Phillip Schofield

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Phillip Schofield
Born Philip Bryan Schofield[1]
(1962-04-01) 1 April 1962 (age 52)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Residence Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
Nationality British
Ethnicity English
Occupation Broadcaster
Years active 1982–present
Employer ITV
Agent James Grant
Height 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m)
Television This Morning (2002–)
The British Soap Awards (2006–)
All Star Mr & Mrs (2008–)
The Cube (2009–)
The Sun Military Awards (2009–)
Text Santa (2011–)
You're Back in the Room (2015–)
Spouse(s) Stephanie Lowe (m. 1993)
Children Molly May Schofield (b. 1993)
Ruby Schofield (b. 1996)
Website
Official Website

Phillip Bryan Schofield (born 1 April 1962) is an English television presenter and television personality who is employed by ITV. He is most recognised for presenting the ITV lifestyle programme This Morning which he has co-hosted since 2002 with Fern Britton until her departure and more recently Holly Willoughby. In addition to his roles on This Morning, Schofield has presented All Star Mr & Mrs with Fern Britton between 2008 and 2010 and solo since 2012. Since 2009, he has presented the BAFTA Award—winning game show The Cube on ITV.

Schofield has been a well known and respected face on British television for almost 30 years and is one of ITV's most popular presenters, hosting several daytime and primetime programmes on the channel.


Early life and career[edit]

Schofield was born in the Lancashire town of Oldham.[1] He grew up in Newquay in Cornwall, where he attended Trenance Infant School and Newquay Tretherras School.[2][3] When he was 15, his first foray into media was a Sunday show on Hospital Radio Plymouth.[2] After many years of writing letters to the BBC, at 17, Schofield took up the position of bookings clerk for BBC Radio at Broadcasting House in London, where he was, at the time, the youngest employee.[2]

Television[edit]

Early television roles[edit]

Aged 19, Schofield moved with his family to New Zealand, where he made his television début as the initial presenter of the youth music programme Shazam! on 23 February 1982.[4] He also spent two years working for the Auckland-based station Radio Hauraki.[2]

In 1985, Schofield returned to Britain, where he became the first in-vision continuity presenter for Children's BBC on weekdays for two years from September 1985.[2] In 1988, Schofield was a presenter of Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, a children's magazine come awards show.

A chance encounter with Danny La Rue inspired him to further his career in the public spotlight and he spent an evening each week dancing at local clubs before deciding to focus entirely on his presenting career. Schofield left the "Broom Cupboard" to present Going Live! on Saturday mornings between September 1987 and April 1993.[2] He then moved to adult-orientated TV with various programmes for ITV, such as Schofield's Quest, Schofield's TV Gold and Ten Ball. From 1994 to 1997, Schofield presented Talking Telephone Numbers for five series, and the National Lottery Winning Lines programme for BBC One between June 2001 and October 2004.

This Morning[edit]

See also: This Morning
This Morning (2002—)

Since 2002, Schofield has been a presenter on ITV daytime show This Morning with Fern Britton until 2008 and with Holly Willoughby since 2009.

In May 2008 Schofield's father, Brian, died from a long-standing heart condition,[citation needed] which led to Schofield's taking a break from presenting This Morning. John Barrowman stood in for him until his return.

On 8 November 2012, Schofield interviewed the prime minister David Cameron on This Morning and presented him with a list he had obtained from the internet of five people named as paedophiles in connection with the North Wales child abuse scandal. The names of several former senior Conservative politicians were said to be visible on the list. Cameron responded by warning against a witchhunt "particularly about people who are gay". Schofield was widely criticised for this action,[5] with broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby describing his behaviour as 'cretinous'.[6] Schofield later apologised (via fellow presenter Ruth Langsford, putting the blame on the camera operator).[7]

Dancing on Ice[edit]

Main article: Dancing on Ice
Dancing on Ice (2006-2014)

Between 2006 and 2014, Schofield co-hosted the ITV skating show Dancing on Ice with Holly Willoughby between 2006 and 2011. Willoughby left the show after the 2011 series and was replaced by Christine Bleakley who co-hosted Dancing on Ice with Schofield for three series from 2012 until 2014.

