No longer seen the preserve of the blue-rinse brigade, bingo has enjoyed a recurrence in the past decade or so. More and more young people are taking up their dabbers and heading along to their local bingo hall or are playing online like us! Perhaps surprisingly, the trend has been boosted seemingly by celebrity endorsement. You may not necessarily come across them in your local bingo club but the following celebs can often been found enjoying a game of online bingo or with friends.
Believe it or not, 90s wild child, supermodel and all round party animal Kate Moss enjoys a quiet game of bingo these days. Friend Sadie Frost told Vogue magazine that she and Moss love staying in on a Saturday night to play bingo with their children.
How Russell Crowe’s career might have been different had he never been sacked from a job as a bingo caller in his native New Zealand. The actor, famous for roles in Gladiator and Les Miserables, discovered his love for bingo through his work but lost his job after bosses failed to see the funny side of his ruder versions of bingo calls. The star still enjoys a game of bingo and even passed his enthusiasm the game onto his wife while she was pregnant.
Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo developed an interest in bingo when he used a bingo DVD to help him improve his English. The Real Madrid player told a Portuguese sports paper: “It can be very exciting because you can be there waiting for a long time for just the one number to make the game complete. Then you see one of your friends you are playing against get his lucky number before you.”
The actress loves bingo so much that she went as far as making her own set of balls and bingo cards. She has taken the game to the US since moving there with husband Michael Douglas and reportedly amuses family with bingo every Christmas.
The aging boy band’s love for bingo has been well publicised, with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald admitting to playing bingo while on tour. Barlow and his wife also hosted a game of bingo to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary with guests including Ronan Keating and Alesha Dixon.
Former members of Take That also get in on the act as Robbie Williams is a fan. He has even gone along to a local bingo hall in his hometown of Stoke to join in a few games.
Prince William and the Queen
If the above list isn’t endorsement enough, then what better company could you be in than royalty? It’s said that Prince William and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, both enjoy a game of bingo. In fact, Prince William spent an evening in a local bingo hall while he was training at Sandhurst military academy.