Stephen Mulhern

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Stephen Mulhern
Stephen Mulhern.jpg
Stephen Mulhern in 2008
Born Stephen Daniel Mulhern
(1977-04-04) 4 April 1977 (age 38)
Minehead, Somerset, England
Occupation Television presenter, Entertainer, Magician
Employer ITV, Heart Radio
Known for Britain's Got More Talent (2007–)
Catchphrase (2013–)
Big Star's Little Star (2013–)
Get Your Act Together (2015–)
Reality Bites (2015–)
Official Website

Stephen Daniel Mulhern (born 4 April 1977)[1] is an English presenter, entertainer, and former magician, employed by ITV and Heart Radio, known for presenting several television and radio shows.[2]

Mulhern presents Britain's Got More Talent, Catchphrase, Big Star's Little Star, Get Your Act Together and Reality Bites.

Early life[edit]

Mulhern is the third of four children of Irish parents, Maureen (née Reid) and Christopher Mulhern and has two older brothers and a younger sister He spent some time working as a Redcoat at Butlins in Minehead, Somerset under the name 'Magic.'.



Mulhern attended St Bonaventure's Catholic Comprehensive School in Forest Gate, Newham; he began entertaining from a very young age and became interested in comedy and magic from his father, who would teach him a trick before bedtime when he was 13 years old. He was a member of The Magic Circle and became a successful TV magician.[citation needed] Magic credits have included The Quick Trick Show and more recently Tricky TV. Mulhern has released a number of children's magic sets and videos and has toured the UK with his show, Stephen's Mega Mad Magic Show. The show proved popular attracting large audiences. Mulhern has taken part in the Royal Variety Performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre with the Queen in attendance.[citation needed] and in 2012 he made a magic set.

In 2005, Mulhern created and presented the Channel 4 magic show Freaky and was credited as executive producer. In 2006, he performed a magic routine in an episode of The Slammer and came in second place; to the dance group "Flawless". "Flawless" went on to perform on Britain's Got Talent, which he presents the spin-off show for (Britain's Got More Talent). Mulhern's 2010 entertainment show Magic Numbers featured magic and illusions during the phone-in process. He does not work with a regular assistant for his illusion performances, preferring to work with a range of guest celebrity assistants. Most notable of these is his former Saturday Showdown co-host Holly Willoughby, who has assisted him on many occasions in a variety of illusions including being sawed in half.[3]



In 2002, Mulhern appeared in pantomime at the Fairfield Halls Theatre, Croydon.[5]

In 2003, Mulhern starred in "Sleeping Beauty" with Wendy van der Plank and Jimmy Savile at the Futurist Theatre, Scarborough.

In 2010, Mulhern starred in Aladdin at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, playing the lead role of Aladdin, however on dates when he was not able to play the role, due to television commitments, director and writer Paul Hendy stood in to take the role.

In 2011, Mulhern played Buttons in the pantomime Cinderella at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury with actor John Partridge as Prince Charming.

In 2012, Mulhern played Idle Jack in the Woking production of Dick Whittington with Ashleigh and Pudsey.[6]

In December 2013, Mulhern played Buttons in Cinderella at the Hawth Crawley. In 2014-15, he was in Sleeping Beauty at the Hawth Crawley. It was a huge hit with over 27,000 people attending in total.[7] In 2015, he will return to Cinderella at the Ashcroft Theatre.


On 5 August 2012, Mulhern began co-presenting Sunday breakfast from 8am to 12pm with Emma Willis across the Heart Network. The duo occasionally present the Heart London Breakfast show when regular hosts, Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton are away.[8]


Mulhern began presenting on CITV in 1998. He co-hosted four series of Finger Tips with Fearne Cotton from 2001 until 2003 and with Naomi Wilkinson in 2004. He presented children's show Tricky TV from 2005 to 2010. He also co-hosted Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown (originally called Ministry of Mayhem) with Holly Willoughby from 2004 to 2006.

From 2006 to 2007, Mulhern hosted the ITV2 spin-off Dancing on Ice: Defrosted, while Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby hosted the main show.

Since 2007, Mulhern has hosted ITV2 spin-off Britain's Got More Talent, which airs immediately after the main ITV show, which is hosted by Ant & Dec. Since 2013, Mulhern has become associated with the word 'unbelievable' which slowly became his catchphrase, usually used on Britain's Got More Talent as he walks offscreen at the end of a section, with Ant & Dec often mimicking him[9] and is also known for saying "doosh!".

From 2009 to 2011, Mulhern narrated the ITV entertainment show Animals Do the Funniest Things.

Since 2012, Mulhern has presented The Hub, a small segment on the ITV daytime show This Morning. He hosted the segment on Thursday and Friday mornings although had previously hosted on Wednesdays and Thursdays until the departure of Matt Johnson in the summer of 2013. Mulhern has occasionally presented the main show, standing in for the regular presenters.

In 2010, he hosted one series of the primetime game show Magic Numbers on ITV.

Mulhern hosted numerous episodes of ITV's The Big Quiz.

Since April 2013, Mulhern has presented a revived version of ITV game show Catchphrase. In September 2013, Mulhern began presenting ITV's Big Star's Little Star, a show which sees celebrities and their children compete to win up to £15,000 for charity.[10]

On 27 October 2013, Mulhern began hosting a live Sunday morning show called Sunday Side Up on ITV.[11] On 21 December 2013, Mulhern hosted entertainment special The Illusionists on ITV.[12] On 14 September 2014, Mulhern guest hosted an episode of Sunday Night at the Palladium.[13]

On 18 January 2015, Mulhern began presenting the ITV reality series Get Your Act Together.[14] On 5 February 2015, he began presenting ITV2 panel show Reality Bites .[15] On 30 May 2015, he presented The Magic Show Story a one-off special for ITV.[16]


Year Title Role Episodes
1998-2002 CITV Main Presenter
1999-2004 The Quick Trick Show Presenter
2000-04 Finger Tips Co-presenter
2003 You Can Do Magic Presenter
SMTV Live Presenter
2003-04 Globo Loco Presenter
2004 The Record of the Year Presenter
2004-06 Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown Co-presenter All
2005-06, 10 Tricky TV Presenter All
2006-07 Dancing on Ice: Defrosted Presenter All
2007— Britain's Got More Talent Presenter All
2009 All Star Impression Show Presenter
Anonymous Presenter All
2009-11 Animals Do the Funniest Things Narrator All
2010 Magic Numbers Presenter All
Coronation Street Uncovered: Live Presenter
The 5 O'Clock Show Co-Presenter Episode 14 and 15
2011-12 The Big Quiz Presenter All
2011-14 This Morning's Hub Presenter Thursdays,
2012 Emmerdale Live - The Fallout Presenter 17 October
All Star Mr & Mrs: Text Santa Special Presenter 21 December
2012-13 This Morning Stand-in Presenter 10 August 2012,
2 November 2012,
23 November 2012,
15 February 2013
2013— Catchphrase Presenter [17] Series 18—
Big Star's Little Star Presenter All
2013 Sunday Side Up Presenter All
The Paul O'Grady Show Guest Presenter 19 November, cover for O'Grady
The Illusionists Presenter 21 December
2014 Sunday Night at the Palladium Guest Presenter 14 September
2015 Get Your Act Together Presenter All
2015— Reality Bites Presenter All
2015 The Magic Show Story Presenter One-off programme
Guest appearances


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Mark Curry
Host of Catchphrase