Big Brother 2000 (UK) (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Big Brother was the first series of Big Brother in the UK, a reality show shown on Channel 4 in which a number of contestants live in an isolated house trying to avoid being evicted by the public with the aim of winning a large cash prize at the end of the run.
The first series was an unexpected summer hit in 2000. The first series started on 14 July 2000, and ended on 15 September 2000. Its most notorious moment occurred when attempts to influence voting by Nick Bateman (whom the tabloids nicknamed Nasty Nick) were uncovered by other housemates, who confronted him in a house meeting.
The first series was mainly viewed by the daily highlights programme. The only un-edited footage available was a largely inaccessible, poor quality (compared with later series) streaming internet video. As a consequence many of the contestants complained afterwards that the series producers had 'created' characters for them through editing that did not correspond with their true personalities.
Craig Phillips went on to win the £70,000 prize as the last remaining housemate.
Ten housemates entered the House together on the first night and each week, one of them was evicted by the public vote. Due to Nick's ejection from the House in week 5, Claire was introduced into the House to replace him. On the final night, the public voted for the housemate they wanted to win, and Craig Phillips became the winner.
Andrew 'Andy' Davidson was a 23 year old marketing product manager from Hemel Hempstead He had a university education and gained a BA Degree in English and Media Studies at Sussex. He was evicted on Day 22 with 68% of the vote and after working as a Go-Kart mechanic in Australia he currently works as a brand consultant. . He is the brother of Formula 1 racing driver Anthony Davidson. When he was nominated by Darren for eviction, he gave his reason that his brother Anthony was go-karting the following week, and said he would rather like to see him race, instead of staying in the house the week he would be racing.
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Anna Nolan (born 16 October 1970) was a 29 year old office manager from Dublin who came from a large family of five sisters and one brother. Before entering Big Brother Anna worked as an office manager for a skateboarding company, but she has also worked as a banker, basketball coach, novice, domestic in a maternity hospital and a helper in a female prison. She said on Big Brother she was forced to come out as a lesbian to her parents when her grandma caught Anna and her girlfriend Tania kissing in the park.. She came second in the final, and went on to be a TV presenter for the Irish TV channel RTE. She announced in August 2006 that she would not be renewing her contract with RTE and moved on to be a presenter on the BBC programme Inside Out when the BBC North East and Cumbria crew filmed Anomalous Phenomena Investigations of Newcastle upon Tyne conducting a paranormal investigation at Hurworth Grange Community Centre in Hurworth-on-Tees. The show aired on 30 October 2006.
Caroline (AKA 'Caggy') O'Shea ( born 1 April 1963 ) was a 37 year old from Birmingham of various jobs. Caroline was unemployed before entering Big Brother. her previous jobs have included mortgage consultant, telephonist, special constable for West Midlands Police, vocalist in a rave organisation, cleaner in a gay bar, makeovers, and sold sex toys. She was evicted on Day 29 with 62% of the vote.
After Big Brother Caroline returned to her old job of selling sex toys in Birmingham, alongside occasional singing spots in clubs. However she also attempted to launch a pop career, recorded a single, but failed to gain a recording contract. Following this failure, in 2001, she suffered from depression. She was also offered £5,000 for topless modelling for the Sunday Sport. Caroline now runs a makeover portrait studio in London.
Claire Strutton was a 25 year old florist from Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. She entered the House on Day 37 as a replacement for Nick Bateman, who was ejected for cheating. She was then evicted on Day 50 with 79% of the vote. Following the Big Brother show Claire landed a role as presenter of a new six-part ITV series about dancefloor and clubbing culture entitled "Dance 2000". In 2001 Claire announced she was expecting a baby with fellow Big Brother housemate Tom McDermott. The couple began dating in February 2001 and it wasn't long before Claire became pregnant. The couple were said to have no plans to marry, preferring to concentrate on the baby and their burgeoning careers.
In 2003 Claire Strutton and Tom McDermott moved to Southern Spain with their toddler son Pierce, and ran a property website. Tom and Claire have since split up. Claire also made an appearance on The Salon. The reality hairdressing show on Channel 4.
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Craig Phillips (born 16 October 1971) was a 28 year old building company owner from Liverpool. The younger of 2 children, his family moved to Shropshire in the late 1980s. Craig's dad was killed in a car crash when he was 13 and since then he has looked after his mum, sister and three dogs (2 boxers, 1 bull mastiff) After leaving school at 15 he went to work in a butcher\s shop and at 18, Craig secured a day release bricklayers apprenticeship whilst employed with Wrekin Council?s construction department. Craig set up his own building company, and also hires out marquee's for functions and special events. Previously he has worked his way up to managerial level in a butcher's shop in Liverpool. He has also worked as a stripper-gram.
He won Big Brother with a narrow 51% of the vote. After winning Big Brother he donated the £70,000 prize to his Down's syndrome friend Joanne Harris to help pay for her heart and lung transplant. Joanne sadly died in April 2008 after contracting an infection in hospital.
In 2001 Craig presented Renovation Street with Linda Robson for ITV before being brought in as the DIY expert for the BBC on an exclusive contract.
