|Born||Benjamin Peter Shephard
11 December 1974
Epping, Essex, England
|Education||Chigwell School, University of Birmingham|
|Notable credit(s)||Goals on Sunday (2010—present)
Champions League (2010—2015)
Tipping Point (2012—present)
What's Cooking? (2013)
|Spouse(s)||Annie Perks (m. 2004)|
|Children||Jack Shephard (b. 2005)
Sam Shephard (b. 2007)
Benjamin Peter Shephard (born 11 December 1974) is an English television presenter and journalist who is currently employed by both ITV and Sky Sports. His most recognised role was as a main presenter on the now defunct breakfast station GMTV, although since then he has hosted game shows such as The Krypton Factor, 1 vs. 100, Safebreakers and Tipping Point.
During his time at GMTV, Ben also presented large talent show-based programmes. He co-hosted Soapstar Superstar with Fern Britton in 2006. He then went on to present new talent show called DanceX for BBC One in the summer of 2007. After presenting DanceX he then presented karaoke style game show Who Dares, Sings! alongside Denise van Outen.
Since his departure from GMTV he has also presented Channel 4 daytime cookery programme What's Cooking? and has been a stand-in presenter on ITV the lifestyle show This Morning. Ben has presented several ITV2 spin-off shows including The Xtra Factor and has co-hosted Dancing on Ice Friday with Coleen Nolan and Dancing on Ice Exclusive with Andrea McLean.
Away from his television work, Ben supports several charities and takes part in many physical challenges to support various charitable organisations. He is the record holder for two Guinness World Records.
Ben's career took off in 1998, when he began hosting the Channel 4 spin-off show The Bigger Breakfast, which he co-presented alongside fellow presenters including Josie D'Arby, Melanie Sykes and Dermot O'Leary. In the same year Ben became the first presenter of T4's teen strand on Channel 4. The strand launched on 25 October 1998.
Ben joined the long-running ITV Breakfast programme GMTV in 2000 where he presented several shows including Entertainment Today, GMTV Today and GMTV, where he spent most of his time in the studio presenting the show with either Emma Crosby, Penny Smith, Lorraine Kelly or Kate Garraway.
On 30 June 2010, he announced his departure from GMTV two months earlier than planned in order to spend time with his family and take part in more charity work, and in the September of 2010 GMTV closed down due to the launch of the new breakfast programme Daybreak, Ben presented his final GMTV episode on 30 July 2010. However, on 30 July 2013 (exactly three years after leaving GMTV), Ben Shephard has admitted to both TV Times and What's on TV that he would no longer rule out a return to ITV's Daybreak This lead to rumours (later confirmed as false; but might still be possible) that he'd be one of two presenters replacing Aled Jones. On 19 November, through the quotation "our lovely Ben Shephard", Aled Jones had accidentally hinted that ITV may have already welcomed him back to Daybreak, though this depends on the context that Aled's quotation was taken.
The Xtra Factor
For the first three series between 2004 and 2006, Ben presented the ITV2 spin-off series The Xtra Factor, whilst Kate Thornton hosted the main show on ITV1 (now ITV). Whilst hosting the show, Shephard also starred in The Xtra Factor – Battle of the Stars. He was replaced in 2007 by radio and television presenter Fearne Cotton.
On 27 July, Ben announced that he had signed a new contract with Sky Sports, where he currently works on live football and co-presents Goals On Sunday alongside Chris Kamara in a deal worth a reported £495,000 a year. He has also gone on to host live secondary match coverage of the UEFA Champions League on Sky Sports 3 or 4, while the main coverage on Sky Sports 1 is hosted by Jeff Stelling. He is also the main anchor for Sky Sports coverage of the League Cup. As of 2015, if Ben Shephard is still at Sky Sports, he will only be doing both the League Cup and Goals on Sunday for Sky Sports after both Sky Sports and ITV had lost the right to air the Champions League to BT Sport on 9 November.
On 14 July 2007, Ben presented the first of seven episodes of the BBC One entertainment series DanceX with the Strictly Come Dancing judges Arlene Phillips and Bruno Tonioli on the panel. DanceX finished airing on 25 August of the same year and has not returned since.
Shephard has hosted two music specials on ITV, celebrating some of Britain's best loved musicians. These shows were Rod Stewart: One Night Only, which aired on 5 December 2009 and Phil Collins: One Night Only, which was aired the following year on 18 September 2010.
In 2009, ITV decided to revive the original classic game show The Krypton Factor for a new series. Ben was chosen to present the revived series, which lasted for ten episodes and aired in an early Tuesday night slot. Following the success of the first revived series, Shephard was asked to present a second, also consisting of ten episodes. The second revived series ended on 9 March 2010, which has not returned to ITV since.
Ben currently presents the ITV game show Tipping Point and has done so since the show began in 2012. He also hosts the celebrity version known as Tipping Point: Lucky Stars which began on 9 June 2013.
A brand new cookery programme known as What's Cooking? launched on Channel 4 in 2013. Ben hosted 65 episodes of the programme alongside actress Lisa Faulkner. After the end of the first series Ben announced on Twitter on 11 September 2013 that he will not be returning to the show.
Since 2013, Ben has been the face of Warburtons lunch thins.
