Transgender man Luke Anderson has won the public vote to be named the winner of Big Brother UK 2012.
The 31-year-old chef from Wales has become the 13th winner of the reality TV show, joining the likes of Cameron Stout, Kate Lawler and current Big Brother host Brian Dowling.
After leaving the house last night (13 August), Anderson told host Brian Dowling: ‘I don't think it's sunk in yet. A big part of it was about acceptance. All my life I've been an outsider. Thank you so much.’
After beginning gender reassignment four years ago, the South African revealed to fellow housemates on day two of the contest that, in his own words, he had been born a woman, named Laura.
He said: ‘I was born female and have had gender reassignment.
‘I’m a biological woman. I have had chest surgery but not the other one yet.
‘I left it as long as possible because I didn’t want to upset my parents. But in my brain I am a man.’
Anderson has become the second transgender winner of the show after trans woman Nadia Almada charmed the nation in 2004 to win the show.