Matt Allwright

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Matt Allwright
Born Matthew Allwright
(1970-04-14) 14 April 1970 (age 44)
Berkshire, England
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—)
The Exit List (2012)
Food Inspectors (2012—)
Fake Britain (2013—)
Saints and Scroungers (2013—)
Keeping Britain Safe: 24/7 (2013-14)
Children 2
Official website

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


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.[1]


In 2001, Matt began presenting Rogue Traders alongside 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. He co-hosted the programme with Penteado from 2001 until he was dropped by the BBC following Penteado's arrest. In 2008, Matt and Penteado hosted a spin-off from Rogue Traders called Rogue Restaurants. The show was later dropped by the network. Matt is currently a co-presenter for Watchdog as well as the Rogue Traders sections of the show.

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

Since 2010, Allwright has continued to guest host the BBC One daily magazine show The One Show where he has stood-in for Matt Baker on numerous occasions. He is also a regular reporter for the show.

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

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

Since 2012, Matt has co-hosted the factual BBC One programme Food Inspectors alongside Chris Hollins.

In 2013, Allwright began presenting the BBC consumer rights programmes Fake Britain and Saints and Scroungers, replacing Dominic Littlewood on both shows.

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


Year Title Channel Role
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[2] 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— Food Inspectors BBC One Co-presenter
2013— Saints and Scroungers Presenter
Fake Britain Presenter
Keeping Britain Safe 24/7 Co-presenter


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

Personal life[edit]

He is a patron of SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society).[3] He also supports the Dorset based Grace Secondary School Appeal bringing education and healthcare to the remote Nuba Mountains of the Sudan. He is a supporter of Liverpool Football Club.


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