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Grimshaw at Vogue London Fashion Week reception at Winfield House, September 2014
Nicholas Peter Andrew Grimshaw

(1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 35)
Rowanswood Drive, England
Residence London, England
Nationality British
OccupationTelevision and radio presenter
Years active2006–present
Employer BBC
Known for T4
The Radio 1 Breakfast Show
Children In Need
Sweat the Small Stuff
The X Factor

Nicholas Peter Andrew Grimshaw (born 14 August 1984) is an English television and radio presenter. He is best known for having hosted a variety of shows on BBC Radio 1 including his current Drivetime show, and The Radio 1 Breakfast Show between 2012 and 2018. He is also known for his Channel 4 roles in T4 and The Album Chart Show . In 2015, he was a judge on the twelfth series of The X Factor

BBC Radio 1 British national radio station

BBC Radio 1 is one of the BBC's two flagship radio stations, specialising in modern popular music and current chart hits throughout the day. Radio 1 provides alternative genres after 7 pm, including electronica, dance, hip hop, rock and indie. The choice of music and presenting style is entirely that of programme hosts, however those who present in the daytime have to rotate a number of songs a specific number of times per week. It was launched in 1967 to meet the demand for music generated by pirate radio stations, when the average age of the UK population was 27. The BBC claim that they target the 15–29 age group, and the average age of its UK audience since 2009 is 30. BBC Radio 1 started 24-hour broadcasting on 1 May 1991.

Radio 1 Breakfast is a radio show that is broadcast across the UK from 6:30am to 10am, Monday to Thursday. The show is the most listened to broadcast on BBC Radio 1. It is hosted by Greg James who took over from Nick Grimshaw on 20 August 2018 as the show's 16th presenter.

Channel 4 British free-to-air television channel

Channel 4 is a British public-service free-to-air television network headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It began transmission on 2 November 1982. Although largely commercially self-funded, it is ultimately publicly owned; originally a subsidiary of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), the station is now owned and operated by Channel Four Television Corporation, a public corporation of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which was established in 1990 and came into operation in 1993. With the conversion of the Wenvoe transmitter group in Wales to digital terrestrial broadcasting on 31 March 2010, Channel 4 became a UK-wide TV channel for the first time.




Grimshaw joined BBC Radio 1 in September 2007, presenting the BBC's youth strand Switch with friend and fellow DJ Annie Mac. He hosted the show for 9 months solo while Mac hosted a weekend lunchtime slot. [1]

BBC Switch was the brand for BBC content aimed at UK teenagers. The brand launched on Saturday 20 October 2007 on BBC Two and ceased broadcasting on 18 December 2010. It included a block of television programmes on BBC Two, an online portal, and programming on the BBC's youth radio station, BBC Radio 1. It was BBC Two's second programming block aimed at teenagers, following on from DEF II.

Annie Mac Irish presenter and DJ

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From October 2008 to May 2009, Grimshaw hosted Radio 1's Weekend Breakfast Show. Grimshaw then went on to present the 10 pm midnight slot on BBC Radio 1 on 1 June 2009, following the departure of Colin Murray. He regularly joked about how long his position at BBC Radio 1 would last and whether he would actually be able to complete his long list of "1000 Albums Everyone Says You Should Listen To But We Only Have Time To Play One Track So Here It Is" which was a nightly feature on his show. He managed to reach number 369, before he left for the breakfast show. [2]

Colin Murray British broadcaster

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Other features on his show included "Peaceful Ponderings", an interactive minor problem-solving initiative broadcast on the Sunday night show he took part in with Annie Mac; "This Week's Musical Showoff", an interactive new music sharing initiative; "Fresh Off Stage", an interview with an important figure from the world of performing arts; and Rob da Bank's "Monday Night Pop Quiz", between a listener and a musician which culminated in an offensive word being broadcast live on air as the final answer. From 20102012, Grimshaw was the main stand-in presenter for Scott Mills on BBC Radio 1.[ citation needed ]

Rob da Bank English DJ

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Scott Mills British radio DJ, television presenter and occasional actor

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The Radio 1 Breakfast Show

On 11 July 2012 it was announced that Grimshaw would replace the long-standing Chris Moyles as host of The Radio 1 Breakfast Show . [3] The last live show was broadcast on 12 September 2012, [4] although the last show broadcast under the show's name was a pre-recorded episode entitled "The 1000 Albums Show". [5] His first programme was on 24 September 2012. [6]

