Nick Knowles

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Nick Knowles
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Knowles in 2007
Nicholas Simon Augustine Knowles

(1962-09-21) 21 September 1962 (age 56)
ResidenceAndalusia, Spain[1]
EducationSt Louis Catholic Middle School, Bury St Edmunds, St Benedicts Catholic High School, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, The Skinners’ School, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent (left 1981)[citation needed]
OccupationTelevision presenter
Years active1987–present
Known for
Spouse(s)Jessica Rose Moor (m. 2012; separated)[2]
Partner(s)Suzi Perry (2000–2003)[3]

Nicholas Simon Augustine Knowles (born 21 September 1962) is an English television presenter, writer and musical artist. He is best known for his presenting roles on the BBC, including game shows Who Dares Wins (2007–present), Break the Safe (2013–2014) and 5-Star Family Reunion (2015–2016). Knowles presents the DIY series DIY SOS (1999–present) for BBC One and co-presented the daytime series Real Rescues (2007–2013).[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Knowles was born in Southall, Middlesex. Aged 11, Knowles moved to Mildenhall in Suffolk, attending St Louis Middle School. After he moved again, he attended Gunnersbury Catholic School for Boys, where Tony had previously been head boy while haunting the snooker halls of Suffolk honing his long potting. After his family moved again, he attended the Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.[5]


After leaving school, Knowles started work as a labourer before starting his own business. He still holds controlling shares of his company.[citation needed]


Knowles began as a runner in television production, before moving into producing TV.[3] In the early 1990s, he presented a show called Ridge Riders for ITV. This featured a celebrity and another one or two guests riding classic motorcycles along off-road tracks around the UK. The viewer was treated to historic and local information about the locality as well as informal chats with the celebrity. Knowles appeared as a member of Channel 5's chat show 5's Company between 1997 and 1999.

He is principally known as the main host of DIY SOS, a home renovation series broadcast on BBC One since 1999, and has presented the BBC factual show Real Rescues since 2007. Knowles has also hosted several entertainment programmes for the BBC since signing an exclusive contract with them,[3] including Who Dares Wins, Last Choir Standing, Guesstimation, Secret Fortune and Perfection.

Knowles has also presented programmes with a wildlife theme. In 2007, he fronted Mission Africa, in which a team of volunteers constructed a game reserve in Kenya. During this project, Knowles fell from a Land Rover, dislocating his shoulder. He flew back to the UK to receive emergency treatment. In the same year, he reported on the plight of orphaned orangutans for an edition of Saving Planet Earth. In 2009, Knowles co-presented the BBC reality TV series Wildest Dreams with James Honeyborne, in which novice candidates had to complete a set of challenging tasks filming wild animals in Africa. The winner joined the BBC Natural History Unit on a one-year placement.[6]

From 2011 to 2015, Knowles was the presenter of the BBC game show Perfection, in which the candidates must achieve absolute perfection to win the jackpot, aired weekdays on BBC One.

From 2013 to 2014, he presented the BBC National Lottery game show Break the Safe. In 2015, Knowles began presenting a new BBC One National Lottery game show 5-Star Family Reunion, which returned for a second series in 2016.[7]

In May 2016, Knowles presented Invictus: The Road to the Games, a one-off programme for the BBC.

Knowles earned between £300,000 and £349,999 as a BBC presenter for the financial year 2016–2017.[8]

On 12 November 2018, it was confirmed that Knowles would be participating in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[9] Knowles finished in 6th place after being voted out on 6 December 2018.


Knowles was a co-writer on the film Golden Years, which stars Simon Callow, Virginia McKenna and Una Stubbs.[10] The film was released in the UK on 28 April 2016.


