Grant Craig Denyer (born 12 September 1977) is an Australian television and radio presenter and motor racing driver. He has worked for several television networks, including Seven Network and Network Ten, mostly serving as a presenter. He was host of Ten's Family Feud from the shows revival in 2014 until 2018 when the programme was cancelled. In 2018, he won a Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television.
Denyer in 2015
Grant Craig Denyer
12 September 1977
|Residence||Bathurst, New South Wales|
|Occupation||Television and radio presenter, motor racing driver|
|Known for||Dancing with the Stars|
Celebrity Name Game
Cheryl Rogers (m. 2010)
In 1997, Denyer began his career in the media, he gained a position at Prime Television in Wagga Wagga as a news reporter and journalist. He moved to Sydney to work as V8 Supercar pit reporter for Network Ten, when he caught the eye of television Producer Adam Boland.
Boland saw the potential in Grant and offered him full-time position as the weather presenter on the relaunched Sunrise program from 2004 until the end of 2006. Denyer left this position in December 2006 due to wanting to spend more time with his family, though he remained as a roving reporter for the breakfast program Sunrise.
Denyer won the fourth series of Dancing with the Stars, and also hosted the celebrity duet singing competition It Takes Two from 2006 to 2008. Denyer has also presented All Time Greatest Aussie Bloopers, Guinness World Records with co-host Shelley Craft, and Australia's Got Talent. Denyer is the holder of 5 official Guinness World Records.
In 2007, his race and television career saw him both racing and being a part of the commentary team featuring Neil Crompton, Matthew White, Mark Beretta and Daniel Gibson to report on the V8 Supercar Series.
In January 2010, Denyer returned to Sunrise as weather presenter, succeeding Fifi Box who became Entertainment editor. Grant remained weather presenter until he resigned in March 2013 to spend more time with his family. He also hosted the short-lived Iron Chef Australia, in 2010.
In late 2013, Denyer hosted Slide Show. He also has hosted the current series of Million Dollar Minute which first aired on 16 September 2013. On 29 November 2013, Denyer resigned due to 'family reasons' and he was replaced by Weekend Sunrise sports presenter Simon Reeve.
In 2015 Denyer co-hosted The Great Australian Spelling Bee.
In 2018, Denyer hosted an Australian version of Game of Games.
|2004–06, 2010–13||Sunrise||Weather Presenter|
|2005||Australia's Guinness World Records||Host|
|2006||Dancing with the Stars||Contestant; Winner|
|2006–08||It Takes Two||Host|
|2006–11||Carols in the Domain||Co-Host|
|2007–12||Australia's Got Talent||Host|
|2010||Iron Chef Australia||Co-Host|
|2013||Million Dollar Minute||Host||Original host|
|2015–16||The Great Australian Spelling Bee||Co-Host||with Chrissie Swan|
|2016–18||All Star Family Feud||Host|
|2016||Neighbours||Himself||Episode 7477, appeared as host of Family Feud|
|2018||Have You Been Paying Attention?||Guest Quiz Master|
|2018||Game of Games||Host|||
|2019–present||Dancing with the Stars||Co-Host||with Amanda Keller|
|2019||Chris & Julia's Sunday Night Takeaway||Guest|
|2019||Hughesy, We Have a Problem||Celebrity Problem|
|2019–present||Celebrity Name Game||Host|||
Denyer has been nominated four times for the Logie Award for Best Presenter award at the TV Week Logie Awards. He was nominated in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for his roles on It Takes Two and on Australia's Got Talent (in 2009). He was nominated again in 2015 for his role in Family Feud.
In 2006, Denyer was recognised by voters in the TV Fugly Awards as being Australia's Spunkiest Male TV Personality. Grant has been voted 'sexiest presenter on TV' by a Melbourne Metro magazine poll plus he was voted the most datable male by (Australian) New Woman magazine.
In 2018, Denyer was nominated for a Gold Logie for the third year in a row, which he won, as well as winning Logie Award for Most Popular Presenter.
|Related to||Craig Denyer (father)|
|Supercars Dunlop Series |
Australian GT Championship
|Teams||Dick Johnson Racing|
Speed FX Racing
|Best finish||4th in 2009 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series|
V8 Supercar Development Series
Australian Mini Challenge
Australian GT Championship
|V8 Utes Summer Series|
Australian Endurance Championship
|2005||Mike Kable V8 Supercar Rookie of the Year|
He drove a Ford Falcon in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar series for Speed FX Racing with Michael Caruso and Daniel Elliot. He debuted with Dick Johnson Racing in 2005. In the same year he was awarded the Mike Kable Rookie of the Year prize finishing his debut season in the top 10 (10th).
In 2006, Denyer raced in the Sandown 500 and the prestigious Bathurst 1000 with DJR and with Alex Davison. Denyer and Alex came 9th overall at Bathurst. Denyer also had success in tarmac rallying, a podium finish in 2007's Suncoast Rally in which he drove the Les Walkden-prepared Subaru Impreza WRX STi. He finished 37.8 seconds behind the Skelta G-Force of Ray Vandersee, and 3.6 seconds clear third place-getter, Matt Close, in his Porsche Turbo. Going into the final stage he trailed Close by 4.7 seconds, and moved ahead of the Porsche to take second place.
In 2002, Denyer competed in the Bathurst 24-hour Endurance Event, he drove a Nissan 200SX. In 2003 he competed in the same event, this time driving a Porsche 996 GT3 finishing second in his class, sixth overall.
