From Big Brother to molecular biology as reality star Marc O'Neill graduates with honours
Published 29/10/2015 | 07:42
He's more famous for his turns on trashy television, but Marc O'Neill has proven there's more to him than meets the eye.
The 29-year-old just graduated with a first class honours degree from NUI Maynooth with a degree in organic chemistry and molecular biology.
O'Neill shot to fame on TV3's Tallafornia in 2013 where he famously streaked and was regularly in a state of undress, but his star rose in the UK when he appeared in Big Brother earlier this year.
His antics earned him notoriety among viewers and made him a fan favourite. The former stripper previously hinted at a return to his side career after being evicted from the Big Brother house, but instead has kept a rather low profile.
Over the summer, he revealed he will be moving to the US in December to "start a new life", where he has no interest in being a "Z list celebrity."
"I think I'm done," he told OK Magazine.
"I literally finished my last exam the day before Big Brother. Now, I have my grad visa, I'm going to America on December 28 and I'm a starting a new life outside of Europe where nobody will know who I am.
"I did Big Brother to have fun. If you want to be a Z-lister, but I have no interest in that."