Nicholas Peter Andrew Grimshaw (born 14 August 1984) is an English television and radio presenter. He became 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.
Grimshaw at Vogue London Fashion Week reception at Winfield House, September 2014
Nicholas Peter Andrew Grimshaw
14 August 1984
Greater Manchester, England
|Occupation||Television and radio presenter|
The Radio 1 Breakfast Show
Children In Need
Sweat the Small Stuff
The X Factor
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Grimshaw joined BBC Radio 1 in September 2007, presenting the BBC's youth strand Switch with close friend and fellow DJ Annie Mac. He hosted the show for 9 months solo while Mac hosted a weekend lunchtime slot.
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.
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 2010–2012, Grimshaw was the main stand-in presenter for Scott Mills on BBC Radio 1.
The Radio 1 Breakfast ShowEdit
On 11 July 2012 it was announced that Grimshaw would replace the long-standing Chris Moyles as host of The Radio 1 Breakfast Show. The last live show was broadcast on 12 September 2012, although the last show broadcast under the show's name was a pre-recorded episode entitled "The 1000 Albums Show". His first programme was on 24 September 2012.
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.
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 – a claim which Grimshaw denied, noting that his snub was intended to be "tongue in cheek".
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.
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. However, on 15 March 2014, it was reported that Grimshaw had lost another 510,000 listeners, for a weekly total of 5.78 million.
The BBC claimed that this was part of the goal to attract younger listeners, while shedding the over-25s.
In March 2014, he completed a twelve-hour bicycle ride for Sport Relief. The event raised more than £115,000. In 2014, he also took part in the Clash of the Titans event as part of John Bishop's team Team Bishop.
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.". 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.
In July 2017 the BBC confirmed that Grimshaw's salary was in the £350,000 – £399,999 bracket.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
On 2 August 2013, Grimshaw hosted a one-off panel show on Channel 4 called That Music Show.
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. In 2013, he narrated Hotel of Mum and Dad for BBC Three.
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. 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.
Grimshaw appeared in the first series of Celebrity Gogglebox in June and July 2019 alongside his niece Liv.
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.
Grimshaw grew up in the town of Oldham, Greater Manchester. 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. During his studies at the University of Liverpool, Grimshaw was also a member of the University's student radio station, ICON Radio (now Liverpool Guild Student Media).
As of October 2018, Nick Grimshaw is in a relationship with dancer and model Meshach Henry.
|2007–2009||Sound||BBC Two||Co–presenter||3 series|
|2007||Freshly Squeezed||Channel 4||Co-presenter|
|2008–2012||The Album Chart Show||Presenter|
|2008||Big Brother's Big Mouth||Week 4 presenter||5 episodes|
|2012–2015||Children in Need||BBC One/BBC Two||Co–presenter|
|2013–2014||Sweat the Small Stuff||BBC Three||Presenter||4 series|
|2014||The BRITs Are Coming||ITV||Presenter|
|2014—||The One Show||BBC||Guest co–presenter||3 episodes|
|2015||The X Factor||ITV||Judge||Series 12|
|2017||One Love Manchester||BBC One||Co-presenter||Television special|
|2017||Harry Styles at the BBC||BBC One||Presenter||Television special|
- Guest appearances
- Never Mind the Buzzcocks
- 8 Out of 10 Cats
- Celebrity Juice
- Sunday Brunch
- Alan Carr: Chatty Man
- Shopping with Keith Lemon
|2007–2012||BBC Radio 1||Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac|
|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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