Steve Devlin, from Belfast, was a contestant on series 9 of the UK version of the show on 18 January, 2001. He walked away with £500,000. He had previously won a place in Fastest Finger First, but had a serious panic attack which forced him to go home again.


Fastest Finger First

Fastest Finger First Question
Starting with the earliest, put these authors in the order they were first published.
• A: Daniel Defoe • B: Walter Scott
• C: Salman Rushdie • D: Ernest Hemingway
From the 9 remaining contestants, 3 got it right, but Steve (with a time of 6.04 seconds) was the fastest to correctly answer A-B-D-C, making it into the Hot Seat.

Steve's Run to the Million

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is the name of a famous American TV presenter and comedienne?
• A: Emerald Cement • B: Diamond Gum
• C: Ruby Wax • D: Sapphire Glue
£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What are muslin and chenille?
• A: Santa's reindeer • B: Computer viruses
• C: Fabrics • D: 1980s folk duo
£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Soho is a famous area of which English city?
• A: London • B: Manchester
• C: Birmingham • D: Newcastle
£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What kind of drink is 'scrumpy'?
• A: Ale • B: Wine
• C: Brandy • D: Cider
£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the modern term for a type of energetic, rough-and-ready rock music?
• A: Garage • B: Shed
• C: Greenhouse • D: Conservatory
£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
What shape is each cell of a honeycomb?
• A: Triangular • B: Rectangular
• C: Pentagonal • D: Hexagonal
£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the name of the official report of the proceedings of the Houses of Parliament?
• A: Handel • B: Hansard
• C: Hanson • D: Handfast
£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What nationality is the former tennis champion Bjørn Borg?
'Ask The Audience' lifeline used
• A: Finnish • B: Danish
• C: Swedish • D: Norwegian
Ask the Audience Results: A: 1% • B: 2% • C: 90% • D: 7%
£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these words can mean fate or destiny?
• A: Kitsch • B: Kibbutz
• C: Kismet • D: Kimono
£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
Salop was the name of which county between 1974 and 1980?
• A: Surrey • B: Suffolk
• C: Somerset • D: Shropshire
£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
What was the original name of Mickey Mouse?
• A: Marlon • B: Marvin
• C: Mortimer • D: Montague
£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the substance that causes the irritation of a sting by a nettle or an ant?
• A: Formic acid • B: Oxalic acid
• C: Ascorbic acid • D: Folic acid
£250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
Which Charles Dickens novel features the sisters Charity and Mercy Pecksniff?
'Phone-A-Friend' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: Bleak House • B: Martin Chuzzlewit
• C: David Copperfield • D: Hard Times
Steve did not know, so he decided to call his friend Jim, who failed to answer within the alloted time. Therefore, he decided to use his 50:50, eliminating A and D. After pondering for a while, he decided to go with Martin Chuzzlewit and won £250,000. .
£500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
Which famous aircraft was designed by Reginald Mitchell?
• A: Camel • B: Lancaster
• C: Comet • D: Spitfire
As by the time Chris and Steve sat back down on the Hot Seats, The Klaxon called the time and everybody went in shocked, including Chris Tarrant and Steve Devlin themselves.
£1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1912, former US President Theodore Roosevelt was a candidate for which political party?
• A: Bull Moose • B: Bull Dog
• C: Bull Elephant • D: Bull Frog
Steve thought it was Bull Moose, and was pretty sure about it. However, knowing he would lose £468,000 if he was wrong, he decided to walk away with £500,000. The correct answer was indeed A: Bull Moose.


  • Steve Devlin is the first contestant to have to wait until the next episode, due to the klaxon sounding, to see his £1,000,000 question. Ingram Wilcox is the next and last contestant to have the same consequence in 2006. However, the UK channel Challenge edited out the klaxon for the Classic Millionaire repeats.
  • If he had said to Chris, 'Final Answer, Bull Moose', he would've become the second £1,000,000 winner.


Preceded by
Jill Howard
UK Contestant (Series 9)
Steve Devlin
Succeeded by
Debbie Allen