Ben Shephard's Biography

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Who Is Ben Shephard?

Ben Shephard was born on 11th December, 1974 in Essex. Ben Shephard has a degree in dance. Shephard met his wife Annie at University. He told the Manchester Evening News: "I found out recently that she used to find it really attractive watching me dance - it was different from anything she was used to seeing."

Shephard has represented South East England's U16 and U18 football teams and also the Senior Eastern Counties Rugby team.

According to The Guardian's interview with Ben Shephard he is addicted to International Superstar Soccer Pro on his PlayStation. He is also an ardent West Ham fan and enjoys kite surfing.


Ben Shephard started presenting at the age of 24, in 1998 when he was the host of Channel 4's Control Freaks which previewed that week's teen TV programmes.

Later that year, Ben Shephard started working on The Bigger Breakfast alongside Melanie Sykes and Josie D'Arby.

Shephard then moved to T4, Channel 4's Sunday morning show in which he interviewed many celebrities.

Since 1999 Ben Shephard has presented ITV2's Bedrock, BBC's Eastenders Revealed, Channel 5's Exclusive, MTV Select and also Channel 4's Planet Pop.

In 2004 and then again in the 2nd Series in 2005 Shephard took part in Sky One's The Match. Shephard also took part in Socceraid in 2006 which raised money for UNICEF.

Until 2007, he was the presenter of The Xtra Factor and was the co-presenter of GMTV Today and Entertainment Today.

In July 2007, Ben Shephard became the presenter of the BBC's Dance X.

In November 2008, it was announced that Ben Shephard would host the Krypton Factor on its return to TV after 13 years.

In 2010 Ben Shephard became a co-host of Dancing On Ice Friday.

In April 2010 it was revealed that Ben Shephard was leaving GMTV. It had recently been announced that Adrian Chiles was leaving the BBC to join GMTV.

In July 2010, it was announced that Ben Shephard was to host Sky Sports's coverage of live Uefa Champions League matches and would co-present Goals On Sunday, also on Sky Sports.

In 2014, Ben Shephard became one of the weekday presenters between 6.00am and 8.30am, on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

In February 2024, ITV announced that Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley would take over as hosts of This Morning.

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