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Matt Edmondson
Born (1985-12-27) 27 December 1985 (age 32)
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Residence Greenwich, London
Nationality British
Occupation Television and radio presenter
Employer BBC, ITV
Television Fake Reaction
The Xtra Factor Live
Release the Hounds
Spouse(s) Bryony Emmett (m. 2013)
Children 1
Relatives Kate Arnell (sister)
Website Twitter

Matt Edmondson (born 27 December 1985)[1] is a British television and Sony Award-nominated radio presenter, best known for his work with BBC Radio 1 and ITV2.

Edmondson currently presents his own BBC Radio 1 show on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm. In 2016, he co-presented The Xtra Factor alongside Rylan Clark-Neal on ITV2.[2]



Edmondson was a CBBC continuity presenter from 2004 to 2006, prior to which, in 2002, he was a roving reporter for Channel 4's Richard & Judy.[3]

Edmondson co-presented the 2008 coverage of the Isle of Wight Festival for ITV2.[4] He also provided links and commentary for the MTV coverage of the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards. He presented reports from T in the Park 2009 for BBC One Scotland, BBC Two Scotland and BBC Three.[5]

On 26 June 2009, he presented The Saturdays at Work, a one-off behind-the-scenes documentary following the making of the video for The Saturdays' fifth single "Work" on Fiver.[6]

Edmondson also provided voiceovers for 4Music and presented Channel 4's Freshly Squeezed from 2010 until 2011.[7][8]

In May 2010, Edmondson presented highlights from The Great Escape Festival[9] and the Topman CTRL Student Tour[10] on Channel 4.

In 2009, Edmondson began presenting the online music-based show Sony Ericsson's Pocket TV.[11] which transferred to T4 for its second series.

In August 2010, Edmondson joined Fearne Cotton and Dave Berry to host coverage of the iTunes Festival for ITV2. He hosted the 2010 BT Digital Music Awards for ITV2 with Caroline Flack.

In March 2011, as part of Comic Relief's 24 Hour Panel People, where David Walliams took part in panel shows for 24 hours, Edmondson presented links in between some of the panel shows, as well as taking part in the last show.

Since 2012, Edmondson has narrated Totally Bonkers Guinness Book of Records for ITV2. Edmondson hosted panel show Fake Reaction for two series on ITV2 in 2013 and 2014. Edmondson narrated the reality programme Killer Magic for BBC Three in early 2014.

In 2014, Edmondson presented the ITV2 show TV OD.[12] On 24 October 2014, Edmondson appeared in a comedy sketch made for The Feeling Nuts Comedy Night on Channel 4 to raise awareness of testicular cancer.

On 27 June 2016, it was announced that Edmondson would co-host The Xtra Factor Live alongside Rylan Clark-Neal on ITV2. The series began on 27 August 2016 and was broadcast live from The Hospital Club.[13] The show was axed in January 2017.[14]

Edmondson narrated the third series of Impractical Jokers UK on Channel 5 and Comedy Central in 2016. In 2017, Edmondson took part in the BBC's Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief.[15]

He presents the ITV2 dating series Dress to Impress.[16] From 2017, Edmondson replaced Reggie Yates as the presenter of Release the Hounds on ITV2.[17]

In 2017 he co-hosted BBC Children In Need 2017.[18]


Edmondson was the resident interviewer for Holy Moly TV, from 2006 until 2008, where he conducted irreverent chats with celebrities on[19] and YouTube.[20]

During the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009, Edmondson wrote, produced, presented and edited a series of videos on YouTube.[21][citation needed] These blogs were seen by ITV and in 2010 were legitimised for 'The F Factor' on the official website.[citation needed]

Edmondson also wrote, produced, edited and provided the voiceover to re-caps of the sixth series of The Apprentice in the online show 'Fast Forward'. This was shown on the show's website. In 2012, he appeared in The Apprentice: Matt Edmondson Funny Bits and was available on The Apprentice's BBC webpage and the BBC's YouTube channel. Edmondson presented an online series for The Apprentice in 2013 entitled Matt Edmondson's Awkward Conversations, in which he interviewed each candidate after they were fired.


On 8 January 2010, Edmondson joined BBC Radio 1, and appeared every Friday on Fearne Cotton's show to report on entertainment news and showbiz gossip. His first appearance on Cotton's programme was on 15 January 2010.[22]

Edmondson began presenting the Sunday 10 am to 1 pm slot on BBC Radio 1 on 14 March 2010, filling in for regular presenter Sara Cox while she was on maternity leave.[23]

Edmondson started a weekly show on BBC Radio 1 on 6 April 2011 replacing Huw Stephens from 9 pm to 10 pm on Wednesdays.[24] However, on 19 December 2012, he presented his last Wednesday night show before moving to weekends in January 2013, taking over Vernon Kay's Saturday 10 am – 1 pm slot and Sara Cox's Sunday 10 am – 1 pm slot.

Edmondson is also a regular cover presenter for Scott Mills.

