Big Brother’s Craig Phillips celebrates his 40th with a Big Bash

Liverpool was brimming with celebrities on Saturday night as Big Brother’s first winner Craig Phillips celebrated turning forty with a host of friends and famous faces.

Guests included Brookside’s Phillip Olivier, EastEnders’ Dean Gaffney, Coronation Street’s Ryan James Thomas to name a few and around 50 Big Brother contestants including Nicki Grahame, Victor Belfort and Mikey Hughes were also in attendance.

X Factor’s Andy Abraham, performed a number of songs from his new album much to the delight of the dancing guests. Other acts included Laura White, Victoria Jones, Daytona Lights, The Drifters, Elsie and Scott Wright and Band. In addition to the glamorous guests, the venue was decorated with topless male models and scantily clad girls from the Sugar Dollets manning the chocolate fountain and handing out champagne.

The celebrations were held at Liverpool’s swanky Park Hotel had its very own Big Brother Diary Room. A conventional birthday card would have been far too traditional for this colourful event. Instead, guests were invited to take a seat in the Park Hotel’s Big Brother Diary Room and deliver their personal birthday messages to Craig, as directed by the Diary Room’s very own camera man.

Considering that many messages were recorded in the early hours it’s safe to say that video may just make for some very interesting watching. Ryobi provided a very imaginative cake; the power drill sponge was certainly a hit as guests clambered over each other to snap it with their camera phones.

Craig won the first series of Big Brother in 2000 when it became an overnight success for Channel 4. After winning he released a Christmas single and moved onto DIY programmes as presenter and expert.

Prior to the reality television series Phillips had owned a successful building company. He returned to the Big Brother family earlier this year when he joined many other faces from previous series to appear in trailers plugging the shows move to Channel 5.

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