Rob Rinder's Biography

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Rob Rinder (pronounced like tinder with an R) was born on 31 May 1978.

His father was a black cab driver. His mother ran a publishing company.

Rinder's parents divorced when he was young.

At 14, he went to the National Youth Theatre.

An influential teacher in his sixth form college was Jackie Grice and he followed in her footsteps by going to Manchester University where he got a double first in history and politics.

After university, Robert Rinder got a pupillage at a barristers' chambers.

He ended up working at 2 Hare Court for 12 years.

However, he became famous, when he was asked by ITV to front a daytime TV programme similar to Judge Judy in the USA.

The UK series Judge Rinder began in August 2014.

It proved a success and was regularly recommissioned.

In 2016, he hosted a new series Judge Rinder's Crime Stories, which was reversioned in 2017, to focus on one case per episode across its eight episode run.

On 22 August 2016, the BBC announced that Judge Rinder was joining the celebrity line-up for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

He was paired with Oksana Platero.

Judge Rinder and Oksana came fifth, just missing out on the semi-finals.

In June 2021, he was made an MBE on the same day as his mother Angela Cohen.

In 2023, Rob Rinder and Sarah Agha and four families of Jewish and Palestian heritage were featured in the BBC documentary The Holy Land And Us: Our Untold Stories.

It was a busy year fro Rinder, in August the BBC announced that he was joining Moniuca Galetti as a presenter on Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby. He had also written a thriller entitled The Trial.

In 2024, Rob Rinder appeared alongside Rylan Clark in Rob and Rylan's Grand Tour.

The tour was part of the pair's process of moving on with their lives after recent divorces.

He is close friends with Benedict Cumberbatch. Robert Rinder was one of Cumberbatch's three best men. Cumberbatch officiated at Rinder's wedding to Seth Cummings in Ibiza.

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