Cookie wedding for TV’s Kat with pantomime cast

PUBLISHED: 10:12 26 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:22 25 August 2010

DRAG: A Thai drag queen helps provide the entertainment.

DRAG: A Thai drag queen helps provide the entertainment.

A FOUL-MOUTHED drag queen, a pantomine cast and cookies were all present at the wedding of one of Big Brother s most eccentric contestants.

THE CAST: The happy couple with their Big Brother guests.

A FOUL-MOUTHED drag queen, a pantomine cast and cookies were all present at the wedding of one of Big Brother's most eccentric contestants.

Kathreya Kasisopa, dubbed the 'Cookie Monster' in last year's Big Brother married her partner of four years - William Smith, at Bexley register office, in The Green, Sidcup, followed by an unusual reception.

The couple, who live in Welling, previously had a Buddhist ceremony in March, in Thailand, where the bride was born, but decided to also take the plunge in England last Saturday.

Present at the ceremony and reception at the La Thai Restaurant in Broadway, Bexleyheath, were fellow Big Brother contestants Mohamed Mohamed and Rex Newmark, who have remained good friends.

Mr Newmark, who has a cameo part in a British gangster film, due out next year, said: "I don't think I have ever laughed that much at a wedding. It was almost like a show."

Mr Mohamed's ambition is to be a presenter and he has already had stints on black oriented family channel Ben television whilst still working part-time as a toy demonstrator at Hamleys in Regent Street.

On the wedding, he added: "She was full of energy. Whatever she does, there was going to be laughter."

Of the other contestants on their show, they say they mostly stay in touch with Darnell Swallow.

Outside a devoted fan Claire Harris, 21, from Welling, waited at a bus stop for two hours to get a picture of the BB stars

It was her 21st birthday and she was on the bus when she spotted the famous faces in the restaurant. She got off, bought a disposable camera and waited for them to come out.

Excitedly, she said: "I was in the finals in Big Brother finals in 2008. I used to watch it after I finished work. I was waiting for them to come out. I didn't want to interrupt. That would be rude."

Inside, the cast of the West End 'adults-only' pantomime Sinderfella, in which Ms Kasisopa plays the Fairy Gone Wong, helped provide the entertainment.

This included Simon Gross, from Beckenham, who plays Ugly Sister Jordan and drag queen Bette Rinse, whom in between tirades littered with the f-word, joined everyone in a sing song of Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline.

The groom, who works in the City as a computer programmer told the Times: "Kat has been coming home singing at 1am and I have to get up at 7am to go to work! It is not the best time to be singing but we get through it.

"She doesn't drink but because she is coming home so late and excited I have been giving her half a glass of Baileys to calm her down. I watched her on Big Brother every day which was fun for the first month but after that it was just tiring and I was waiting for it to finish. I didn't want to be watching it every night.

"Sometimes I would watch it and she would be upset and it was difficult because I couldn't talk to her."

On her wedding, the bride said: "It was funny. I laughed all the time. Too many cookies and curries meant I couldn't put the ring on his finger."

The restaurant was reduced to laughter when the celebration ended with her singing a number from her pantomime debut.

She said: "The first singing lesson in my life was on Monday. I will try my hardest but it is not easy with my pronunciation."

Rehearsals for the panto are taking place at the Goals Indoor Soccer Centre, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, this month. And the cast will promote the show at the Star and Garter pub in Bromley High Street tomorrow, November 27, from 10pm.

Sinderfella opens at the Leicester Square Theatre's basement theatre from Thursday December 4 to Wednesday December 30. For tickets call the box office on 0844 847 24 75 or visit

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