Ben Shires

CBBC's 'Officially Amazing', 'MOTD...

Ben Shires is the irrepressible presenter of CBBC’s BAFTA-nominated Officially Amazing, a madcap show that sees him travel the globe in search of weird and wonderful Guinness World Records; from the tallest man (8 ft 2.82 in) to the world’s most qualified penguin (Sir Nils Olav III, Colonel-In-Chief of the Norwegian Army), Ben has seen it all. The programme has also become a broadcasting smash-hit, reaching over 100 territories worldwide and currently spanning to seven seasons over the past 6 years.

During this time, Ben’s quick humour and quirky style has been in high demand on Children’s TV, and he’s appeared on countless popular shows including Blue Peter, Sam and Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up, The Dog Ate My Homework, Top Class, Ultimate Brain, Newsround, All Over The Place and many more.

Ben’s expert knowledge and passion for football has also seen him take strides into the beautiful game, at least off the pitch anyway! He has hosted CBBC’s flagship football show, Match of the Day Kickabout, since 2015, regularly interviewing top soccer stars and presenting features from across the globe, including coverage of the 2018 World Cup. He’s also hosted regular features for Match of the Day, and shared his love of the game on BBC2’s The Premier League Show, Radio 5 Live and Celebrity Mastermind, where he scored top marks in his specialist subject (his beloved Leeds United), but came a-cropper trying to remember the name of Scottish New Year’s Eve celebrations (and he’ll never be invited to another Hogmanay party again!)

Furthermore, as a passionate advocate of initiatives designed to benefit the lives of young people through football, Ben has become an enthusiastic supporter of the Premier League’s Primary Stars programme, Crystal Palace FC’s Palace for Life foundation, and has recently been appointed Leeds United Future Trust’s President and honorary member.

Not content in restricting himself to the small screen, Ben has been busy establishing himself across a variety of media; performing stand-up comedy, winning multiple comedy podcast awards for his work on The Dave Weekly and fronting brand campaigns for Intel, Pot Noodle Gti /Unilever/Mindshare and League Of Legends amongst many others.

With a wealth of live hosting experience for organisations such as the Premier League, BAFTA and Southbank Centre under his belt, Ben is the ideal presenter for live events, conferences, school visits and beyond.