Craig Phillips (born 16 October 1971) is an English television personality and builder. He is known for winning the first series of the reality series Big Brother in 2000. He is trained as a bricklayer and in DIY, and has appeared in numerous series related to building since 2001.
Craig Phillips (left) in February 2018, pictured with Skills People Group CEO, Adrian Woodhouse (right)
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Laura Sherriff (m. 2018)
Life and careerEdit
The younger of two children, his family moved to Newport, Shropshire in the late 1980s. At 18, Phillips secured a day release bricklayers apprenticeship whilst employed with Wrekin Council's construction department. He also 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.
After leaving Big Brother as the first winner, Phillips announced he was giving his £70,000 prize fund to his friend Joanne Harris, who had Down 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, but within 6 days of winning, he achieved the target required for her life saving operation thanks to public support and donations from celebrities. Harris died in April 2008.
At Christmas 2000, Phillips released the charity single, "At This Time of Year" through Warner Music. The single went to Number 14 in the UK Singles Chart, achieving silver disc status, and raising over £40,000 for the Down's Syndrome Association. It stayed in the top 40 for three weeks. Since then, he appeared in videos for two 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.
Phillips has presented numerous televisions shows, including Housecall, Housecall in the Country, Builders Sweat and Tears, Our House, Trading Up, Big Strong Boys, Boyz in the Wood, Big Strong Boys in the Sun, Renovation Street, Trading Up in the Sun, House Trap and Craig’s Trade Tips.
He also has a production company called Avent Productions. For Avent, he has presented Conversion; a 10-part series for Discovery Realtime, and the sixth series of Hung, Drawn & Broke, a 6-part series filmed for British Forces Broadcasting Service. The company also produces corporate productions many of these for building companies.
In February 2009, Phillips appeared in Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway in "Escape from Takeaway Prison" for six weeks.
In Summer 2009, he released his debut autobiography. In July 2009, Phillips returned to the Big Brother house to help celebrate the show's tenth anniversary. In 2010, Phillips appeared on Big Brother again, and completed in a shed building task. He also appeared in Dermot's Last Supper, a special to celebrate the ending of Big Brother.
In April 2011, he hosted a show called Celebrity DIY with Craig Phillips for Home. In 2011, he became an ambassador for Ryobi. In June 2011, he also hosted If It's Broke, Fit It for Home.
In 2018, Phillips got married to Laura Sherriff, after the couple had been dating for two years. Rather than asking for gifts from guests, himself and Sherriff asked that the attendants donate to hospice charities instead.
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