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Ben Shephard
Born Benjamin Peter Sherrington Shephard
11 January 1972 (1972-01-11) (age 38)
Epping, Essex, England
Education Chigwell School, University of Birmingham
Occupation Journalist, Presenter
Spouse(s) Annie Perks (2004-)
Children 2
Ethnicity English
Notable credit(s) GMTV
The Xtra Factor
Krypton Factor

Ben Shephard (born 11 January, 1972) is an English television presenter.


Personal life

Born in Epping, Shephard now makes his home in South West London with his wife and sons, Samuel Peter (born 28 May 2005) and Jack (born 25 January 2007). He married Annie Perks, a former marketing executive, in 2004 in South Hams, Devon, after meeting her at university.

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. A West Ham United supporter, he has also received honours in both rugby and football.

Media career



  • Eastenders Revealed for BBC Three
  • Planet Pop and Maths 4 Real on Channel 4. Guest appearance in the video for Britney Spears' hit single Lucky alongside avid fans and long-term friends Katy Weir and Claire Houston, whom he first met on a ferry to Belfast.

. He also appeared in a series of shows, educating maths on Channel Four

  • Co-presenter MTV Select on MTV
  • He joined GMTV as a presenter on Entertainment Today.[1]



  • Promoted at GMTV to a presenter of the flagship programme
  • In this year, he guest presented the award winning ITV1 programme This Morning he stood-in for the male host Phillip Schofield



  • During the second series of the hit ITV1 show Dancing on Ice, Ben presented the spin off show, Dancing on Ice Exclusive alongside Andi Peters
  • In this year, Ben appeared on The Paul O'Grady Show as a guest, where he modestly admitted to have been voted as the 73rd sexiest male in the world
  • He presented the new BBC One show DanceX. However it didn't return in 2008, due to poor viewing figures[2]


  • He had a short stint presenting Hot or Not for Heat Radio, which aired every Monday at 7pm
  • He boxed singer Lemar on 15 March for BBC One's Sport Relief after training with Ricky Hatton and Andy Mayo at Mayo's Gym. He won by decision after 3 rounds
  • Shephard became the host of the BBC One's National lottery quiz show 1 vs. 100 for its third series, which began in April 2008[3]
  • From July-August, he co-presented a new Saturday night entertainment series for ITV1, alongside Denise Van Outen, called Who Dares Sings. The premise of which will include 100 members of the studio audience to hitting the right notes in the largest karaoke competition on TV. The show ran for 7 episodes. It returned in December, for a one-off Christmas special[4]
  • In September, he took part in ITV1's Soccer Aid for the second time.[5]



  • Ben presented his second series of The Krypton Factor for ITV1 from January 2010.

Ben's core work is with GMTV - where he can be seen every Monday and Tuesday, plus alternate Wednesday's, on ITV1.



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Preceded by
Host of The Xtra Factor
Succeeded by
Fearne Cotton


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