Chris Evans Biography
Christopher James Evans who is commonly known by his professional name Chris Evans. He was born on 1 April 1966 and is an English presenter, businessman, and producer for radio and television. He began his broadcasting career working for Piccadilly Radio, Manchester, as a teenager, before moving to London as a presenter for the BBC’s Greater London Radio and later Channel 4 television, where The Big Breakfast made him a star. As soon as he was a star, it came with more advantages as he was able to dictate highly favourable terms, allowing him to broadcast on competing radio and TV stations.
Positions in diverse media sites like the Radio 1 Breakfast Show and TFI Friday provided a mix of celebrity interviews, music and comic games, delivered in an irreverent style that attracted high ratings, though often also generated significant numbers of complaints. According to the Sunday Times Rich List published in 2000, he was the UK’s highest paid entertainer. According to the tax year to April 2017, he was the BBC’s highest paid presenter, earning between £2.2 m and £2.25 m annually.
He started a new career on BBC Radio 2 in 2005, hosting the long-running Drivetime programme. Later on in 2010 he moved to host The Chris Evans Breakfast Show every weekday morning in BBC. Between 2010 and 2015, he was presenting The One Show on Fridays. He has co-hosted Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park since 2011.
He signed a three-year deal to lead a new Top Gear line-up in 2015. It was confirmed on 23 June 2015 that TFI Friday would return for its seventh series with eight episodes in December 2015. It was also confirmed by Evans that he would also return to present it. Later, it was revealed that the BBC Top Gear team told Evans that he would have to leave TFI Friday after the upcoming series if he intended to stay with Top Gear. Evans announced that he would be stepping down as presenter of Top Gear on 4 July 2016.
Evans announced that he would be leaving his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show at Christmas, on 3 September 2018. That same day, it was announced that he would be returning to Virgin Radio UK to present their breakfast show.
Chris Evans Age
Chris Evans was born on 1 April 1966. He is 52 years old as of 2018.
Chris Evans Height
Chris Evans height is 1.88 meters.
Chris Evans Dating
Evans has a daughter, Jade who was born in 1986, by former fiancée Alison Ward. After a long-running dispute, the couple reached an out-of-court arrangement whereby Evans provided a home for his child and an allowance to Ward in 1998. Evans walked his daughter Jade down the aisle when she married her boyfriend Callum on 7 September 2013. Evans became a grandfather for the first time when daughter Jade gave birth to her son, Teddy Rupert on 9 January 2015.
In 1991, Evans married Carol McGiffin. Their break up in 1994 was not amicable and McGiffin has been scathing about Evans in newspaper articles in the years since. They officially divorced in 1998. Evans had well publicised relationships with Kim Wilde during his time at BBC Radio 1 and Virgin, model Rachel Tatton-Brown (whose sister was a researcher on The Big Breakfast), assistant producer Suzi Aplin, Anthea Turner, Geri Halliwell, and Melanie Sykes.
Chris Evans Children
Chris Evans is a father of three children. Jade Evans , daughter, Noah Nicholas Martin Evans, son and Eli Alfred Michael Evans.
Chris Evans Family
Evans met teenage pop star Billie Piper in May 2000, whom he dated for a while. She proposed to Evans during his 35th Birthday, which came as present to him.The couple married in £200 ceremony at the little Church of the West in Las Vegas, in Nevada on + May 2001. the ceremony was attended to by six guests including best man Danny Baker. News stories circulated regarding a trial separation between them in September 2004. At that time Evans had a stall at Camden Market, where he was found selling furniture and paintings from his London and Los Angeles homes.
When he was asked to comment about the issue, he said: “I just want to get rid of it all, it’s just a headache.” It was confirmed that Evans and Piper would divorce in 2005. Piper publicly said that she would take no money from Evans. Though they had separated almost three years ago, Evans and Piper divorced officially in May 2007. They have remained on good terms since then. Being a keen golfer who plays with a handicap of 15, he met professional golfer, part-time model and columnist for Golf Punk magazine Natasha Shishmanian when they became golf partners in the All*Star Cup celebrity tournament in Newport.
He gave his 17-year-old caddy at the 2005 event to Natalie Harrison who was a £10,000 Russian Kristall Smolensk diamond he won for the quality of his play. Evans and Shishmanian married in August 2007, and held a reception in Faro, Portugal the following weekend, that was attended by Evans’s former wife Piper. The couple have two sons, born in 2009 and 2012 respectively. Their elder son Noah has appeared a number of times on his father’s Breakfast Radio show. On 16 April 2018, Evans announced on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show that he and his wife Natasha were expecting twins in October 2018, but expect them to be born in mid-September 2018, as it is a multiple birth.
In March 2008, Evans said in his Radio 2 blog that he had taken “magic mushrooms” a couple of days before he attended a Meat Loaf concert at the Royal Albert Hall. He said: “I thought I was chronicling the Albert Hall moving sideways on the back of a giant rock and roll crab, something I didn’t think the world should miss. A fan of fast cars, and particularly Ferraris, Evans was banned from driving for 56 days in 2001 and fined £600 after admitting to a speeding charge at Staines Magistrates’ Court after being stopped by Surrey Police when driving at 105 mph (169 km/h) on the A3 road in Esher in January 2001.
