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Craig is the biggest exhibitionist of the group. He's 29, comes from Liverpool, likes to play jack the lad and has a big personality. Although the final vote was split 51% Craig - 49% Anna, it didn't come as much of a surprise when he won the game, as hi

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      17.12.2000 01:59
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      Craig Phillips won the Big Brother competition in the Summer and in my opinion, he is a very deserving victor. I didn't think much of him at first, especially when he was labelled The Incredible Sleeping Man and didn't seem to be pulling his weight at the time. But after a while, he really came out of himself and made a big effort. He was very good at the tasks, even when it involved writing, which he found difficult, being dyslexic. His muscular body was a huge asset to the house, as was his boyish grin, liverpudlian accent and great sense of humour. He was a worthy winner and it was very emotional, when he came out of the house and saw Joanne, the girl he is donating his £70,000 winnings to, so she can have an operation in the USA. Since leaving the house, he has been on TV several times presenting awards and so on. (He looks even more gorgeous in a suit and tie !!) He has now released a single, which is actually rather naff, but it is for charity and I hope it does well, although I am also hoping he will become a TV presenter. His 'cheeky chappie' persona is ideal for that, whereas his vocal talents are reasonably limited. *UPDATE* Since the Channel 4 Big Brother update programme was televised on Dec. 23rd, here is the latest news on Craig. His single went into the charts at number 14 - thankfully, that was its highest placing. He has been out for a beer with Boyzone though, saying they "talked about making records". He says he is "very serious" about a career in the music industry (oh dear !!) and has already got an album deal. He switched on the Christmas lights in Shropshire this year, but has now moved into a flat in London. He is probably going to have to wind down his business soon, because he is too busy with his new career. His Mum is looking after his dogs, while he is so busy. He has been travelling all over t
      he country and sleeping in hotels since winning Big Brother. He has received a standing ovation from a crowd of 40,000 at Anfield and has appeared at Wembley and the Royal Albert Hall. Unfortunately, I detected a change in Craig since his fame. Permanently flagged by two bodyguards (none of the other housemates were), he appeared slightly less natural, refusing to comment about his love-life, suggesting camera angles, complaining about press intrusion, etc. I hope he learns to deal with his fame, without letting it change his personality, as it was that which originally endeared him to the public.

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      23.11.2000 03:17
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      I have to admit, what a bloke! he won a huge prize total of £70,000 and gave it to a member of his family, i'm not sure who. but i knew she had a disease, and not a lot of people would have payed that money! he deserves a hell of a lot of credit! he was a really funny guy threwout the series and thouroughly deserved the cash. I hope the girl who had an operation came out fine, and i hope she is a very healthy person today.

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        07.10.2000 08:58
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        Millions of us watched the final hours of Big Brother and I don't think a single one of us could begrudge Craig winning the show. Firstly he won a lot of respect for confronting Nick but also just simply for being a straight forward, likable chap. He was very much a stereotypical Scouser but he was totally genuine which shone through. But the main reason he deserved to win the £70K was because of what he did with it. I don't think too many of us would have been thinking about giving any of it away never mind the whole lot. And I've got to say big respect to the makers of the programme for matching the prize money for Craig's friend. People can say what they like about the show but at the end of the day if Craig's friend gets her operation to save her life then it's all been worthwhile. Craig got some very unfair stick within the house for being lazy, not pulling his weight with the tasks and housework. I thought this was all down to Caroline's arguement with him infront of everyone. It came from him having a genuine injury and not being able to do his first couple of stints in the bike. I hardly think Craig would have missed doing that if he wasn't injured. He was probablt glad to get a bit of exercise given that he's goes to the gym every day normally. I've been surprised by the lack of publicity for Craig's fund raising since the end of Big Brother. I did hear that the Royal Bank of Scotland were taking donations at their branches and that Chris Evans donated the last £50K he needed but apart from that, nothing. But knowing Craig, he's probably just getting on with his life now.

