Nick Grimshaw
Grimshaw at Vogue London Fashion Week reception at Winfield House, September 2014
Nicholas Peter Andrew Grimshaw

(1984-08-14) 14 August 1984 (age 37)
Alma materUniversity of Liverpool
  • Television presenter
  • radio presenter
  • disc jockey
Years active2006–present

Nicholas Peter Andrew Grimshaw (born 14 August 1984), also known as Grimmy, is an English radio presenter. He became known for having hosted a variety of shows on BBC Radio 1. He is also known as a television presenter for his Channel 4 roles in T4 and The Album Chart Show. In 2015, he was a judge on the twelfth series of The X Factor.


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Grimshaw joined BBC Radio 1 in September 2007, presenting the BBC's youth strand Switch with close friend and fellow DJ Annie Mac. He hosted the show for 9 months solo while Mac hosted a weekend lunchtime slot.[1]

From October 2008 to May 2009, Grimshaw hosted Radio 1's Weekend Breakfast Show. Grimshaw then went on to present the 10 pm – midnight slot on BBC Radio 1 on 1 June 2009, following the departure of Colin Murray. He regularly joked about how long his position at BBC Radio 1 would last and whether he would actually be able to complete his long list of "1000 Albums Everyone Says You Should Listen To But We Only Have Time To Play One Track So Here It Is" which was a nightly feature on his show. He managed to reach number 369, before he left for the breakfast show.[2]

On 11 July 2012 it was announced that Grimshaw would replace the long-standing Chris Moyles as host of Radio 1 Breakfast.[3] The last live show was broadcast on 12 September 2012,[4] although the last show broadcast under the show's name was a pre-recorded episode entitled "The 1000 Albums Show".[5] His first programme was on 24 September 2012.[6]

In November 2012, Grimshaw attracted criticism from Magic Radio breakfast presenter Neil Fox for comments he made about Radio 1's decision to omit Robbie Williams's "Candy" from its A-List playlist – reportedly due to being "too old" for the station's target demographic.[7] Some days later, Grimshaw was in tabloid headlines when the papers in question claimed he refused to promote Rihanna's latest album because she cancelled an interview with him – a claim which Grimshaw denied, noting that his snub was intended to be "tongue in cheek".[8]

On 24 October 2013, it was reported that Grimshaw's Breakfast Show had one million fewer listeners than Moyles' and that its audience figures were the worst for the station in over a decade, with BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 all beating it in the ratings. At the time, Grimshaw's show was close to the record low of 5.5 million listeners, set by Sara Cox in 2003, toward the end of her three-year tenure hosting the show.[9] In February 2014, the Breakfast Show recorded an enhancement of more than 700,000 listeners, which set the average number of listeners per week to 6.3 million.[10] However, on 15 March 2014, it was reported that Grimshaw had lost another 510,000 listeners, for a weekly total of 5.78 million.[11] The BBC claimed that this was part of the goal to attract younger listeners, while shedding the over-25s.[12]

In March 2014, he completed a twelve-hour bicycle ride for Sport Relief.[13] The event raised more than £115,000.[14] Later that year, he also took part in the Clash of the Titans event as part of John Bishop's team Team Bishop.[15]

In May 2015, Grimshaw's Breakfast Show fell to 5.5 million listeners a week, becoming tied with Sara Cox's show for the lowest number of listeners in Radio 1's history. The station controller Ben Cooper congratulated Grimshaw saying, "I'm pleased that Grimmy is doing what I've asked of him by keeping his young audience happy and scaring off the over-30s.".[16] In August 2016, listener figures were reported to have dropped to 5.4 million, down 400,000 year-on-year, and making it the lowest listened to breakfast show in the station's history.[17]

In July 2017 the BBC confirmed that Grimshaw's salary was in the £350,000 – £399,999 bracket.[18]

In October 2017, Grimshaw's Breakfast Show fell to 4.93 million listeners a week, the lowest listening figures for BBC Radio 1's breakfast show since records began. Controller Ben Cooper defended the stats and said it was still "the most relevant youth brand in the UK today".[19]

On 31 May 2018, it was announced that Grimshaw would be leaving the breakfast show and effectively swapping show with Greg James. The move meant Grimshaw took over the 4-7pm drivetime slot.[20] On 30 June 2021, Grimshaw announced he would be leaving Radio 1 after 14 years on air. His final show on the station was on 12 August 2021. [21][22]


Grimshaw's career started on UK entertainment channel E4, hosting daily shows. In September 2007, he crossed over to Channel 4, hosting the daily breakfast show Freshly Squeezed with Alexa Chung and more recently Jameela Jamil, airing 7 am on weekdays. The pair went on to host various award shows for TV and coverage from music events and festivals for Channel 4. As well as hosting the radio show BBC Switch for BBC Radio 1, Grimshaw and Annie Mac teamed up to host music show Sound for BBC Two. He presented the first ever BBC Switch Awards show with Kimberley Walsh of Girls Aloud on BBC One.