It was announced in the summer of 2013 that Dancing on Ice was to come to an end following the 2014 series.[8][9] The final ever episode of the show aired live on 9 March 2014.

Game shows[edit]

Between 2002 and 2006, Schofield co-hosted the BBC quiz show Test the Nation with Anne Robinson. In July 2006, Schofield signed an exclusive two-year contract, reported to have been worth £5 million. The exclusive deal also meant he could no longer present Test the Nation and was replaced by Danny Wallace.[10]

The Cube (2009—)

Since April 2008, Schofield and Fern Britton hosted a revival of the ITV game show Mr. and Mrs., renamed as All Star Mr & Mrs. In 2010, the show took a break but returned in 2012 without Britton.

Since 2009, Schofield has presented ITV game show The Cube, which airs in the Saturday night slot.

In August 2014, it was announced that Schofield would host a primetime show called You're Back in the Room for ITV that will air in early 2015.[11]

Other presenting[edit]

Since 2006, Schofield has presented The British Soap Awards, between 2006 and 2008 he hosted the programme with Fern Britton but since 2009, Schofield has hosted alone.

During the run of the ITV reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, Schofield co-hosted the spin-off series I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here! Exclusive with Sheree Murphy.

Schofield has also presented two series of Have I Been Here Before?, a programme in which a celebrity attempts to use regression to get in touch with a previous life.

Since 2009, Schofield has co-hosted the annual A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards alongside Amanda Holden. The duo took over from Tess Daly who hosted the ceremony in 2008. The show airs every December on ITV.

In 2010 and 2011, Schofield hosted the annual comedy show The Comedy Annual on ITV

Since 2011, Schofield has co-hosted Christmas charity show Text Santa on ITV, alongside Christine Bleakley in 2011 and Holly Willoughby in 2012 and 2013.

In April 2011 and June 2012, Schofield co-hosted ITV's coverage of the Royal Wedding and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, both alongside Julie Etchingham.

In March 2014, Schofield narrated the one-off ITV2 show Educating Joey Essex. The show was commissioned for a full series which began in June 2014.[12][13]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987–1993 Going Live! Presenter
1994–1997 Talking Telephone Numbers Presenter
1995 Tenball Presenter
2001–2004 National Lottery Winning Lines Presenter
2002– This Morning Co-presenter
2002–2006 Test the Nation Presenter
2006 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Exclusive Co-presenter
2006–2014 Dancing on Ice Co-presenter
2006— The British Soap Awards Presenter
2008, 2009 Beat the Star Guest presenter 2 episodes
2008–2010, 2012– All Star Mr & Mrs Presenter
2009– The Cube Presenter
A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards Co-presenter
2010–2011 The Comedy Annual Presenter
2011– Text Santa Co-presenter
2014— Educating Joey Essex Narrator
2015— You're Back in the Room Presenter

Other appearances[edit]

Radio[edit]

While working as presenter of Going Live!, Schofield was also broadcasting on BBC Radio 1 with a Sunday show (also called Going Live). When Radio 1 made the switch from medium wave to full use of FM stereo in 1988, Schofield was one of the presenters chosen to help with the launch by officiating at the turning on of the Southend transmitter. During his 2005 appearance on Room 101, Schofield recalled how a large crowd gathered in expectation of Simon Mayo arriving by helicopter to turn on the transmitter. Due to a miscommunication, however, Mayo instead flew to Norwich. Realising the crowd would be disappointed by Mayo's failure to appear, Schofield and an unnamed producer fled without revealing the news, and left the crowd – which included the town's mayor – still watching the sky. For this reason, and as a result of a later incident involving wing walking on an aeroplane leaving Southend Airport, Schofield chose Southend as one of his pet hates for the programme.

