Matt Allwright

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Matt Allwright
Born Matthew Allwright
(1970-04-14) 14 April 1970 (age 45)
Wokingham, Berkshire, England[1]
Occupation Television presenter, journalist
Years active 1996-present
Employer BBC
Television Presenting:
Rogue Traders (2001—)
Food Poker (2007)
Watchdog (2009—)
The One Show (2010—)
You've Been Scammed (2011—)
Food Inspectors (2012—14)
Fake Britain (2013—)
Saints and Scroungers (2013—)
Keeping Britain Safe: 24/7 (2013-2014)
The Housing Enforcers (2014—)
Children 2
Official website

Matthew "Matt" Allwright (born 14 April 1970 in Wokingham[2])[citation needed] is an English television presenter and journalist who specialises in consumer affairs, best known for presenting shows such as Watchdog, Rogue Traders, Food Inspectors and Fake Britain for BBC One. Allwright is also an occasional presenter on The One Show.

Early life[edit]

Allwright was educated at two independent schools in Berkshire: at Dolphin School in Hurst (near Reading) and Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning, where he was Head Boy, followed by the University of Manchester, where he gained a degree in English.[3]



In 2001, Allwright began presenting Rogue Traders with Dan Penteado. The show was a 30-minute programme, but in 2009, the show was merged with Watchdog, with segments of Rogue Traders being shown throughout. Allwright co-hosted the programme with Penteado from 2001 until he was dropped by the BBC following Penteado's arrest. In 2008, Allwright and Penteado hosted a spin-off from Rogue Traders called Rogue Restaurants. Allwright co-presents Watchdog as well as the Rogue Traders sections of the show.

In 2004, Allwright has hosted Brassed Off Britain, Scambusters and Fat Nation for the BBC. In 2007, he presented Food Poker for BBC Two.

Since 2010, Allwright has guest hosted BBC One's The One Show, where he fills in for Matt Baker on numerous occasions, as well as being a regular reporter.

Since 2011, Allwright has hosted the BBC show You've Been Scammed.

On 10 January 2012, Allwright presented ITV game show The Exit List.

Since 2012, Allwright has co-hosted the BBC One programme Food Inspectors with Chris Hollins.

In 2013, Allwright replaced Dominic Littlewood in presenting BBC consumer rights programmes Fake Britain and Saints and Scroungers

In December 2013, Allwright began co-presenting the BBC One programme Keeping Britain Safe 24/7 with Julia Bradbury.

From 1 September 2014,[4] Allwright hosted The Housing Enforcers, a daytime programme for BBC One. There were ten forty-five minute episodes showing each week day for a run of two weeks.[5] A second series is currently in production for twenty forty-five minutes episodes.[6]


Allwright writes a weekly column for Best Magazine called Matt Sorts It! on the subject of consumer rights.

Personal life[edit]

Allwright is a patron of SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society).[7] He also supports the Dorset based Grace Secondary School Appeal bringing education and healthcare to the remote Nuba Mountains of the Sudan.[8] Allwright is a supporter of Liverpool Football Club.

Allwright is married with two children.[9]


Year Title Channel Role
1997-2001 Weekend Watchdog BBC One Presenter
2001-09 Rogue Traders BBC One Presenter
2004 Brassed Off Britain Presenter
Scambusters Presenter
Fat Nation Presenter
2006 The Wright Stuff Channel 5 Panellist
Just the Two of Us[10] BBC One Participant
2007 Food Poker BBC Two Presenter
2008 Rogue Restaurants BBC One Presenter
2009— Watchdog Co-presenter
2010—13 The One Show Relief presenter
2010 The Secret Tourist Presenter
2011— You've Been Scammed Presenter
2012 The Exit List ITV Presenter
2012—14 Food Inspectors BBC One Co-presenter
2013— Saints and Scroungers Presenter
Fake Britain Presenter
Keeping Britain Safe 24/7 Co-presenter
2014— The Housing Enforcers Presenter
Guest appearances


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