Denyer won his first ever Supercars race in the Development Series at Sandown on 7 June 2008 in the second race of the weekend. More wins came and Denyer had his best season in 2009, finishing fourth in the 2009 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.
In early 2010 Denyer stated he would no longer be pursuing full season drives in motorsport, however in 2011 Denyer was announced as the lead driver of Shannons-Mars Racing, a V8 Supercar team formed for the purposes of a TV show, the Shannons Supercar Showdown. Denyer's Bathurst 1000 co-driver was Cameron Waters, winning the competition beating runner-up British racing driver Andrew Jordan. Waters as of 2016 became a full-time Supercars regular with ProDrive.
Denyer also competed in the Australian GT Championship with Maranello Motorsport in 2015, but switched to the McLaren 650S fielded by Tekno Autosports, sometimes in partnership with car owner and eventual 2016 Bathurst 1000 champion Jonathon Webb, in the GT series. In 2016 Denyer won the Australian Endurance Championship, an offshoot of the GT Championship, with Nathan Morcom.
Source of results is Driver Database.
Complete Bathurst 1000 resultsEdit
|2006||Dick Johnson Racing||Ford Falcon BA||Alex Davison||9th||161|
|2007||WPS Racing||Ford Falcon BF||Michael Caruso||15th||159|
|2011||Kelly Racing||Holden Commodore VE||Cameron Waters||DNF||95|
Complete Bathurst 24 Hour resultsEdit
|2002||Donut King Racing|| Tony Quinn
|Nissan 200SX Spec-R||5||426||18th||6th|
|2003||VIP Petfoods Racing|| Tony Quinn
|Porsche 996 GT3 Cup||B||495||6th||2nd|
Complete Bathurst 12 Hour resultsEdit
|2007||Subaru Australia|| Chris Alajajian
|Subaru Impreza WRX Sti Spec C||B||248||5th||3rd|
|2008||VIP Petfoods Racing|| Tony Quinn
|Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX||A||253||2nd||2nd|
|2009||VIP Petfoods Racing|| Tony Quinn
|Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo IX||C||98||DNF||DNF|
|2014||MARC Cars Australia Pty Ltd|| Adam Gowans
|MARC Focus GTC||I||268||15th||1st|
|2015||Peter Conroy Motorsport|| Tony Bates
|Porsche 997 GT3 Cup||B||36||DNF||DNF|
|2016||Maranello Motorsport|| Tony D'Alberto
|Ferrari 458 GT3||AP||63||DNF||DNF|
|2017||Keltic Racing|| Klark Quinn
|McLaren 650S GT3||AAM||95||DNF||DNF|
|2018||MARC Cars Australia|| Garry Jacobson
|MARC Mazda 3 V8||I||244||25th||2nd|
Grant was born at Gosford Hospital and grew up around Avoca. At 13 he moved to Dandenong Victoria and spent his holidays at the Denyer Family Farm at Ariah Park NSW.
On 17 September 2008, Denyer injured his back whilst participating in a monster truck promotional event. He suffered a compressed fracture of the lower vertebrae., and was taken by ambulance to the Wollongong Hospital.
The accident occurred while Denyer was in training for the Monster Truck Championships, driving a monster truck at Dapto Showground. After practicing a jump over five cars in the monster truck, Grant removed his foot too soon from the accelerator which caused the vehicle to land heavily leaving him with a compressed fracture to his lower vertebrae, which was broken in eight places. He was moved to a Sydney hospital and his recovery took months. He was famously reported as saying that his injury has reduced his rather short size by 1 cm.
Denyer was then moved into intensive care but there were no sign of any nerve damage issues or serious injuries and he was back on the air to host Australia's Got Talent in 2009; however, he did not return to It Takes Two in May.
In 2017, Denyer was banned from appearing on the radio stations Triple M and KIIS 106.5 after he used a story told by Matthew Johns on the former as his own on the latter. On the Triple M show The Grill Team, on which Denyer was a guest, Johns recounted about how he tried playing the board game Test Match with his children. Denyer later appeared on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on KIIS where he repeated the tale as his own. Johns later expressed his dismay to Kyle Sandilands on The Kyle and Jackie O Show and both hosts agreed to ban Denyer from ever appearing on either station. Later on Twitter, Denyer admitted to stealing Johns' joke and changing the punchline, with The Kyle and Jackie O Show Twitter account posting a mocking reply to him.
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- "2006 Fuglies" Archived 19 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine, Fugly Awards, retrieved 2006
- Grant Denyer Resume Archived 13 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine
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- "Driving Home for Christmas - single". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
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- Grant Denyer - Driver Database
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Grant Denyer.|
- Grant Denyer official website
- Happy Families for Grant Denyer
- It Takes Two official website
- Australia's Got Talent official website
January 2010 – March 2013
Ada Nicodemou & Aric Yegudkin
| Dancing with the Stars (Australia) winner
Season 4 (Early 2006 with Amanda Garner)
Anthony Koutoufides & Natalie Lowe
| Million Dollar Minute
| Family Feud
2014 - 2018
| Dancing with the Stars
2019 - current
| Australian Endurance Championship
|Awards and achievements|
| Mike Kable Young Gun Award
for Molly (Seven Network)
| Gold Logie Award
Most Popular Personality on Australian Television
for All Star Family Feud and Family Feud (Network Ten)