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Craig Phillips (born 16 October 1971 in Liverpoolmarker) is best known for winning the first seriesmarker of the Britishmarker reality television show Big Brother.

Biography

The younger of 2 children, his family moved to Newport, Shropshiremarker in the late 1980s. At 18, Phillips secured a day release bricklayers apprenticeship whilst employed with Wrekin Council’s construction department. Determined to ensure he excelled in his chosen profession, he attended further night school classes in advanced brickwork and civil engineering. Having qualified with a City & Guilds, Phillips went on to set up his own building company. The business quickly went from strength to strength employing more than 30 tradesmen.

After leaving the Big Brother house as its first winner, Phillips announced he was giving his £70,000 prize fund to his friend Joanne Harris, who had Down's syndrome, to pay for her heart and lung transplant. He had begun raising money with friends for Harris sometime before entering Big Brother, raising only small amounts of money towards the £250,000 needed for her operation in the USA, but within 6 days of winning he achieved the target required for her life saving operation thanks to public support and generous donations from celebrities. Harris died in April 2008.

He has featured in comedy series Bo' Selecta! and appeared in the reality TV series, Back To Reality raising £40,000 for Macmillan Cancer Trust.

At Christmas 2000 Phillips released the charity single At This Time of Year with Warner Music. The single went to Number 14 in the U.K charts, achieving silver disc status and raising over £40,000 for the Downs Syndrome Association. It stayed in the top 40 for 3 weeks. Since then he has appeared in videos for 2 other xmas singles - Bo Selectas! Proper Crimbo which reached No. 4 in 2003 and Ricky Tomlinson's Xmas My A*se which reached 25 in 2006.

In the 1990s, before his TV career began, Phillips bought and renovated his first house. He presented Renovation Street with Linda Robson for Carlton ITV before being brought in as the DIY expert for the BBC on an exclusive contract in 2001.

Phillips has now presented as 'resident expert' on over 1,800 televisions shows across the globe including Housecall (live daily morning show), BBC 1, Housecall In The Country, BBC 1, Builders Sweat and Tears, BBC 1 & UK Style, Our House, UK Style, Trading Up, BBC 1 & UK Style, Big Strong Boys, BBC 1 & UK Style, Boyz In The Wood (2 x 10 part carpentry series) Discovery Realtime, Big Strong Boys In The Sun (Europe), BBC 1, Renovation Street, ITV1 & Discovery Realtime, Sex and the City (Series 4 - Episode 7 (USA) NBC,Trading Up In The Sun (Europe) BBC 1, House Trap, BBC 1 and Craig’s Trade Tips, BBC 1.

He also has a production company called Avent Productions. [141978] 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 filmed worldwide for British Forces Broadcasting Servicemarker. The company also produces corporate productions many of these for building companies.

In 2007 Phillips joined the team of 60 Minute Makeover for ITV1. He completed 80 shows in 2008, the first 40 of these aired in late 2008 with a further 40 to air throughout Spring 2009.

February 2009 saw Craig appear in Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway in Escape From Takeaway Prison for 6 weeks.

Summer 2009 sees the release of Craig's autobiography with Bantam Press (A division of Transworld).

On 29th May 2009 he was heard talking to Petrie Hosken on LBC (London's Biggest Conversation - 97.3 FM) about his time in BB1 and how lots of wannabe's are now entering Big Brother. In July 2009, Craig returned to the Big Brother house to help celebrate the shows tenth anniversary. Craig competed in a task against one of the current housemates. Craig was only in the house for a few hours and was a replacement for Nick Bateman who pulled out of doing the appearance.

Building School

After 2 years, research planning and construction Phillips developed the largest independent construction training academy in the North-West, opening its doors in September 2005 to its first 152 students. The facility was formally opened by Cherie Blair QC in January 2006.

The facility was designed and built by Phillips and his team to simulate a real construction site with 88 solid individual rooms for various types of wet trades, 48 carpentry bench workstations and a open plan workshop for brickwork - large enough to build several entire houses. Along with the practical workshop areas the academy also consists of 3 large fully equipped I.T classrooms, various staff offices, administration and reception areas.

Within the first 6 months of running a £1 million pound contract awarded by the Learning and Skills Council. After a year's successful trading, and having achieved full centre accreditation awarded by the Construction Industry Training Board, Phillips transferred ownership to Carter and Carter Group Plc, the country's largest independent training provider.

Charitable support

Phillips is a patron of the Downs Syndrome Association and road safety charity, Brake. In 1985, aged 13, he experienced the personal tragedy of losing his father by a drunk driver. In 2000 he was approached by the Department for Transport to back the governments national Think! drink, drive media campaign. Craig faced the national media and reflected on his families experience as he launched the campaign alongside the transport minister.

He is one of the Lord Mayor of Liverpool’s chosen charity ambassadors (alongside footballer Kenny Dalglish and musician Gerry Marsden) assisting at events throughout Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture 2008 ending his term as an appeal ambassador in May 2009 when the Mayor handover takes place. He has also participated in numerous sports events: marathons and distance running, captaining teams at charity golf events, cycle tours, he has played football and tennis for charity at major UK championship venues including Liverpool F.C, Birmingham City F.C and Wimbledon.

To date he has raised over £500,000 for charities and charitable causes.

Financial

As of May 2009 he had accumulated wealth of £5 million. 

References

  1. Big Brother 1 - News - Craig Phillips's BB winnings donee dies - Digital Spy
  2. The Times - The 10 richest reality TV stars, 31 May 2009
  • [141979]British 'Big Brother' prize claimed by builder CNN Article
  • [141980] Channel 4 Big Brother 1 site
  • [141981] Interview for UK Style. UK Style Our House
  • [141982] BBC Skillwise Video
  • [141983] BBC News | ENTERTAINMENT | Big Brother's Craig still in spotlight
  • [141984]Craig Phillips - Big Brother Heroes
  • [141985]Now who’s a good calendar boy, then? PDSA Pet Pawtraits 2008 Celebrity Calendar
  • [141986] Craig, Terri and daughter Danielle create a TV treat - 60 Minute Makeover ITV1


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