Ben Shephard

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Ben Shephard is a British television presenter and journalist who works for ITV. Ben Shephard was a main presenter on the now-defunct GMTV breakfast show and has co-hosted the ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain with Susanna Reid, Kate Garraway, and Charlotte Hawkins since April 2014.

Early Life and Childhood

Ben Shephard was born on December 11, 1974, in Epping, United Kingdom. His age is 47 years as of 2022 and Shephard is a naturalized British citizen and Christian by religion.

Similarly, his birth name is Benjamin Peter Sherrington Shephard and his birth sign is Sagittarius. Shephard has received a lot of family support to succeed in his career.

Moreover, Shephard’s family has been there for him every step. Shephard has one brother, Toby, who works in pharmaceuticals, and one sister, Alex, who works in marketing.


Talking about his educational background, Shephard attended Chigwell School, an independent school in the civil parish of Chigwell in the Epping Forest area of Essex, before going on to the University of Birmingham, where he earned a BA honors degree in Dance, Drama, and Theatre Arts.

Moreover, initially aspiring to be an actor, he auditioned for a local weather network and then worked as a runner (the most junior member of a television crew) before being encouraged by a producer to become a television presenter.

Career and Professional Life

Shephard’s career took off in 1998, when he co-hosted the Channel 4 spin-off show The Bigger Breakfast with Josie D’Arby, Melanie Sykes, and Dermot O’Leary. Shephard was the first presenter of T4’s teen strand on Channel 4, which debuted on October 25, 1998.

Moreover, in 1998, he also presented Control Freaks on the channel. Shephard returned to Channel 4 in 2013 to co-host the cookery show What’s Cooking? He hosted one series with Lisa Faulkner before leaving Channel 4 permanently on May 24, 2013.

Shephard hosted the first three series of the ITV2 spin-off show The Xtra Factor between 2004 and 2006, while Kate Thornton hosted the main show on ITV. Shephard also appeared in The Xtra Factor – Battle of the Stars while hosting the show.

He left the show after three seasons after being passed over for the main presenting role (which went to Dermot O’Leary following the departure of original host Kate Thornton) and was replaced by Fearne Cotton. Shephard was a stand-in presenter on This Morning from 2005 to 2011, filling in for regular presenter Phillip Schofield.

Shephard co-hosted the reality singing competition Soapstar Superstar with Fern Britton in 2006. Shephard co-hosted Dancing on Ice Exclusive, an ITV spin-off series, in 2007. Shephard joined the long-running GMTV show in 2000, where he co-hosted Entertainment Today with Jenni Falconer.

More about Ben Shephard’s Career

He also became GMTV Today’s main relief presenter. Shephard announced on July 27, 2010, that he had signed a new contract with Sky Sports, where he would present Goals on Sunday alongside Chris Kamara in a deal reportedly worth £495,000 per year.

In addition, Shephard was a regular presenter on BBC Choice’s EastEnders Revealed in the early 2000s. Shephard hosted the BBC entertainment series DanceX in 2007, alongside Strictly Come Dancing judges, Arlene Phillips and Bruno Tonioli.

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Caption: Ben Shephard in a show. Source: Yorkshire Live

Brand Endorsements

Shephard hosts high-profile events, coaches leaders in the art of brilliant communication, and works with companies such as Sony, Range Rover, British Airways, and the FA to build brands.

Awards and Nomination

Ben Shephard has set four Guinness World Records and has run 14 marathons, twice across the UK, and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in the last ten years. Shephard is the holder of a Guinness World Record.

Moreover, he set the record for smashing the most pumpkins in one minute in 2010. In 2008, he held the record for the highest reverse bungee jump, which was beaten by David Hasselhoff in 2010; and in 2009, he held the record for tossing the most pancakes in one minute, which was beaten the next day by Aldo Zilli.

Ben Shephard – Net Worth 2022

Ben Shephard is a British television presenter and journalist who has earned a considerable income from his work. Shephard’s estimated net worth is around $5 million. Also, Shephard’s annual salary is $450k per year and his source of income is mainly his journalism profession.

Relationship Status

On March 25, 2004, Shephard married Annie Perks, and the couple has two sons. The couple met at the University of Birmingham, where Perks studied Philosophy and were the Head of the Philosophy & Epistemology society.

Ben’s first child, Sam Shephard, was born on May 28, 2005, and another boy, Jack James Shepherd, was born on January 24, 2007. He named his second son Jack Bauer, the star of the hit US television series 24. (2001).

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Caption: Ben Shephard with his wife. Source: Instagram


Viewers slammed Ben Shephard for defending ITV’s contentious Bernie Ecclestone interview after defending his pal Vladimir Putin on the show.

Body Measurements

Talking about Shephard’s height he is 5 Feet 9 inches tall and weighs 80kg. Moreover, Shephard’s eye color is brown and his hair color is black. Also, Shephard’s shoe size is 10(US).

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Caption: Ben Shephard giving a speech. Source: Instagram

Ben Shephard – Social Media

Shephard is very active on Instagram. He has 505k followers on Instagram and owns an Insta account @benshephardofficial. Similarly, his Twitter handles @benshephard is followed by 802.4k followers. His Facebook account is @officialbenshephard and has 232k followers.