Adrian Chiles (born 21 March 1967) is a British television and radio presenter, currently working for BBC Radio 5 Live.
Chiles at the BAFTAs 2009
21 March 1967|
Quinton, Birmingham, England
|Occupation||Broadcaster and writer|
BBC (1994–2010, 2013—)
Working Lunch (1994–2007)|
Match of the Day 2 (2004–2010)
The Apprentice: You're Fired! (2006–2009)
The One Show (2007–2010)
ITV Sport (2010–2015)
That Sunday Night Show (2011–2012)
Early life and career
Chiles was born in Quinton, Birmingham, to an English father and Croatian mother, and moved a few miles away to Hagley, Worcestershire at the age of four. A feature of his presentations is his Birmingham accent. He also speaks Croatian, despite having a self-confessed imperfect understanding of the language's verbs, declensions, and cases. Chiles started his education at Haybridge High School, and then worked in his father's scaffolding business, before graduating with a degree in English literature from the University of London (studying at Westfield College, now part of Queen Mary, University of London).
Before going to university he was a keen amateur actor, appearing in the Crescent Theatre (Birmingham)'s musical production of Mary O'Malley's Once A Catholic and Sandy Wilson's The Cheese. After university, while waiting for his broken leg to heal from an amateur football incident he applied for and failed both Civil Service exams, before being asked to apply for MI5 — he failed the second interview. He studied journalism at Cardiff and then worked, at one time, as a sports reporter for the News of the World.
He has since created, scripted and fronted a variety of other programmes for the BBC, including for BBC Two the 2003 series So What Do You Do All Day? a look at the lives of the rich and famous, and Asian Millionaires. For BBC One he created and fronted Royal Millions, an investigation of the Queen's finances, as well as reports for Panorama and various documentaries.
From 2006 until 2009, Chiles presented the spin-off series of the popular UK television show The Apprentice called The Apprentice: You're Fired! in which he interviews the latest candidate to be fired. He left the BBC in 2009, and was replaced by Dara Ó Briain.
During August 2006 Chiles co-presented a pilot of a new BBC One early-evening magazine programme, The One Show. The programme was re-commissioned for 2007 with Chiles returning as host, leaving Working Lunch. Chiles' last appearance on The One Show was on 30 April 2010 and his favourite guest from the programme, rock singer Robert Plant, appeared again. His final show also saw video tributes to an emotional Chiles from Prime Minister Gordon Brown and political leaders David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
In January 2016, Chiles returned to BBC television, where he fronted a 2-part religion/travel series My Mediterranean with Adrian Chiles for BBC Two. In July 2016, he presented a special edition of Panorama called "Why We Voted to Leave: Britain Speaks" for BBC One. In November 2016, he fronted one-off documentary Whites v Blacks: How Football Changed a Nation for BBC Two.
In August 2018, Chiles presented a BBC Two documentary entitled Drinkers Like Me in which he admitted to regularly drinking in excess of 100 units of alcohol per week and investigated why alcohol had become such a big part of his life. As part of the programme, a doctor carried out a Fibroscan liver test on him, which produced a score of 8.9, indicating mild/moderate fibrosis of the liver and significant hepatic steatosis.
When the BBC won back the rights to Premier League football, Chiles became the host of Match of the Day 2 on Sundays. In the run-up to the 2006 World Cup, he was an integral part in BBC Three's African Cup of Nations coverage. He was also a member of the BBC's World Cup team often bringing viewers late night highlights. He was a main presenter of the BBC's Euro 2008 coverage and was one of the anchors of the morning 2008 Olympics coverage from Beijing.
After news media speculation suggesting that the BBC wished to increase the popularity of The One Show on Fridays by introducing Chris Evans alongside Christine Lampard in an extended one-hour format, Chiles was said to be discussing a contract with ITV. After Evans was confirmed as the new Friday presenter in a revamped one-hour format, Chiles left the BBC for ITV in a four-year contract, speculated to be worth £1million per year. Chiles left the BBC on 30 April 2010.
On 6 September 2010, he made his first appearance on Daybreak, ITV's new breakfast television programme. The show failed to capture a larger market share than its competitor Breakfast, and on 18 November 2011 it was announced that Chiles would be axed from the show. He was replaced by Dan Lobb.
His contract with ITV came an end on 20 April 2014. However, he signed a new contract to purely host ITV's football coverage. The new contract included a wage cut of £1 million per year.
On 23 January 2015, it was announced that Chiles had left his role as ITV's football host with immediate effect. He has not returned to the channel since.
In his early career at the BBC, Chiles became an assistant producer and, by 1993, was presenting Radio 4's Financial World Tonight.
In January 2018, he was moved to Fridays only and the title was changed to Chiles on Friday, with Emma Barnett hosting from Monday to Thursday under the title The Emma Barnett Show, although the content remains essentially the same.
Chiles is the author of We Don't Know What We're Doing. Published in 2007, the book recounts the stories of a varied cast of avid West Bromwich Albion supporters whom Chiles met over the course of the 2005–06 season, at the end of which the team was relegated from the Premier League. The book also documents Chiles' own obsession with his beloved "Baggies".
Chiles married Jane Garvey, now a regular presenter of Woman's Hour on Radio 4, in September 1998 in Swansea. Chiles and Garvey have two daughters. In June 2008, the couple separated; they divorced in October 2009.
He is a well known supporter of West Bromwich Albion Football Club, where he is a season-ticket holder and presenter on some of the club's official DVDs. Both of his cars have WBA in their registration and he has a stained glass West Bromwich Albion crest above his door.
Chiles plays the double bass, as revealed when he dueted with violinist Nigel Kennedy playing "Fever" on The One Show. On 7 May 2008 his co-presenter on The One Show, Christine Lampard, sang part of a song with Chiles accompanying on piano.
In March 2008, Chiles embarked on a charity cycling trip with footballer Alan Shearer from Newcastle upon Tyne to London via West Bromwich for Sport Relief. The duo raised £371,065 for their feat.
|1994–2007||Working Lunch||Co-presenter||Replaced by Nik Wood||BBC Two|
|2004–2010||Match of the Day 2||Presenter||Replaced by Colin Murray|
|2006–2009||The Apprentice: You're Fired!||Presenter||Replaced by Dara Ó Briain|
|2007–2010||The One Show||Co-presenter||With Christine Lampard||BBC One|
|2007||Have I Got News For You||Guest presenter||1 episode|
|2010–2011||Daybreak||Co-presenter||With Christine Lampard and Kate Garraway||ITV|
|2010–2015||ITV Football||Presenter||Replaced by Mark Pougatch|
|2011–2012||That Sunday Night Show||Presenter||3 series|
|2016||My Mediterranean with Adrian Chiles||Presenter||1 series||BBC Two|
|Panorama: Why We Voted to Leave: Britain Speaks||Presenter||One-off programme||BBC One|
|Whites v Blacks: How Football Changed a Nation||Presenter||One-off programme||BBC Two|
|2017||The Premier League Show||Reporter||1 episode|
|Christine and Adrian's Friendship Test||Co-presenter||With Christine Lampard||BBC Northern Ireland|
|2018||Drinkers Like Me||Presenter||One-off programme||BBC Two|
- "Adrian Chiles". London: Companies House. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- Soccer's biggest transfer target The Observer (London), 16 March 2008
- Keogh, Frank (23 November 2007). "Anthem gaffe 'lifted Croatia'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 March 2008.
- Day MI5 asked me to be Bond The Sun, 17 November 2006
- "Adrian Chiles profile". BBC Sport. 11 August 2004. Retrieved 4 August 2007.
- BBC One Winter/Spring 2007 BBC Press Office
- The One Show 30 April 2010 BBC One
- Led Zeppelin legend joins Adrian Chiles for farewell Express and Star, 1 May 2010
- Adrian Chiles bids farewell in final appearance on The One Show The Daily Telegraph (London), 1 May 2010
- Adrian Chiles leaves The One Show with hug for Christine Bleakley Daily Record (Glasgow), 1 May 2010
- Have I Got News for You, broadcast 20 April 2007
- "Adrian Chiles doc looks at history of black footballers". 7 March 2016.
- "Adrian Chiles And Christine Bleakley Set For TV Reunion". 9 September 2016.
- "BBC - Christine & Adrians' Friendship Test - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Adrian Chiles 'horrified' at drinking 100 alcohol units a week". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
- The One Show host Adrian Chiles quits BBC BBC News, 19 April 2010
- England Internationals Archived 19 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine. ITV Press Centre, 12 May 2010
- Adrian Chiles makes the switch to sofa at ITV without blowing fuse The Guardian, 25 May 2010
- New Daybreak show debuts on ITV BBC News, 6 September 2010
- Methven, Nicola (19 November 2011). "Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles axed as hosts of ITV flop Daybreak". Daily Record. Glasgow. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012.
- From Day to Night: Adrian Chiles set to present new Sunday night show, with Shaun Ryder among regular guests Daily Mail (London), 10 December 2010
- Jefferies, Mark (26 January 2014). "Adrian Chiles will have his salary slashed by £1million a year shortly before World Cup in Brazil".
- De Menezes, Jack (23 January 2015). "Adrian Chiles leaves ITV: Football host joins exodus with immediate effect". The Independent. London. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
- Chiles, Adrian (2007). We Don't Know What We're Doing: Adventures with the extraordinary fans of an ordinary team. Sphere. ISBN 978-1-84744-013-6.
- The One Show, BBC One, broadcast 9 November 2007
- Most kisses in one minute-world record set by DJ Paul Winstanley World Records Academy, 6 March 2009
-  ten things about adrian chiles] Digital Spy, 29 July 2016
- DVD of the month: Adrian Chiles's 2 Good 2 Bad The Observer (London), 15 November 2009
- Open Book Radio Show, BBC Radio 4, broadcast 26 August 2007.
- "What I learnt from 46 consecutive days in church". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
- Profile: Adrian Chiles, Times Online, 28 December 2008
- Shearer & Chiles end their task BBC Sport, 14 March 2008
- Adrian Chiles's beard is sign of new trend The Daily Telegraph (London), 30 January 2010
- Highlights from Sport Relief BBC News, 19 March 2010
- "Why We Voted to Leave: Britain Speaks, Panorama - BBC One". BBC.
- Celebrity guests gallery BBC - The One Show
- Celebrity Fan Adrian Chiles Talks Everything West Brom Exclusively to TF90M TF90M - The First 90 Minutes
- Adrian Chiles profile BBC Sport Match of the Day, 11 August 2004