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Name: Phillip Schofield
DOB: 1 April 1962
Birth Place: Oldham, United Kingdom
Claim to fame: Daytime TV presenter
- Phillip’s first presenting job was on Hospital Radio Plymouth at age 15
- He has been dying his hair since he was 16
- Phillip had a top 40 hit with Close Every Door from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
- The weirdest fan mail he ever received was an envelope full of pubic hair
Former Gordon the Gopher sidekick Phillip Schofield has enjoyed a long and successful career as a television presenter. While he was born in Oldham, he first found fame as a presenter on the New Zealand music television show Shazam! in 1982.
Returning to England in 1985, he was swiftly installed in the ‘Broom Cupboard’ as the new anchor presenter for Children’s BBC, and two years later he found himself working alongside Sarah Greene on the classic Saturday morning show Going Live!
In 1993 he waved goodbye to the pre-teen audience and graduated into adult-oriented broadcasting. There then followed a slew of forgettable ITV schedule-fillers such as Schofield’s Quest, Schofield’s TV Gold and Ten Ball, and his biggest success in this era came with the interactive quiz show Talking Telephone Numbers.
Phillip returned to the BBC to present National Lottery Winning Lines between 2001 and 2004, but it was not until he was asked to replace the gaffe-prone Richard MAdeley on the hit ITV show This Morning that his career truly regained its momentum, and today he is one of the highest-paid presenters on daytime television.
His personal life is something of a scandal-free zone, having been married to former BBC production assistant Stephanie Lowe since 1993, and the couple have two daughters named Ruby and Molly. In recent years, he has become something of a wine aficionado, an interest he shares with close friend Jason Donovan.