Tom Williams (presenter)

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Tom Williams
Tom Williams 2013.jpg
Born (1970-10-16) 16 October 1970 (age 44)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Television and Radio Presenter
Notable credit(s) Host of The Mole – The Amazing Game and The Great Outdoors; winner of Dancing with the Stars in 2005
Spouse(s) Rachel Gilbert
Children Storm

Tom Williams (born 16 October 1970, Sydney) is an Australian television and radio presenter.

Career[edit]

Williams graduated from the Jesuit St Aloysius' College and worked as a Construction worker, and competed in surf lifesaving championships. One of Tom's first appearances on television was in the video clip of Melissa Tkautz's debut song "Read My Lips".

The turning point in William's life occurred in 2000, when he phoned into a radio show hosted by comic duo Merrick & Rosso. His style interested them so much that he was given a regular segment on the show. This was followed by an offer on long-running travel show The Great Outdoors in mid-2001.[1]

In 2002, Tom was the builder in the show Room for Improvement which was shown on the Seven Network, and in 2003, he was announced Australia's Celebrity Worst Driver which was shown on the Seven Network. Williams also appeared on a lifestyle special of The Weakest Link in which he didn't do well.

In 2005, Williams hosted the fifth season of The Mole – The Amazing Game however some fans have called for the return of former host, Grant Bowler. With the new series, Tom brought the concept of live eliminations, from Seven's Sydney studios in the city.

In 2005, Williams was one of several Seven Network celebrities who starred in Dancing with the Stars. During his time at Great Outdoors and over the course of the series Williams emerged as sex symbol. [2] In the show's finale, Tom danced shirtless with partner Kym Johnson and he was voted the winner. [1]

In April 2009, Williams relieved as sport presenter on Nova 969 during Merrick & Rosso with Kate Ritchie, whilst Marto was having surgery.

In 2010, Tom co-hosted Australia's Greatest Athlete with Mark Beretta on the Seven Network and also co-hosted No Leave, No Life with Rachel Finch.

In March 2011, Williams joined Classic Rock FM presenting Saturday mornings with Kate Mac.[3]

Tom has been a regular contributor to entertainment and lifestyle website Live4 since 2012.[4]

In June 2013, Williams was announced as co-host of a new afternoon entertainment program, The Daily Edition alongside Sally Obermeder, Kris Smith and Monique Wright.

Personal life[edit]

In February 2012, Williams announced his engagement to fashion designer Rachel Gilbert.[5]

In July 2013, Tom announced on The Daily Edition that his wife Rachel is pregnant with their first child.

On 8 January 2014, Rachel gave birth to daughter Storm.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Bec Hewitt & Michael Miziner
Dancing with the Stars (Australia)
Winner

Season 2 (Early 2005 with Kym Johnson)
Succeeded by
Ada Nicodemou & Aric Yegudkin
Preceded by
Mike Hammond
Gladiators
Host (with Zoe Naylor)

2008
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Andrew Voss
Michael Slater
Australia's Greatest Athlete
Host (with Mark Beretta)

2010
Succeeded by
Wendell Sailor
Preceded by
Grant Bowler
The Mole
Host

2005
Succeeded by
Shura Taft