It’s been 17 years since the original Big Brother series, which aired back in 2000. If you weren’t old enough to remember it, the show was initially a social experiment, to investigate how a range of diverse individuals would cope living in a house together. Nowadays, it’s a hit TV show which many of us look forward to all year round.

Let’s take a look at what the original reality stars are up to now…


Craig Phillips
Before Craig went in the house, he owned a building company. Craig won the first series of the show, donating his £70,000 winnings to his friend, Joanne Harris who suffered with Down Syndrome.

After gaining widespread fame, Craig went on to become a DIY expert, making TV appearances on shows such as 60 Minute Makeover. Nowadays, he has his very own production company and is a tradesman for the trades service

Darren Ramsey

Darren Ramsey
Darren was an aspiring actor and dancer when he entered the show. Once he gained his moment of fame, he was given a number of TV jobs, but later settled for a 9-5 role at a research company.

He claims that he’d love to make an appearance in shows such as I’m a Celebrity or Strictly Come Dancing to “revive his 15 minutes of fame”.

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