Nicholas Simon Augustine Knowles
21 September 1962
|Spouse(s)||Jessica Rose Moor (m. 2012; separated)|
|Partner(s)||Suzi Perry (2000–2003)|
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 (2007–2019), 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).
Knowles was born in Southall, Middlesex. At the age of 11, Knowles moved to Mildenhall in Suffolk, attending St Louis Middle School and moved again, attended Gunnersbury Catholic School for Boys. After another family move, he attended the Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Leaving school at 16, he had a variety of dead-end jobs, labouring on building sites, working in a petrol station and selling shoes and carpets. He played in bands from the age of 14 and was constantly writing music, poetry and comedy, until he submitted a script to a BBC2 programme that invited children to make a video.
Knowles began as a runner in television production, before moving into presenting. Knowles was a reporter for TVS in the South East, reporting on the nightly news programme Coast To Coast, mostly covering upbeat reports, until TVS lost its contract in 1992. 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, 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.
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.
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.
In May 2021, it was reported that Knowles was holding talks with the BBC regarding his role as the main host of DIY SOS due to his appearance in a Shreddies TV advert which violated BBC's commercial agreements and guidelines. A week later, the BBC announced that they had resolved the issue and Knowles will return to his DIY SOS role with filming to resume in the coming months and is expected to be back on screens in 2022.
Knowles married his first wife in the 1990s. 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. He dated his second wife Jessica Rose Moor from 2009 and they married in September 2012.
In 2018 Knowles was reported to be living in Spain.
In June 2019, Knowles was issued with a six-month driving ban and fined £1,480 for speeding and using a mobile phone whilst driving. Speaking outside the court in Cheltenham, he said: "For me, this was a wake-up call, and putting my phone in the boot of my car now stops the temptation."
|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—2019||Who Dares Wins||Presenter||Game show|
|2008||Last Choir Standing||Co-presenter|
|2009||Guesstimation||Presenter||National Lottery game show|
|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||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||6th place|
|2021||Nick Knowles' Big House Clearout||Presenter||Primetime series|
|2016||Golden Years||Co-writer, executive producer||Comedy film|
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Every Kind of People||92|
|2017||"River"||Every Kind Of People|
|"Make You Feel My Love"|
|"Every Kinda People"|
|"Make You Feel My Love"|
|"Every Kinda People"|
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