BENEDICT Garrett burst onto our TV screens with the launch of this year’s Big Brother series on Channel Five. He lasted three weeks before being evicted, and emerged from the house amid a cacophony of cheers and boos from the watching crowd.
“I didn’t know how long I would last,” the 32-year-old admits. “Don’t get me wrong, I could have done with £100,000 but I wasn’t in it to win it.
“I would have liked to stay a bit longer but I was also glad that Lauren, who I was up against, got to stay because she has learned more from it than I have.”
Benedict described being on the show as ‘a lot of sitting round waiting’, which often provides the motivation for a lot of the antics and vicious gossiping you see on screen.
He says he was approached by the show’s producers and asked to be on the show.
He is no stranger to being in the spotlight, although not always for reasons he might chose. Two years ago, he was suspended from a school in Ilford after pupils found out he had been in a porn film.
Benedict was teaching personal, health and sexual education and revelations about his ‘night job’ caused a media storm.
“The only one good thing to come out of it is it did create a forum for debate,” he says. “Even the school I was at later held debates about the porn industry and perceptions of it.
“People had all sorts of opinions about it. I got lots of letters from people who supported me but equally some people were shocked. They wanted to know how the school could have employed me, but obviously the school didn’t know.
“The main thing I am sad about is that I didn’t get to say goodbye to my students and my form. But in a way it has been the most liberating thing that has happened to me.”
Last year, Benedict was reprimanded by the General Teaching Council but told he could continue teaching, although he said he had no plans to return to the classroom.
He has been a member of strip show The Dreamboys for about two years.
They tour the country pulling in crowds with shows that are described as being similar to pop concerts – the kind that involve men taking their clothes off, that is.
But there are also dance routines, musical theatre, and even some comedy in the lively performances, Benedict says.
The group has earned a degree of celebrity status, with appearances on TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Pineapple Dance Studios, Loose Women, This Morning and The Only Way is Essex.
“Most women come along for a giggle and a laugh,” Benedict says.
“Seeing male strippers is very different from seeing women strippers. The audience are there to have a bit of fun.
“Plenty of times women say they are being treated like a piece of meat, so why not let us men do it instead?”
■ The Dreamboys are at the Beck Theatre on Friday, August 3. Tickets for the strictly over-18s show cost £23.50. Book online at www.becktheatre.org.uk or call 020 8561 8371.