16 October 1977 |
Canterbury, Kent, England
|Education||Fulston Manor School|
|Known for||Police officer, television presenter, security guard|
Rav Wilding (born 16 October 1977) is an English television presenter, whose former professions include security guard at Harrods, soldier, police officer and from June 2004 to December 2011 was a presenter on Crimewatch.
Early life and education
Military and police career
After secondary school he took an apprenticeship in construction before joining the British Army at seventeen.
On leaving the army in 1999, Wilding started working at Harrods in Knightsbridge as part of the security team. After approximately nine months at Harrods, Wilding's application to join the Metropolitan Police Service was accepted and he started training school. Wilding joined the Service at the start of 2000 and was posted to Peckham in South London. While based at Peckham in Southwark, he was involved in the high-profile police investigation surrounding the death of Damilola Taylor. Wilding was part of a specialist unit specifically created in the aftermath of the murder where he worked on the tough North Peckham Estate where Taylor was killed.
After two years as a policeman he responded to an advert for people to partake in a jungle adventure, to live for three months in an Australian rain forest for a new television programme on Channel 4 called Eden. After numerous auditions and around 50,000 applicants Wilding was picked for the programme and flew out to New South Wales.
After three months in the jungle, Wilding returned to Britain and went back to work in the police but this time in to the CID. Working within CID, Wilding was posted to units focusing on robbery, burglary and major investigations as well as a long spell working on a Sapphire unit dealing with rape and sexual assault allegations. He was quickly selected for Detective training and became a Detective Constable for the last six years of his service. Wilding worked on many high-profile cases, appearing regularly at the Old Bailey.
Wilding had to go through numerous interviews and auditions as well as formal television presenter training. Having also auditioned for Blue Peter, he was offered a part on BBC Crimewatch, which he has appeared on since 2004. After taking a period of unpaid leave, Wilding resigned from the police force in February 2008 to concentrate on TV work.
Wilding is a regular reporter on crime issues for BBC One's The One Show. Since 21 April 2008, Wilding has co-presented a new programme called Missing Live, shown every weekday morning on BBC One. In August 2008, he hosted the twenty-episode fly-on-the-wall series following the lives of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Helicopter Heroes on BBC One. He has also fronted two series of the daily live show Crimewatch Roadshow for BBC One and will present the third series in June 2011.
In January 2008, he won a celebrity edition of The Weakest Link and Ready Steady Cook. On 29 December 2008, Wilding appeared on Celebrity Mastermind. His specialist subject was The Human Body. He came last with only fifteen points. In 2011 he took a role on CBBC as co-presenter and dunk tester for Dave Benson Phillips in the remake of Get Your Own Back.
In August 2009, Wilding was revealed as one of the contestants in Strictly Come Dancing and was partnered with Aliona Vilani. Wilding was made fourth favourite by bookmakers behind former boxer Joe Calzaghe and actor Ricky Whittle, however he became the third celebrity to be eliminated on the show after failing to be saved in the dance-off, on 3 October 2009.
In September 2010, Wilding went to the front line of British Military operations in Afghanistan filming a series for BBC called Remembrance Week. Whilst filming he witnessed a bomb blast that killed one of the serving soldiers with the unit he was filming (The second Battalion the Duke of Lancasters Regiment) The Lions of England. The series focused on both past and present conflicts.
Since February 2011, Wilding has been a host of the CBBC show Cop School, educating the youth on how to be a police officer. It was renamed Hero Squad in 2012 and the second series, looking at other emergency services' including the police, aired in October 2012. In March 2011, he presented the BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary series Neighbourhood Blues which focuses on how the police help communities and how they fight crime.
In August 2011, Wilding hosted a Crimewatch special on the riots in England.
On 15 December 2011 Kirsty Young, Wilding's Crimewatch co-host, stated that it would be his last show. Since June 2009, Wilding presents accompanying series, Crimewatch Roadshow, every morning live on BBC1. Series 4 aired in June/July 2012.
On 13 August 2012, Wilding started a new series called Frontline Police. In the series he joins the Essex Police force and goes back to his roots of when he was in the Metropolitan Police. The show currently airs every Monday at 8pm on Channel 5.
Wilding presents Crime Scene Rescue on BBC One; the show began on 15 April 2013.
He took part in an episode of Tipping Point: Lucky Stars on ITV.
Resident in Kent, Wilding was engaged to air hostess and former girlfriend of footballer Rio Ferdinand, Lauren Alcorn, and then briefly dated reality television star, Chantelle Houghton. He is currently engaged to the producer of ITV's Loose Women, Jill Morgan.
- Missing Live to return to BBC1 guardian.co.uk, 16 May 2008
- Rav Wilding: I get marriage proposals every day Mirror.co.uk, 27 April 2008
- Helicopter heroes return Craven Herald, 24 August 2008
- Miriam O'Reilly joins Rav Wilding on BBC One Daytime's Crimewatch Roadshow BBC Press Office, 8 April 2011
- Rav Wilding Internet Movie Database
- Strictly reveals dancing line-up BBC News, 25 August 2009
- Strictly Come Dancing Betting Odds Make Joe Calzaghe And Ricky Whittle Favourites Ahead Of Week One Online Betting, 9 September 2009
- Episodes from Remembrance Week BBC One, November 2010
- Laila's Strictly comforting Rav The Sun, 23 December 2009
- Chantelle: Rav's my perfect man The Sun, 21 December 2010