Double BAFTA award winning presenters Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes first appeared on our screens as contestants on Pop Idol back in 2003. Their friendship began whilst filming backstage VT’s and they have been inseparable ever since.
Best-known for presenting Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up (CBBC) for which they received two Children’s BAFTA’s for Best Presenters, the show has been running for an impressive seven series with series eight filming well underway. Big Friday Wind Up also won a Children’s BAFTA for best entertainment show.
In addition, they have appeared as guests on Sunday Brunch, Celebrity Juice, The Xtra Factor, and This Morning to name but a few.
Sam and Mark also competed against each other on ITV‘s Dancing on Ice and more recently, Mark appeared on Celebrity Mastermind and Sam reached the final of BBC‘s Celebrity MasterChef .
They have just finished filming for CBBC’s new football talent search Match of the Day: Can You Kick It which will air in Autumn 2018.
Alongside their TV success, Sam and Mark are also accomplished and well-loved authors, having published their first children’s book The Adventures of Long Arm in 2015 followed by the release of their second book The Adventure of Long Arm vs The Evil Supply Teacher. 2017 saw the release of their first picture book The Stink Before Christmas.
With hundreds of hours of live TV under their belts, it comes as no surprise that they have also written a family stage show called Sam and Marks On The Roadshow which they have performed at festivals all over the UK, as well as delighting audiences at Park Resorts and Butlins. Confident in the live sphere, Mark is also a seasoned and popular panto performer, having played the lead in several national productions including Aladdin, at the Theatre Royal Bath to rave reviews.
Not only accomplished TV presenters and authors, but for six years they also hosted their own Sunday morning radio show, for Free Radio in the West Midlands. When not busy filming or on dad duties, they work closely with several brands and charities and are both patrons of Whizz-Kidz. Mark is also a patron of Kicks Count. Warm, funny and charismatic, they have also hosted the Wellchild Awards and are popular hosts for corporate days and events.