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Name: Richard Madeley
DOB: 13 May 1956
Birth Place: Romford, Essex, United Kingdom
Claim to fame: Perennially gaff-prone TV host
- Richard is 6’ 2” tall
- He married his wife and co-host Judy in 1986
- In 1994, Richard was twice arrested for failing to pay for items at Tesco
- Richard famously informed the nation when his daughter Chloe got her first period
The man who made being a prat an art form, Richard avoided university and dived head first into the world of journalism. Starting at his local paper, then radio, he went on to land a job as a news reporter at Yorkshire TV and then Granada. It was here that he met his lovely, long-suffering wife and co-host Judy Finnigan.
Richard & Judy became household names presenting the daytime magazine show This Morning from 1988 to 2001. Their very public bickering became the comforting TV backdrop to many a housewife, dole-claimant and idle student’s day, until they moved to their Richard & Judy teatime slot on Channel 4. After seven years on the channel, launching their hugely successful TV book club along the way, Richard took a gamble and moved the show to the unheard of digital channel Watch, changing the name to the innuendo-laden ‘Richard & Judy’s New Position’. Oh dear. It lasted seven months.
Richard has been allowed to venture out on his own on occasion, hosting Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway, and standing in for Radio 2 and 5 Live presenters.
Over the years, the over-exuberant host has served as inspiration for the comic creation Alan Partridge, dressed as Ali G and genuinely thought it was funny, greeted a young leukaemia sufferer with ‘Hello baldy!’ and uttered the immortal line ‘So, Jane, when did you first realise that you were quite clearly mad?’ to a psychiatric patient, all the while Judy looking on in disbelief, pity and shame.