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Adrian Chiles (born 21 March 1967) is an Englishmarker television and radio presenter.

His journalistic training and love of football have resulted in a career in two streams of broadcasting, fronting general and notably business programmes such as Working Lunch and The Money Programme; and sports programmes like Match of the Day 2. His radio programme Chiles on Saturday for BBC Radio 5 Live was awarded the sports category Gold Medal at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in 2002. According to a study by the media agency MPG, Chiles was the most-watched presenter on British television in 2008, with a cumulative audience of over 1 billion.

Biography

Chiles was born in Hagleymarker to a Jewish father and Croatian mother, and a feature of his presentations is his North Worcestershire accent, which appears to be very similar to both the Brummie and Black Countrymarker accents. All three of the aforementioned accents are seldom heard on national TV and radio in the UK. Because of this, Adrian is very distinct from his peers, many of whom speak RP. He also speaks Croatian, despite having a self-confessed imperfect understanding of the language's verbs, declensions, and cases. Chiles started his education at Haybridge High Schoolmarker, and then worked in his father's scaffolding business, before graduating with a degree in English Literature from the University of London (studying at Westfield College, now part of Queen Mary, University of Londonmarker). Before going to university he was a keen amateur actor, appearing in the Crescent Theatre's (Birmingham) production of Mary O'Malley's Once A Catholic and Sandy Wilson musical The Boyfriend. After university, while waiting for his broken leg to heal from an amateur football incident he applied for and failed both Civil Service exams, before being asked to apply for MI5marker — he failed the second interview.

Chiles next studied journalism at Cardiffmarker and then worked, at one time, as a sports reporter for the News of the World, before joining the BBC (originally for work experience on Business Breakfast). He then became an assistant producer and, by 1993, was presenting BBC Radio 4's Financial World Tonight. This led to him fronting the BBC Two business show Working Lunch, where he came to popular notice.

He then began presenting and producing his own show Chiles on Saturday for BBC Radio 5 Live, which was awarded the sports category Gold Medal at the Sony Radio Academy Awards in 2002. He has since created, scripted and fronted a variety of other programmes for the BBC, including for BBC Two the 2003 series So What Do You Do All Day?, a look at the lives of the rich and famous, and Asian Millionaires. For BBC One he has created and fronted Royal Millions, an investigation of the Queen’s finances, as well as reports for Panorama and various documentaries.

In 2004, Chiles appeared with Johnny Vegas and Mackenzie Crook in the movie Sex Lives of the Potato Men in a cameo role as the host of a sex party.

Since 2006 Chiles has presented the spin-off series of the popular UK television show The Apprentice called The Apprentice: You're Fired!, in which he interviews the latest candidate to be fired from the main series.

During August 2006 Adrian Chiles co-presented a pilot of a new BBC One early-evening magazine programme, The One Show. The show was re-commissioned for 2007 with Chiles returning as host, leaving Working Lunch.

When the BBC won back the rights to Premiership football, Chiles became the host of Match of the Day 2 on Sundays. In the run-up to the 2006 World Cup, he was an integral part in BBC Three's African Cup of Nations coverage. He was also a member of the BBC's World Cup team often bringing viewers late night highlights. He was an integral part of the BBC's Euro 2008 coverage. He was also one of the anchors of the morning 2008 Olympics coverage from Beijing.

In April 2007, Chiles was a guest host of BBC One's popular satirical news quiz, Have I Got News for You. He revealed that he is frequently mistaken for the author and presenter Ray Mears.

Chiles is the author of We Don't Know What We're Doing. Published in 2007, the book recounts the stories of a varied cast of avid West Bromwich Albion supporters whom Chiles met over the course of the 2005/6 season, at the end of which the team was relegated from the Premier League. The book also documents Chiles' own obsession with his beloved "Baggies."

He holds the current World Record for highest number of kisses received in 60 seconds, with 78.

He appeared on the second series of Al Murray's Happy Hour as himself, and also had a cameo as himself in Series Two of That Mitchell and Webb Look.

In 2009 Chiles was alleged to have been involved (by being the 'sneak') in the Carol Thatcher 'golly-gate' affair.

On November 23 2009 Adrian released a 2 Good 2 Bad: The World Cup DVD based on the popular segment from Match of the Day 2.

Personal life

Chiles married Jane Garvey, now a regular presenter of Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4, in September 1998 in Swanseamarker. Chiles and Garvey have two daughters (Evelyn born January 2000 and Sian born March 2003). In June 2008, it was announced that the couple had separated, and divorced in October 2009. He is a Roman Catholic.

Chiles is well known for his support of West Bromwich Albion football club, where he is a season-ticket holder and presenter on some of the club's official DVDs. Both of his cars have WBA in their registration and he has a stained glass West Bromwich Albion crest above his door. Chiles talks about West Brom in this interview. He also supports the Croatian national team, because of his Croatianmarker mother. Chiles also plays the double bass, as revealed when he dueted with violinist Nigel Kennedy playing Fever on The One Show. On 7 May 2008 his co-presenter on The One Show, Christine Bleakley, sang part of a song with Chiles accompanying on piano. Chiles also plays the organ at St Martin on occasions.

Chiles was one of several BBC personalities sent soiled toilet paper by post in February 2007. He said of the incident, "The smell is not something you want first thing in the morning."

References

  1. The Sun Online: Day MI5 asked me to be Bond
  2. BBC One Winter/Spring Press Release
  3. Have I Got News for You, broadcast 20 April 2007.
  4. The One Show, BBC One, broadcast 9 November 2007
  5. News of the World, Carole Malone: Another offensive episode from the BBC
  6. Open Book Radio Show, BBC Radio 4, broadcast 26 August 2007.
  7. BBC News: Used loo paper sent to BBC host


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