In February 2010, Schofield launched Radio Plymouth in Devon.

Theatre[edit]

Schofield tried his hand at theatre, and took over the role of Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat from Jason Donovan on the West End stage. Another theatre production he was involved in was Doctor Dolittle.

Music[edit]

While appearing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Schofield was approached to record a cover of Close Every Door to be released as a single.[14] The single was released in December 1992 on Polydor Records and peaked at number 27 on the UK Singles Chart.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In March 1993 Schofield married Stephanie Lowe,[16] a BBC Production Assistant whom he met while at BBC Children's Television. The couple have two daughters, Ruby and Molly, and live near Henley-on-Thames. Schofield is good friends with Holly Willoughby and Christine Bleakley.[17][18]

Schofield collects Bordeaux wines, an interest kindled by friend Jason Donovan. Asked in 1992 to introduce a compilation video for Donovan, Schofield refused to accept payment. Stock, Aitken and Waterman sent him two cases of Burgundy with a set of tasting notes; he joined the Wine Society two years later.[19]

In 2013, Schofield began writing for the Waitrose Weekend newspaper and has been the face of wine in their UK stores.[20]

Charity[edit]

Schofield is a patron of the charity CHASE hospice care for children, which offers help and support to families of children who are not expected to reach their 19th birthday. In conjunction with rose specialist C&K Jones, he launched the Schofield rose in support of CHASE at Gardeners' World June 2006. Each rose sold attracts a donation to CHASE. Schofield is also an ambassador for children's charity Kidscape and age-positive charity WRVS.[21]

Schofield is a supporter of the Text Santa appeal and annually co-hosts their telethon each December on ITV.

On 8 October 2012, Schofield became an Honorary Patron of the Blue Lamp Foundation, a UK based charity which raises money to support emergency services personnel who have been injured in the course of duty.[22]

Awards[edit]

2003

2004

2009

2010

  • TV Times Awards: Favourite Daytime Programme (This Morning)

2011

2012

2013

2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Debrett's People of Today 2005 (18th ed.). Debrett's. p. 1459. ISBN 1-870520-10-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Phillip's Biography Page". Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "TV presenter at old school". The West Briton. 13 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Shazam! series". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Phillip Schofield criticised for paedophile list 'stunt'". BBC News. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Mason, Rowena (8 November 2012). "Phillip Schofield reported to Ofcom over paedophile list". The Daily Telegraph. 
  7. ^ Burrell, Ian (8 November 2012). "Downing Street attacks Phillip Schofield for ambushing Prime Minister with internet-sourced list of suspected paedophiles". The Independent. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "ITV to replace 'Dancing on Ice' with "juggernaut entertainment series" – Dancing on Ice News – Reality TV". Digital Spy. 3 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "'Dancing on Ice' to air final series in 2014, confirms Torvill and Dean – Dancing on Ice News – Reality TV". Digital Spy. 21 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Digital Spy. 22 July 2006 http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds35131.html |url= missing title (help). 
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  14. ^ "Close Every Door / Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Phillip Schofield, Andrew Lloyd Webber: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.com. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "ChartArchive – Phillip Schofield – Close Every Door". Chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  16. ^ He stated on 14 September 2010, he was married in March 1993[citation needed]
  17. ^ "Simply The Best 7 Days A Week :: Dancing on Ice :: Caring Phil Schofield in a vigil for dad". Daily Star. 19 February 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Biography | Phillip Schofield". Officialphillipschofield.com. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  19. ^ Atkin, Tim (21 April 2001). "My wine cellar". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  20. ^ "Phillip Schofield teams up with Waitrose – News – Media Management". James Grant. 22 March 2013. 
  21. ^ [4][dead link]
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External links[edit]

Preceded by
John Leslie
Co-host of This Morning
2002–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent