Nick Grimshaw

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Nick Grimshaw
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Grimshaw at Vogue London Fashion Week reception at Winfield House, September 2014
Born Nicholas Peter Grimshaw
(1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 32)
Manchester,[citation needed] England
Residence London,[citation needed] England
Nationality British
Occupation Television and radio presenter
Years active 2006–present
Employer BBC, Channel 4
Known for T4
The Radio 1 Breakfast Show
Children In Need
Sweat the Small Stuff
The X Factor

Nicholas Peter Andrew "Nick" Grimshaw (born 14 August 1984)[citation needed] is an English television and radio presenter. He is best known for having hosted a variety of shows on BBC Radio 1 and has been host of The Radio 1 Breakfast Show since 2012. He is also known for his Channel 4 roles in T4 and The Album Chart Show. In 2015, he was a judge on the twelfth series of The X Factor.



Grimshaw joined BBC Radio 1 in September 2007, presenting the BBC's youth strand Switch with friend and fellow DJ Annie Mac. He hosted the show for 9 months solo while Mac hosted a weekend lunchtime slot. From October 2008 to May 2009, Grimshaw hosted Radio 1's Weekend Breakfast Show. Grimshaw then went on to present the 10 pm-midnight slot on BBC Radio 1 on 1 June 2009, following the departure of Colin Murray. He regularly joked over how long his position at BBC Radio 1 would last him and whether he would actually be able to complete his long list of "1000 Albums Everyone Says You Should Listen To But We Only Have Time To Play One Track So Here It Is" which was a nightly feature on his show. He managed to reach number 369, before he left for the breakfast show.[1]

Other features on his show included "Peaceful Ponderings", an interactive minor problem-solving initiative broadcast on the Sunday night show he took part in with Annie Mac; "This Week's Musical Showoff", an interactive new music sharing initiative; "Fresh Off Stage", an interview with an important figure from the world of performing arts; and Rob da Bank's "Monday Night Pop Quiz", between a listener and a musician which culminated in an offensive word being broadcast live on air as the final answer. From 2010–12, Grimshaw was the main stand-in presenter for Scott Mills on BBC Radio 1.

On 11 July 2012 it was announced that Grimshaw would replace the long-standing Chris Moyles as host of The Radio 1 Breakfast Show.[2] The last live show was broadcast on 12 September 2012,[3] although the last show broadcast under the show's name was a pre-recorded episode entitled "The 1000 Albums Show".[4] His first programme was on 24 September 2012.

In November 2012, Grimshaw attracted criticism from Magic Radio breakfast presenter Neil Fox for comments he made about Radio 1's decision to omit Robbie Williams's "Candy" from its A-List playlist – reportedly due to being "too old" for the station's target demographic.[5] Some days later, Grimshaw was in the headlines again after it was claimed he refused to promote Rihanna's latest album because she cancelled an interview with him[6] – a claim which Grimshaw denied, noting that his snub was intended to be "tongue in cheek".[7]

On 24 October 2013, it was reported that Grimshaw's breakfast show had one million fewer listeners than Moyles' and that its audience figures were the worst for the station in over a decade, with BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 all beating it in the ratings. At the time, Grimshaw's show was close to the record low of 5.5 million listeners, set by Sara Cox in 2003, toward the end of her three-year tenure hosting the show.[8] In February 2014, the breakfast show recorded an enhancement of more than 700,000 listeners, which set the average number of listeners per week to 6.3 million.[9] However, on 15 March 2014, it was reported that Grimshaw had lost another 510,000 listeners, for a weekly total of 5.78 million.[10] The BBC claimed that this was part of the goal to attract younger listeners, while shedding the over-25s.[11]

In March 2014, Grimshaw completed a twelve-hour bicycle ride for Sport Relief.[12] The event raised more than £115,000.[13] In 2014, he also took part in the Clash of the Titans event as part of John Bishop's team Team Bishop.

In May 2015, Grimshaw's Breakfast Show fell to 5.5 million listeners a week, becoming tied with Sara Cox's show for the lowest number of listeners in Radio 1's history. The station controller Ben Cooper congratulated Grimshaw saying, "I’m pleased that Grimmy is doing what I’ve asked of him by keeping his young audience happy and scaring off the over-30s.".[14] In August 2016, listener figures were reported to have dropped to 5.4 million, down 400,000 year-on-year, and making it the lowest listened to breakfast show in the station's history.[15]


Grimshaw's career started on UK entertainment channel E4, hosting daily shows. In September 2007, he crossed over to Channel 4, hosting the daily breakfast show Freshly Squeezed with Alexa Chung and more recently Jameela Jamil, airing 7am on weekdays. The pair went on to host various award shows for TV and coverage from music events and festivals for Channel 4. As well as hosting the radio show BBC Switch for BBC Radio 1, Grimshaw and Annie Mac teamed up to host music show Sound for BBC Two. He presented the first ever BBC Switch Awards show with Kimberley Walsh of Girls Aloud on BBC One.

In Summer 2011, Grimshaw hosted a live 6-part series for Channel 4 on Saturdays entitled New Look Style the Nation, in which hopeful fashion designers competed for a job at New Look.

In 2012, Grimshaw co-presented the iTunes Festival with Annie Mac throughout September for Channel 4.

On 30 April 2013, he began presenting BBC Three panel show, Sweat the Small Stuff.[16]

On 2 August 2013, Grimshaw hosted a one-off panel show on Channel 4 called That Music Show.[17]

In late 2013, Grimshaw appeared in as many soap operas he could, filming cameo roles in EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Home and Away.[18] In 2013, he narrated Hotel of Mum and Dad for BBC Three.

