Mark Durden-Smith is one of Britain’s most versatile presenters and is ideally suited for facilitating conferences and as a consummate awards host. Best known for his charm and spontaneous wit, Mark hosted the spin-off shows from I'm a Celebrity... Get me out of here!, Hell's Kitchen and Soapstar Superstar.
The son of Judith Chalmers and sports commentator Neil Durden-Smith, Mark had TV presenting in his blood. Mark started his career at GLR and BBC regional newsrooms before becoming a researcher for Saturday Night Clive and Clive Anderson Talks Back.
So very charming and relaxed about his role. A real pleasure to work with from start to finish. Brought biscuits as a gift to us and stayed around after the event to talk to guests for some time. Would definitely use him again.
Mark currently presents the Aviva Premiership Rugby highlights on ITV. Prior to Aviva’s move to ITV in 2013, Mark fronted the Premiership Rugby coverage on ESPN, with Austin Healey. Mark has also hosted Sky Sports Centre on Sky Sports and was the front man of Sky's BAFTA winning rugby coverage from 1997.
He has presented ITV's flagship show This Morning, teaming up with Kate Thornton and Myleene Klass. Mark is also a regular newspaper pundit on Lorraine Kelly's sofa on ITV's Lorraine.
Mark is a regular guest presenter for The Breakfast Show on BBC London Radio alongside Gaby Roslin.
Mark was the anchor for the launch of RI:SE Channel 4's breakfast show back in 2002. In 2007 he presented ITV1's holiday series Wish You Were Here - Now and Then.
Mark has presented several series of ITV2's I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now!, two series’ of the successful nail-biting show Gutted on Home, as well as The Underdog Show with Tara Palmer-Tomkinson on LIVING. He also fronted ITV1's Boat Race coverage, which was nominated for a Broadcast Award.
Other presenting credits include; three series of The Match with Zoe Ball (Sky One), Millionaire Manor the National Lottery show (BBC1), two series of ITV2's Hell's Kitchen Extra Portions and Package Holidays Undercover ( ITV 1).
Mark has hosted a variety of events, for clients including O2 (Scrum In the Park), Britvic, The Carphone Warehouse, Jet Airways, The Police Bravery Awards and the Nottingham Restaurant Awards.
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What people said about Mark Durden-Smith
Utterly charming and a breeze to work with, we loved having Mark at our event. Within a few seconds of award winners arriving onstage he had asked one or two questions off-mic and was able to bring that information into his presentation. He was happy to mingle and made everyone feel at ease. We would highly recommend him!
Mark Durden-Smith was fantastic as our awards host at the recent Adobe Channel Awards on Thursday 4th March at the Cafe De Paris. 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 Marks 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.
My client was absolutely delighted Ive had so many emails and texts singing his praises. He charmed the pants off everyone at the event. I have been doing the show for 6/7 years and he is by far the best person weve had to date. It is a busy day, with lots of meeting and greeting, and Mark was as polite and interested in the 100th person as he was with the 1st! He made my job so easy. I would recommend Mark any day. Please pass on my HUGE thanks!
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.
After speaking to Tim regarding a recommendation for someone to 'link' the evening, he suggested Mark. After the event, our guests talked as much about Mark's contribution as they did about the artistes. I CANNOT speak highly enough about him - he was INCREDIBLE!!!! It is without question that we shall use him in the future...
It was a pleasure working with Mark. He was very professional, entertaining and very easy to work with.
Extremely professional and likeable. He made a point of circulating with guests before and after the awards and everybody raved about his performance
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.
Once again, Mark proved to be a very entertaining host for the evening and was enjoyed by 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.