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        05.10.2000 03:45

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        I think Craig is one of the more down to earth people, in the contestants. He says what he feels, which his good. He was genuinely let down by Nasty Nick, and felt hurt and betrayed by his so called friend. He his 29, and a builder, which you can tell from his physique. He his pretty muscular and shows his six-pack off quite alot. A liverpool lad, Craig enjoys having fun. First, he was quite keen with Mel, but soon left her when he saw Claire. They were getting very paly, but she was voted out. Which left him heart-broken.....ahhhhhhhhhh He says if he wins, he will give the proceeds to a young girl who needs an operation in america which is very commendable of him. For that reason I hope he wins. He his the favourite and I think he will win come friday night. he has been nominated four times, and has not got the boot, so that say's something. The public like his liverpool wit and his honest character. ------------------------------------------------------------ So, Craig did win, and I have to add what a good think he did, by giving his money to that girl. I just wonder whether the other contestants, would have been so willing to give their prize money away. I think not. I think the rest of the contestants, Channel 4 and Big Brother should try to make the rest of the money up. People who say that Craig won because of his gesture are mad, he won because he was simple, entertaining. If you realised the quiet people got through to the final, and the interesting one's like Caroline, Andy got eliminated.

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        29.09.2000 01:32
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        Craig is soooo awful, why can no one in Britain see this! For a start his wonderful gesture of giving his downsyndrome friend the 70,000 was nice yeah, but how come this was leaked to the newspapers just after he had been nominated for eviction two weeks in a row? Very suspect. Plus the fact, could you get any more two-faced! He went along with Nick's schemes until he found out they were aimed against him! Not only is he an annoying scouser, but he was boring, he had none of the charm of Anna, who by the way was cheated out of winning. So he gave the 70,000 to his friend, I thought this was a game show based on who you liked the most, not who did the grandest gestures. Come on everyone wise up!

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        29.09.2000 01:17
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        Ok, I know must people are SOOOO touched by his donation and everything, but why does that mean he was the right person to win? If all the over contestants thought the public would be that shallow and two faced then I'm sure Darren and Anna would have galdly given their money away. Also, why is Craig applauded for ousting Nick when he went along with it all the way until he himself was nominated? That's like saying well done to Al Fayed for exposing Neil Hamilton when AL Fayed instigated the sleaze in the first place!! Someone at work read out The Sun Newspaper where someone wrote in calling for Craig to be Prime Minister. What is the world coming to? Craig did not deserve to win. No way, no how, no sir!

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        27.09.2000 18:23

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        I am gutted that Big Brother has finished. I had to find something that preoccupied my mind once it was over. But what a climax at the end. I was so emotional when Craig won, and cried when he announced to his friend Jo that the money was for her. I don't think for one minute that he did it for either publicity or for appraisal. I think it was a lovely act to do for a close friend. The lookon her face said it all. I hope for her sake that she gets all the donantions. And I wish Craig all the luck in the future.

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        25.09.2000 05:50
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        When Big Brother first appeared on our tv screen I wssn't interested, the first one I watched was when Andrew got kicked out, I watched one every now and then since, then as I started to get to know the people in the house I was watching every day. I wass hoping that anna was going to win, I even voted for her, but what would she have done with the £70,000 prize money? Buy a car? pay the mortgage? Go on holiday? I probably would have done. But instead Craig from Liverpool won and it was good that he did, there is a girl that he knows who suffers from downs syndrome and she is in need for a heart and lung transplant in america, and because of her condition out NHS won't put her on the list over her in the UK. good ol' Craig donated ALL of the £70,000 to her to help towards her operation, which I thought was a brilliant thing to do and Im sure the rest of the viewers agree with me. Now big Brother has finished my evenings aren't the same, there's nothing exciting on the tv and I'm bored, all there is to do is to go down the pub (never mind huh?) I hope the operation goes very well and I'm sure the rest of the money needed to help her will be raised from interviews etc. GOOD LUCK!!

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        25.09.2000 04:49
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        What would you do with £70,000? I certainly have a few ideas in my small boring world but when Craig Phillips entered Big Brother, he had a slight possibility of winning. As we all know, the cheeky scouser did but instead of keeping the money for himself and spending it on beer and such like, he donated it all to his down syndrome friend to send her to America for a life saving operation. I don't know about you but I think it takes a good man to do something like that and he's certainly gone up in my estimation and many others in Great Britain too!

