Ben Shires

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Ben Shires
Born (1985-02-07) 7 February 1985 (age 38)
Yorkshire, England
Occupation(s)Presenter and comedian
Years active2013–present
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
TelevisionOfficially Amazing

Ben Shires is a British television presenter and comedian, currently working on TV channels CBBC and Dave. He hosts the Guinness World Records-themed children's show Officially Amazing, and is also a radio presenter on Heart Yorkshire.[1]


Shires initially aspired to be a lawyer. He was in a contest to become a new presenter for Channel 4's scheduling slot T4, but came up short. In 2013, he was employed by the BBC, and Officially Amazing began airing and has produced seven series since then. Shires presents alongside Haruka Kuroda and Al Jackson.

In 2015, Shires started presenting Match of the Day Kickabout, a spin-off of MOTD, designed for children. It was previously presented by Ore Oduba and Radzi Chinyanganya.

On 4 January 2016, he came joint second in Celebrity Mastermind, with his specialist subject being Leeds United.[2]

In 2016, Shires hosted World of Weird for Channel 4 and was in a Christmas celebrity special of Children quiz show Top Class.

In 2017, Shires was a contestant on Remotely Funny. He has written columns for The Huffington Post.

In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Shires hosted some of the BBC Bitesize Daily home-schooling shows.

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Channel
2013– Officially Amazing Presenter CBBC
2014 Fake Reaction Himself ITV2
Hacker Time CBBC
2015–Present – Match of the Day Kickabout Presenter CBBC


2016 World of Weird Channel 4
Mastermind Contestant BBC Two
Top Class CBBC
The Dog Ate My Homework Himself
2017 Marrying Mum and Dad Presenter
Remotely Funny Contestant
The Premier League Show Himself BBC Two
2018 All Over the Place Presenter CBBC


  1. ^ "Ben Shires Officially Amazing Presenter | CBBC". Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  2. ^ BBC iPlayer, Celebrity Mastermind 2015/2016 Episode 9

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