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Matt Edmondson (born 27 December 1985)[1] is a British television and Sony Award-nominated radio presenter, best known for his work with BBC Radio 1 and ITV2.

Matt Edmondson
Born (1985-12-27) 27 December 1985 (age 33)
ResidenceGreenwich, London
OccupationTelevision and radio presenter
EmployerBBC, ITV
TelevisionFake Reaction
The Xtra Factor Live
Release the Hounds
Spouse(s)Bryony Emmett (m. 2013)
RelativesKate Arnell (sister)

Edmondson currently presents the weekend breakfast show Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6 am to 10 am with Mollie King. In 2016, he co-presented The Xtra Factor alongside Rylan Clark-Neal on ITV2.[2]



Edmondson was a CBBC continuity presenter from 2004 to 2006, prior to which, in 2002, he was a roving reporter for Channel 4's Richard & Judy.[3]

Edmondson co-presented the 2008 coverage of the Isle of Wight Festival for ITV2.[4] He also provided links and commentary for the MTV coverage of the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards. He presented reports from T in the Park 2009 for BBC One Scotland, BBC Two Scotland and BBC Three.[5]

Edmondson also provided voiceovers for 4Music and presented Channel 4's Freshly Squeezed from 2010 until 2011.[6][7]

In May 2010, Edmondson presented highlights from The Great Escape Festival[8] and the Topman CTRL Student Tour[9] on Channel 4.

On 27 June 2016, it was announced that Edmondson would co-host The Xtra Factor Live alongside Rylan Clark-Neal on ITV2. The series began on 27 August 2016 and was broadcast live from The Hospital Club.[10] The show was axed in January 2017.[11]

Edmondson narrated the third series of Impractical Jokers UK on Channel 5 and Comedy Central in 2016. In 2017, Edmondson took part in the BBC's Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief.[12]

He presents the ITV2 dating series Dress to Impress.[13] From 2017, Edmondson replaced Reggie Yates as the presenter of Release the Hounds on ITV2.[14]


On 8 January 2010, Edmondson joined BBC Radio 1, and appeared every Friday on Fearne Cotton's show to report on entertainment news and showbiz gossip. His first appearance on Cotton's programme was on 15 January 2010.[15]

Edmondson began presenting the Sunday 10 am to 1 pm slot on BBC Radio 1 on 14 March 2010, filling in for regular presenter Sara Cox while she was on maternity leave.[16]

Edmondson started a weekly show on BBC Radio 1 on 6 April 2011 replacing Huw Stephens from 9 pm to 10 pm on Wednesdays.[17] However, on 19 December 2012, he presented his last Wednesday night show before moving to weekends in January 2013, taking over Vernon Kay's Saturday 10 am – 1 pm slot and Sara Cox's Sunday 10 am – 1 pm slot.

On 10 April 2018, it was announced that Edmondson and Mollie King would co-present a new afternoon show for BBC Radio 1 beginning in June on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.[18]

In 2018, Edmondson hosted a BBC radio podcast programme in which he and his co-host deliberately vandalised Wikipedia to see how long the vandalism would last.[19]

Other work

Edmondson was a columnist for The X Factor magazine.[20] He appeared in the music video for the song "Make Peace Not War" by British grime artist Skepta.[21]

Personal life

Edmondson is originally from Portsmouth and was educated at St Edmund's Catholic School, a Roman Catholic voluntary aided state comprehensive school in the city, before attending Havant College, a sixth form college in the town of Havant in Hampshire, now lives in Greenwich, London. His elder sister Kate Arnell is also a television presenter. In May 2012, Edmondson became engaged to his long-term girlfriend Bryony Emmett, and the pair married in 2013.[22] In September 2016, Edmondson missed an episode of The Xtra Factor Live. During the show, it was announced that Bryony had gone into labour, and at the end of the show it was announced that she had given birth to a baby girl.[23]


  1. ^ Profile – Matt Edmondson BBC Radio 1
  2. ^ "The Xtra Factor goes live and reveals brand new host Matt Edmondson". Press Centre. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ Archived 19 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ ITV Music – Isle Of Wight Festival
  5. ^ BBC presenter line-up for T In The Park 2009 announced BBC Press Office, 17 June 2009
  6. ^ The Big Pink, Yeasayer, Miike Snow, We Have Band play TopMan Tour[permanent dead link] God is in the TV, 24 March 2010
  7. ^ Matt Edmondson Archived 16 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine Money Management
  8. ^ The Great Escape Festival Channel 4, 22 May 2010
  9. ^ Topman CTRL Student Tour Channel 4, 29 May 2010
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Xtra Factor 'AXED and replaced with digital spin-off'". Mail Online. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  12. ^ McCreesh, Louise (4 March 2017). "Matt Edmondson BECAME Nicki Minaj for Comic Relief". Digital Spy. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  13. ^ Warner, Sam (28 August 2017). "ITV2 announces brand new dating show Dress To Impress". Digital Spy. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  14. ^ Harp, Justin (11 July 2017). "Release the Hounds is getting a brand new host". Digital Spy. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  15. ^ Matt Edmonson joins Radio 1 BBC Press Office, 8 January 2010
  16. ^ Matt Edmondson to cover for Sara Cox on Radio 1 BBC Press Office, 23 February 2010
  17. ^ Huw Stephens to host Radio 1 weekend show BBC Press Office, 1 February 2011
  18. ^ "BBC - Weekend starts early on Radio 1 - Media Centre". Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  19. ^ "BBC - 9 weird and wonderful things we learned from disappearing down an Internet black hole". Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  20. ^ Pop star to TV presenter – the future of X Factor?
  21. ^ Skepta – Make Peace Not War
  22. ^ "Matt Edmondson Engaged – WittySparks News". 17 May 2012. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  23. ^ [1][dead link]

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