Nick Knowles

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Nick "Elia" Knowles
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Nick Knowles
Born Nicholas Augustine Knowles
(1962-09-21) 21 September 1962 (age 53)
Southall, Middlesex, England
Residence Andalusia, Spain[1]
Nationality English
Education St Louis Middle School, Suffolk
Occupation Television presenter
Years active 1987–present
Employer BBC
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)
Partner(s) Suzi Perry (2000–2003)[2][3]
Children 4
Website Official website

Nicholas Augustine "Elia" "Nick" Knowles (born 21 September 1962) is an English television presenter best known for his presenting roles on the BBC, most notably National Lottery game shows including Who Dares Wins (2007–present), Secret Fortune (2011–2012), Perfection (2011–2015), 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 co-presented the daytime series Real Rescues (2007–2013).[4][5]

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.[5]

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.[5]


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.[2] 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,[2] 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.[6]

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.[7]


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 1990's, with whom he has three children.[2] 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.[3] He dated his second wife Jessica Rose Moor from 2009 until they married in September 2012.[8][9] The couple have a son, Edwin, born August 2014.

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.[10] 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.[11]


Knowles has done much work for charity and 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.[12]


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[13] Presenter National Lottery game show


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