HE was a character who gripped the viewers with his cheeky and charming personality from the moment he stepped into the limelight and appeared on Big Brother.

Darlington's Anthony Hutton would later go on to win the huge popular Channel 4 series back in 2005 which went on for a whopping 78 days.

The series, which saw the likes of Kinga and Makosi shock the nation, was among the most-watched in the show's 18 year history.

Read more: Crowd goes wild as Anthony returns to a hero's welcome

And since then, the star has continued to make a name for himself and in recent years, a huge name in Darlington's town centre. Here's what he's been up to.

The Northern Echo: Big Brother star Anthony Hutton is adding the sale of  coffee to his bar/barber shop business in the centre of Darlington. He is pictured (front) with his head barber Ryan Watson (centre) and bar manager Junior Levi Mortimer (right). Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Now described as "unrecognisable," the originally Consett lad, has been running his own barber shop and bar for the last five years.

On Blackwellgate in Darlington town centre, the former Big Brother winner has been the face of Mr Hutton's Barbers & Bar.

Back in 2016, when the bar first opened, he told The Northern Echo how he had the idea "for ages" and had been "hell-bent" on doing taking on the project.

He said: “I’ve had the idea for ages and it was one of those things that was put on a pedestal, but I was always hell-bent on doing it.

“I started doing research about it and couldn’t find anything like it – though Carlsberg had an ad saying, ‘if we did barber shops’, and that’s the kind of concept I’ve gone for."

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But it hasn't just been about making an income - he's been spotted out and about, and even offering a helping hand.

Swapping his Blackwellgate premises for a Darlington church on one 2018 December day, the star dished out free haircuts to those in need.

At a charity event for Food for Thought, Anthony revealed how he had taken time out of his day to help "put a smile" on people's faces.

With around 120 people at the event, dozens took him up on his offer to give them a fresh trim before "heading back to work."

The Northern Echo:

And it seems that he's continued that since, with The Echo reporting earlier this year on the offer of a free haircut and support from Anthony in aid of mental health.

Despite setting up Mr Hutton's in Darlington, he recently revealed on Instagram how he's putting on the gloves for "celebrity boxing."

In a string of posts, he has been seen "ready to fight" as he updates fans and followers on his progress.

It is understood Anthony battled it out at the AO Arena Manchester on October 2, 2021, where almost 20,000 were tipped to have watched.

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