Millions see Barnet Ben go bob diving on ITV1

By Dave Speck in Local People

MILLIONS of viewers tuned in to see 31-year-old Ben Phillips from Barnet go on his dream date on ITV1’s Take Me Out last night.

Ben, who is a stage hypnotist and magician, of Claremont Way, near Brent Cross, went to the Isle of Fernando with the gorgeous Lotte, 25, who is from Stoke Newington.

Viewers watched the couple go bob diving on underwater scooters, which are like described as being “like something out of a James Bond film.”

Ben said he and Lotte were flown to the Isle of Fernando the very next morning after the show was filmed last November. But they are sworn to secrecy over its location.

They spent two days on Fernando filming their date as well as interviews for the ITV2 sister show Take me Out The Gossip. They stayed at the luxury villa Casa Fernando with three other couples who all landed dates on last week’s show.

Ben said: “It was fantastic! I loved every minute of it and got on really well with my date!

“The other guys were absolutely brilliant and we all got on really well. Sometimes dates can fancy someone else in the villa who they aren’t supposed to be with. I know that’s happened before.”

Although Ben and Lotte have not seen each other since filming, Ben said it’s because they’ve both been really busy. He added: “We’ll see each other again at some point. We’ve just been working really hard on different things.”

For Ben, those things include appearing on Channel Four’s Countdown on an episode due to be aired on/from February 22. He is also putting together a show for The Edinburgh Festival this summer called Strictly Come Trancing.

With the stage name Ben Dali, Ben also does kids’ birthday parties, stand-up comedy and DJ-ing and is available for bookings. Visit

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