|Born||Benjamin Peter Sherrington Shephard
11 December 1974
Epping, Essex, England
University of Birmingham
The Xtra Factor
The Krypton Factor
Goals on Sunday
Good Morning Britain
Ninja Warrior UK
|Spouse(s)||Annie Perks (m. 2004)|
|Children||Jack (b. 2005)
Sam (b. 2007)
Benjamin "Ben" Peter Sherrington 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, Tipping Point and Ninja Warrior UK.
He has more than 614,000 followers on his Twitter page @BenShephard.
Early life and education
Shephard was educated at Chigwell School, an independent school in the civil parish of Chigwell in the Epping Forest area of Essex, followed by the University of Birmingham, where he achieved a 2:1 BA Hons degree in Dance, Drama & Theatre Arts. A West Ham United supporter, he has also received honours in both rugby and football.
Shephard's career took off in 1998, when he began hosting Channel 4 spin-off show The Bigger Breakfast, alongside fellow presenters including Josie D'Arby, Melanie Sykes and Dermot O'Leary. That same year, Shephard became the first presenter of T4's teen strand on Channel 4, which launched on 25 October 1998. He also presented Control Freaks for the channel in 1998.
Shephard returned to Channel 4 in 2013 to present a brand new cookery programme called What's Cooking?. He hosted one series, alongside actress Lisa Faulkner, and then permanently left Channel 4 on 24 May 2013.
Between 2004 and 2006, Shephard presented the first three series of ITV2 spin-off programme The Xtra Factor, whilst Kate Thornton hosted the main show on ITV While hosting the show, Shephard also starred in The Xtra Factor – Battle of the Stars. He was replaced in 2007 by Fearne Cotton.
In 2006, Shephard co-presented reality singing contest Soapstar Superstar alongside Fern Britton. The programme returned the following year in 2007, without Shephard as the host. In 2007, Shephard co-hosted Dancing on Ice Exclusive, a spin-off series which aired on ITV.
Shephard has hosted two music specials on the channel, 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 aired the following year on 18 September 2010.
In 2009, ITV decided to revive the classic game show The Krypton Factor. Shephard was chosen to present the new series. Following the success of the first series, he was asked to present a second series the following year. This was aired in 2010. In 2010, Shephard co-presented a short-lived show called Dancing on Ice Friday alongside Coleen Nolan. The show was a spin-off from the main Dancing on Ice show.
In 2015, Ben co-presented the primetime game show Ninja Warrior UK for ITV. He presents the show alongside Rochelle Humes and Chris Kamara. The first series began airing on 11 April 2015 and continued for eight episodes.
Shephard joined the long-running programme GMTV in 2000 where he presented Entertainment Today alongside Jenni Falconer. He also became the main relief presenter for GMTV Today. Due to the departure of Eamonn Holmes in April 2005, Shephard became Fiona Phillips' co-host on GMTV Today, presenting on Mondays, Tuesdays and alternate Wednesdays. He continued to present Entertainment Today, but began to share duties with Michael Underwood. When GMTV relaunched in January 2009, his main co-host became Kate Garraway, presenting on Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays. He has also presented the show with Emma Crosby, Carla Romano and Penny Smith.
On 30 June 2010, Shephard announced his departure from GMTV, two months before the end of the programme, stating that he wished to spend more time with his family and do charity work. Ben presented his final episode of GMTV on 30 July 2010, before the programme was axed two months later in September. The show was then replaced by Daybreak hosted Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley and then later by Lorraine Kelly, Kate Garraway and Aled Jones
After just four years on air, Daybreak was axed in spring 2014 to make way for a brand new ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain. It was announced on 3 March 2014, that Shephard would be a presenter on the newly launched programme. Ben's first show was on 28 April 2014 and he currently hosts the show weekday mornings alongside Susanna Reid.
On 27 July 2010, Shephard announced that he had signed a new contract with Sky Sports, where he currently works on live football and co-presents Goals on Sunday (known as Soccer Extra when aired on a Bank Holiday Monday) alongside Chris Kamara in a deal reportedly worth £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.
In June 2012, Shephard made a guest appearance on the sports-based panel show A Question Of Sport. The following month he announced that he had permanently left the BBC in order to concentrate on his work with Sky Sports and ITV.
Ben appeared in the 2004 TV film A Bear's Christmas Tail as a carol singer. He also appeared in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in 2009. He played the role of Diagon Alley Father, but was uncredited.
From July to September 2012, Ben was a studio host for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Paralympic Games, which was only made available to view in the Olympic park. At this time, he also acted as a stadium commentator, where he introduced all of the action in the main arena, and he also interviewed celebrity guests.
