Radzi Chinyanganya

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Radzi Chinyanganya
Born (1987-09-12) 12 September 1987 (age 33)
Wolverhampton, England
Alma materLoughborough University
OccupationPresenter
Years active2012–present
TelevisionBlue Peter (2013–2019)
WWE NXT UK (2018-present)
Cannonball (2017)

Radzi Chinyanganya (born 12 September 1987) is a British presenter. He co-presented the BBC children's TV programme Blue Peter from 2013 until 2019, and also the ITV game show Cannonball in 2017. Previously he presented Wild on CBBC and was also the host of Match of the Day Kickabout from 2013 until 2014, when Ben Shires took over. In October 2018, it was announced that Chinyanganya would be working for American professional wrestling company WWE for its NXT UK brand, as a backstage interviewer.

Early life[edit]

Chinyanganya was born and raised in Wolverhampton to a Scottish mother and a Zimbabwean father.[1] He attended Adams' Grammar School in Newport, Shropshire.[2] A graduate of Loughborough University,[3] he worked on Loughborough University's TV and radio station while a student.[1]

Career[edit]

Sports hosting[edit]

At a screen test in The O2 Arena, he was selected as the official weightlifting presenter at the London 2012 Olympics.[1] He hosted the weightlifting tournament, spoke on stage at the Excel Arena, interviewed athletes, introduced the weight categories and entertained the crowd.[1] He was invited back to present the London 2012 Paralympic Games.[1] He is also a presenter with the BBC coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the 2020 Snooker World Championship, Sheffield.

Television[edit]

Chinyanganya presented Your Body: Your Image for BBC Two, an educational series about body image in schools.[1] He co-presented Wild on CBBC with Naomi Wilkinson and Tim Warwood which first aired in 2013.[3] In October 2013, he became the 37th presenter of Blue Peter after being announced following the departure of Helen Skelton.[4] He was also a reporter and presenter of CBBC's Match of the Day Kickabout.[4]

In January 2020, he competed in the twelfth series of Dancing on Ice alongside professional partner Jess Hatfield.[5][6]

Other work[edit]

He was a contestant in Sky One's Gladiators in 2008 and reached the semi finals and was the only contestant in history to attempt the eliminator wearing a swimming cap.[1] He was selected to attend Kiss FM’s Presenter Academy, and spent the whole summer online reporting for Bauer Media radio station.[1] In this role he interviewed artists and the public and sampled Olympic entertainment in London.[1]

He has a cameo as Mi in Kung Fu Panda 3.[7]

He is also a backstage interviewer for WWE's NXT UK brand.

He also the Sky Sports NBA presenter.

He also does back stage interviews for giants live strongman competitions.

Personal life[edit]

He is passionate about sport, competing in karate, trained with Sensei Stennett Harvey from CEWKA, at a national level and achieved a top ten finish at the 2011 GB Skeleton Bobsleigh Trials and even appearing on screen in the front row of the audience for the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament. He is also a Catholic and holds a belief in the Holy Trinity and Jesus Christ's resurrection.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Channel
2008 Gladiators Contestant Sky1
2012 2012 Summer Olympics Weightlifting host BBC Red Button
Your Body: Your Image Presenter BBC Two
2013–14 Wild Presenter CBBC
Match of the Day Kickabout Presenter
2013–2019 Blue Peter Presenter
2014 Gareth's All-Star Choir Himself BBC One
2014; 2016–17 The Dog Ate My Homework Panelist; 3 episodes CBBC
2014 Hacker Time Guest
2015–present Songs of Praise Co-presenter BBC One
2015 Celebrity Mastermind Contestant
2016 London Marathon 2016 Reporter
Rank the Prank Himself CBBC
Great South Run 2016 Presenter Channel 5
2017 Remotely Funny Contestant CBBC
Art Ninja Himself; Cameo
Celebrity Eggheads Contestant BBC Two
Cannonball[8] Co-presenter ITV
Strictly Come Dancing: Children in Need 2017[9] Contestant BBC One
2018 2018 Winter Olympics Presenter BBC One, BBC Four
Ninja Warrior UK Contestant ITV
The Crystal Maze[10] Channel 4
2018-Present NXT UK[11] Backstage Interviewer WWE Network
Crufts (2019) Channel 4
2020 Dancing on Ice Contestant ITV
2020 World Snooker Championships Presenter BBC

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Mi (voice)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Avalon Management Group Ltd. "Radzi Chinyanganya". aceuk.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Blue Peter host Radzi Chinyanganya goes back to his roots « Express & Star". expressandstar.com. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Radzi Chinyanganya makes his 'Blue Peter' debut". digitaljournal.com. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b "BBC – New line-up announced as Helen Skelton to leave Blue Peter – Media Centre". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Caprice completes Dancing on Ice line-up". BBC. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Michael Barrymore pulls out of Dancing On Ice with broken wrist". ITV News.
  7. ^ "Lindsey Russell". IMDb.
  8. ^ "Freddie Flintoff to host ITV obstacle game show Cannonball".
  9. ^ "BBC – Here's one they rehearsed earlier! Six Blue Peter stars take to the Strictly ballroom for Children in Need – Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk.
  10. ^ http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/contestants-announced-for-new-celebrity-specials-of-the-crystal-maze
  11. ^ http://www.wwe.com

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Helen Skelton
Blue Peter Presenter No. 37
2013–2019
Succeeded by
Richie Driss