A mum who watched her daughter win an award at the age of just 11, has dubbed it ‘the happiest day of my life’.
Nikki Grahame, the mum of late singer Amy Winehouse, has dubbed her daughter’s NTA win “the happiest day of my life”. The star won Best Newcomer at the ceremony last night.
Nikki’s mother believes Big Brother was instrumental in’saving her life.’ (Photo courtesy of MJ Kim/Getty Images)
Nikki Grahame’s mother has spoken out about the late Big Brother star’s National Television Award triumph, calling it the ‘happiest day of her life.’
Nikki died in April of last year at the age of 38, having spent the most of her life battling anorexia.
She rose to prominence in 2006 after being on the seventh season of Big Brother, when she placed fifth and became one of the most recognizable housemates to ever appear on the Channel 4 reality program.
Nikki Grahame: Who Is She? is a documentary that will run on the channel tonight, and it will investigate Nikki’s biography from her early beginnings through her profession after stepping into the limelight.
Sue Grahame, Nikki’s mother, recalls when she won the NTA for most popular TV competitor, beating off Pete Bennett for Big Brother, Chantelle Houghton for Celebrity Big Brother, Carol Thatcher for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, and Richard Fleeshman for Soapstar Superstar.
Nikki was seen in a footage from the awards event sitting behind Davina McCall and Pete in the crowd, reacting in disbelief when her name was called out.
Nikki was overjoyed when she earned the medal (photo courtesy of MJ Kim/Getty Images). )
‘Oh my gosh, is this some kind of joke?’ I’m completely ecstatic. In her acceptance speech, she exclaimed, “I can’t believe it, I’m shaking.”
‘I appreciate everyone who voted for me. Since all you’ve given me, I’ve had the time of my life, and I just want to thank everyone, especially my mother. All of you, God. Thank you a lot! I was completely unprepared for this.’
‘It was the best day of her life,’ says the narrator. After video from the night showed Nikki being photographed with her trophy, I said, “I’ve never seen her more proud and joyful as I did that night.”
Nikki’s mother talked about her daughter’s life in the documentary (Photo: Duncan Stingemore/Angeleye Media).
Sue said in the documentary that looking through Nikki’s items in her apartment had been difficult for her.
She brought out the green gown her daughter wore to the NTAs from the closet, hailing it as ‘amazing’ before pointing out that it was a ‘tad soiled.’
She added, ‘It wouldn’t be Nikki’s dress if it didn’t have stains on it.’
Nikki is regarded as one of Big Brother’s most recognizable participants (Rex/Shutterstock).
Sue claimed she sleeps on the side of the bed closest to the wardrobe when she visits Nikki’s apartment, snuggling her Pingu toy, which the late reality star was holding when she died.
‘Now I hold him every night because it brings me closer to Nikki,’ she said.
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She also puts Nikki’s NTAs dress on the front door of the wardrobe so she may have a ‘last look’ at it before going to bed.
‘There it is when I wake up.’ ‘It means a lot to me,’ she continued.
Who Is Nikki Grahame and What Does She Do? Tonight on Channel 4 at 9 p.m.
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In the UK, Nikki Grahame was crowned National Television Awards queen on Wednesday night. The mum of late star Stephen Gately died in 2009 but her daughter Molly got to see her mother’s win as a birthday gift. Reference: how did nikki grahame die.
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