Guinness World Records
- Highest Reverse Bungee Jump (3 October 2008)
- Tossing the Most Pancakes in one minute (23 February 2009): Ben was beaten the following day by Aldo Zilli
- The Most pumpkins smashed in one minute (29 October 2010)
Ben claimed that Guinness World Records were not interested when he wanted to break the World Record for The Highest Number of Egg Yolks Separated from Egg Whites Using a Bottle in 30 seconds.
|The Bigger Breakfast||Presenter|
|T4||Presenter||Launched presenter of teen strand on Channel 4|
|Maths 4 Real||Presenter|
|2000–2008||Entertainment Today||Co-presenter||Promoted to flagship programme in GMTV Today in 2005.|
|2002||Friends||Man with Microphone||Season 8, Episode 22 - The One Where Rachel is Late (Uncredited)|
|2004–2006||The Xtra Factor||Presenter||Spin off from The X Factor|
|2005–2010||GMTV Today||Presenter||Quit in 2010, Shephard's most recognised role.|
|2005–||This Morning||Presenter||Regular guest presenter, stand-in for Phillip Schofield|
|The Xtra Factor – Battle of the Stars||Presenter|
|2007||Dancing on Ice Exclusive||Presenter||Spin-off from Dancing On Ice|
|2008||1 vs. 100||Presenter||Took over as presenter in the third and final series|
|Who Dares, Sings! ||Co-presenter||7 episodes|
|2009||Scream If you Know the Answer ||Contestant||1 episode|
|Rod Stewart: One Night Only||Presenter||1 episode|
|2009–2010||The Krypton Factor||Presenter||20 episodes|
|Ads of the Decade||Narrator||3 episodes|
|2010||Dancing on Ice Friday||Presenter||Spin-off from Dancing On Ice|
|2010—||Goals On Sunday||Co-presenter|
|UEFA Champions League
|Presenter||Secondary Host for Champions League
League Cup coverage presenter
|2010||Phil Collins: One Night Only||Presenter||2 episodes|
|2011||Safebreakers||Presenter||1 series, 8 episodes|
|2012—||Tipping Point||Presenter||4 series, 130 regular episodes, and 12 celebrity episodes|
|2013||What's Cooking?||Co-presenter||1 series, 65 episodes|
|Mystery Map||Co-presenter||1 series, 2 episodes|
|2004||A Bear's Christmas Tail||Carol Singer #1||TV Movie|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Diagon Alley Father||(Uncredited)|
|2006||Magic 105.4||Radio Presenter||Saturday breakfast slot|
|2008||Heat Radio||Radio Presenter||Monday evening slot|
Ben supports several charities including The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Haven House Children's Hospice and The Holly Lodge Centre. To help raise funds for these charities Ben takes part in many extreme physical challenges.
Since the year 2000, Ben has completed 14 marathons.
Ben also spent a long time and become good friends with 12 year-old Harry Moseley, who had supported Cancer Research UK for many years, despite suffering from brain cancer himself. Harry dedicated a lot of his time to help others who had cancer and with the help of Ben has been able to help more people beat cancer. In September 2011, Harry Moseley died but Ben remains involved with Harry's family and is now an ambassador for the Help Harry Help Others campaign in his memory.
In 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012, Ben played for England in Soccer Aid which aired live on ITV. Fellow players included Robbie Williams, Bradley Walsh, Ralf Little, and Paddy McGuinness. These events helped to raise money for Unicef. (Just a warning in advance to avoid disappointment that Ben might not be taking part in 2014's Soccer Aid, if there's one on, due to his work-load at Sky Sports.)
Another of Ben's charity challenges took place in early 2009 when Ben, along with eight other well-known celebrities climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Comic Relief. Joining him on the climb were Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh, Fearne Cotton, Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon, Ronan Keating, Denise van Outen and Chris Moyles.
In 2010, Ben and his friend Ivan ran the Coast-to-Coast Challenge, raising over £120,000 for the Children's Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. The run was 145 miles long and took them five days.
Shephard attended Chigwell School in Essex, and went on to achieve a 2:1 BA Hons degree from the University of Birmingham in Dance, Drama & Theatre Arts. A West Ham United supporter, he has also received honours in both rugby and football.
He married Annie Shephard (née Perks) on 25 March 2004. The couple have two sons.
- GMTV presenter Ben Shephard to quit the show Mirror, 30 June 2010
- Ben Shephard signs massive Sky deal Yahoo!, 27 July 2010
- Ben Shephard to leave GMTV GMTV, 22 April 2010
- ITV want to keep hold of Penny Smith and Ben Shephard Mirror, 26 April 2010
- Mystery Map...coming soon to ITV | presscentre
- Highest reverse bungee jump | Size Records | Explore Official World Records | Guinness World Records
- Most pumpkins smashed in one minute
- Find out all about GMTV Presenter Ben Shephard GMTV
- Ben Shephard to leave GMTV sofa BBC News, 21 April 2010
- Ben Shephard exits The X Factor to present DanceX The Sun, 2 March 2007
- Ben Shephard to present 1 vs. 100[dead link] Endemol UK
- Who Dares, Sings![dead link] ITV
- Ben Shephard - Scream If You Know The Answer! YouTube
- Ben Shephard to host revived Krypton Factor Broadcast, 26 November 2008
- Ben Shephard to take part in Soccer Aid[dead link] ITV
- Alumni Profiles - Ben Shephard University of Birmingham
- GMTV Profile - Ben Shephard gm.tv
- Official website
- Ben Shephard at the Internet Movie Database
- Ben Shephard at Sky Sports
- Ben Shephard on Google+
|Host of The Xtra Factor