Aspiring Shortlands chat show host set to star in new reality TV series

PUBLISHED: 09:26 13 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:38 14 January 2014

L-R - Mark, CeeCee, Mario, Rubie, Tommy and Nina C form the ALMOST cast.

L-R - Mark, CeeCee, Mario, Rubie, Tommy and Nina C form the ALMOST cast.


Since Big Brother first hit our screens in 2000 there has been a dearth of successful talent from any of the reality television shows to have followed.

ALMOST, set to be aired in April, is trying to change that perception.

The six contestants – a male model, a fashion designer, a stunt girl, an actor, a songwriter and a chat show host – will all compete to forge a career whilst on the programme.

Nina Cranstoun – or Nina C as she is better known – is a former boxing promoter from Shortlands.

Nina has had to vie for the spotlight with her two brothers Tyber Cranstoun and Si Cranstoun, who form Bromley Ska band The Dualers, for much of her life.

“My aim is to become a TV chat show host,” said the 35-year-old. “Broadcasters need women who can hold their own and I am the one to do it.

“I just think there isn’t a female chat show host who can hold their own – a really confident woman. There is a niche in the market.”

Film stars Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman would form part of Nina’s dream line-up on her show.

Nina has not only had to battle with her siblings for the spotlight though.

Since the former Holy Trinity College pupil was 14 she has had to cope with grand mal epilepsy.

The seizures feature a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions.

She said: “When I was 14 I had my first seizure and my brother Tyber thought I was going to die.

Nina admitted her epilepsy, which is brought on by tiredness, initially “shocked” her mother Jackie.

“We had a lovely picket fence family when I was growing up,” said Nina. “My mum took me all over the world to try and find a cure – but, of course, you can’t find one.”

Nina is no longer affected by seizures which are under control, thanks to her working regime.

The phlegmatic individual is grateful for ALMOST’s producers for the way they run filming around her condition, not allowing it to affect her performance.

Her ‘bio’ on the show’s website reads: “So get yourself in gear for Britain’s quirkiest chat show host and follow my journey as I become the Queen who reigns supreme on ALMOST.”

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