'Big Brother' 8 winner Brian Belo will appear on screen in his favourite soap 'Hollyoaks' later this month, it was announced today.

The 20-year-old Essex boy was offered a part as an extra after speaking of his love for the Chester-based show during his stay in the Channel 4 house.

Brian said his highlights included meeting Jennifer Metcalfe, who plays Mercedes McQueen, and pulling a pint in The Dog pub.

He said: "When I landed the role on Hollyoaks I was so excited I couldn't sleep. The day ranked as one of the top three days of my life. Number one was winning BB and number two was going out with BB's Amanda, of course.

"Jennifer was really lovely, just as I'd dreamed. When she said I could sit on her bed in the McQueens' house, I was like, game on!"

He added: "I nearly fainted when I went into The Dog."

'Hollyoaks' producer Bryan Kirkwood said: "It was obvious throughout the whole of the last series of 'Big Brother' that he was a big ‘Hollyoaks’ fan and therefore we thought it only fitting to give the nation's favourite reality TV star a role in our show."

Brian's starring role will be screened on Channel 4 on November 20 at 6.30pm.