Ben Shires

Presenter, comedian and unrepentant Yorkshireman

Having originally trained as a lawyer under the assumption that he’d get to wear a powdered wig most days, Ben soon realised that the reality of a legal career actually bore little resemblance to Kavanagh QC. Or even Judge John Deed for that matter. And if that wasn’t bad enough, he’d picked the type of law where nobody wears wigs anymore anyway. Clearly TV, with its endless wig possibilities, was the answer.

It wasn’t long before Ben tasted the sweet nectar of success, followed almost immediately by the bitter ear wax of disappointment, coming runner up in T4’s search for a new presenter. However, buoyed by Alexa Chung’s assessment of his performance (“creepy”), he soon found his bespectacled features popping up on the likes of BBC Blast and the EA Channel, as well as fronting Intel’s Media Week Award nominated World of Tomorrow campaign and the Banff Rockie Award nominated Wrapped Up World Cup for FremantleMedia and YouTube.

After experiencing the thrill of almost receiving awards himself, Ben was deemed the ideal candidate to start doling them out to deserving celebrities, appearing alongside Russell Kane to co-host E4’s The Idiot Awards. Brushes with the law and a disgruntled Jay Kay from Jamiroquai followed, before Ben was approached to write and front The Dave Weekly, a comedy podcast for Dave. Now in its third series, it sadly put paid to Ben’s enviable award nominations streak by accidentally winning a couple; iTunes’ Best New Comedy Podcast 2011 and a Loaded LAFTA for best podcast in 2013.

Most recently, Ben has been hosting CBBC’s BAFTA Nominated Officially Amazing, a madcap look at Guinness World Records that has seen him meet such luminaries as Bert, the world’s highest ranking camel (reserve deputy sheriff) and Sir Nils Olav, the world’s highest ranking penguin (Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian Royal Guard). So basically just a succession of animals doing better than him. He loves it.

Ben is an Aquarius though he doesn’t believe in all that nonsense. He lives alone with his two housemates and once stroked a wolf.
30x30x30 - What Was I

30x30x30 - What Was I Inking?

Cunningly christening it '30x30x30', the plan (according to my hastily thought up a mission statement at least) was to spend 'thirty days...conquer[ing] thirty as yet unfulfilled ambitions before I hit the big Three Ohhhhh'.
29/04/2015 10:46 BST


That's right, it's my <strong>30x30x30 Challenge</strong>: Thirty days to conquer thirty as yet unfulfilled ambitions before I hit the big Three Ohhhhhh. Can it be done? Possibly. Will my time, money and enthusiasm hold out for a whole month? We can only speculate.
09/01/2015 15:17 GMT
Bit of a Grey

Bit of a Grey Area

These are awkward situations at the best of times, but at least I was looking sharp. Or so I thought. "You're going grey!" she squawked, triumphantly, before I'd even had a chance to recount how well I was doing and how it had all weirdly coincided with us parting ways.
27/10/2014 16:44 GMT
Sticking to What I Know

Sticking to What I Know Best

Detractors (by which I mean concerned friends) have questioned my reasons for what, in their eyes, appears a trivial pursuit, not to mention the money I must be wasting (those 50 pences begin to add up when you're buying 20 packs at a time).
01/05/2014 14:09 BST
Martin Fowler and the Misappropriated

Martin Fowler and the Misappropriated Jacket

A little known fact about me: I once spent an entire school year, Year Ten to be precise, sporting Martin Fowler from <em>Eastenders</em>' jacket (<a href="" target="_hplink">here's Martin's face when he first saw the offending item</a>) The reason it's a little known fact is because I've done everything in my power since then to suppress it. But perhaps now is the time to finally face my coaty demons and then zip it for good.
30/01/2014 14:51 GMT
I Like Old Clothes and I Cannot

I Like Old Clothes and I Cannot Lie

My only real party gripe, and one I fear is acutely specific to me, is that small talk - the lifeblood of the latter uPBE - often throws up a situation that leaves me stumped. And annoyingly, it's all my own fault.
11/12/2013 12:36 GMT
Is This the End of an Era for the

Is This the End of an Era for the Tudors?

As every vaguely attentive schoolboy knows, King Harold Godwinson was killed by an arrow to the eye at the battle of Hastings in 1066, it was Sir Walter Raleigh who first introduced tobacco to England in the late sixteenth century and the period of history stretching from 1485 to 1603 is commonly referred to as the Tudor dynasty.
06/06/2012 17:22 BST