Chris Evans is a TV and radio presenter whose natural ebullience, youthful enthusiasm and sheer hard work and professionalism has seen him remain at the top for more than three decades, despite a sometimes tumultuous ride on the rollercoaster to fame! His has hosted a number of hugely popular shows - some of which he devised himself - from Channel 4's Don't Forget Your Toothbrush to TGI Friday, and, most recently, the BBC's much-vaunted Top Gear, replacing Jeremy Clarkson. It says much for Chris' skills and personality that he has been selected to take the wheel from Jeremy Clarkson on this most iconic of car-themed shows. In these and other shows, Chris' outspoken style and lovable sense of humour are enjoyed by millions.
Beginning his presenting career in 1983 on Manchester Piccadilly Radio, Chris subsequently gained wider public attention with his BBC Radio 1 afternoon show Too Much Gravy, which established him as a DJ with a new, edgy take that effectively countermined the somewhat dated delivery that was starting to set-in (and put audiences off) at Radio 1.
In April 1993, Chris joined the new Virgin Radio station to host a Saturday morning show. He was by now riding the wave of increasing popularity, which led him to making the break into television, co-hosting The Big Breakfast with Gaby Roslin on Channel 4. He subsequently formed his own television production company, Ginger Productions, with its first major programme - Don't Forget Your Toothbrush - airing on Channel 4 in 1994 and1995. While still working in television, Chris returned to BBC Radio 1 in 1995, presenting the famous Radio 1 Breakfast Show and achieving listening figures peaking at 7.5 million.
Through Ginger Productions, Chris then launched the Channel 4 TV show TFI Friday, which was largely based on the successful format of his radio shows, combining celebrity interviews, musical guests and daft games and competitions. TFI Friday's formula has proved to be as enduring as Chris himself - it ran from 1996 until 1999, and nearly 20 years later the show was revived for a one-off special that immediately recaptured its former success, but with an even wider appeal. The revived show was a huge hit with both those who regularly watched the show in their younger days and a new generation of audiences that Chris equally appeals to. Following the success of this one-off show, it was announced in June 2015 that TGI Friday will return for a new series (the seventh) in December 2015, with eight episodes; Chris has confirmed that he will also return to present it.
In 1997, Chris was once more back at the helm at Virgin Radio, hosting its weekday breakfast show, prompting an immediate upsurge in station listening figures from 1.8 million to 2.6 million. In December of that year, Chris' Ginger Media Group bought Virgin Radio from Richard Branson for £85 million, and in March 2000, Ginger Media Group itself was sold to SMG plc for £225 million.
In recent years, Chris has become well known for hosting BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show, which he took over from Terry Wogan when Terry retired. With recent TV appearances on The One Show (BBC 1), and his upcoming pivotal presenting role on Top Gear, Chris still possesses the energy and talent that made him one of the most famous radio and TV presenters in Britain.
A keen golfer with a handicap of 15, Chris is married to professional golfer, part-time model and columnist for Golf Punk magazine Natasha Shishmanian.
Chris makes the perfect public speaker, with decades of entertaining experience in both radio and television. To book him for your Event, contact Prime Performers now via our online booking enquiry form or alternatively call 020 7251 8222.
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