He also has a production company called Avent Productions set up in 2003 for Avent he has presented the programmes Conversion, a 10 part series for Discovery Realtime, and the sixth series of Hung, Drawn & Quartered, a 6 part series for British Forces Broadcasting Service. In 2007 Craig joined the team of 60 Minute Makeover for ITV1 for the fifth and sixth series trading his famous on screen white t-shirt look for a black t-shirt look.
Darren Ramsay ( born 7 July 1977 ) was a 23 year old who lived in Carford, London. Darren has three brothers and one sister. He also has three children of his own by ex-girlfriend Tammy. His daughters are Shanice 5, Nuviea 4, and Zahnae who celebrated her birthday while he was in the house. Although they are no longer going out together, Darren and Tammy continue to live together with their children.
Ramsay came third in the final. After Big brother Darren fell into a year long depression, but then made an attempt to launch a career as a TV presenter and managed to present Good Food Live on UK Food. He then trained as a flight attendant which appeared on ITV 1's Airline, in which he was asked to leave the course. Darren has also appeared as a contestant on the 'Reality TV Star' special episode of Anne Robinson's The Weakest Link.
Melanie 'Mel' Hill ( born 18th Jan 1974 ) was a 26 year old from North London. She is very close to and lives with mother in North London. Her father left when she was young. She achieved further education and gained a Psychology and cognitive science degree from Sussex University. Before entering the Big Brother house Melanie worked as a salesperson in the Computer industry. Previously Melanie has worked in the civil service and also as a buyer for a jewellery firm. She was seen to cultivate relationships with two different contestants, and was evicted on Day 57 with 69% of the vote.
After leaving Big Brother Melanie has hosted two series of TV channel E4's reality game show Chained and as a newspaper and magazine journalist, writes lifestyle and travel features for magazines. She also dated Alex Sibley from Big Brother 2002 (UK) for a time, and is in training to become a barrister.
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Nicholas 'Nasty Nick' Bateman (born 3 November 1967 in London, England) grew up in Kent with his four sisters. He was educated at a boarding school in Kent for five years and then at the private Gordonstoun School near Elgin in Scotland at the same time as the Earl of Wessex. Bateman worked in the City of London for nine years as a broker for the Willis Group from 1991.
He had attempted to influence voting, although this was uncovered by other housemates on Day 35, who confronted him in a house meeting. He denied the allegations until the evidence was presented to him " housemate names, secretly written on scraps of paper hidden in his suitcase. Nick was removed from the house later that day by the show's producers for rule-breaking.
After being kicked from the house Nick signed an exclusive deal with The Sun to tell his story and donated a portion of the fee to Charity. The Sun began serialising his story on the Monday After his eviction. For a time after his departure from the show, Nick enjoyed considerable media exposure and attended many show-business parties and premieres. He went on to present the short-lived television show Trust Me, wrote a book entitled Nasty Nick: How to be a Right Bastard (ISBN 1-903402-26-3), and appeared on the reality television series Back to Reality and in the Big Brother pantomime. He also featured as the narrator in a stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.
He has also appeared in panto. Nick Bateman did a directing course at the BBC and is keen to make wildlife films. Nick is now an editor at large of The Good Holiday magazine and married to Lynnette Peck.
Nichola Holt ( born 12 August 1971 ) was a 29 year old art teacher from Bolton, Lancashire who lived with her parents. She has one sister. Holt left home at the age of 17 and is into both Buddhism and Spiritualism. She works as self-employed textile artist and art teacher but has previously worked as a tax officer, a life model, bar waitress, care worker, 3-D artist and a costume designer. She was evicted on Day 36 with 72% of the vote.
After leaving Big Brother she tried to cash in by making attempt at being a pop star by releasing a single called "The game" but it flopped badly. Holt tried to make it in fashion and textiles but currently works in the Adult Film industry.
Sada Wilkington ( born 10 May 1972 ) was 28 years old and from Edinburgh and Wakefield. She now lives in South West London. Wilkington has a BA degree in Art and Archaeology and an MA in Oriental and African Art. Sada has previously worked as a waitress, apprentice gardener, an actress, model, art researcher, but is now working as a writer. Her current project is a book called "Babe's Bible" to be published by Quadrille.
She was evicted on Day 15 with 55% of the vote, and was nominated 6 times. After Big Brother Sada trained as a yoga instructor and spent some time living in Argentina. She now keeps an extremely low profile, and is believed to be waitressing in a bistro somewhere in London.
Thomas 'Tom' McDermott ( born 29 May 1969 ) was a 31 year old farmer and computer engineer from Omagh, County Tyrone with his parents on their farm. He was educated at a religious school, St Patrick\'s secondary, and Omagh College of further education where he gained a qualification in brick laying and joinery.
He was evicted on Day 43 with 30% of the vote.
He has had a child with fellow contestant Claire Strutton and in 2003 McDermott and Strutton and moved to Southern Spain with their toddler son
Pierce, and ran a property website. Tom and Claire have since split up.