Mike has hosted numerous television shows for the BBC, ITV, C4, C5, Sky1 & Nickelodeon and excels at live TV.
He originally trained as an actor, at the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester. However, after leaving college Mike gravitated towards stand-up comedy and quickly broke onto the circuit with a comedy magic act. He was soon spotted by a TV producer from Nickelodeon and went on to front several shows for the channel, including “Nick AM”, a live daily breakfast show. He later joined ITV to present the kids game show “It’s Not Fair”, followed by 2 series of “Mad for It”, a live children’s show, he devised, for ITV.
In 2001 Mike moved to Channel 4 and joined “The Big Breakfast”. He was soon waking up the nation, knocking on punters doors and interviewing some of the biggest stars, including Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Britney Spears and many bands of the day.
After “The Big Breakfast”, Mike continued to work for Channel 4 as the roving reporter on “Richard & Judy”, a job he loved and excelled at for six years. During this time he also presented “House of Games”, a family entertainment show for Challenge TV. Following this he presented the XFM Manchester Breakfast show from 2008 – 2009.
More recently Mike has fronted “Essential” a new travel show for the Travel Channel. The series follows Mike’s journey to Las Vegas, Canada, Ecuador, Peru & Mozambique. We encounter him fishing for piranhas, deep-sea diving and sampling the local cuisine.
In 2010 Mike returned to his acting roots, playing ‘Father Tony’ in “Shameless”. Previous cameos had included ‘Club Host’ in “The Office Christmas Special”. In 2014 he played “Finn’s Dad” in My Mad Fat Diary for E4. Mike also continues to be popular on the stand-up comedy circuit, regularly performing across the UK.
A firm family favourite for Christmas pantomimes, 2015 saw Mike play 'Wishee Washee' in ALADDIN at the newly opened Derby Arena and 2016 he starred in SLEEPING BEAUTY at Ipswich Regent Theatre.
Mike is a huge football fan (Manchester City) and continues to do presenting/hosting work for them at most of their home matches. His dreams came true when he took part in Sky1’s “The Match”. Mike and a team of celebrities (managed by Graham Taylor) played a team of former football professionals, at St James Park, to a crowd of 55,000.
Mike is also fluent in Spanish and a very good cook!
Essential - Travel show - Travel Channel
House of Games - Family Game Show - Challenge TV
Red Bull Soapbox - Entertainment Show - ITV
MOVE, Music Festival - Music Entertainment show - ITV
Richard & Judy - Channel 4, 2002 to 2008
C.C. T.V - Game Show - BBC3
The Big Breakfast - Channel 4 , 2001 to 2002
The Last Word - Late night entertainment - Channel 5
Made In The North - Granada TV
Mad For It, (2 series, 39 eps) - Live kids - ITV
Scratchy & Co - Saturday Morning kids - ITV
It's Not Fair - Kids Game show - ITV
The Crude Facts - Entertainment show - Channel 5
Nick AM - Live Daily Breakfast Show - Nickelodeon TV
Kids Choice - Award Ceremony in USA - Nickelodeon TV
Sussed - Magazine Show - Music Box
Euro 96 - Football Show - Nickelodeon TV
Coca-Cola Soccer Sixes - Football Show - BBC
And Now This - Magazine Show - Nickelodeon TV
Magic Caps - Magic Show - Merlin Productions
Fun Factory - Saturday Morning Kids - Chelo Productions
XFM Manchester - Breakfast Show - 2008 to 2009
Television & Film Acting
MY MAD FAT DIARY - Finn’s Dad - E4, 2014 - Anthony Phillipson
SHAMELESS - Father Tony - Channel 4, 2010 - David Therfall
THE OFFICE XMAS SPECIAL - Club Host - BBC Two - Stephen Merchant
WISH YOU WERE HERE - The Captain - Versatile Films - Darren Walsh
NOT QUITE PAPER - Joe - Bespoke Theatre Co. - Nick Moore
DEAD FUNNY - Richard - Cornerhouse - Lindsey Bender
SNOWMAN - Snowman - Pendomonium Theatre - Rob Mitchell Gears
PLAYGROUND - Ensemble - The Garrick - Peter Wolley
INVISIBLE KIDS - Tomo - The Contact Theatre - Tony Clarke
PUSHED FOR TIME - Ray - Rooftop Theatre - Barbara Evans
TEEN DREAMS - Gary - Manchester Arts Fest - Peter Wolley
TIME TO GROW UP - Basher - The Garrick - Peter Lesley
THE WAITING ROOM - Patient - Library Theatre - John Feeney
Pantomime appearances 2001 – 2016
Sleeping Beauty - Muddles - Ipswich Regent Theatre
Aladdin - Wishee Washee - Derby Arena
Cinderella - Buttons - Ipswich Regent Theatre
Jack & The Beanstalk - Simple Simon - Derby
Peter Pan - Smee - Assembly Rooms, Derby
Dick Whittington - Idle Jack - Assembly Rooms, Derby
Peter Pan - Smee - Regent Theatre, Stoke
Cinderella - Buttons - Pavillion, Weymouth
Cinderella - Buttons - Plowright, Scunthorpe
Snow White - Muddles - Kenneth Moore
Cinderella - Buttons - Kenneth Moore
Aladdin - Genie - Assembly Rooms, Derby
Aladdin - Wishee Washee - Plowright, Scunthorpe
Sleeping Beauty - Jack - Gravesend Theatre
Beauty and The Beast - French Frank - Maidstone
Aladdin - Wishee Washee - Epsom
"Top night from a top man. Mike knows his audience and delivers a quick fire night. Five star entertainment......."
BBC Derby Radio 2015