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Dave Benson Phillips
Born (1965-02-03) 3 February 1965 (age 53)[1]
Nationality British
Occupation Children's television presenter
Years active 1981–present

Dave Benson Phillips (born 3 February 1965)[1] is a British entertainer and children's television presenter, best known for his work presenting Playhouse Disney (1998-2006) and The Fun Song Factory (1994-1999). He also presented the popular CBBC game show Get Your Own Back which he now tours with around the UK.


Benson Phillips became interested in showbusiness while working as an usher at the Polka Children's Theatre in Wimbledon, London, and began his career as an entertainer by busking and performing at children's parties.[2] He subsequently went on to work for Pontins as a Bluecoat, and a Children’s Uncle for Haven Holidays.[3] While working at Haven, a talent scout saw him perform, and he was invited by BBC Manchester to audition for Play School.[3] His audition was successful, but the show was pulled out of production shortly after he signed the contract; however, it was recommissioned as Playbus (later renamed to Playdays), which ran for 9 years.[3]

In 1991, he was given his own show, Get Your Own Back,[3] which was shown on BBC One (and later CBBC) between 1991 and 2003, and was a game show consisting of one child contestant and one of their peers (such as a relative or teacher) who, in the child's eyes, had done something unreasonable, and for which the child wanted revenge. In 1999, the show was nominated for a BAFTA.[4]

In 1996, he was given his own show on ITV, Wake Up in the Wild Room.[3] Phillips operates Chester Benson Productions, a production company which provides entertainment, removals and transportation services, and offers inflatables for hire, such as bouncy castles.[5]

In May 2012, he co-hosted a rock festival in Cookham alongside fellow broadcaster Pat Sharp.[6] During the summer, he appeared as a panelist on Big Brother's Bit on the Side on Channel 5.[7]

In 2013, Phillips made a guest appearance in Sooty. Phillips plays himself in an award-winning mockumentary webseries called Getting Back with Dave Benson Phillips [8][9] which began in 2017. The series by Andrew River was invited to showcase at MCM London Comic Con [10] and the cast includes Pat Sharp and Ewen MacIntosh.[11] The series and spin off In Production[12] are available to watch on YouTube.[13] He has most recently been seen working as a professional wrestler, after having also done so whilst working as a blue coat at Pontins.[14]

Death hoax and other online attacks[edit]

In 2009, Benson Phillips was the victim of a death hoax perpetrated across the internet which maintained that he had died in a car crash.[15] There were other false rumours that he was presenting on a soft porn TV sex line, and that he was no longer being hired because he had had a nervous breakdown.[15] In 2017 Phillips spoke with the Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on an inquiry into fake news. [16]


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  1. ^ a b "Dave Benson Phillips". IMDB. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Poop, poop – acting's fun!". News & Star. 27 January 2011. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Dave Benson Phillips, Children's Television Presenter". Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012. [unreliable source?]
  4. ^ "Awards Database". BAFTA. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dave Benson Philips". Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Coulon, Jade (15 May 2012). "Record 6,000 crowd pack out Cookham rock festival". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Big Brother's Bit on the Side Series 4, Endemol UK, Channel 5.
  8. ^ "Get Your Own Back's Dave Benson Phillips is... back". Digital Spy. 2017-09-13. Retrieved 2018-01-16. 
  9. ^ "News". Getting Back with Dave Benson Phillips. Retrieved 2018-01-16. 
  10. ^ "Get back with kids' TV icon Dave Benson Phillips at London Comic Con | London Comic Con". Retrieved 2018-01-16. 
  11. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Getting Back With Dave Benson Phillips - YouTube Sitcom - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2018-01-16. 
  12. ^ Getting Back with Dave Benson Phillips (2017-08-20), In Production on Getting Back with Dave Benson Phillips 1 of 7: NOEL EDMONDS OR DAVE BENSON PHILLIPS, retrieved 2018-01-16 
  13. ^ Getting Back with Dave Benson Phillips (2017-09-03), Getting Back with Dave Benson Phillips: Episode 1 of 5: The king of social media &the fallen vlogger, retrieved 2018-01-16 
  14. ^ [He has most recently been seen working as a pro wrestler appearing in an event for Riptide wrestling "Children's TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips set for wrestling debut as he opens up on grappling past"] Check |url= value (help). 
  15. ^ a b Cronin, Theo (2 March 2013). "THE INTERVIEW: "It got dark, very dark indeed," says television presenter reported dead". West Sussex County Times. 
  16. ^ "Impact of fake news on people and politics". Sky News. Retrieved 2018-01-16. 

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