Phillip Schofield

Phillip Bryan Schofield (born 1 April 1962) is an English television presenter currently employed by ITV. He is most recognised for presenting the lifestyle programme This Morning, which (after making a first appearance in 1998) he has co-hosted since 2002, and has also hosted other programmes on the channel.

Some of his most recent presentations include ITV game shows All Star Mr & Mrs, The Cube and 5 Gold Rings, as well as reality show, Dancing on Ice.

Phillip Schofield
Philip Schofield
Schofield whilst presenting This Morning
Born Phillip Bryan Schofield [1]
1 April 1962 (age 56)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Residence Oxfordshire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Television presenter
Years active 1982–present
Employer ITV (current)
BBC (former)
Spouse(s) Stephanie Lowe (m. 1993)
Children 2
Website Official website

Early life and career

Schofield was born in Oldham, Lancashire.[1] He grew up in Newquay, Cornwall, where he attended Trenance Infant School and Newquay Tretherras School.[2][3] When he was 15, his first foray into media was a Sunday show on Hospital Radio Plymouth.[2]

After many years of writing letters to the BBC, at 17, Schofield took up the position of bookings clerk and tea boy for BBC Radio at Broadcasting House in London, where he was, at the time, the youngest employee.[2]

Career

Television

Aged 19, Schofield moved with his family to New Zealand, where he made his television debut as the initial presenter of the youth music programme Shazam! on 23 February 1982.[4] He also spent two years working for the Auckland-based station Radio Hauraki.[2]

In 1985, he returned to Britain, where he became the first in-vision continuity presenter for Children's BBC on weekdays for two years from September 1985.[2] He left to present Going Live! on Saturday mornings between September 1987 and April 1993.[2] From 1988 to 1991, he was the host of the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, a teen magazine awards show.

In the early 1990s, Schofield moved to adult-orientated television with various programmes for ITV, such as Schofield's Quest, Schofield's TV Gold and Ten Ball. From 1994 to 1997, he presented Talking Telephone Numbers for five series and in 1996 he hosted a show about remarkable coincidences called One in a Million. He co-authored the book that came out of the series.

In the following decade, Schofield presented the National Lottery Winning Lines programme for BBC One between June 2001 and October 2004. And between 2002 and 2006, he co-hosted the BBC quiz show Test the Nation with Anne Robinson. In July 2006, he signed an exclusive two-year contract with ITV, reported to have been worth £5 million. The exclusive deal also meant he could no longer present Test the Nation and was replaced by Danny Wallace.[5]

Since 2002, Schofield has been a presenter on the ITV daytime show This Morning replacing John Leslie with Fern Britton until 2008 and with Holly Willoughby from 2009. In May 2008, Schofield's father, Brian, died from a long-standing heart condition, which led to Schofield taking a break from presenting This Morning. John Barrowman stood in for him until his return.

Starting in 2005, Schofield presented two series of Have I Been Here Before?, a daytime programme where a celebrity attempted to use regression to get in touch with a previous life.

Since 2006, he has presented The British Soap Awards. Between 2006 and 2008, he hosted the programme with Fern Britton but since 2009, alone.

During the run of the ITV reality show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, he co-hosted the spin-off series I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here! Exclusive with Sheree Murphy. The show lasted one series.

In 2006, Schofield presented two episodes of the ITV game show It's Now or Never, before the network axed the show, due to poor ratings.[6]

Schofield presented Dancing on Ice on ITV with Holly Willoughby from 2006 until 2011 and Christine Bleakley from 2012 until 2014. It was announced in the summer of 2013 that Dancing on Ice was to come to an end following the 2014 series.[7][8] The final ever episode of the show aired live on 9 March 2014. Schofield will return to co-present Dancing on Ice in 2018 following ITV's choice to reboot the series after four years away.

Since April 2008, he and Fern Britton hosted a revival of the ITV game show Mr. and Mrs., renamed as All Star Mr & Mrs. In 2010, the show took a break but returned in 2012 without Britton.

From 2009 until 2015, he presented the primetime game show The Cube and has hosted A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards with Amanda Holden from 2009 until 2014.

In 2010 and 2011, Schofield hosted the annual comedy show The Comedy Annual on ITV. From 2011 until 2015, He co-hosted the Christmas charity show Text Santa on ITV with Christine Lampard in 2011, 2014 and 2015 and Holly Willoughby in 2012 and 2013.[9]

In April 2011 and June 2012, Schofield co-hosted ITV's coverage of the Royal Wedding and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with Julie Etchingham.

In March 2014, Schofield narrated the one-off ITV2 show Educating Joey Essex. The show was commissioned for a full series which was aired throughout 2014.[10][11] The show was commissioned for a seven part second series, filming began in April 2016 and the series will air in summer 2016 with the first episode titled "The Queen's 90th Birthday".