In Summer 2011, Grimshaw hosted a live 6-part series for Channel 4 on Saturdays entitled New Look Style the Nation, in which hopeful fashion designers competed for a job at New Look.

In 2012, Grimshaw co-presented the iTunes Festival with Annie Mac throughout September for Channel 4.

On 30 April 2013, he began presenting BBC Three panel show, Sweat the Small Stuff.[23]

On 2 August 2013, Grimshaw hosted a one-off panel show on Channel 4 called That Music Show.[24]

In late 2013, Grimshaw appeared in as many soap operas he could, filming cameo roles in EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Home and Away.[25] In 2013, he narrated Hotel of Mum and Dad for BBC Three.

In 2014, Grimshaw presented The Brits Are Coming, the show that revealed some of the nominees at the 2014 Brit Awards.

Since 2014, Grimshaw is a regular guest co–presenter on The One Show.[26]

On 16 June 2015, it was revealed that Grimshaw would join the twelfth series of The X Factor as a judge to replace Louis Walsh.[27] He was selected to mentor the "Boys" category and chose Mason Noise, Ché Chesterman and Seann Miley Moore for the live shows. Following the eliminations of Moore in week 2 and Noise in week 4, he guided Chesterman through to the final, where he finished in third place. On 19 February 2016, Grimshaw announced he would not be returning to the show for its thirteenth series and was replaced by Walsh.[citation needed]

Since June 2019, Grimshaw has appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox alongside his niece Liv, as well as the Stand Up to Cancer specials.

In spring 2021, Grimshaw appeared as a contestant on The Great British Bake Off For Stand Up To Cancer.[28]


Grimshaw has expressed his interest for contemporary art and set design. In 2016, he sold one of his paintings as part of a secret charity auction during Frieze Art Fair.[29]

He is an ambassador for the Royal Academy of Arts. In 2017, he was commissioned to design a Christmas tree in celebration of the Academy's 250th anniversary.[30]

Interested in live music production, Grimshaw interned with the stage designer Es Devlin in 2017.[31]

Other work

Grimshaw launched and judged Column Idol 2014, an annual competition set up by charity Media Trust with The Sun newspaper to find new writing talent.[32]

He makes a cameo appearance as himself in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016).[33]

Personal life

Grimshaw grew up in the town of Oldham, Lancashire.[34] He attended the University of Liverpool between 2002 and 2005, studying Communication and Media Studies, but failed his final year, graduating with a DipHE rather than a bachelor's degree.[35] During his studies at the University of Liverpool, Grimshaw was also a member of the University's student radio station, ICON Radio (now Liverpool Guild Student Media).

On 17 August 2012, Grimshaw came out as gay.[36][37] He appeared at number 8 on The Independent on Sunday's list of the 101 most influential LGBT people in Britain 2012.[38]

Nick Grimshaw was awarded the title of GQ's Best-Dressed Man of the Year in 2014 by the British edition of GQ Magazine.[39]

As of October 2018, Nick Grimshaw is in a relationship with dancer and model Meshach 'Mesh' Henry. They live in Stoke Newington in North London, with two dogs.[40]


As of 2018, Grimshaw is an ambassador for The Albert Kennedy Trust, also known as Akt, a charity helping homeless LGBT youth.[41][42]


Year Title Channel Role Notes
2007–2009 Sound BBC Two Co–presenter 3 series
2007 Freshly Squeezed Channel 4 Co-presenter
2008–2012 The Album Chart Show Presenter
2008 Big Brother's Big Mouth Week 4 presenter 5 episodes
2010–2012 T4 Co–presenter
2012 iTunes Festival Co–presenter
2012–2015 Children in Need BBC One/BBC Two Co–presenter
2013–2014 Sweat the Small Stuff BBC Three Presenter 4 series
2014 The BRITs Are Coming ITV Presenter
2014— The One Show BBC Guest co–presenter 3 episodes
2015 Soundchain MTV Presenter 1 series
2015 The X Factor ITV Judge Series 12
2017 One Love Manchester BBC One Co-presenter Television special
2017 Harry Styles at the BBC BBC One Presenter Television special
2019— Celebrity Gogglebox Channel 4 Himself 2 series, 1 special
Guest appearances
Year Station Show
2007–2012 BBC Radio 1 Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac
2008–2009 Weekend Breakfast
2009–2012 Late Night
2012–2018 Radio 1 Breakfast
2018–2021 Drivetime
Year Title Role
2012 Wreck-It Ralph Dr. Brad Scott (UK film version)
2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Himself (Cameo appearance)


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Media offices Preceded byChris Moyles BBC Radio 1Breakfast Show Presenter 2012–2018 Succeeded byGreg James