The first ever series of Big Brother seems a lifetime ago now – but it was actually only 21 years ago, back in 2000.
Craig Phillips was handed the crown on September 15, 2000, after 64 days of clashes, controversies and plenty of hilarious moments.
Hosted by Davina McCall, the Channel 4 show proved a massive hit, and has since had a whopping 504 series of the reality show across 62 franchise countries and regions.
The contestants have all gone on to do great things – including being handed their own TV gigs and getting intimate with their co-stars.
From Craig Phillips to series villain ‘Nasty Nick’, we take a look at where the contestants have ended up.
Craig Phillips – winner
Craig shot to victory in September 2000 when he was voted the winner of Big Brother 1. He began with humble roots in the construction industry, having set up his own building company.
Big Brother wasn’t his first TV appearance, however, as he presented Renovation Street with Linda Robson back in the 1990s.
Craig iconically handed his £70,000 prize pot from his Big Brother win to his friend Joanne Harris, who had Down’s Syndrome, in order to pay for her heart and lung transplants.
Tragically, she later died in April 2008 – but Craig easily managed to raise the £250,000 needed for her operation with the help of celebrities and public support.
The Liverpool native has gone on to have a lustrous television presenting career.
As well as presenting shows like Celebrity DIY and 60 Minute Makeover, Craig has also appeared on shows like Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Fort Boyard and Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank.
The star has also released his very own Christmas single, charity hit At This Time of Year in 2000 – as well as appearing in the music videos for two other Xmas hits.
Craig is now a multi-millionaire after signing a lucrative contract with the BBC for his construction expertise, and has a net worth of £6.9m according to the Shropshire Star.
Anna Nolan came second in the first series of Big Brother.
The star had a rather unconventional past, having joined the convent of the Sisters of Loreto – but left after a drunken incident.
She later came out as a lesbian, with her father supporting her through her coming out and offering to accompany her to gay bars.
Since leaving the Big Brother house, Anna began a career in television, presenting the BBC programme Inside Out and The Afternoon Show.
She is now best known as the presenter of The Great Irish Bake Off, but wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to her Big Brother roots, as in 2010 she appeared as a housemate in Ultimate Big Brother alongside winner Craig.
Writing for Independent.ie in 2019, however, Anna admitted being a reality star wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
She penned: "Life after reality television is complicated. You can be the belle of the ball or the butt of jokes. You're invited to the opening of envelopes, but woe betide you if you wear the same outfit twice.
"Your 15 minutes of fame are thrilling for the first 12, but those last three minutes are hell."
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Aspiring model and dancer Darren Ramsey made a name for himself with Big Brother fans over his love for the house’s chickens.
The star placed third in the competition and went on to have various TV roles, appearing on shows including The Weakest Link and Pop Goes Christmas.
His last TV appearance came in Ultimate Big Brother back in 2010, though he did briefly appear in a Most Shocking TV moments documentary in 2014.
Darren now works full-time for a research company, but admitted he particularly fancies doing I’m a Celeb or Strictly Come Dancing.
He admitted: "I want to put on some rhinestones and revive my little 15 minutes of fame."
House flirt Melanie Hill went on to have a relationship with Big Brother 3 star Alex Sibley – so her plans for romance within the house might have worked out after all.
Their relationship lasted three years, but things weren’t meant to be – and she is now in a relationship with boyfriend Glenn.
Melanie has become a mum and is currently undergoing a ‘zero waste journey’, including buying and selling vintage clothes and focusing on fully recyclable products.
Irish hunk Tom McDermott captured hearts across the nation when he entered into a relationship with his fellow housemate Claire Strutton.
The couple even had a child together and moved to Spain, but sadly split soon after.
But that wasn’t to be the end of Claire’s involvement in Tom’s life – when he remarried in 2010, his florist ex-wife actually did the flowers for his wedding.
Florist Claire Strutton went on to appear on various TV shows after her split from co-star Tom.
She presented clubbing show Dance 2000, and appeared on Living In Spain – a documentary on ex-pats – and reality show The Salon.
The star has also stripped off to model underwear for Playtex.
Claire also remarried, going on to found a luxury Marbella beach resort and venues in Gibraltar and Chigwell in Essex.
Andy Davidson went on to appear in just a couple of TV shows when Big Brother ended.
He appeared in karaoke show Night Fever that same year, and on an episode of Through The Keyhole in 2002.
Best known for snogging Melanie while in the house, Andy has now undergone a complete career change, credited with co-founding market research company Map The Territory in 2019.
Before that, he worked for marketing firm Flamingo – with his bio on the website saying he was initially turned down for the role over his "murky reality TV past".
Andy has a further famous connection – he is actually the brother to Formula One racing driver and BBC Radio Five commentator Anthony Davidson.
Big Brother’s first ever villain Nick Bateman was quickly dubbed ‘Nasty Nick’ due to his inclination to manipulate his fellow housemates and play them off against one another.
He was eventually kicked off the competition by producers after being confronted for his behaviour.
His tactics, however, seemed to work – when the show wrapped, Nick went on to present the show Trust Me, and co-wrote a book called Nasty Bateman: How to Be a Right B*****d, before featuring as the narrator in a stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.
He appeared in Ultimate Big Brother back in 2010, plus presented a weekly radio show in Kent in 2011.
In 2013, Nick moved to Sydney, Australia, to work as a writer and broadcaster – and he’s also been a keen fundraiser for Cancer Research UK, winning a whopping £10,000 for the charity on The Weakest Link.
His Twitter bio reads: "If you knew me based on who I was 16 years ago, you don’t know me at all."
Pop star wannabe Caroline O’Shea – AKA Caggie – was known for annoying her fellow contestants with her rather distinctive laugh.
She went on to appear on quiz show The Weakest Link, and briefly appeared in the Ultimate Big Brother reunion in 2010 to compete in a task.
Caroline’s latest TV appearance came in 2016, when she appeared as herself in The Only Way is Essex for one episode.
In 2001, it was reported that Caggie was suffering from depression, as the aspiring singer opened up to Daily Star that her her album was rejected from various record companies.
She said at the time: "People think I'm a millionairess because I've been on TV and to a few showbiz parties. But that couldn't be further from the truth. I'm even arguing with Channel 4 over money they owe me.
"After Big Brother, I was on a high – then a few weeks later I got very depressed. I now read about Craig and Nick and can believe they will each make a million.
"But I have made nothing like that. I don't think people realise this. I was at a clothes sale recently when a shop assistant recognised me and seemed surprised I was bargain-hunting."
Artist Nichola Holt made headlines around the time of her Big Brother appearance for stripping naked to make clay imprints of her body on the walls of the house.
The star has since opened up about how the aftermath of the show was "very traumatic", admitting to Manchester Evening News: "My whole world came crashing down on me, there were so many vultures.
"I believe you should take chances in life, but some chances ruin your life."
She added: "We were edited to make it look like we were absolute fools. I was edited to be someone I’m not."
She admitted she had "no money" after she was "thrown out of the house", and forced to stay with friends who lived in the area.
Nichola later released a dance track, The Game, which reached Number 72 in the charts.
She was previously married to personal trainer Yas Parr, reported to have married on the island of Huatulco in Mexico – where her wedding dress was allegedly made up of a white swimsuit and silk sarong.
The star is now believed to be a single mum to an eight-year-old girl and living in Bolton.
As the first person to be evicted from the Big Brother house, Sada has since undergone a complete career 360.
The trained actress is now living in Argentina and working as a yoga instructor – having officially changed her name to Guru Amrit Dev.
She is married to Argentinian musician Sat Man Swaraj, and the two share twins Indigo and Padma, who were born in 2005.
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