Nick Knowles

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Nick Knowles
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Nick Knowles
Born (1962-09-21) 21 September 1962 (age 54)
Southall, Middlesex, England
Residence Andalusia, Spain[1]
Nationality English
Education St Louis Middle School, Suffolk
Occupation Television presenter
Years active 1987–present
Known for DIY SOS
Who Dares Wins
Real Rescues
Secret Fortune
Break the Safe
5-Star Family Reunion
Spouse(s) Jessica Rose Moor (m. 2012; separated)[2][3]
Partner(s) Suzi Perry (2000–2003)[4][5]
Children 4

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).[6][7]

Early life[edit]

Knowles was born in Southall, Middlesex on 21 September 1962. He has one brother, John, and three sisters, Karen, Angela and Sheila.[7]

Aged 11, Knowles moved to Mildenhall in Suffolk, attending St Louis Middle School. After his family moved again, he attended the Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.[7]


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.[4] 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,[4] 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.[8]

From 2011 to 2015, Knowles was the presenter of BBC game show, Perfection, where 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 will return for a second series in 2016.[9]

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


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.


In October 2007, Knowles was named by the Halifax as Britain's 'Home Idol' in a survey to find the most popular TV home improvement show presenter, beating Sarah Beeny into second place.

Personal life[edit]

Knowles married his first wife in the 1990s.[4] 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.[5] He dated his second wife Jessica Rose Moor from 2009 until they married in September 2012.[11][12] 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.[13] 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 is a keen collector of top hats,[14] and 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.[15]

Knowles has four children.[16]


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.[17]


Year Title Role Notes
Ridge Riders Presenter
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
Wildest Dreams Presenter
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[18] Presenter National Lottery game show
2016 Invictus: The Road to the Games Presenter One-off special
The Retreat Presenter 5-part series
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Golden Years Co-writer Comedy film


  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
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  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b mirror Administrator (5 June 2009). "TV presenter Suzi Perry on the ectopic pregnancy that nearly killed her". mirror. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Biography for Nick Knowles". Internet Movie Database. 
  7. ^ a b c "Personal Information". Nick Knowles Official Website. 
  8. ^ Press Office – Mission Impossible for Nick Knowles. BBC (15 September 2006). Retrieved on 13 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Can't Touch This: Will BBC One's new Saturday night gameshow be a hit?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ Interiors – Nick Knowles. Fabulous Mag. Retrieved on 13 August 2013.
  12. ^ Littlejohn, Georgina (21 March 2011). "'She has made me a nicer person': DIY star Nick Knowles opens up about the woman who has stolen his heart". Daily Mail. 
  13. ^ Nick Knowles opens antiques shop in Eton. Slough Observer. 15 November 2011.
  14. ^ DIY SOS star Nick Knowles on his love of top hats. 27 February 2011
  15. ^ "DIY SOS star Nick Knowles launches his new vegan restaurant in Shrewsbury". Shropshire Star. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  16. ^ Nick Knowles website - Personal. Accessed 24 July 2016
  17. ^ Celebrity Interview: Nick Knowles. Great British Life (4 January 2011). Retrieved on 13 August 2013.
  18. ^ "Nick Knowles reconnects long lost family members in new BBC One Saturday night gameshow". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 

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