Matthew Pritchard

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Mathew Pritchard
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Pritchard in February 2008
Mathew Pryderi Pritchard

(1973-03-30) 30 March 1973 (age 47)
Cardiff, Wales
OccupationSkateboarder, stunt performer, celebrity chef

Mathew Pryderi Pritchard (born 30 March 1973) is a Welsh professional skateboarder, stunt performer, and celebrity chef. He regularly appeared as a stunt performer on Dirty Sanchez, Wrecked, and Balls of Steel. In 2019, he hosted the first BBC vegan cookery show, Dirty Vegan. He authored two cookbooks: Dirty Vegan and Dirty Vegan: Another Bite.


Early career[edit]

Pritchard worked for Globe Shoes for six years and later designed his own signature shoe, a Sleep When You're Dead model named after his motto.[1] He began skateboarding at the age of 15. His first sponsor was City Surf skate shop in Cardiff.[2]

Dirty Sanchez and Balls of Steel[edit]

Pritchard filmed the skating video Pritchard vs Dainton, in which Pritchard and Lee Dainton skated against, hit, and pranked each other. This formed the basis of Dirty Sanchez,[citation needed] an MTV stunt programme starring Pritchard, Dainton, Michael "Pancho" Locke, and Dan Joyce.[3] This ran from 2003 to 2008,[citation needed] and in 2006 the four released Dirty Sanchez: The Movie, in which they traveled around the globe doing stunts and pranks that related to the Seven Deadly Sins.[4] Pritchard was also involved in multiple spin-off series. Dainton and Pritchard hosted MTV's 2007 stunt-based game show Wrecked,[citation needed] and Sanchez Get High was a spin-off in which Pritchard and Dainton visited indigenous peoples and took traditional medicines.[3] It aired in 2009.

Pritchard appeared with Locke as the "Pain Men" in 10 episodes of the Channel 4 game show Balls of Steel, which ran from 2005–2008.[5]

Dirty Vegan[edit]

Pritchard became vegan in 2015 after watching Cowspiracy.[6] In 2017, he launched a YouTube-based cookery series called Proper Vegan Cookin'.[7] In 2019, he hosted Dirty Vegan, the BBC's first vegan cookery show.[8] He also produced tie-in cookbooks for the series: Dirty Vegan and Dirty Vegan: Another Bite.[9][10][11]

Personal life[edit]

On 7 September 2009, Pritchard was attacked with a set of keys in a supermarket in Toftwood, Norfolk, suffering serious stab wounds to his neck and chest.[12][13] His assailant was jailed for five years in 2010, after being found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.[14]


  1. ^ "Dirty Sanchez The Movie – Home". 10 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Mathew Pritchard – City Surf Cardiff: Surf & Skate Shop est. 1986". 7 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b Bevan, Nathan (13 July 2018). "An oral history of Dirty Sanchez". walesonline.
  4. ^ "Dirty Sanchez". Empire. 25 August 2006.
  5. ^ Walker, Danny (21 August 2015). "Where are the stars of Balls of Steel now?". mirror.
  6. ^ "Meet the star of Dirty Vegan - Matt Pritchard | Vegan Food & Living". Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  7. ^ Hughes, Marcus (8 September 2017). "Dirty Sanchez star Pritchard launches online vegan cooking show". walesonline.
  8. ^ "A brand new vegan cookery show is set to air on the BBC". Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Dirty Sanchez star to host vegan show". 21 November 2018 – via
  10. ^ Horton, Helena (2 January 2019). "BBC goes vegan with vegetable-packed cookery show hosted by former daredevil" – via
  11. ^ Morrissy-Swan, Tomé (31 December 2019). "Dirty Vegan Another Bite cookbook review: Avoids fake meats and celebrates proper plant-based food" – via
  12. ^ Hall, Sarah. "MTV star stabbed in Norfolk attack". Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  13. ^ "Dirty Sanchez man stabbed in shop". BBC News. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  14. ^ "Dirty Sanchez stabbing man jailed". 27 August 2010 – via

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