Ben Shephard

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Ben Shephard
BornBenjamin Peter Shephard
(1974-12-11) 11 December 1974 (age 39)
Epping, Essex, England, UK
EducationChigwell School, University of Birmingham
OccupationJournalist, presenter
Notable credit(s)Goals on Sunday (2010—)
Champions League (2010—15)
Tipping Point (2012—)
What's Cooking? (2013)
Spouse(s)Annie Perks (m. 2004)
ChildrenJack Shephard (b. 2005)
Sam Shephard (b. 2007)
Official Website
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Ben Shephard
BornBenjamin Peter Shephard
(1974-12-11) 11 December 1974 (age 39)
Epping, Essex, England, UK
EducationChigwell School, University of Birmingham
OccupationJournalist, presenter
Notable credit(s)Goals on Sunday (2010—)
Champions League (2010—15)
Tipping Point (2012—)
What's Cooking? (2013)
Spouse(s)Annie Perks (m. 2004)
ChildrenJack Shephard (b. 2005)
Sam Shephard (b. 2007)
Official Website

Benjamin Peter Shephard (born 11 December 1974) is an English television presenter and journalist who is currently employed by both ITV and Sky Sports. His most recognised role was as a main presenter on the now defunct breakfast station GMTV, although since then he has hosted game shows such as The Krypton Factor, 1 vs. 100, Safebreakers and Tipping Point.

During his time at GMTV, Ben also presented large talent show-based programmes. He co-hosted Soapstar Superstar with Fern Britton in 2006. He then went on to present new talent show called DanceX for BBC One in the summer of 2007. After presenting DanceX he then presented karaoke style game show Who Dares, Sings! alongside Denise van Outen.

Since his departure from GMTV he has also presented Channel 4 daytime cookery programme What's Cooking? and has been a stand-in presenter on ITV the lifestyle show This Morning. Ben has presented several ITV2 spin-off shows including The Xtra Factor and has co-hosted Dancing on Ice Friday with Coleen Nolan and Dancing on Ice Exclusive with Andrea McLean.

Ben has hosted Goals on Sunday alongside Chris Kamara on Sky Sports on Sunday Mornings. He also hosts UEFA Champions League and League Cup matches for them (the former of the two he will no longer do once BT Sports takes over from Sky Sports).

Away from his television work, Ben supports several charities and takes part in many physical challenges to support various charitable organisations. He is the current holder for two Guinness World Records.


Channel 4[edit]

Ben's career took off in 1998, when he began hosting the Channel 4 spin-off show The Bigger Breakfast, which he co-presented alongside fellow presenters including Josie D'Arby, Melanie Sykes and Dermot O'Leary. In the same year Ben became the first presenter of T4's teen strand on Channel 4. The strand launched on 25 October 1998.


Ben joined the long-running ITV Breakfast programme GMTV in 2000 where he presented several shows including Entertainment Today, GMTV Today and GMTV, where he spent most of his time in the studio presenting the show with either Emma Crosby, Penny Smith, Lorraine Kelly or Kate Garraway.

On 30 June 2010, he announced his departure from GMTV two months earlier than planned in order to spend time with his family and take part in more charity work, and in the September of 2010 GMTV closed down due to the launch of the new breakfast programme Daybreak,[1] Ben presented his final GMTV episode on 30 July 2010.

However, on 30 July 2013 (exactly three years after leaving GMTV), Ben Shephard has admitted to both TV Times and What's on TV that he would no longer rule out a return to ITV's Daybreak[2] This lead to rumours (later confirmed as false; but might still be possible) that he'd be one of two presenters replacing Aled Jones.[3] On 19 November, through the quotation "our lovely Ben Shephard", Aled Jones had accidentally hinted that ITV may have already welcomed him back to Daybreak, though this depends on the context that Aled's quotation was taken. This was hinted further by the Daily Mirror, as hints have now suggested that he'll now share the job as Main Presenter of Daybreak with either Dermot O'Leary or Chris Hollins, should Aled Jones leave Daybreak as part of the 2014 shake-up.[4] This was hinted even further on the 8 and 9 February 2014 respectively, as ITV said he's now in the running of joining Susanna Reid (with either Dermot O'Leary or Chris Hollins), should ITV's bid be successful.[5][6]

The Xtra Factor[edit]

For the first three series between 2004 and 2006, Ben presented the ITV2 spin-off series The Xtra Factor, whilst Kate Thornton hosted the main show on ITV1 (now ITV). Whilst hosting the show, Shephard also starred in The Xtra Factor – Battle of the Stars. He was replaced in 2007 by radio and television presenter Fearne Cotton.