In December 2014, he undertook a live 24-hour TV marathon to raise money for Text Santa,[12][13] where, as well as appearing on This Morning, he appeared on various other programmes throughout the day, including being a guest panellist on Loose Women.

He presented two series of the primetime game show You're Back in the Room for ITV in 2015 and 2016.[14]

In 2016, he travelled to South Africa with his wife, as part of a series of short clips for This Morning. Following this, ITV aired a 3x30 minute episodes in a primetime slot, called Schofield's South African Adventure. Since March 2017, he has presented 5 Gold Rings, a new game show format for ITV.[15][16] In 2017, Schofield presented three-part factual series How To Spend It Well at Christmas with Phillip Schofield in which he tested the latest must-have festive gifts.[17]

Radio

While working as presenter of Going Live!, Schofield was also broadcasting on BBC Radio 1 with a Sunday show (also called Going Live). When Radio 1 made the switch from medium wave to full use of FM stereo in 1988, Schofield was one of the presenters chosen to help with the launch. During his 2005 appearance on Room 101, Schofield recalled how a large crowd gathered in expectation of Simon Mayo arriving by helicopter, having turned on the Tacolneston transmitter. Due to a miscommunication, and the crowd being disappointed by Mayo's failure to appear, Schofield and an unnamed producer fled without revealing the news, and left the crowd – which included the town's mayor – still watching the sky. For this reason, and as a result of a later incident involving wing walking on an aeroplane leaving Southend Airport, Schofield chose Southend as one of his pet hates for the programme.

In February 2010, Schofield launched Radio Plymouth in Devon.[18]

Theatre

Schofield tried his hand at theatre and took over the role of Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from Jason Donovan on the West End stage in 1991. The second musical he performed in was the title role of Doctor Dolittle at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, before touring the UK. In March 2018, Schofield reprised his role as Joseph for an episode of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

Music

While appearing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Schofield was approached to record a cover of "Close Every Door" to be released as a single.[19] The single was released in December 1992 on Polydor Records and peaked at number 27 on the UK Singles Chart.[20]

Wine

In 2013, Schofield began writing for the Waitrose Weekend newspaper, and has been the face of wine in their UK stores ever since.[21]

Schofield also has a separate Twitter account about wine called @SchofeOnWine.

Internet presence

Following his creation of an account with photo messaging service Snapchat in late 2016, Schofield found himself the subject of a series of memes due to his unique use of the application. Shared on Facebook, the memes reached peak popularity in mid-2017.[22] His vivacious facial expressions gained him a cult following and inspired the post-modern multimedia cultural movement informally known as Schofwave.[2]

Personal life

Schofield collects Bordeaux wines, an interest kindled by friend Jason Donovan. Asked in 1992 to introduce a compilation video for Donovan, Schofield refused to accept payment. Stock, Aitken and Waterman sent him two cases of Burgundy with a set of tasting notes; he joined the Wine Society two years later.[23]

Schofield has dual British and New Zealand citizenship.[24]

Charity

Schofield is a patron of the charity CHASE hospice care for children, which offers help and support to families of children who are not expected to reach their 19th birthday. In conjunction with rose specialist C&K Jones, he launched the Schofield rose in support of CHASE at Gardeners' World June 2006. Each rose sold attracts a donation to CHASE. Schofield is also an ambassador for children's charity Kidscape and age-positive charity Royal Voluntary Service, previously known as WRVS[25]

On 8 October 2012, Schofield became an Honorary Patron of the Blue Lamp Foundation, a UK based charity which raises money to support emergency services personnel who have been injured in the course of duty.[26]

Controversy

On 8 November 2012, Schofield interviewed the then prime minister David Cameron on This Morning, and presented him with a list he had obtained from the internet of five people named as paedophiles in connection with the North Wales child abuse scandal ("Prime Minister, here's a list I found on the internet"). The names of several former senior Conservative politicians were said to be visible on the list. Cameron responded by warning against a witchhunt "particularly about people who are gay". Schofield was widely criticised for this action,[27] with broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby describing his behaviour as 'cretinous'.[28]

