Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Richard Arnold

Everything you need to know about the breakfast show hip-swiveling showbiz journalist...


Name: Richard Arnold


Age: 42

Twitter: @RichardAArnold

Famous for: Entertainment journalism/reality TV

TV journalist Richard got his start in entertainment news while studying at City University in London, landing a job on Inside Soap magazine during the mid ‘90s. Graduating to television work, Richard’s first job was on the BBC’s The Sunday Show, and he became GMTV’s TV critic in 1997.

After spending three and a half years fronting a music and lifestyle show for Liberty London Radio from May ’97-November 2000, Richard returned to the comfort of the GMTV sofa, where he presented daily items on TV and showbiz for the next decade.

During that time, Hampshire-born Arnold broadened his on-air CV by hosting the chat show Loose Lips on Sky Living, The Richard Arnold Show for GMTV and making guest appearances as himself on the likes of Shameless, Footballers’ Wives and Hustle.

He also participated in first series of Celebrity MasterChef in 2006 and found himself back in the kitchen in 2007, presiding over the ITV cookery series Soapstar Superchef. He came second on an edition of Cebrity Mastermind in January 2012 (specialist subject: Dallas) and was appointed Daybreak’s showbiz editor in May.

Having already wowed audiences with his moves in the final of 2010’s Let’s Dance for Sport Relief, Richard’s got every hope of going all the way in Strictly 2012…


Let’s Dance for Sport Relief (2010)

The Richard Arnold Show (2008)