Nick Grimshaw

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Born in Oldham in 1984 Nick Grimshaw is the host of the Radio 1 Drive Time Show.

Nick’s first step into broadcasting was on student radio while studying Communications & Business Studies at the University of Liverpool. During his holidays he interned at a music PR agency working on regional radio promotion for the likes of The Killers and Depeche Mode. On graduation, Nick threw himself into the music industry, continuing to work as a radio plugger as well as taking on the new role of DJ promoter.

In 2006 Channel 4 spotted Nick and at the age of 22 he was signed up as a presenter for E4 Music and the Channel 4 morning show Freshly Squeezed. With his easy charm, pop culture knowledge and confidence in front of the camera he soon established himself as one of the UK’s hottest young talents.

Having cut his teeth in national broadcasting at Channel 4, Nick was next signed up by BBC2 where he co-hosted three series of their youth music show Sound, alongside Radio 1’s Annie Mac. Their chemistry proved a winner and Nick joined Annie on Radio 1 hosting the Sunday evening Switch youth strand, the show became a huge hit with listeners.

2008 saw Nick given his first solo Radio 1 show as host of the Weekend Breakfast Show. Then in 2009, he was offered the prestigious 10pm- midnight new music slot Mondays to Thursdays, which he presented for three years. He took over the reins of the station’s flagship Breakfast Show in 2012 until summer 2018 when he moved over to Radio 1’s drive time slot.

Nick’s TV career has grown alongside his radio work. 2014 marked Series 4 of his panel show ‘Sweat The Small Stuff’ for BBC3. He has presented Radio 1’s Annual Switch Live / Teen Awards since 2009, co-presented the BBC’s Children In Need alongside Sir Terry Wogan and fronted numerous shows for Channel 4 including, The Mercury Music Awards, Style The Nation, NME Awards coverage, MTV’s Soundchain and Orange Rockcorps. He has also hosted Channel 4’s The Album Chart Show and co-presented T4.

As well as his broadcasting duties, Nick is an Ambassador for the men’s fashion industry in the UK for London Collections Mens. As a lover of art, he is also an ambassador for the Royal Academy of Arts and hosts regular Facebook Q&A’s for The Tate Modern. He also works as a set designer in December 2017 designed the RA’s Christmas tree.

His presenting skills are also regularly called upon, with hosting duties for the Elle Style Awards and the BRITS nomination awards.

September 2014 saw the release of Nick’s first curated compilation album: ‘Radio 1’s The Nixtape’. Based on the massively popular Friday hour long segment of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, The Nixtape showcases the fusion between Nick’s own encyclopaedic pop knowledge, the preferences of his guests and those of his Radio 1 listeners across the country.

  • R1 Drive Time Show (BBC Radio 1) 4pm-7pm Monday-Thursday
  • Sweat The Small Stuff (BBC3)
  • XFactor (ITV1)
  • Children In Need (BBC1)
  • Harry Styles at the BBC (BBC1)
  • Glastonbury, 2017 (BBC2)
  • Itunes Festival (Channel 4)
  • Mercury Awards 2014 (Channel 4)
  • T4 (Channel 4)
  • Freshly Squeezed (Channel 4)
  • The Album Chart Show (Channel 4)
  • Soundchain (MTV)
  • Sound (BBC2)
  • The School Run (BBC iPlayer)
  • Calvin Harris in LA (BBC iPlayer)

Listen to Nick on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show
Read about Nick’s set design