Chris Moyles British DJ

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In November 2012, Grimshaw attracted criticism from Magic Radio breakfast presenter Neil Fox for comments he made about Radio 1's decision to omit Robbie Williams's "Candy" from its A-List playlist – reportedly due to being "too old" for the station's target demographic. [7]

Magic Radio

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Robbie Williams British singer and entertainer

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Some days later, Grimshaw was in the headlines again after it was claimed he refused to promote Rihanna's latest album because she cancelled an interview with him [8] – a claim which Grimshaw denied, noting that his snub was intended to be "tongue in cheek". [9]

On 24 October 2013, it was reported that Grimshaw's breakfast show had one million fewer listeners than Moyles' and that its audience figures were the worst for the station in over a decade, with BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 all beating it in the ratings. At the time, Grimshaw's show was close to the record low of 5.5 million listeners, set by Sara Cox in 2003, toward the end of her three-year tenure hosting the show. [10]

In February 2014, the breakfast show recorded an enhancement of more than 700,000 listeners, which set the average number of listeners per week to 6.3 million. [11] However, on 15 March 2014, it was reported that Grimshaw had lost another 510,000 listeners, for a weekly total of 5.78 million. [12]

The BBC claimed that this was part of the goal to attract younger listeners, while shedding the over-25s. [13]

In March 2014, he completed a twelve-hour bicycle ride for Sport Relief. [14] The event raised more than £115,000. [15] In 2014, he also took part in the Clash of the Titans event as part of John Bishop's team Team Bishop. [16]

In May 2015, Grimshaw's Breakfast Show fell to 5.5 million listeners a week, becoming tied with Sara Cox's show for the lowest number of listeners in Radio 1's history. The station controller Ben Cooper congratulated Grimshaw saying, "I'm pleased that Grimmy is doing what I've asked of him by keeping his young audience happy and scaring off the over-30s.". [17] In August 2016, listener figures were reported to have dropped to 5.4 million, down 400,000 year-on-year, and making it the lowest listened to breakfast show in the station's history. [18]

In July 2017 the BBC confirmed that Grimshaw's salary was in the £350,000 – £399,999 bracket. [19]

In October 2017, Grimshaw's Breakfast Show fell to 4.93 million listeners a week, the lowest listening figures for BBC Radio 1's breakfast show since records began. Controller Ben Cooper defended the stats and said it was still "the most relevant youth brand in the UK today". [20]

On 31 May 2018, it was announced that Grimshaw would be leaving the breakfast show and effectively swapping show with Greg James. The move means Grimshaw will take over the 4 pm – 7 pm drivetime slot. [21]

Drivetime show

Nick Grimshaw
Other namesRadio 1's Drivetime show
GenreMusic and talk
Running time165 minutes (4:00 pm – 5:45 pm, 6 pm – 7 pm)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 1
TV adaptationsFreeview 700
StarringNick Grimshaw, Sinéad Garvan, Ben Mundy
Produced byTravis Walby, Liam Conroy
Recording studioStudio 82D, Broadcasting House, London
Original release2018-present – present
Audio format Stereophonic sound
Opening themeGo home with Grimmy!
Website Nick Grimshaw

Grimshaw hosts a weekday radio show on BBC Radio 1 broadcast Monday to Thursday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm, including a 15-minute break for Newsbeat at 5:45 pm. The main focus of the show is music and entertainment in the form of features and celebrity interviews. The show has aired since 3 September 2018. [22]

In May 2018 BBC Radio 1 announced 'its major schedule changes to the station': its 'former' Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw and 'former' Drivetime host Greg James would swap shows effective from September 2018. [23]

Grimshaw is the third presenter on BBC Radio 1 to have the Drivetime slot.


Grimshaw's career started on UK entertainment channel E4, hosting daily shows. In September 2007, he crossed over to Channel 4, hosting the daily breakfast show Freshly Squeezed with Alexa Chung and more recently Jameela Jamil, airing 7 am on weekdays. The pair went on to host various award shows for TV and coverage from music events and festivals for Channel 4. As well as hosting the radio show BBC Switch for BBC Radio 1, Grimshaw and Annie Mac teamed up to host music show Sound for BBC Two. He presented the first ever BBC Switch Awards show with Kimberley Walsh of Girls Aloud on BBC One.

In Summer 2011, Grimshaw hosted a live 6-part series for Channel 4 on Saturdays entitled New Look Style the Nation, in which hopeful fashion designers competed for a job at New Look.

