Ben Shephard is an accomplished broadcaster who spent ten years at the helm of GMTV from 2000. He is currently host for Sky Sports Champions League, Goals on Sunday and League Cup coverage; and also presents ITV's hugely successful quiz show Tipping Point - a game of knowledge, tactics and skill for the contestants going head-to-head with the show's iconic machine in a bid to topple its big cash counters.
Amongst his other achievements Ben hosted the spectacular mental and physical challenge show Safebreakers for Sky 1 in 2011, was instrumental in the return of TV's toughest quiz - The Krypton Factor, worked for eight years on Behind the Magic of Harry Potter for ITV, and hosted BBC One's 1 Vs 100. Other credits include ITV's One Night Only with Rod Stewart and also with Phil Collins. Ben was also part of the original team that launched X Factor, hosting three seasons of the award winning Xtra Factor on ITV2.
As an interviewer Ben has a unique ability to put people at ease. A challenging and insightful interviewer to a broad spectrum of people, from politicians such as David Cameron and Gordon Brown; global stars such as Madonna and Angelina Jolie; sportsmen such as Fabio Capello, Steven Gerrard and the England Rugby Team, to business leaders such as Phil Bentley, Sir Clive Woodward, and Sir Howard Stringer.
Outside of his broadcasting work Ben pushes himself to the limit with personal sporting challenges. In 2009 he set up and co-ordinated the annual C2C event, a 145 mile coast-to-coast charity run across the entire width of the UK. In 2011 the runners doubled their distance and each completed over 300 miles in seven days.
In the last 10 years Ben has completed 14 marathons, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Gary Barlow and Cheryl Cole for Comic Relief, discovered a passion for boxing when he fought and defeated Lemar for Sport Relief, and holds four Guinness World Records. He has represented England in Soccer Aid, playing against Maradona and Zinadine Zidane; played rugby at Twickenham.
Passionate about people, Ben is a patron of several charities and has regularly hosted events for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust; Silence in the Square for the Royal British Legion; the Seve Ballesteros Foundation dinner and the launch of Help Harry Help others. He travelled to Haiti directly after the earthquake to help re-build a school. He and the team personally distributed 500,000 mosquito nets to local families in Uganda for Comic Relief.
He is married with two children and lives in London.