Rick Edwards

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Rick Edwards
Born Richard Philip Edwards
(1979-05-20) 20 May 1979 (age 38)
Enfield, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Television presenter
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Emer Kenny (m. 2016)

Richard Philip "Rick" Edwards (born 20 May 1979 in Enfield, London) is an English television presenter who works mainly for Channel 4, E4 and ITV2. Edwards presented T4 for four years, and has also presented Tool Academy, Freshly Squeezed, E4 Music and much of Channel 4's 2012 Paralympics coverage.

Early life[edit]

Edwards went to Portsmouth Grammar school.[1] He later attended Pembroke College, Cambridge, studying mathematics originally before changing to natural sciences after his first year.[2] He performed stand-up and sketch shows during his time at university.[3][4]


Edwards hosted a Saturday evening radio show on XFM entitled The Weekender for several years, hosting his last show on 10 January 2009. He also formed part of the BBC presenting team for their coverage of the Reading and Leeds Festival. In 2011 Edwards began hosting E4's Tool Academy, a reality TV show about fed-up girlfriends who have enrolled their underperforming other halves in a school in which "tools become men". During the 2012 Paralympics, Edwards formed part of the Channel 4 commentary team as well as co-presenting That Paralympic Show with Ade Adepitan.[5]

In 2013, Rick began co-presenting political discussion show Free Speech for BBC Three alongside Tina Daheley. During the 2015 General Election, they presented a series of Free Speech specials.[6]

In July 2015, Edwards began presenting ITV2 panel show, Safeword which returned for a second series in 2016.

In December 2015, Edwards began hosting a radio podcast series for Radio Wolfgang called Science(ish), in which he and a group of experts investigate the merits of scientific elements in works of popular culture such as movies, television and literature.

In March 2016, Rick landed the anchor role on Sky's DC Fancast alongside Beck Hill. Edwards claims this is a true highlight of his career. In January 2017, Edwards began presenting !mpossible, a daytime BBC One quiz show.

Personal life[edit]

Edwards is an avid Liverpool fan and plays in a recreational six-a-side football league with GO Mammoth, in which he plays for the team "Post Office FC".[citation needed] Edwards revealed in an interview with the Daily Mail that he has no sense of smell due to sniffing pure ammonia while in school.[7][8][9][10] Edwards supported green organisation Global Cool in 2010 as part of their Traincation campaign, along with his friend George Lamb.[11]

In 2016, Edwards married actress Emer Kenny.[12]



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