Nick was born in London and raised in Southall by his parents Pat and Eddie. He has one brother, John, and three sisters; Angela, Sheila and Karen.
Nick credits his large, loving family for their unconditional support whilst he made up his mind which career to pursue. He briefly pursued careers in rugby, music and acting before discovering his passion for writing, directing and presenting TV.
Nick has four children, Charles, Tuesday, TJ and Eddie. Nick lives in Spain with his wife Jessica.
Nick started his TV career at the BBC in London in the Documentary Features department. He then spent two years in Australia working for WIN TV channel 4 news room. He travelled to America to work in news in Phoenix Arizona before returning to the UK and to the ITV TVS newsroom in Maidstone. Later he moved to the newsroom of Meridian Broadcasting as Production Editor and reporter.
Nick sought to present a variety of programmes proving himself to be a versatile presenter on shows such as; 5’s Company, Straight Up, The Great Escape, City Hospital, Find a Fortune and Holidaymaker before appearing on BBC’s hit show DIY SOS which has been consistently the most popular factual programme on TV. The quiz series Judgemental added to Nick’s broad range of shows.
2003 would be the first of many projects Nick would undertake for Comic Relief, this trip took him to Nairobi, the first, also, of many trips to Africa. Still continuing to present the ever popular DIY SOS, Nick also wrote and presented the series Historyonics a comedy history drama for BBC1.
2004 saw Nick taking part in Sport Relief in Zambia. Millions welcomed the New Year with Nick in 2006 when he presented the New Years Eve BBC Coverage. Nick was back to Africa in 2007 for Mission Africa with Major Ken Hames. Real Rescues, Saving Planet Earth and The Big Day were more formats that saw Nick continue to present a variety of programmes. Nick’s last appearance on screen in 2007 was also the first of 2008 as he brought in the New Year on BBC1.
2008 was the year the hugely popular Who Dares Wins first appeared on BBC 1 Saturday nights and Wild About your Garden saw Nick teaming up with the highly respected Chris Beardshaw. Continuing to prove his versatility also Nick presented Last Choir Standing with Myleene Klass. To the Ends of the Earth – BBC1, saw Nick revisiting Africa and getting up close and personal with the wildlife. Guesstimation – saw Nick return for another Saturday night BBC1 National Lottery quiz show. In 2011 Nick indulged in his historical side presenting Original Features and also The Forgotten Blitz a one off programme on the Baedeker bombings.
2012 sees Nick celebrate 25 years in television and continue his exclusive contract with the BBC. He is looking forward to presenting and developing new programmes whilst still presenting his renowned shows DIY SOS, Who Dares Wins, Perfection and Secret Fortune. Always looking for a fresh challenge, Nick has written his first feature film written with director John Miller, which goes into pre production in Spring 2013.
Who Dares Wins
The eight series of this hugely popular, high – tension BBC One Saturday night quiz show kicks off with a star-studded Eurovision special. The quiz sees two teams of complete strangers put their general knowledge and nerve to the ultimate test as they compete to win £50,000.00.
Perfection is an exciting true or false quiz show where contestants must achieve 100% accuracy to win a cash prize.
Sort the fact from the fiction and the contestant will win. If they slip up they may have to rely on their co-players for help – but help comes at a cost. Are the co-players double bluffing? One thousand pounds is up for grabs in each game, but only if the players achieve absolute Perfection.
Now in it’s 13th year the nations favourite factual entertainment programme continues to recruit friends, family and local trades to improve the homes and lives of families across Britain.
DIY SOS has won the hearts and trust of the nation and it is due to this that so many local trades turn up to each job and volunteer their skills and times for free. Nick is keen to stress that the show would not be possible without them.
Nick Knowles – Presenter, DIY avoider and tea boy.
Billy Byrne – The electrician. Billy lives in his beloved Welwyn Garden city with his wife Elaine.
Chris Frediani – Plasterer and builder. Born in Cornwall but brought up in Devon, Chris still resides there with his wife ‘lucky’ Claire and their three children.
Julian Perryman – Builder and plasterer. Julian has lived in Devon all his life and it was there he met childhood friend Chris Frediani. Julian lives with his wife Sarah and their two daughters.
Mark Millar – Builder. Irish born Mark is the build manager and the tallest member of the team.
All DIY SOS applications and enquiries must be processed through the BBC – click here for the BBC website application page or email: email@example.com. Nick has no involvement with the application process.
“Just for the record: I do not do DIY at home and I will not do your bathroom if you meet me in a pub”
5 Star Family Reunion
5 Star Family Reunion is a heart felt quiz which will see a UK family and their long-lost overseas relatives working together, to win a once-in-a-lifetime reunion in a five-star location.
Overseas, the family must answer questions to win as much time as they possibly can for the family in studio. That’s because the four in studio will individually face questions against the show’s high-tension timer in a bid to put money in the bank and bring everyone together. If they can prove themselves under pressure, then they are in for the reunion of a lifetime!
- 5 Star Family Reunion Teaser
- Behind The Scenes - 5 Star Family Reunion
- Nick's New Quiz '5 Star Family Reunion'
- Hello! Magazine Nick Knowles Exclusive
- Nick Moves To Spain Following Health Scare
- Multiple NTA Nominations For Nick
- Nick and Jessica Introduce Baby Eddie
- DIY SOS team descends on Swansea to transform brave Jack's home
- Nick's Big Issue Interview
- Nick Unveils Dementia Garden
- Brand New DIY SOS Trailer
- DIY SOS team descends on Swansea to transform brave Jack's home
- Nick's Behind The Scenes Photos from The Big Build
- DIY SOS The Million Pound Build For BBC Children In Need
- DIY SOS: The Million Pound Build - A Sneak Peek
- DIY SOS The Big Build - Farnham
- DIY SOS calling for tradesmen to help in Peterborough
- Orpington Home Transformed By DIY SOS
- DIY SOS Clips
- DIY SOS in Miserton
Please do not contact Charlotte for DIY SOS enquiries all enquiries must be dealt with by the BBC.
For DIY SOS applications please write to:
DIY SOS, PO Box 198, Bristol BS99 7JN
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
© Nick Knowles