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          23.09.2000 20:41
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          Well, if you don't already know about Craig than you probably never will want to. Basically, I'm writing this for fellow Big Brother fans. Craig is a really nice guy, a fun-loving cheeky chappie of a Scouser. Mischievious but dim, he has captured many of the public's hearts. But he also has a sensitive side, one that the whole nation saw when describing his father's death. The real turning point came when he confronted Nick and stopped being a lazy guy to a key member of the house. His determination won through - he was nominated 4 time, but still got along with everyone and tried to better himself. Perhaps the best moment came when he donated his £70000 winning to his best friend's cousin to help pay for 1 £250000 operation...what a big heart he has!

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          23.09.2000 18:41
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          I must admit I didn't watch Big Brother much, in fact the first one I saw was the one where Nick got thrown out! It seemed an interesting idea, but not one that inspired me to watch it. Now a 24 hour channel devoted to the house would have been good. Like in 'The Truman Show' with Jim Carrey, but you only got to see what someone wanted you to see, and at times when they wanted you to see it. When people started leaving the house, it seems as if they got more out of it financially than if they had won the prize - after all £70,000 isn't likely to change your life that much, nice, but not much. When Craig won and gave all his winnings to his friend who needs an operation, I thought that that was brilliant. He didn't know that he will probably make all that and more, just for being in 'The House', let alone winning, and with the kudos that he gets for giving his prize away (not that I think he did it for that) he will do really well. I am sure that Jo will raise enough money for her operation, with all the publicity. And I am sure that Craig will continue to help.

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          23.09.2000 16:24

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          I wasnt really bothered with the Big brother stuff until quite late in the series when everyone at work had nothing to talk about than Big Brother. I found the show itself a bit boring but Craig was always funny. He really didnt seem to be that wonderful a guy until he gave that girl his money. I think that was a good thing to do, I only hope he does give it to her and not use it to demolish his extension.....

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          21.09.2000 14:18
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          Last Friday, the tension broke out of the house and into the free world. Last Friday, the last member of the Big Brother house would be set free. Last Friday, the winner of the Big Brother would receive £70,000. Last week, Craig got all of this. Fame washed over the builder as he left the house and showed his sensitive, caring side when he gave his friend, Joanne, the £70,000. Joanne needs the money to go to America and have an operation, which doctors in England are not willing to take. Craig Philips gave 18 year old Joanne, a chance to live. Big Brother generously matched the donation by Craig and now surely Joanne will get a chance in life. The Down's Syndrone patient has to pay 250,000 pounds in order to live. And even then, she may not live. I wish Jo all the luck in the world and thank Craig for showing that generous side, and not spending all his cash on booze and in the bookies.

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          20.09.2000 02:56
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          I say well done to Big brother winner Craig for giving all his winnings (£70,000) to Jo Harris the Down Syndrome girl who needs a heart and lung transplant. I am sure the public will now ensure she will get the rest of the money she needs. How can the NHS place so little value on her life. Surely her needs are as important as any other person is; a life is a life after all. Jo now has a chance thanks to the unselfishness of Craig. I say well-done Craig and well done to Big Brother for matching his donation.

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            19.09.2000 19:20
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            Ok, for those of you who have read my Anna opinion, I have since changed my mind! I will admit that I wanted Anna to win it when there were just Anna, Darren and Craig left, but since I saw what Craig has done with the money I couldn't have wanted anyone else to win it! So maybe I still think he used his body too much to win it, but I am so glad it worked! For those of you who don't know (or have been on a desert island) Craig won the £70,000 and gave it all straight away to his best mates cousin Jo. Jo has downs syndrome and is in need of a heart/lung transplant. Unfortuantly though our screwy NHS system wouldn't allow it over here becuase of her condition. Because of this the operation has to be done in the USA and was obviously pretty expensive. But Craig didn't hesitate to give the whole lot of his winnings straight to her for the fund. Another thing I thought was pretty good of craig was that he didn't say anything to any other housemates to try and sway their feelings towards him and get a unfair advantage over the other housemates. Although his mates on the outside did mention it to a national newspaper, a lot of people were wary of the story but now we are all so pleased with what he's done! Congratulations Craig!!

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