Mark Durden-Smith is a familiar face on British TV, showing off his versatility by covering everything from entertainment to news to sport.
He has also hosted a variety of successful live events, including the prestigious annual Police Bravery Awards.
He is a charismatic and competent host and facilitator, who has impressed and delighted numerous corporate clients – many of whom continue to invite him back year after year.
Contact Great British Speakers today to book TV Presenter and Event Host Mark Durden-Smith for your next event.
Mark Durden-Smith started his journalism career at GLR and BBC regional newsrooms before becoming a researcher for Saturday Night Live and Clive Anderson Talks Back.
As a TV presenter, Mark launched Channel 4’s topical breakfast show RI:SE (2002), and is a familiar face on the ITV shows This Morning (2010-2011) and Lorraine (2010-2014). He was also one of the original presenters of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now, hosting on and off between 2003 and 2008.
Mark Durden-Smith is probably best known for his sports presenting and commentary and was one of the hosts in 2015 for the Aviva Premiership Rugby World Cup. He has also hosted at the Sky Sports Centre, fronting the channel’s BAFTA-winning rugby coverage. In 2017 he signed a deal to present the Gallagher Premiership Rugby highlights on Channel 5, as well as fronting sport coverage on ITV and ESPN. In 2004 he presented the Sky 1 shows The Match and Double or Nothing, and he regularly contributes to a sporting column in the Metro newspaper.
Mark has hosted many ITV shows including Freeze Out (2015), Wish You Were Here – Now and Then (2007), Hell’s Kitchen Extra Portions, Junior Eurovision Song Contest (2003), Soapstar Superstar (2006-2007), Package Holidays Undercover (2005) and the channel’s boat race coverage, the latter was also nominated for a Broadcast Award. He was the presenter for the home renovation show Gutted as well as The Underdog Show on LIVING. He also hosted Millionaire Manor on BBC1 and was a guest presenter on BBC London Radio’s breakfast show.
Mark Durden-Smith is often paired up with other successful presenters, including fellow Great British Speakers Gaby Roslin, Jenni Falconer, Kate Thornton, Kirsty Gallacher, Liz Bonnin and Zoe Ball, making strong, personable and entertaining partnerships.
– Live TV
– Presenting & Broadcasting
– Award Hosting
Mark Durden-Smith Clients: O2, Britvic, the Carphone Warehouse, Halifax, Santander, Nestle, Jet Airways, the Post Office, Adobe Systems Europe, Pentland Group, the Dog’s Trust, Samsun, The Sun (Police Bravery Awards) and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Available for Q&As, after-dinner speeches, award hosting and event chairing, Mark Durden-Smith is an experienced host with the kind of charm, humour and spontaneity which makes him a hit at private, public, charity and corporate events.
Mark is one of the best presenters I have worked with. He has a rare attention to detail and work rate that most other presenters could learn from. He quickly establishes a relationship with the audience and always manages to be funny without being offensive and serious when the occasion requires it.
Awards for Business Limited
Once again, Mark proved to be a very entertaining host for the evening and was enjoyed be all. He is a joy to work with and we would not hesitate to invite him back to host these awards once again. We would also have no hesitation in recommending him to others. The majority of the tweets about the event were about how funny and entertaining he was. He was excellent.
Chartered Institute of Building
Mark knows our event well from previous years and is always knowledgeable and helpful – his performance is always warmly welcomed by his audience at the Awards and he is really good to work with. He helps make the Awards Ceremony the success that it is…We very much hope he will be able to do our event again next year.
Police Bravery Awards
Mark was absolutely fantastic and we will definitely eb suggesting him to other clients for their awards.
Hairdressing Business Awards
Mark was fantastic as our awards host…He really resonated with the audience, and obviously spent some time doing his homework on the event and the audience that would be attending. His humour and light hearted but professional approach worked really well and elevated the event to a new level. This is quite a hard event to host but Mark’s approach and control of the audience was just what was required – he really kept their attention. Mark also spent time after the awards ceremony chatting with our guests and generally made himself available, which was really appreciated by all those that attended. He was funny, charismatic and related well to the audience.
Adobe Channel Awards
I would thoroughly recommend Mark as an awards host for corporate events. His fun, vibrant style really helped create an excellent atmosphere, and he had obviously done a lot of research in his own time on the presenters and winners of our awards, as he ad-libbed stories about them throughout the night. He stayed on to celebrate with the winners after the awards, and we were so pleased we booked him.
Visit Chester and Cheshire Annual Awards
We have worked with Mark over many years and for many different awards ceremonies. He goes above and beyond by researching key members of the audience in advance to give that extra personal touch on the night. He brings a lovely charm and character to any event and is extremely easy to work with. Mark will take your technical script and add his own personal touch to ensure your event stands out from the crowd!
South West Built Environment Awards
He was fantastic and probably the best host we’ve had in 30 years!
National Tyre Distribution Association Awards
He was excellent. Mark adds a lot to the show – he was funny, had done his homework and everybody loves him!
Solent Deal Awards