of the campaign."

Anita, who confessed it was difficult keeping Dawn's Big Brother secret, revealed that her friend overcame dyslexia while a pupil at King Edward's Handsworth Girls' School, in Handsworth Wood.

"She told me she was slow in school, but she grafted and kept re-reading things. She also got a lot of support from her parents who gave her extra lessons," she said.

Dawn had to re-take some of her A-levels before going on to university to qualify as a pediatrist.

She got a job as a pediatrist before switching to work for a media voluntary organisation, but she then returned to university to obtain her degree in exercise science at

Wolverhampton.

She won't bare all!

DON'T expect Dawn to be outrageous in the Big Brother house, such as stripping off for the cameras as female contestants have done in previous series'.

Her friend, Anita Aheer, reveals: "Dawn's very comfortable in her own skin, but if she wants to run around naked, she can do it in her own home.

"She also teaches in a local primary school in Birmingham, so she's not going to want children aged five to 11 to see her like that.

"And she's not going to do anything nasty while she's in the house either.

"She doesn't want to manipulate the minds of any youngsters watching and also wants to maintain her integrity and work afterwards, when she comes out."

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STRUGGLE AGAINST DYSLEXIA... Dawn as a toddler and (below left) on graduation from Wolverhampton University with degree in exercise science.
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Date:May 22, 2006
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