Jordan's ex Alex Reid obliged journo with bare knuckle choke at Fate Awards
When Katie Price's cage-fighting ex Alex Reid arrived on the red carpet at the Europa Hotel for the fifth annual Fate Awards he probably thought he'd be having a night off from his day job.
But interviewer Grainne McGarvey had other ideas!
"My friend is doing Jujitsu and she told me I had to choke you out!" said Grainne, laying down the gauntlet - if not her microphone!
The tuxedo-wearing Alex - who hit the headlines when he married glamour model Jordan - truly obliged.
"Its called a bare naked choke," he said, as the pair of them grappled in the foyer of the hotel.
Alex seemed in great form, saying: "I love fighting, but I also love acting. I just want to do other things now so we'll see what happens."
Among the other celebrities who gave red-carpet video interviews were co-compere Patrick Kielty, fellow Ulster-born comedian and Catchphrase host Roy Walker, 70s rock legend Noddy Holder from Slade, actors Larry Lamb (Eastenders/Gavin and Stacey) and his son George, actress Sheila Reid ('Madge' in the hit show Benidorm), X-Factor singer Katie Waissel, Celebrity Big Brother contestant Chantelle Houghton and former Miss NI and ex-Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon.
A record number of newcomers were shortlisted this year.
Michael Mervyn-Jones, Publisher of Fate Magazines, said: “We are amazed that in such difficult trading times we had the strongest newcomer category in the awards' history - with 10 venues across Northern Ireland being shortlisted.
“And it was only fitting that in the year that we are supporting the Lyric Theatre, and in which Belfast has been announced as the host city for the MTV Awards, that we made a special effort to invite as many celebrities to the event as we possibly could."
Winners were chosen by an expert panel from a record 53,000 votes.
And this year’s winners were: Best Classic Bar – McHughs, Belfast; Best Style Bar – Café Vaudeville; Best Gastro Pub – The John Hewitt, Belfast; Best Regional Bar – Sallys, Omagh; Best Cocktail Tender – Anthony Farrell of Love and Death Inc, Belfast; Best Front of House – Gerry White, The John Hewitt, Belfast; Best Chef – Danny Millar, Balloo House, Killinchy; Best Restaurant (Critic’s Choice) – Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast; Best Restaurant – The Ivory, Belfast; Best Regional Restaurant – Barnabys, Ballyclare; Best Hotel – The Merchant Hotel, Belfast; Best Club – Lush!, Portrush; Best Regional Club – Sense, Cookstown; Best Gay Venue – Kremlin, Belfast; Best Club DJ – DJ Hix; Jim Aiken Best Live Venue – The Empire Music Hall, Belfast; Colin Angus Best Media Personality – Zoe Salmon; Best Newcomer: Bar – 21 Social, Belfast: Club – Sense, Cookstown: Restaurant – Horatio Todds, Belfast; Best Overall Venue – Café Vaudeville.
The special ‘Hall of Fate’ award went to Michael Stewart, managing director of Bar Tzar, for his outstanding service and commitment to the industry over the last 20 years.
Watch the full video coverage:
Interviews with father-and-son actors Larry and George Lamb.
Interview with Patrick Kielty, co-compere at the awards.
Interviews with some of the award-winners.
Interview with Roy Walker, Sheila Reid (Benidorm) and Zoe Salmon