In 2005 Evans crashed his silver 575M Maranello into a verge near his then Surrey home. On 18 May 2008, Evans attended RM Auctions/Sotheby’s Ferrari auction in Maranello, Italy, and bought a 1961 250 GT Spyder California SWB formerly owned by US actor James Coburn for the then world record price of 6.4 million euros. In May 2010 he bought a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, one of only thirty-six built, for £12 million. Reportedly he sold three Ferraris from his collection to pay for it. He sold it three years later for $42 million, more than triple what he paid for it.
In August 2002, Evans was a member of crew aboard the sailing yacht Nausicaa with six other people, when James Ward – landlord of the White Horse in Hascombe, Surrey, which was then Evans’ local – drowned in an accident in the Solent. In September 2007, Evans and Shishmanian started taking helicopter lessons at Shoreham Airport. Evans is a first cousin of the father of former Scottish Rugby internationals Max Evans and Thom Evans.
Evans is a supporter of the Labour Party; he also donated £100,000 to former Labour MP Ken Livingstone’s mayoral campaign when he stood as an independent candidate in 2000. Evans is also an Ambassador for The Scout Association. On 3 May 2018 Evans’ mother Minnie died, at the age of 92. His Radio 2 Breakfast show was presented, until 8.30, by regular co-presenter Vassos Alexander.
Chris Evans Shows Hosted
The following lists are the main shows Evans has presented:
|1990–1991||Power Up||The Power Station||Presenter|
|1992–1994||The Big Breakfast||Channel 4||Co-presenter|
|1994–1995||Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush||Channel 4||Presenter|
|1996–2000, 2015||TFI Friday||Channel 4||Presenter|
|2010–2015||The One Show||BBC One||Friday Co-presenter|
|2011||Famous and Fearless||Channel 4||Co-presenter|
|2016||Top Gear||BBC Two||Presenter (1 series)|
|2018-||Don’t Forget Your Suitcase||TBC||Presenter|
- Piccadilly Radio, Saturday afternoons & weekday evenings (1986–1987)
- BBC GLR, Saturday afternoons, 3–5 pm (1990)
- BBC GLR, The Greenhouse, Mondays–Thursdays, 7:30–10 pm (1990)
- BBC GLR, Round at Chris’s, Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm (1991–1993)
- BBC Radio 1, Too Much Gravy, Sundays, 2:30 pm – 4 pm (1992)
- Virgin Radio, Saturday mornings, 10 am – 1 pm (1993)
- BBC Radio 1, Weekday Breakfast Show, 6:30–9 am (1995–1997)
- Virgin Radio, Weekday Breakfast Show, 6–10 am (1997–2001)
- BBC Radio 2, Saturday afternoons, 2–5 pm (2005–2006)
- BBC Radio 2, Weekday Drivetime Show, 5–7 pm (2006–24 December 2009)
- BBC Radio 2, Weekday Breakfast Show, 7:00–9:30 am (11 January 2010 – 8 October 2010); 6:30–9:30 am (From 11 October 2010)
Chris Evans Bibliography
To date, Evans has written three autobiographies:
- It’s Not What You Think. Harper Collins. 2009. ISBN 978-0-00-732723-2.
- Memoirs of a Fruitcake. Harper Collins. 2010. ISBN 978-0-00-734568-7. (also advertised as It’s Not About Me: From Billie to Breakfast)
- Call The Midlife. W&N. 2015. ISBN 978-0297609827.
Chris Evans Net worth
Chris Evans has an estimated net worth of £55 million.
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BBC reveals pay was factor in Chris Evans’ exit.
Updated on: Thursday 13 September 2018.
The BBC’s publication of its top star’s salaries was a factor in the departure of Chris Evans and Eddie Mair, the BBC’s director general has said. Evans announced last week that he would be leaving his breakfast slot at Radio 2 to return to Virgin Radio, while Mair stepped down from Radio 4’s PM in July to host a new LBC show.
“Of course, we will lose people and indeed have lost a couple of people for a large number of reasons,” Lord Hall told MPs at a parliamentary committee. “But, no doubt, disclosure, and the fact that people know their pay, has been a significant factor in some of those losses.”
Evans was revealed to be the BBC’s highest earner when the salaries of the corporation’s top stars were disclosed in 2017, earning up to £2.2m. That salary dropped to roughly £1.6m this year after Evans stepped down from hosting Top Gear.
Lord Hall said that Evans and Mair had quite a “number of reasons” for their departures, but that “undoubtedly, knowing what’s been going on, that disclosure has been a factor in their decision to leave”.
Hailing Evans as “an extraordinary figure”, the BBC chief said the radio presenter wanted a new challenge and “of course that’s why he is leaving”, but added: “I don’t think there is any doubt, disclosure has made it harder for us to retain people like that.”
“I think the pressure on him, when it came to the annual disclosures, was quite hard. For three or four days he was the centre of a lot of attention. If you are a presenter that’s something you have to bear into consideration when you think about where you want to work in the future.”
“I take my hat off to him. I think he’s been through that with an extraordinary amount of gusto. He’s a remarkable presenter… And he’s a loss to the BBC. He’s a loss to our audiences.”
Lord Hall also addressed QI host Sandi Toksvig’s revelation that she earns 40 per cent of what former present Stephen Fry used to be paid.
“One factor is the world has kind of changed,” he said. “When Stephen Fry was presenting QI at the beginning, the amount [paid] to presenters was higher than it is now. The world has changed.”
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