He released his first and last music album, Every Kind Of People, on 3 November 2017.[11][12] The album entered UK Albums Chart at No. 92.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Knowles married his first wife in the 1990s.[3] After separating from her, he lived with presenter Suzi Perry until September 2003, after meeting on set whilst shooting City Hospital for the BBC in 2000.[citation needed] He dated his second wife Jessica Rose Moor from 2009 and they married in September 2012.[14] The couple have a son, Edwin, born August 2014, but announced they were separating in January 2016. He tweeted support for Jessica in July when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.[citation needed]

In April 2007, Knowles was diagnosed as suffering from tuberculosis; he believes that he contracted the illness whilst covering the TB epidemic in Zambia for Comic Relief in 2003.[citation needed]

In November 2013, Knowles and his wife Jessica opened an antiques shop and home design consultancy in Eton, Berkshire.[15]

After rupturing an artery in his sinus in late 2014, diagnosed as due to stress, the family relocated to Andalusia, Spain in early 2015.[1]

Knowles plays rugby. He has been a vegan for a number of years, and, in 2016, became involved with a Shrewsbury-based vegan restaurant called O'Joy.[16] The restaurant closed in November 2017.[17]

Knowles has four children.[18]


Knowles has been a regular supporter of the children's anti-bullying charity Act Against Bullying. He sang "Addicted to Love" for Children in Need 2008.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
Ridge Riders Presenter
1997–1999 5's Company Co-presenter Daytime series
1999–2010 DIY SOS Presenter Primetime series
2007–2011, 2013 Real Rescues Co-presenter Daytime series
2007—present Who Dares Wins Presenter Game show
2008 Last Choir Standing Co-presenter
2009 Guesstimation Presenter National Lottery game show
Wildest Dreams
2010—present DIY SOS: The Big Build Primetime BBC series
2011–2012 Secret Fortune National Lottery game show
2011–2015 Perfection Daytime game show
2013–2014 Break the Safe National Lottery game show
2014, 2016—present Close Calls: On Camera
2015–2016 5-Star Family Reunion[19] Game show
2016 Invictus: The Road to the Games One-off special
The Retreat 5-part series
2017 Mind Over Marathon
2018 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Contestant
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Golden Years Co-writer, executive producer Comedy film


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Every Kind of People[21] 92 - - -


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2017 "River" - - Every Kind Of People
"Make You Feel My Love" - -
"Every Kinda People" - -

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director(s)
2017 "River"
"Make You Feel My Love"
"Every Kinda People"


  1. ^ a b "Nick Knowles reveals health scare which prompted him to move to Spain". Mail Online. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  2. ^ Evening Standard. Nick Knowles to divorce wife Jessica Moor after three years of marriage. 12 January 2016. Accessed 14 July 2016
  3. ^ a b c d "'I'm sorry, but I'm no choirboy', says Last Choir Standing presenter". Evening Standard. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Biography for Nick Knowles". Internet Movie Database.
  5. ^ a b "Personal Information". Nick Knowles Official Website.
  6. ^ Press Office – Mission Impossible for Nick Knowles. BBC (15 September 2006). Retrieved on 13 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Can't Touch This: Will BBC One's new Saturday night gameshow be a hit?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  8. ^ "BBC pay: How much do its stars earn?". 19 July 2017 – via
  9. ^ "Who is Nick Knowles? I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2018 profile". Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Golden Years (2016)".
  11. ^ "Every Kind Of People". Nick Knowles. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  12. ^ Vincent, Alice (10 November 2017). "Nick Knowles has released an album, and it has nothing to do with DIY". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Official Charts". Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  14. ^ Interiors – Nick Knowles. Fabulous Mag. Retrieved on 13 August 2013.
  15. ^ Nick Knowles opens antiques shop in Eton Archived 2 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Slough Observer. 15 November 2011.
  16. ^ "DIY SOS star Nick Knowles launches his new vegan restaurant in Shrewsbury". Shropshire Star. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Seven jobs lost as Shrewsbury restaurant backed by TV's Nick Knowles folds". Shropshire Star. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  18. ^ Nick Knowles website - Personal. Accessed 24 July 2016
  19. ^ "Nick Knowles reconnects long lost family members in new BBC One Saturday night gameshow". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  20. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  21. ^ "Every Kind Of People". Nick Knowles. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
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