Mathew Pritchard
Pritchard in 2015
Born (1973-03-30) 30 March 1973 (age 50)
Cardiff, Wales[1]
Other namesMatt Pritchard, Pritch
Occupation(s)Skateboarder, stunt performer, celebrity chef, triathlon athlete
Years active2001–present
Known forDirty Sanchez
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)

Mathew Pritchard (born 30 March 1973)[2] is a Welsh professional skateboarder, stunt performer, celebrity chef, and triathlon athlete. He is best known as the star and co-creator of MTV UK's Dirty Sanchez. In 2019, he hosted the first BBC vegan cookery show, Dirty Vegan. He authored three cookbooks: Dirty Vegan, Dirty Vegan: Another Bite, and Dirty Vegan: Fast and Easy.


Early career

Pritchard worked for Globe Shoes for six years and later designed his own signature shoe, a Sleep When You're Dead model named after his motto.[3] He began skateboarding at the age of 15. His first sponsor was City Surf skate shop in Cardiff.[4]

Dirty Sanchez and Balls of Steel

Pritchard filmed the skating video Pritchard vs Dainton, in which Pritchard and Lee Dainton skated against, hit, and pranked each other. This formed the basis of Dirty Sanchez,[citation needed] an MTV stunt programme starring Pritchard, Dainton, Michael "Pancho" Locke, and Dan Joyce.[5] This ran from 2003 to 2008,[citation needed] and in 2006 the four released Dirty Sanchez: The Movie, in which they traveled around the globe doing stunts and pranks that related to the Seven Deadly Sins.[6] Pritchard was also involved in multiple spin-off series. Dainton and Pritchard hosted MTV's 2007 stunt-based game show Wrecked,[citation needed] and Sanchez Get High was a spin-off in which Pritchard and Dainton visited indigenous peoples and took traditional medicines.[5] It aired in 2008.

Pritchard appeared with Locke as the "Pain Men" in 10 episodes of the Channel 4 game show Balls of Steel, which ran from 2005 to 2008.[7]

Dirty Vegan

Pritchard became vegan in 2015 after watching Cowspiracy.[8] In 2017, he launched a YouTube-based cookery series called Proper Vegan Cookin'.[9] In 2019, he hosted Dirty Vegan, the BBC's first vegan cookery show.[10] He also produced tie-in cookbooks for the series: Dirty Vegan and Dirty Vegan: Another Bite.[11][12][13] His third book, titled Dirty Vegan: Fast and Easy, came out on 7 December 2023.[14]

Other works

In 2018, BBC Wales filmed a documentary titled Wild Man to Ironman in which Pritchard performs a 14-day ironman challenge in Wales.[15]

Personal life

On 7 September 2009, Pritchard was attacked with a set of keys in a supermarket in Toftwood, Norfolk, suffering serious stab wounds to his neck and chest.[16][17] His assailant was jailed for five years in 2010, after being found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.[18]

Mathew has a dog named Lemmy.


Pritchard in 2008


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Pritchard vs Dainton Himself Direct-to-video release
2003 Stupidity Himself Documentary
Archive footage
2006 Dirty Sanchez: The Movie Himself Writer
Associate producer
2007 The Man Who Souled the World Himself Documentary
2014 Pritchard vs Dainton - The Rise and Falls Himself Documentary
2019 Mathew vs Pritchard Himself Short documentary
2023 The Road of Excess Himself Documentary


Year Title Role Notes
2003-2007 Dirty Sanchez Himself Co-creator
29 episodes
2003 MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 2003 Himself Presenter
2005-2008 Balls of Steel Himself Segment: "Pain Men"
2005 Comedy Lab Alice Episode 7.7
2005 TRL UK Himself 1 episode
2006 Death Wish Live Himself 2 episodes
2007 Wrecked Himself Co-host
2007 MTV Australia Video Music Awards 2007 Himself Presenter
2008 Sanchez Get High Himself 8 episodes
2008 Nike: Put It Where You Want It Himself Commercial series
2009 Jailbait Himself TV special
2009 Gumball 3000 Himself TV documentary
2009 The Noughties... Was That It? Himself TV documentary
2010-2016 The Dudesons Himself 4 episodes
2011 Snog Marry Avoid? Himself Episode 4.8
2012 Rally On Himself 8 episodes
2012 Gumball 3000: Number 13 Himself TV documentary
2018 Wild Man to Ironman Himself TV documentary
2019-2020 Dirty Vegan Himself Host

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2015-2019 London Real Himself 2 episodes
2020 The Sanchez Story Volume 1 Himself Documentary
2021 The Sanchez Story Volume 2 Himself Documentary
2021 The Lazy Generation[19][20] Himself 1 episode

Music videos

Year Artist Track Role Notes
2006 Turbonegro "All My Friends Are Dead" Himself



  1. ^ English, James (27 June 2021). "Dirty Sanchez Legend Mathew Pritchard Tells His Story". YouTube. Event occurs at 4:40. Retrieved 9 July 2022.
  2. ^ Pritchard, Mathew (30 March 2023). "50 years 50 miles ✅ What a great start to my birthday, Swansea to Cardiff via the A48". Instagram. Retrieved 31 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Dirty Sanchez The Movie – Home". 10 March 2010. Archived from the original on 10 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Mathew Pritchard – City Surf Cardiff: Surf & Skate Shop est. 1986". 7 August 2016. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b Bevan, Nathan (13 July 2018). "An oral history of Dirty Sanchez". walesonline.
  6. ^ "Dirty Sanchez". Empire. 25 August 2006.
  7. ^ Walker, Danny (21 August 2015). "Where are the stars of Balls of Steel now?". mirror.
  8. ^ "Meet the star of Dirty Vegan - Matt Pritchard | Vegan Food & Living". 6 March 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  9. ^ Hughes, Marcus (8 September 2017). "Dirty Sanchez star Pritchard launches online vegan cooking show". walesonline.
  10. ^ "A brand new vegan cookery show is set to air on the BBC". 19 November 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Dirty Sanchez star to host vegan show". BBC News. 21 November 2018 – via
  12. ^ Horton, Helena (2 January 2019). "BBC goes vegan with vegetable-packed cookery show hosted by former daredevil". The Telegraph – via
  13. ^ Morrissy-Swan, Tomé (31 December 2019). "Dirty Vegan Another Bite cookbook review: Avoids fake meats and celebrates proper plant-based food". The Telegraph – via
  14. ^ Pritchard, Mathew (13 July 2023). "Dirty Vegan Book 3". Instagram. Retrieved 14 July 2023.
  15. ^ "DIRTY SANCHEZ MATT PRITCHARD'S JOURNEY FROM WILD MAN TO IRON MAN". Cardiff Times. 11 October 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  16. ^ Hall, Sarah. "MTV star stabbed in Norfolk attack". Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  17. ^ "Dirty Sanchez man stabbed in shop". BBC News. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
  18. ^ "Dirty Sanchez stabbing man jailed". BBC News. 27 August 2010 – via
  19. ^ "The Lazy Generation Webisode 2: "Basics" ft. Treadmill High Dive, Lazy Low Card & SPECIAL GUESTS..." YouTube. 11 April 2021. Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  20. ^ "The Lazy Generation Webisode 2: "Basics" ft. Treadmill High Dive, Lazy Low Card & SPECIAL GUESTS..." 11 April 2021. Retrieved 19 August 2021.