Open main menu

Richard Philip Edwards (born 20 May 1979 in Enfield, London) is an English journalist, presenter and screenwriter. Edwards presented T4 for four years, and has also presented Tool Academy, Freshly Squeezed, E4 Music and much of Channel 4's 2012 Paralympics coverage.

Rick Edwards
Rickedwards-wiki.jpg
Born
Richard Philip Edwards

(1979-05-20) 20 May 1979 (age 40)
NationalityBritish
OccupationTelevision presenter, journalist, screenwriter
Years active1999–present
Height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Spouse(s)
Emer Kenny (m. 2016)

He actively campaigns for youth engagement in politics and voting and, in Summer 2014, delivered a TEDx Houses Of Parliament talk offering some solutions to get more young people to vote. His first book, None Of The Above, was subsequently published in March 2015 by Simon & Schuster. In it he describes the basics of the political process in the UK, gives an overview of the issues facing the country, and explains the power of your vote.

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Edwards went to Portsmouth Grammar School.[1] He later attended Pembroke College, Cambridge, studying mathematics originally before changing to natural sciences after his first year.[2] He performed stand-up and sketch shows during his time at university.[3][4]

CareerEdit

Edwards hosted a Saturday evening radio show on XFM entitled The Weekender for several years, hosting his last show on 10 January 2009. He also formed part of the BBC presenting team for their coverage of the Reading and Leeds Festival. In 2011 Edwards began hosting E4's Tool Academy, a reality TV show about fed-up girlfriends who have enrolled their underperforming other halves in a school in which "tools become men". During the 2012 Paralympics, Edwards formed part of the Channel 4 commentary team as well as co-presenting That Paralympic Show with Ade Adepitan.[5]

In 2013, Edwards began co-presenting political discussion show Free Speech for BBC Three alongside Tina Daheley. During the 2015 general election, they presented a series of Free Speech specials.[6]

In July 2015, Edwards began presenting ITV2 panel show, Safeword which returned for a second series in 2016.

Edwards currently hosts the podcast Science(ish) alongside Dr Michael Brooks which delves into the science behind popular films. The series proved such a hit that the duo were commissioned by Atlantic to write a book of the same name, Science(ish): The Peculiar Science Behind The Movies, which was published in October 2017 and ranked number 1 in the Physics, Cosmology and Humorous Essays Amazon charts for several weeks as well as achieving a position of 21 in the overall book charts. The podcast itself has topped the iTunes Science & Medicine chart.

In March 2016, Edwards landed the anchor role on Sky's DC Fancast alongside Beck Hill. He claims this is a true highlight of his career. In January 2017, Edwards began presenting !mpossible, a daytime BBC One quiz show.

As a writer his original film Burger Van Champion was commissioned as part of C4’s Coming Up strand in 2013 and was described by the Observer as ‘a remarkable debut’ and by Time Out as ‘funny, touching [and] superbly written’.

From March 2019, Edwards will present History's new TV series River Hunters alongside YouTuber and underwater treasure detectorist Beau Ouimette.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Edwards stated in an interview with the Daily Mail that he has a very poor sense of smell due to sniffing pure ammonia while in school.[8][9][10][11] Edwards supported green organisation Global Cool in 2010 as part of their Traincation campaign, along with his friend George Lamb.[12]

Edwards married EastEnders and Father Brown actress Emer Kenny in 2016.[13]

FilmographyEdit

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Fist of Zen Narrator
2007–2011 T4 Presenter
2008–2012 T4 on the Beach Presenter
2008–2010 The Hollyoaks Music Show Presenter
2008 Relentless Presenter 1 series
2009–2010 Freshly Squeezed Presenter 3 episodes
?? E4 Music Presenter
2010–2011 Stars and Strikes Presenter 4 episodes
2010–2012 That Paralympic Show Co-presenter
2010 The Real Hustle Himself
2011 Rick and Peter Rick One-off special
2011–2012 Tool Academy Presenter 3 series
2011–2017 Made in Chelsea Presenter Special episodes only
2012 Games On Writer Mini series
2012 London 2012 Paralympics on Channel 4 Commentator
2013 Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened? Presenter One-off documentary
2013 The Cleveland Captives: What Really Happened? Presenter One-off documentary
2013 Eye Spy Presenter 3 episodes
2013–2015 Free Speech Co-presenter with Tina Daheley
2015 Revolution Presents: Democracy Dealers Himself TV film
2015 Chewing Gum Himself 1 episode
2015–2016 Safeword Presenter
2016 DC Fancast Anchor
2016 Police Interceptors Presenter 3 episodes
2016 Debatable Panellist 8 episodes
2016 Celebrity Advice Bureau Himself 3 episodes
2016–2017 Drunk History Various
2017–present Impossible Presenter 6 series (regular)
2 series (celebrity)
2018 Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewers Co-presenter
2018 The Bermuda Triangle Enigma Co-presenter with Ortis Deley 3 part series
2019 River Hunters Co-presenter with Beau Ouimette
2019 Make or Break? Presenter

BibliographyEdit

  • Science(ish): The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies (2017, ISBN 978-1786492210)
  • None of the Above (2015, ISBN 978-1471149320)
  • Birds of pray (1998, ISBN 978-0953250400)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Interview: Rick Edwards". Cherwell. 23 November 2008.
  3. ^ Dan Poole, "Interview: C4's ‘Freshly squeezed’ Rick Edwards", The Independent, 26 June 2008.
  4. ^ "The real world: Rick Edwards TV and radio presenter", The Independent, 28 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Channel 4 presenters: Rick Edwards". London 2012, C4 Paralympics.
  6. ^ "Free Speech returning to BBC Three". 3 March 2015.
  7. ^ "History takes Rick Edwards and YouTube river hunter Beau Ouimette on mission to find underwater treasure". 14 November 2018.
  8. ^ "A twinterview with Rick Edwards".
  9. ^ "Ich Bin Kentishtowner: Rick Edwards, Television Presenter", KentishTowner.
  10. ^ "Rick Edwards: I've lost my sense of smell", Now Daily, 12 April 2009.
  11. ^ "It's A Man's World: Rick Edwards", Daily Mail, 23 August 2008.
  12. ^ "Rick and George's Traincation diary". Global Cool. UK: Global Cool Foundation. 29 March 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  13. ^ "Ex-EastEnders star Emer Kenny marries presenter Rick Edwards". 1 June 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2017.

External linksEdit