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Deley at the Gadget Show Live 2011
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Ortis Deley (// OH-tis; born 2 June 1973) is a British television presenter, radio DJ and actor of Ghanaian and Nigerian descent, best known for presenting the BBC Children's Saturday flagship morning show Live & Kicking. As of 2016[update], he is a presenter on The Gadget Show. He has also co-presented "Police Interceptors" in the UK, with Rick Edwards.
Deley went to Ernest Bevin College in Tooting Bec, London. Deley studied for a degree in pharmacy at the University of Sunderland and graduated in 1995. During an appearance as a contestant on London Weekend Television's Blind Date, he was talent-spotted by industry manager Jan Simmonds.
Deley had a cameo in the 2006 feature film Derailed alongside Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston. He has starred in the BBC drama serial Doctors, and taken part in a production of Alan Ayckbourn's Confusions at the Leatherhead Theatre. He has also played a lead role in the critically acclaimed fringe theatre production of Talkin' Loud at the Latchmere Theatre. In 2005, he played Tom in the Doctor Who spin-off audio plays Wildthyme at Large and The Devil in Ms Wildthyme. In 2006, he appeared as Derek, the brother of Moony, in the low-budget British film Kidulthood. On 3 May 2007, he played the part of a drug dealer on ITV's The Bill. He also played a policeman in CBBC's children's show Scoop.
Deley's first job in television was for LWT, a pilot Saturday breakfast show entitled Up Your Street, which was followed by Passport to Passion.
He found his home as the anchor presenter for the cable & satellite channel Trouble live twice weekly on. He also co-presented It's in the Jeans, a series of 12 shows taking a light-hearted look at how teenagers relate to the opposite sex, as well as chart show Blast, entertainment show The T-Spot and music magazine programme iPop. Throughout the summer of 2000 he made broadcasting history by presenting T-Nation which was the first live broadcast television show from the biggest store in Europe, Topshop on Oxford Street.
Deley toured the country with the Smash Hits Roadshow from 1998 to 2000, interviewing bands for exclusive backstage footage, gossip and news. In 1999 and 2000 he hosted the roadshow itself.
In 2002, he hosted Making It, the BBC's talent search for a new children's presenter.
He appeared in an episode of ChuckleVision, which aired on 14 June 2007.
He had a cameo role in British award-winning drama Kidulthood.
For BBC One, he presented and reported on monetary and consumer issues affecting children and teenagers for Short Change. He was the main anchor presenter from 1998 to 2005. He also appeared on programmes for BBC Choice (now BBC Three) as one of the main presenters on Hype and Hype on the Road. On BBC One, he has also been the main presenter on a youth science programme, Why 5, which ran for two series. He was also the presenter of CBBC's Sorcerer's Apprentice.
In 2008, he returned to CBBC to co-present Best of Friends.
In 2015 he was amongst other CBBC presenters to star in the 30th anniversary of CBBC
The Gadget Show
In early 2009, Deley joined the popular technology show The Gadget Show as a co-presenter with Suzi Perry, Jon Bentley and Jason Bradbury, making his debut in the "Road Trip Special" episode on 30 January 2009. He replaced Dallas Campbell. In February 2012 it was announced that the show's format was changing; it is now known as The Gadget Show: World Tour and features two of the previous presenting team: Jason Bradbury and Pollyanna Woodward.
In late 2010, Deley started a Sunday-morning slot on London's Choice FM from 9 am to 1 pm.
In July 2011 it was announced that Deley would be anchoring Channel 4's live coverage of the IAAF World Athletics Championships from Daegu, South Korea. Deley began on 27 August but struggled to win the audience as many viewers complained about his stilted delivery, reliance on notes, and the mixing up of his colleagues' names. He was replaced as the main presenter on 30 August by former T4 presenter Rick Edwards, who had previously been presenting the evening highlights programme.
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