Michael Underwood has a wealth of live television presenting experience and with the rare ability to work across entertainment and factual programming; he is one of the most talented and likeable presenters on our screens today.
This year he returns for series two of ITV’s prime time current affairs programme Real Stories with Ranvir Singh, has narrated a twelve part parkour show for Insight TV called Running the World and he has returned to breakfast television as guest Entertainment Editor on Good Morning Britain and reporter for This Morning.
In 2013 he hosted his first prime time Saturday night show Let Me Entertain You for ITV. Michael has also presented ITV’s film specials as well as OK!TV and Celebrity Wish List for Channel 5. Not just a talented television presenter, Michael proved his worth on radio when he landed the job hosting an all new daily breakfast show for Heart Radio in 2013.
Michael Underwood was sent to Australia to cover I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here for GMTV, before returning to host the National Television Awards, National Movie Awards and the British Soap Awards for ITV2. Michael also indulged his love of sports by appearing on Dancing On Ice in 2008; a stint cruelly cut short by a broken ankle after just three rounds.
After graduating with a teaching degree from Plymouth University, Michael began his career at BBC Radio Northampton. He landed a researcher position at the station, where he spotted an ad looking for a new children’s TV presenter. After a successful application, he appeared on the BBC One Saturday night show Whatever You Want, where he won a six week presenting job on CBBC. Michael stayed at CBBC for three years, honing his skills on live television providing the links, games and entertainment between the programmes. He was then poached by CITV where he went on to present four series of the hugely popular Jungle Run, Eliminator and The Big Bang before joining ITV’s flagship Saturday morning show Ministry of Mayhem.
Michael Underwood showcased his skills on CITV interviewing A-list stars including Will Smith and Tom Hanks, and soon it seemed natural to step away from children’s TV. He was instantly snapped up by GMTV and given the role of showbiz reporter and co-presenter on Entertainment Today. This allowed him to cover three years of major showbiz events and conduct huge celebrity interviews on both sides of the Atlantic.
For three years up until 2015, Michael hosted his own gaming feature on talkSPORT Radio, as part of the hugely successful Hawksbee and Jacobs show. He wrote, produced and presented the item which was a popular feature with the listeners. As well as an interest in gaming, Michael has a huge passion for cooking. This came in handy when he appeared on Celebrity Masterchef, making it all the way to the final. He also appeared on Celebrity Mastermind where his chosen specialist subject was ‘James Bond: The Roger Moore Years’.
Being a family man is hugely important to Michael. He tied the knot with fellow TV presenter Angellica Bell in New York and the couple have two children. He is also an accomplished poker player and is currently studying upholstery.
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