Sky Sports[edit]

On 27 July, Ben announced that he had signed a new contract with Sky Sports, where he currently works on live football and co-presents Goals On Sunday alongside Chris Kamara in a deal worth a reported £495,000 a year.[7][8][9] He has also gone on to host live secondary match coverage of the UEFA Champions League on Sky Sports 3 or 4, while the main coverage on Sky Sports 1 is hosted by Jeff Stelling. He is also the main anchor for Sky Sports coverage of the League Cup.

If Ben is still working with Sky Sports in 2015, he will only be doing both the League Cup and Goals on Sunday after both Sky Sports and ITV have lost the right to air the Champions League to BT Sport; as a result of this, Ben's duties will be severely cut back by approximately seventy percent.

Entertainment shows[edit]

In 2006, Ben co-presented reality singing contest Soapstar Superstar alongside Fern Britton on ITV. The show returned the following year in 2007, without Shephard as the host.

On 14 July 2007, Ben presented the first of seven episodes of the BBC One entertainment series DanceX with the Strictly Come Dancing judges Arlene Phillips and Bruno Tonioli on the panel. DanceX finished airing on 25 August of the same year and has not returned since.

In 2008, Ben returned to ITV to co-present Who Dares, Sings! with Denise van Outen. The series received reasonable viewing figures, achieving an average of 3.58 million viewers.

Shephard has hosted two music specials on ITV, celebrating some of Britain's best loved musicians. These shows were Rod Stewart: One Night Only, which aired on 5 December 2009 and Phil Collins: One Night Only, which was aired the following year on 18 September 2010.

Game shows[edit]

In 2012, Ben began presenting the ITV game show Tipping Point

Between 2008 and 2009, Ben presented the National Lottery game show 1 vs. 100, when he took over from Dermot O'Leary.

In 2009, ITV decided to revive the original classic game show The Krypton Factor for a new series. Ben was chosen to present the revived series, which lasted for ten episodes and aired in an early Tuesday night slot. Following the success of the first revived series, Shephard was asked to present a second, also consisting of ten episodes. The second revived series ended on 9 March 2010, which has not returned to ITV since.

In the summer of 2011, Shephard fronted an eight-part game show for Sky1 called Safebreakers, there has been no more episodes of the show since then.

Ben currently presents the ITV game show Tipping Point and has done so since the show began in 2012. He also hosts the celebrity version known as Tipping Point: Lucky Stars which began on 9 June 2013.

Daytime shows[edit]

Between 2005 and 2011 (and sometime in the future), Ben was a stand-in presenter for the ITV daytime lifestyle programme This Morning, covering mainly for regular presenter Phillip Schofield.

A brand new cookery programme known as What's Cooking? launched on Channel 4 in 2013. Ben hosted 65 episodes of the programme alongside actress Lisa Faulkner. After the end of the first series, Ben had announced via Twitter on 11 September 2013 (and again on 22 January 2014[10]) that he will not be returning to the show.

Other work[edit]

During the London 2012 Olympics, Shephard acted as a stadium commentator, introducing the action in the main arena and interviewing guests such as Patrick Stewart.

In 2009, Shephard starred in an episode of Bookaboo on CITV.

Since 2013, Ben has been the face of Warburtons lunch thins.

Ben co-presented two episodes of the factual ITV factual series Mystery Map with Julia Bradbury, the series aired for two episodes on 20 November 2013 and 27 November 2013 respectively.[11][12]

Guinness World Records[edit]

Ben claimed that Guinness World Records were not interested when he wanted to break the World Record for "The most Egg Yolks Separated from Egg Whites Using a Bottle in 30 seconds".


1998Control FreaksPresenter
The Bigger BreakfastPresenter
T4PresenterLaunched presenter of teen strand on Channel 4
2000Eastenders RevealedPresenter
Maths 4 RealPresenter
MTV SelectCo-presenter
2000–08Entertainment Today[15]Co-presenterPromoted to flagship programme in GMTV Today in 2005.
2002FriendsMan with MicrophoneSeason 8, Episode 22 - The One Where Rachel is Late (Uncredited)
2004–06The Xtra FactorPresenterSpin off from The X Factor
2005–10GMTV TodayPresenterQuit in 2010,[16] Shephard's most recognised role.
2005–This MorningPresenterRegular guest presenter, stand-in for Phillip Schofield
2006Soapstar SuperstarPresenter
All*Star CupReporter
The Xtra Factor – Battle of the StarsPresenter
2007Dancing on Ice ExclusivePresenterSpin-off from Dancing On Ice
DanceX[17]Presenter7 episodes
20081 vs. 100[18]PresenterTook over as presenter in the third and final series
Who Dares, Sings! [19]Co-presenter7 episodes
2009Scream If you Know the Answer [20]Contestant1 episode
Rod Stewart: One Night OnlyPresenter1 episode
2009–10The Krypton Factor[21]Presenter20 episodes
Ads of the DecadeNarrator3 episodes
2010Dancing on Ice FridayPresenterSpin-off from Dancing On Ice
2010—Goals On SundayCo-presenter
UEFA Champions League

