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Getting Ziggy with it

by: Ben Simons - Last updated: 2007-06-06

Zachary Lichman

Zachary Lichman

Channel 4 reality show Big Brother is currently paying host to only the second Jewish housemate in the history of the series.

Ziggy, aka Zachary Lichman, is a male model and former member of defunct boy band Northern Line – and currently he is the only man in the Big Brother house. But what else have we found out about the 26-year-old since he made his BB debut? Here's what we know...

He revealed his Jewish roots to his fellow housemates during a conversation about religion. Housemate Laura promptly challenged him, saying "You're not very Jewish!" but Ziggy pointed out, "It's not something I'd lie about really. I don't get any extra points or lose any points."

In the real world, he lives in Totteridge, North London, with his mum and dad.

He is not particularly religious. "My parents are pretty unorthodox," he told the others when they asked if he had to marry a Jewish girl, "so no, I don't."I practise the days I'm meant to practise which is about three days a year. I just do the days I have to do and that's that. But I'm proud to be Jewish," he said.

His biggest hit with Northern Line was Love On The Northern Line, which reached number 15 in the charts in 2000. Due to popular demand (since his arrival on Big Brother), TV music channels The Box and The Hits have added Love On The Northern Line to their playlists. Viewers can select the video by calling the channels and selecting track number 666.

When fellow housemate Chanelle asked him the name of the festival when Jews light candles, he said, "That's the Mezuzah. Oh, no, that's the one you put up on your wall, isn't it....?"