Matthew Pritchard

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Matthew Pritchard
Matthew Pritchard.jpg
Pritchard in February 2008
Born
Mathew Pryderi Pritchard

(1973-03-30) 30 March 1973 (age 46)
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.

Career[edit]

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.[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. He has also produced a tie-in cookbook for the series.[8][9]

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.[10][11] His assailant was jailed for five years in 2010, after being found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.[12]

References[edit]

  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 https://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/showbiz/oral-history-dirty-sanchez-15-14898532
  4. ^ https://www.empireonline.com/movies/dirty-sanchez/review/
  5. ^ https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/balls-steel-10-years-now-6296244
  6. ^ "Dirty Sanchez wildman Matt Pritchard is pulling off his most radical caper yet... becoming a vegan". walesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  7. ^ https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/dirty-sanchez-star-mathew-pritchard-13593308
  8. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-46274408
  9. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/02/bbc-goes-vegan-first-plant-based-cookery-show/
  10. ^ Hall, Sarah. "MTV star stabbed in Norfolk attack". Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  11. ^ BBC (8 September 2009). "Dirty Sanchez man stabbed in shop". BBC News. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  12. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-11113707

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