In 2012, Grimshaw co-presented the iTunes Festival with Annie Mac throughout September for Channel 4.

On 30 April 2013, he began presenting BBC Three panel show, Sweat the Small Stuff . [24]

On 2 August 2013, Grimshaw hosted a one-off panel show on Channel 4 called That Music Show. [25]

In late 2013, Grimshaw appeared in as many soap operas he could, filming cameo roles in EastEnders , Coronation Street , Emmerdale , Hollyoaks and Home and Away . [26] In 2013, he narrated Hotel of Mum and Dad for BBC Three.

In 2014, Grimshaw presented The Brits Are Coming , the show that revealed some of the nominees at the 2014 Brit Awards.

Since 2014, Grimshaw is a regular guest co–presenter on The One Show . [27]

On 16 June 2015, it was revealed that Grimshaw would join the twelfth series of The X Factor as a judge to replace Louis Walsh. [28] He was selected to mentor the "Boys" category and chose Mason Noise, Ché Chesterman and Seann Miley Moore for the live shows. Following the eliminations of Moore in week 2 and Noise in week 4, he guided Chesterman through to the final, where he finished in third place. On 19 February 2016, Grimshaw announced he would not be returning to the show for its thirteenth series and was replaced by Louis Walsh. [29]

Grimshaw appeared in the first series of Celebrity Gogglebox in June and July 2019 alongside his niece Liv.


Grimshaw has expressed his interest for contemporary art and set design. In 2016, he sold one of his paintings as part of a secret charity auction during Frieze Art Fair. [30]

He is an ambassador for the Royal Academy of Arts. In 2017, he was commissioned to design a Christmas tree in celebration of the Academy’s 250th anniversary. [31]

Interested in live music production, Grimshaw interned with the stage designer Es Devlin in 2017. [32] He also joined a set design course at Central Saint Martins in October 2018. [33]

Other work

In 2012, Grimshaw had a cameo appearance in the UK release of the Disney film Wreck-It Ralph as Calhoun's deceased fiancé Brad Scott who was killed by Cy-Bugs. This version, however, is not in the UK home release.

Grimshaw launched and judged Column Idol 2014, an annual competition set up by charity Media Trust with The Sun newspaper to find new writing talent. [34]

He makes a cameo appearance as his own self in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016). [35]

Personal life

Grimshaw grew up in the town of Oldham, Lancashire. [36] He attended the University of Liverpool between 2002 and 2005, studying Communication and Media Studies, but failed his final year, graduating with a DipHE rather than a bachelor's degree. [37] During his studies at the University of Liverpool, Grimshaw was also a member of the University's student radio station, ICON Radio (now LSRadio).

On 17 August 2012, Grimshaw came out as gay. [38] [39] He appeared at number 8 on The Independent on Sunday 's list of the 101 most influential LGBT people in Britain 2012. [40]

Nick Grimshaw was awarded the title of GQ's Best-Dressed Man of the Year in 2014 by the British edition of GQ Magazine. [41]

As of October 2018, Nick Grimshaw is in a relationship with dancer and model Meshach Henry. [42]


As of 2018, Grimshaw is an ambassador for The Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity helping homeless LGBT youth. [43] [44]


2007–2009 Sound BBC Two Co–presenter3 series
2007 Freshly Squeezed Channel 4 Co-presenter
2008–2012 The Album Chart Show Presenter
2008 Big Brother's Big Mouth Week 4 presenter5 episodes
2010–2012 T4 Co–presenter
2012 iTunes Festival Co–presenter
2012–2015 Children in Need BBC One/BBC Two Co–presenter
2013–2014 Sweat the Small Stuff BBC Three Presenter4 series
2014 The BRITs Are Coming ITV Presenter
2014— The One Show BBC Guest co–presenter3 episodes
2015Soundchain MTV Presenter1 series
2015 The X Factor ITV Judge Series 12
2017 One Love Manchester BBC One Co-presenterTelevision special
2017 Harry Styles at the BBC BBC One PresenterTelevision special
Guest appearances
2007–2012 BBC Radio 1 Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac
2008–2009Weekend Breakfast
2009–2012Late Night
2012–2018 The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Dr. Brad Scott (UK film version)
2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Himself (Cameo Appearance)

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Preceded by
Chris Moyles
BBC Radio 1
Breakfast Show Presenter

Succeeded by
Greg James