League Cup

PresenterSecondary Host for Champions League

League Cup coverage presenter

2010Phil Collins: One Night OnlyPresenter2 episodes
2011SafebreakersPresenter1 series, 8 episodes
2012—Tipping PointPresenter4 regular series, 200 regular episodes, and 1 celebrity series, 12 celebrity episodes (and counting)
2013What's Cooking?Co-presenter1 series, 65 episodes
Mystery MapCo-presenter1 series, 2 episodes


2004A Bear's Christmas TailCarol Singer No. 1TV film
2009Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceDiagon Alley Father(Uncredited)


2006Magic 105.4Radio PresenterSaturday breakfast slot
2008Heat RadioRadio PresenterMonday evening slot

Video games[edit]

1998HardwarSydVoice role


Ben supports several charities including the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Haven House Children's Hospice and the Holly Lodge Centre. To help raise funds for these charities Ben takes part in many extreme physical challenges.

Since the year 2000, Ben has completed 14 marathons.

Ben also spent a long time and become good friends with 12 year-old Harry Moseley, who had supported Cancer Research UK for many years, despite suffering from brain cancer himself. Harry dedicated a lot of his time to help others who had cancer and with the help of Ben has been able to help more people beat cancer. In September 2011, Harry Moseley died but Ben remains involved with Harry's family and is now an ambassador for the Help Harry Help Others campaign in his memory.

In 2006, 2008,[22] 2010 and 2012, Ben played for England in Soccer Aid which aired live on ITV. Fellow players included Robbie Williams, Bradley Walsh, Ralf Little and Paddy McGuinness. These events helped to raise money for Unicef.

One of Ben's charity challenges was when he boxed against Lemar for Sport Relief. After training with Ricky Hatton and Andy Mayo at Mayo's Gym, he won by decision after 3 rounds.

Another of Ben's charity challenges took place in early 2009 when Ben, along with eight other well-known celebrities climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Comic Relief. Joining him on the climb were Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh, Fearne Cotton, Gary Barlow, Alesha Dixon, Ronan Keating, Denise van Outen and Chris Moyles.

In 2010, Ben and his friend Ivan ran the Coast-to-Coast Challenge, raising over £120,000 for the Children's Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. The run was 145 miles long and took them five days.

On 13 January 2014, Ben Shephard joined his friend Ivan and burned ten thousand calories for the charity Seb4Chuf. However, despite this, Ben had warned his Twitter followers that if he picked up any injuries in the process, he might not be able to take part in 2014's Soccer Aid.

Personal life[edit]

Shephard attended Chigwell School in Essex, and went on to achieve a 2:1 BA Hons degree from the University of Birmingham in Dance, Drama & Theatre Arts.[23] A West Ham United supporter, he has also received honours in both rugby and football.[24]

He married Annie Shephard (née Perks) on 25 March 2004. The couple have two sons.


  1. ^ GMTV presenter Ben Shephard to quit the show Mirror, 30 June 2010
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  7. ^ Ben Shephard signs massive Sky deal Yahoo!, 27 July 2010
  8. ^ Ben Shephard to leave GMTV GMTV, 22 April 2010
  9. ^ ITV want to keep hold of Penny Smith and Ben Shephard Mirror, 26 April 2010
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  12. ^ Mystery Map...coming soon to ITV | presscentre
  13. ^ Highest reverse bungee jump | Size Records | Explore Official World Records | Guinness World Records
  14. ^ Most pumpkins smashed in one minute
  15. ^ Find out all about GMTV Presenter Ben Shephard GMTV
  16. ^ Ben Shephard to leave GMTV sofa BBC News, 21 April 2010
  17. ^ Ben Shephard exits The X Factor to present DanceX The Sun, 2 March 2007
  18. ^ Ben Shephard to present 1 vs. 100[dead link] Endemol UK
  19. ^ Who Dares, Sings![dead link] ITV
  20. ^ Ben Shephard - Scream If You Know The Answer! YouTube
  21. ^ Ben Shephard to host revived Krypton Factor Broadcast, 26 November 2008
  22. ^ Ben Shephard to take part in Soccer Aid[dead link] ITV
  23. ^ Alumni Profiles - Ben Shephard University of Birmingham
  24. ^ GMTV Profile - Ben Shephard

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Preceded by
Host of The Xtra Factor
Succeeded by
Fearne Cotton