Bingo is a game that always had a place within the fabric of British entertainment. At almost 500 years old, it’s fair to say that bingo has stood the test of time and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere any time soon. While we enjoy the odd night out to the bingo hall, the development of online bingo has seen one of the nation’s favourite pastimes get yet another lease of life.
As with so many aspects of today’s culture, the odd celebrity endorsement here and there hasn’t slowed the process. And we’re not talking about those hired to appear in advertisement features either. Over the last few years, public figures from a diverse range of backgrounds have shown themselves to be bingo-fanatics, highlighting the fact that the mass appeal of the game has not diminished. Below, we look at a few of the most notable names on our bingo roll call.
Perhaps the most vocal fan of them all is Take That superstar and self-confessed bingo fanatic Robbie Williams. Never shying away from his love of online games (and even through the launch of his own online poker site), Robbie has always stated he has been a huge fan of the age-old bingo formula.
Whether it’s uploading photos to social media of him and Gary Barlow having a cheeky round at one of their houses or news in the press about him winning some of the top prizes at a star-studded charity competition in Hollywood, it seems Robbie and bingo are never too far apart. He may not be Top of the Pops anymore, but he’s still got every chance to be Top of the Shop.
The Queen and Prince William
We’d be the first to admit the chances of seeing Her Royal Highness popping down the local hall for a midweek game are extremely slim at best. But she is renowned for enjoying a cheeky game around Christmas time when the Royal Family get together to share what we can only imagine to be a glorious feast.
Prince William, on the other hand, doesn’t shy away from declaring his love for bingo in public. In 2006, he was spotted winding down with a group of friends at a bingo club near the Sandhurst military academy where he was training. One can only speculate, of course, but there’s bound to be some heated contests behind closed doors at Buckingham Palace once ma’am has got her festive speech out of the way.
From actual royalty to Hollywood royalty – Catherine Zeta-Jones, a native of the Welsh valleys before becoming one of the world’s most iconic A-List actresses, has seen her life transform before her eyes, having won critical acclaim playing a huge range of roles across her glittering career. One thing that’s never changed, however, is her love of bingo.
Despite living in America for a number of years (and as a result having to adapt to the popular-across-the-pond 75 Ball game card) she has continued to play the game throughout her life. Her love of bingo is so great that she even hosts special bingo parties for her close friends and family. We’re not sure if Michael Douglas was a fan at first, but we’d bet our bottom dollar he is now.