Other work

As well as presenting, Edmondson is a writer and producer, having written for the ITV show SMTV Live and Sky1's Shock Treatment. Edmondson has presented online spin-offs for The X Factor and The Apprentice and has occasionally appeared as a panellist on the BBC Two show You're Fired!.

Edmondson was a columnist for The X Factor magazine.[25] He appeared in the music video for the song "Make Peace Not War" by British grime artist Skepta.[26]

In 2015, Edmondson created and launched the party game 'Obama Llama'[27] and in 2016, he launched a second game called 'Rainbow Rage'.

In 2017 he wrote a children's book called 'The Greatest Magician in the World'.

Personal life

Edmondson is originally from Portsmouth and was educated at St Edmund's Catholic School, a Roman Catholic voluntary aided state comprehensive school in the city, before attending Havant College, a sixth form college in the town of Havant in Hampshire, now lives in Greenwich, London. His elder sister Kate Arnell is also a television presenter. In May 2012, Edmondson became engaged to his long-term girlfriend Bryony Emmett, and the pair married in 2013.[28] In September 2016, Edmondson missed an episode of The Xtra Factor Live. During the show, it was announced that Bryony had gone into labour, and at the end of the show it was announced that she had given birth to a baby girl.[29]


Year Title Channel Role Notes
2002 Richard & Judy Channel 4 Roving reporter
2004–2006 CBBC CBBC Continuity presenter
2008 Isle of Wight Festival ITV2 Co-presenter
MTV Europe Music Awards MTV Links presenter and commentator
2009 T in the Park BBC Reporter
The Saturdays at Work Fiver Narrator One-off episode
2009–?? Sony Ericsson's Pocket TV Online and T4 Presenter
2010 BT Digital Music Awards ITV2 Co-presenter
iTunes Festival Co-presenter
The Great Escape Festival Channel 4 Presenter Highlights show
Topman CTRL Student Tour Presenter Highlights show
2010–2011 Freshly Squeezed Co-presenter
2011–2012 T4 Co-presenter
2011 24 Hour Panel People BBC Online Links presenter One-off TV special
2012, 2013 Utterly Outrageous Reality TV Moments ITV2 Narrator 2 episodes
2012— Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records Narrator 3 series
2013–2014 Fake Reaction Presenter 2 series
2013— The Apprentice: You're Fired! BBC Two Panellist Occasional episodes
2013— The Apprentice Extras BBC Online Presenter Rap up, meet the candidates
2014 Killer Magic BBC Three Narrator 1 series
TV OD ITV2 Presenter 1 series
2015 Hacker's Birthday Bash: 30 Years of Children's BBC[30] CBBC Himself One-off special
2016 Impractical Jokers UK Channel 5 / Comedy Central Narrator Series 3
The Xtra Factor Live ITV2 Co-presenter Series 13
2017 The Dengineers CBBC Himself 1 episode; guest
Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief[31] BBC One Himself Contestant
The Playlist CBBC Guest presenter
Len Goodman's Partners in Rhyme BBC One Creator[32]
Dress to Impress[33] ITV2 Creator, writer & narrator
2017— Release the Hounds ITV2 Presenter
2017 Saturday Mash-Up! BBC One & CBBC Guest
2017- Children in Need BBC One Himself
Year Station Show Role Slot
2010 BBC Radio 1 Fearne Cotton Segment presenter Big Five (Friday)
2010 Sara Cox Stand-in presenter Sundays 10 am – 1 pm
2011— The Matt Edmondson Show Presenter Wednesday 9 – 10 pm
2013— Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 1 pm
Scott Mills Stand-in presenter Weekdays 1 – 4 pm


  1. ^ Profile – Matt Edmondson BBC Radio 1
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  3. ^ Archived 19 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ ITV Music – Isle Of Wight Festival
  5. ^ BBC presenter line-up for T In The Park 2009 announced BBC Press Office, 17 June 2009
  6. ^ The Saturdays at Work Archived 27 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ The Big Pink, Yeasayer, Miike Snow, We Have Band play TopMan Tour[permanent dead link] God is in the TV, 24 March 2010
  8. ^ Matt Edmondson Archived 16 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Money Management
  9. ^ The Great Escape Festival Channel 4, 22 May 2010
  10. ^ Topman CTRL Student Tour Channel 4, 29 May 2010
  11. ^ PocketTVshow's Channel YouTube
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  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
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  18. ^ "BBC - BBC Children in Need Appeal 2017 raises an incredible £50 million! - Media Centre". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  19. ^ Latest Video HolyMoly!
  20. ^ MrHolyMoly's Channel YouTube
  21. ^ MattEdmondson's Channel YouTube
  22. ^ Matt Edmonson joins Radio 1 BBC Press Office, 8 January 2010
  23. ^ Matt Edmondson to cover for Sara Cox on Radio 1 BBC Press Office, 23 February 2010
  24. ^ Huw Stephens to host Radio 1 weekend show BBC Press Office, 1 February 2011
  25. ^ Pop star to TV presenter – the future of X Factor?
  26. ^ Skepta – Make Peace Not War
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  28. ^ "Matt Edmondson Engaged – WittySparks News". 17 May 2012. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
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