In 2014, Grimshaw presented The Brits Are Coming, the show that revealed some of the nominees at the 2014 Brit Awards.

Since 2014, Grimshaw is a regular guest co–presenter on The One Show.[19]

On 16 June 2015, it was revealed that Grimshaw would join the twelfth series of The X Factor as a judge.[20] He was selected to mentor the "Boys" category and chose Mason Noise, Ché Chesterman and Seann Miley Moore for the live shows. Following the eliminations of Moore in week 2 and Noise in week 4, he guided Chesterman through to the final, where he finished in third place. On 19 February 2016, Grimshaw announced he would not be returning to the show for its thirteenth series.[21]

Other work[edit]

In 2012, Grimshaw had a cameo appearance in the UK release of the Disney film Wreck-It Ralph as Calhoun's deceased fiancé Brad Scott who was killed by Cy-Bugs. This version, however, is not in the UK home release.

Grimshaw launched and judged Column Idol 2014, an annual competition set up by charity Media Trust with The Sun newspaper to find new writing talent.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Grimshaw grew up in the town of Oldham, Greater Manchester.[23] He attended the University of Liverpool between 2002 and 2005, studying Communication and Media Studies, but failed his final year, graduating with a DipHE rather than a bachelor's degree.[24]

On 17 August 2012, Grimshaw came out as gay.[25][26] He appeared at number 8 on The Independent's list of the 101 most influential LGBT people in Britain 2012.[27]


Year Title Channel Role Notes
2007–2009 Sound BBC Two Co–presenter 3 series
2007 Freshly Squeezed Channel 4 Co-presenter
2008–2012 The Album Chart Show Presenter
2008 Big Brother's Big Mouth Week 4 presenter 5 episodes
2010–2012 T4 Co–presenter
2012 iTunes Festival Co–presenter
2012–2015 Children in Need BBC One/BBC Two Co–presenter
2013–2014 Sweat the Small Stuff BBC Three Presenter 4 series
2014 The BRITs Are Coming ITV Presenter
2014— The One Show BBC Guest co–presenter 3 episodes
2015 Soundchain MTV Presenter 1 series
2015 The X Factor ITV Judge Series 12
Guest appearances
Year Station Show
2007–2012 BBC Radio 1 Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac
2008–2009 Weekend Breakfast
2009–2012 Late Night
2012— The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw
Year Title Role
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Dr. Brad Scott (UK film version)
2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Himself (Cameo Appearance)


  1. ^ "Radio 1 – Nick Grimshaw – 1000 Albums". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Steve Anderson (30 April 2012). "Nick Grimshaw to replace Chris Moyles as Radio 1 breakfast show host – TV & Radio – Media". The Independent. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "BBC Radio 1 – Nick Grimshaw, Grimmy's last EVER evening show on BBC Radio 1". BBC. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "BBC Radio 1 – Nick Grimshaw, The 1000 Albums Show". BBC. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Neil Fox calls Nick Grimshaw a #totalnob". Radio Today. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Anisiobi, J.J. (22 November 2012). "Nick Grimshaw refuses to promote Rihanna album after she snubs interview with him". Daily Mail. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Nick Grimshaw says Rihanna snub was 'tongue in cheek'". NME. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Nick Grimshaw loses more listeners". BBC. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Sweeny, Mark (6 February 2014). "Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw adds more than 700,000 listeners". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Ben Dowell. "What are Nick Grimshaw's audience figures?". RadioTimes. 
  11. ^ "Grimshaw hailed for listener losses". 
  12. ^ "Sport Relief: Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw completes 12 hour cycle challenge". 17 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Longmire, Becca (18 March 2014). "Nick Grimshaw Raises £115,000 For Sport Relief After Completing 12 Hour Bike Ride". Gigwise. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  14. ^ John Plunkett. "Radio 1 loses nearly 1m listeners as Nick Grimshaw hits 12-year breakfast low". the Guardian. 
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  16. ^ Nick Grimshaw to host Sweat The Small Stuff on BBC Three BBC Media Centre
  17. ^ Channel 4 commissions music pilots Channel 4 Press
  18. ^ Claire Hodgson (25 November 2013). "Nick Grimshaw aiming to appear in EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and Home and Away". The Mirror. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  19. ^ Price, Annie (2015-09-11). "'Where will he pop up next?' Nick Grimshaw's debut on The One Show isn't a hit with fans". Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  20. ^ Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora join The X Factor, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell return ITV Press Centre
  21. ^ Revealed: Simon Cowell axes flop judge Nick Grimshaw and Caroline Flack in bid to save X Factor The Sun
  22. ^ [1] DJ Nick Grimshaw Launches Column Idol To Encourage Young Writers Good News Shared
  23. ^ Bourne, Dianne (2012-07-12). "Top of the morning: How Oldham lad Nick Grimshaw landed Radio 1's top job". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  24. ^ "'My dad will be furious!' Nick Grimshaw discovers he failed degree live on air". 
  25. ^ Petridis, Alexis (17 August 2012). "Can Nick Grimshaw make Radio 1 feel young again?". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  26. ^ Roberts, Scott. "Radio 1's Grimmy confirms he's gay and would like to date Frank Ocean". Pink News. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  27. ^ "The IoS Pink List 2012". The Independent. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 

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