Since 2013, Shephard has been the face of Warburtons lunch thins.
- Guinness World Records
Shephard currently holds two Guinness World Records:
- Highest reverse bungee jump (3 October 2008)
- Tossing the most pancakes in one minute (23 February 2009): Shephard was beaten the following day by Aldo Zilli
- The most pumpkins smashed in one minute (29 October 2010)
Shephard married Annie Perks on 25 March 2004. The couple have two sons: Jack (born in 2005) and Sam (born in 2007).
Shephard 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, he has completed 14 marathons.
Shephard 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 Shephard has been able to help more people beat cancer. In September 2011, Harry Moseley died but Shephard remains involved with Harry's family and is now an ambassador for the Help Harry Help Others campaign in his memory.
Another of Shephard's charity challenges took place in early 2009 when he, 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. The team raised £3,326,000 in total.
In 2010, Shephard 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.
In March 2011, Shephard designed blue and black striped hipsters for charity to help raise awareness of Prostate Cancer.
On 13 January 2014, Shephard joined his friend Ivan and burned ten thousand calories for the charity Seb4Chuf. However, despite this, Ben had warned his Twitter followers that if he picked up any injuries in the process, he might not be able to take part in 2014's Soccer Aid.
|1998||Control Freaks||Presenter||Channel 4|
|The Bigger Breakfast||Presenter|
|Maths 4 Real||Presenter||Channel 4||1 series|
|2000–2008||Entertainment Today||Co-presenter||ITV||Joined GMTV Today in 2005|
|2002||Friends||Man with Microphone||NBC||Guest appearance, 1 episode|
|2004–2006||The Xtra Factor||Presenter||ITV||Spin off from The X Factor|
|2005–2010||GMTV||Presenter||Left the show in 2010|
|2005, 2009–2011, 2014||This Morning||Presenter||Regular stand-in presenter|
|2006||Soapstar Superstar||Presenter||1 series|
|The Xtra Factor: Battle of the Stars||Presenter||ITV||3 series|
|2007||Dancing on Ice Exclusive||Presenter||Spin-off from Dancing on Ice|
|DanceX||Presenter||BBC One||1 series (7 episodes)|
|2008||1 vs. 100||Presenter||2 series (16 episodes)|
|Who Dares, Sings! ||Co-presenter||ITV||1 series (7 episodes)|
|2009||Scream! If You Know the Answer ||Contestant||Watch||1 episode|
|Rod Stewart: One Night Only||Presenter||ITV||1 episode|
|2009–2010||The Krypton Factor||Presenter||2 series (20 episodes)|
|Ads of the Decade||Narrator||3 episodes|
|2010||Dancing on Ice Friday||Co-presenter||Spin-off from Dancing on Ice|
|2010—||Goals On Sunday||Co-presenter||Sky Sports|
|2010–2014||UEFA Champions League||Presenter|
|2010||Phil Collins: One Night Only||Presenter||ITV||1 episode|
|2011||Safebreakers||Presenter||Sky1||1 series (8 episodes)|
|2012—||Tipping Point||Presenter||ITV||5 (regular), 2 (celebrity)|
|2013||What's Cooking?||Co-presenter||Channel 4||1 series (65 episodes)|
|Mystery Map||Co-presenter||ITV||1 series (2 episodes)|
|2014—||Good Morning Britain||Co-presenter||Weekdays|
|2015—||Ninja Warrior UK||Co-presenter||1 series (8 episodes)|
|2004||A Bear's Christmas Tail||Carol Singer No. 1||TV film|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Diagon Alley Father||Uncredited|
|2006||Magic 105.4||Presenter||Saturday breakfast slot|
|2008||Heat Radio||Monday evening slot|
- Alumni Profiles - Ben Shephard University of Birmingham
- GMTV Profile - Ben Shephard gm.tv
- 8.00pm - 9.00pm (2013-11-20). "Mystery Map Episode 1 | presscentre". Itv.com. Retrieved 2014-03-03.
- Mystery Map...coming soon to ITV | presscentre
- GMTV presenter Ben Shephard to quit the show Mirror, 30 June 2010
- "Susanna Reid quits BBC for ITV". BBC News Online. 3 March 2014.
- 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
- Highest reverse bungee jump | Size Records | Explore Official World Records | Guinness World Records
- Most pumpkins smashed in one minute
- Ben Shephard to take part in Soccer Aid[dead link] ITV
- 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
- Official website
- Ben Shephard - Good Morning Britain at itv.com
- Ben Shephard at Sky Sports
- Ben Shephard on Twitter
- Ben Shephard at the Internet Movie Database