Multimedia personality, Arisa Cox, will host the upcoming Canadian reality television show, Big Brother Canada, which premieres later this month.
The 2002 Harry Jerome Award winner and E! News Weekend co-host will introduce viewers to the first batch of Canadian house guests, eavesdrop on the house and navigate the house guests through surprise twists and unexpected turns.
“I am ecstatic to be on board to host Big Brother Canada,” said Cox, who has earned credits as both host and producer of ET Canada, The A-List, Road to Rockstar and The Gill Deacon Show.
“As a huge fan of reality television and someone who has experienced living in a house full of cameras capturing my every move, I am looking forward to meeting our Canadian house guests to see how they play without getting played.”
Shaw Media Senior Vice-President of Content, Barbara Williams, said they are thrilled to have Cox on the show.
“As host, she has the unique experience of playing the role of amateur psychologist, puppet master and confidante to the house guests and with her magnetic personality and extensive background, she’s the perfect fit.”
The show’s executive producer, John Burton, said Cox, who appeared in the first season of the Canadian reality TV series, The Lofters, knows first-hand what the group of house guests will be going through.
“Her experience and insight into this unique situation will allow her to get into the minds of the house guests and ask the questions that the viewers want to hear,” said Burton. “She will be the perfect bridge between the house guests and the viewing audience at home. We are thrilled to have Arisa take the reins of Big Brother Canada. The show could not be in better hands.”
Born with a dislocated hip that was repaired, Cox graduated from Earl Haig Secondary School and the Claude Watson School for the Arts where her classmates included actress/singer/songwriter/screenwriter Sarah Polley and Scott Speedman, who is best known for playing Ben Covington in the drama TV series, Felicity.
Cox, who dabbles in painting, photography and screenwriting, graduated from Carleton University’s journalism program. She won the 2004 Canadian Media Idol competition and donated her $5,000 prize to the Harry Jerome Scholarship Fund.
The daughter of Trinidadian-born parents Keith Cox – he’s an art dealer who lived in Kenya for nearly 18 years – and Judy Meikle, who is the executive director of York University’s Co-operative Daycare Centre, Cox spent her first seven years in the Jane-Finch community.
Big Brother Canada premieres on Thursday, February 27 and will air every week on Wednesday and Sunday at 9 p.m. and on Thursday at 10 p.m.