For decades, bingo was mostly referred to as that game your grandmother and her friends like to play on a Wednesday, but recently it’s swept the globe becoming popular with everyone from your neighbors to your favourite celebrities. A-listers, presidents and even the monarchy love a great game of bingo, especially since the 500-year-old past time reached the internet. Check out the list below to see if your favourite superstar is a fellow bingo lover!
There’s no doubt that Catherine Zeta-Jones enjoys a good game of bingo every so often considering the game transformed her entire families’ life back in the 1980s.
When Catherine was a child, her father worked at a candy factory in Swansea, Wales. That is, until her parents won $100,000 in a game of bingo! Their huge bingo win changed their entire lives and led to Catherine Zeta-Jones becoming one of the best actresses in Hollywood, where she often hosts bingo parties.
Although she began playing with 90 balls, which is a typical in bingo games for UK players, it’s thought that she now plays the American way with 75 balls.
Australian actor Russell Crowe may be most famous for his role as Maximus in the 2000 Academy Award winner Gladiator, but before he became the man we all know today he had a few jobs to make ends meet. Throughout his late teens and early twenties, Crowe was a bingo caller in New Zealand and, according to his employers, he was extremely enthusiastic when calling out the bingo numbers.
Crowe was relieved of his bingo duties at the age of 22 when he began adding swear words and crude expressions to his repertoire. Daniel Abineri, a former colleague of Crowe’s met the Gladiator just after the event and tells a good story.
Despite this, Crowe apparently still enjoys a game of bingo every now and again.
Robbie Williams is famous around the entire world due to his mega-hits in both the band Take That and his solo career. But did you know he also loves a good game of bingo? Not only has Robbie Williams expressed his love for bingo on multiple occasions, he’s also played bingo in front of his adoring fans. During a breast cancer charity event, Dita Von Teese, Erica Vittina Phillips and Williams participated in a huge game of bingo where William’s won a luxury leopard print designer handbag.
Williams also takes part in Hollywood bingo competitions, often donating his winnings to charity.
Once upon a time Bono had stakes in a Dublin café named Mr Pussey’s, which often hosted bingo games. An insider has told reporters that the U2 star could often be found in the gallery with friends such as Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington. Bono also often plays checkers and bingo with Robbie Williams, telling Mail Online: “You know what, Robbie’s very good at the old checkers. He’s mad for it.”
That’s right! Even the President of the United States is a fan of bingo. Apparently, Obama’s stepmother often plays bingo, so chances are the game is rife throughout his family. Just think, next time you play online bingo you could be playing with one of the most powerful men in the world!
The Queen of England And Prince William
The Obama’s aren’t alone in their love for bingo apparently, as the royal family is also partial to a good game. According to those close to the monarchy, the Queen often hosts games of bingo for the entire family, assumedly playing UK-style with the full 90 balls. In 2006, Prince William and his friends spent an entire night at a bingo club near the Sandhurst Military Academy whilst he was training there.
Ronaldo isn’t just a striker for Real Madrid, he’s also an avid bingo player! He first began indulging in the game when he borrowed a DVD bingo game so he could improve his English. ‘It can be very exciting,’ he says.
Sharon Osbourne loves bingo so much that she’s even starred in an advert for the game on UK television.
Perhaps better known as Monica Geller from Friends, Courteney Cox loves playing bingo and often plays with Paris Hilton and Rikki Lake. Cox also helps various charities by playing bingo with her friends at various galas.
According to some sources, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger loves bingo to such an extent he throws massive bingo parties at his own house!