Schofield later apologised (via fellow presenter Ruth Langsford, blaming a misjudged camera angle).[29] Schofield and ITV later paid £125,000 compensation to Lord McAlpine.[30]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1985–1987 Children's BBC Presenter
1987–1993 Going Live! Presenter 6 series
1988–1991 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party Presenter
1994–1997 Talking Telephone Numbers Presenter 4 series
1995 Tenball Presenter 1 series
1996 One in a Million Presenter 1 series
2001–2004 National Lottery Winning Lines Presenter 2 series
2002– This Morning Co-presenter Monday–Thursday
2002–2006 Test the Nation Co-presenter 17 episodes
2006 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Exclusive Co-presenter 1 series
It's Now or Never Presenter 2 episodes
2006–2014, 2018– Dancing on Ice Co-presenter 10 series
2006– The British Soap Awards Presenter Annually
2008–2009 Beat the Star Guest presenter 2 episodes
2008–2016 All Star Mr & Mrs Presenter 8 series
2009–2015 The Cube Presenter 9 series
2009–2014 A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards Co-presenter 6 episodes
2010–2011 The Comedy Annual Presenter 2 episodes
2011–2015 Text Santa Co-presenter 5 episodes
2011, 2018 The Royal Wedding Co-presenter 2 episodes
2012 The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Co-presenter One-off episode
2014–2016 Educating Joey Essex Narrator 2 series
2014 Phillip's Live 24 Hour TV Marathon for Text Santa[31] Presenter One-off episode
2015–2016 You're Back in the Room Presenter 2 series
2016 When Phillip Met Prince Philip: 60 Years of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award[32] Presenter One-off episode
2017 Schofield's South African Adventure Presenter Three-part documentary
2017– 5 Gold Rings Presenter 1 series
2017 How To Spend It Well at Christmas with Phillip Schofield Presenter Three-part series
2018 How To Spend It Well: House and Garden with Phillip Schofield Presenter One-off special
2018 Coronation Street Himself Cameo

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Himself Cameo

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
1992–1997 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph
1998–1999 Doctor Dolittle Doctor Dolittle At Hammersmith Apollo
2016– Knights of Music[33] Himself/host Held annually

References

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  3. ^ "TV presenter at old school". The West Briton. 13 April 2011. Archived from the original on 15 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Shazam! series". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Schofield signs golden handcuffs ITV deal". Digital Spy.
  6. ^ "ITV swiftly axes primetime show". BBC News. 27 July 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  7. ^ "ITV to replace 'Dancing on Ice' with "juggernaut entertainment series"". Digital Spy. 3 July 2013.
  8. ^ "'Dancing on Ice' to air final series in 2014, confirms Torvill and Dean". Digital Spy. 21 May 2013.
  9. ^ "ITV's star line-up for bigger and better Text Santa".
  10. ^ Eames, Tom (25 February 2014). "Joey Essex ITV2 Africa series title revealed, Phillip Schofield to narrate". Digital Spy.
  11. ^ Greenwood, Carl (26 February 2014). "Phillip Schofield to narrate Educating Joey Essex which sees the reality star travelling to Africa". Daily Mirror.
  12. ^ "Phillip Schofield 24 hour live TV marathon for Text Santa". ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Phillip Schofield completes 24-hour TV marathon". BBC News. 2 December 2014.
  14. ^ "You're Back In The Room". ITV Press Centre. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Phillip Schofield to host brand new ITV quiz show 5 Gold Rings".
  16. ^ "Phillip Schofield lands another new ITV gameshow". 11 January 2017.
  17. ^ "ITV announces new consumer series - How To Spend It Well At Christmas [W/T]".
  18. ^ https://radiotoday.co.uk/2010/02/schofield-launches-radio-plymouth/
  19. ^ "Close Every Door / Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Phillip Schofield, Andrew Lloyd Webber". Amazon.com. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  20. ^ "Chart Archive – Phillip Schofield – Close Every Door". Chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  21. ^ "Phillip Schofield teams up with Waitrose". James Grant Management. 22 March 2013. Archived from the original on 25 July 2013.
  22. ^ "10 times Phillip Schofield was the best person on Snapchat". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  23. ^ Atkin, Tim (21 April 2001). "My wine cellar". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  24. ^ "Phillip Schofield on Twitter".
  25. ^ "Kidscape Staff, Trustees, Patrons, Volunteers". kidscape.org.uk. 2010. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  26. ^ "About The BLF: Our patrons". Blue Lamp Foundation. 2016. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  27. ^ "Phillip Schofield criticised for paedophile list 'stunt'". BBC News. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  28. ^ Mason, Rowena (8 November 2012). "Phillip Schofield reported to Ofcom over paedophile list". The Daily Telegraph.
  29. ^ Burrell, Ian (8 November 2012). "Downing Street attacks Phillip Schofield for ambushing Prime Minister with internet-sourced list of suspected paedophiles". The Independent. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  30. ^ Gover, Dominic (22 November 2012). "Lord McAlpine Wins £125,000 from ITV for Philip Schofield Child Sex Smears".
  31. ^ "Have you spotted you spotted The Scofe popping up all over ITV for #PipKnit?". 1 December 2015.
  32. ^ "When Phillip Met Prince Philip: 60 Years of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (w/t)".
  33. ^ "The Knights Of Music". Knights Of Music.

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