Devin Griffin

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Dev
Birth name Devin Joseph Jordan Griffin
Born (1984-12-23) 23 December 1984 (age 29)
Hackney, London, England, UK
Station(s) BBC Radio 1
Time slot 7:00AM - 10:00AM
Style Pop
Country United Kingdom
Website Dev's Radio 1 Pages

Devin Joseph Jordan "Dev" Griffin (born 23 December 1984) is a British actor, radio presenter and DJ who is most commonly known for presenting the weekend breakfast show on BBC Radio 1.

Early life[edit]

Griffin was born on 23 December 1984 in Mill Hill, London, United Kingdom, to an Irish mother and a Jamaican father. He and his twin sister are the youngest of five siblings. He was educated at The Ravenscroft School and attended the after-school drama club at the Anna Scher Theatre School.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2002, whilst studying for his A Levels at The Ravenscroft School, Griffin landed a job co-presenting the children's interactive TV show Smile (credited as DJ Devstar) alongside his childhood friend Reggie Yates and Fearne Cotton.[1] Six months into filming, he was approached by BBC Radio 1Xtra to present a Saturday morning show with his Smile co-presenter Reggie; the 'Reg and Dev' show was born. In 2003 Griffin left Smile to concentrate on his radio career, and soon afterwards began presenting a solo show on 1Xtra on Sunday mornings. Since September 2009 he has presented the early morning breakfast show (Monday-Friday 4-6:30am).[2] On 10 January 2014, Radio 1 announced a schedule change that would see Dev who hosts the weekday early breakfast would swap shows with Gemma Cairney who presents the weekend breakfast show.

Acting[edit]

In 2006 Griffin created and starred in children's sitcom The Crust [3]

DJ[edit]

Griffin warmed up for Kanye West at the Hammersmith Apollo and Jurassic 5 at the London Astoria.

Radio[edit]

On 5 June 2009 the BBC announced that Dev was moving from his early breakfast show on BBC Radio 1Xtra across to BBC Radio 1 to take on the weekend breakfast show.[4] This show started in July 2009.

In a further shake up to their daytime programming, during the Summer of 2009, it was announced that Dev would be moving from Weekend Breakfast, to replace Greg James, as the host of the weekday Radio 1 overnight slot.

His first show as permanent presenter occurred on 21 September 2009. A new feature on his show is the 'CD Graveyard' feature, where listeners can send Dev their old CD singles and he will play them on Radio 1 one last time before sending them to the 'CD Graveyard' as CD Heaven or CD Hell. On Monday 23 November a new feature came into the show called "I'm here all week" where a listener gets to choose a song for each day with a theme for each day, Metal Monday, Trance Tuesday, One Hit Wonder Wednesday, First Bought Thursday and Freedom Friday. The latter feature is still running, but now goes by the name of "Resident DJ" and the categories have become; Mosh-Pit Monday, Cheesy Tuesday, Work-Out Wednesday, Zombie Apocalypse Thursday and Film Friday. Dev made his debut presenting the Radio 1 Breakfast Show sitting in for Nick Grimshaw in February 2014. Dev from 29 March will be taking over the Weekend Breakfast originally hosted by Gemma Cairney. Cairney will move to Griffin's previous slot of Mon-Fri 4am-6:30am.

Preceded by
Chappers and Dave
Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast Show host
July 2009- September 2009
Succeeded by
Edith Bowman
Preceded by
Greg James
Radio 1 Overnight Show host
September 2009-March 2014
Succeeded by
Gemma Cairney
Preceded by
Gemma Cairney
Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast Show host
March 2014 -
Succeeded by
N/A

Personal life[edit]

Dev currently lives in South London where he is the DJ in Left Step Band.[5]

Radio presenting[edit]

Television presenting[edit]

  • Smile (BBC2)
  • Bring It On (BBC1)

Television acting[edit]

  • The Crust — Starring Dev Griffin and Reggie Yates (Darrall Macqueen)
  • Emmerdale
  • I Bring You Frankincense (Crucial Films)
  • The Bill
  • Hollyoaks
  • "Babestation"
  • "Bob the Builder"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Devin Griffin". On It Artists. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "BBC 1xtra borrows Radio 1 DJs". Radio Today. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "The Crust". Darrall Macqueen. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Dev serves up weekend breakfast on Radio 1". BBC Press Office. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Left Step Band". MySpace. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 

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