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21 September 1962 |
Southall, Middlesex, England
|Education||St Louis Middle School, Suffolk|
|Known for||DIY SOS
Who Dares Wins
Break the Safe
5-Star Family Reunion
|Spouse(s)||Jessica Rose Moor (m. 2012; separated)|
|Partner(s)||Suzi Perry (2000–2003)|
Nicholas "Nick" Knowles (born 21 September 1962) is an English television presenter and writer best known for his presenting roles on the BBC, most notably National Lottery game shows including Who Dares Wins (2007–present), Break the Safe (2013–2014) and 5-Star Family Reunion (2015–present). Knowles also presents the DIY series DIY SOS (1999–present) for BBC One and he also co-presented the daytime series Real Rescues (2007–2013).
After leaving school, Knowles started work as a labourer before starting his own business. He still holds controlling shares of his company.
Knowles began as a runner in television production, before moving into producing TV. In the early 1990s, Knowles 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 also 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, 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 also reported on the plight of orphaned orang-utans 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.
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 will return for a second series in 2016.
In May 2016, Knowles presented Invictus: The Road to the Games, a one-off programme for the BBC.
Knowles married his first wife in the 1990s. Having separated from his wife, after meeting on set whilst shooting City Hospital for the BBC in 2000, Knowles lived with fellow-TV presenter Suzi Perry until September 2003. He dated his second wife Jessica Rose Moor from 2009 until they married in September 2012. 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.
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. In November 2013, Knowles and his wife Jessica opened an antiques shop and home design consultancy in Eton, Berkshire. After rupturing an artery in his sinus in late 2014, diagnosed as due to stress, the family relocated to Andalusia, Spain in early 2015.
Knowles has four children.
|1999–2010||DIY SOS||Presenter||Primetime series|
|2007–2011, 2013||Real Rescues||Co-presenter||Daytime series|
|2007—||Who Dares Wins||Presenter||National Lottery game show|
|2008||Last Choir Standing||Co-presenter|
|2009||Guesstimation||Presenter||National Lottery game show|
|2010—||DIY SOS: The Big Build||Presenter||Primetime BBC series|
|2011–2012||Secret Fortune||Presenter||National Lottery game show|
|2011–2015||Perfection||Presenter||Daytime game show|
|2013–2014||Break the Safe||Presenter||National Lottery game show|
|2015—||5-Star Family Reunion||Presenter||National Lottery game show|
|2016||Invictus: The Road to the Games||Presenter||One-off special|
|2016||Golden Years||Co-writer||Comedy film|
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