Mark Durden-Smith

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Mark Durden-Smith is one of Britain’s most versatile presenters.

Following his regular Aviva Premiership Rugby anchor duties Mark acted as one of ITV’s main hosts for their Rugby World Cup 2015 coverage. He previously hosted Sky Sports Centre and fronted Sky’s BAFTA winning rugby coverage. In autumn 2015, Mark also hosted ITV1’s gameshow Freeze Out.

Mark has presented ITV’s flagship show This Morning, teaming up with Kate Thornton and Myleene Klass and has also been a regular newspaper pundit on Lorraine Kelly’s sofa for ITV’s Lorraine. He has appeared as a 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 and he has presented several series of ITV2’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now, The Underdog Show with Tara Palmer-Tomkinson on LIVING and Gutted on Home.

Mark hosted ITV1’s holiday series Wish You Were Here – Now and Then and has 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’s writing credits include a regular column for Metro Newspapers as the ‘Voice of O2’ for the England Rugby Team at the Rugby World Cup.

Mark started his career at GLR and BBC regional newsrooms before becoming a researcher for Saturday Night Clive and Clive Anderson Talks Back.

Mark has hosted a variety of events with great success. His charisma, enthusiasm and competence as host and facilitator have impressed and delighted a variety of corporate clients, many of whom continue to invite him back year after year. He has been the live host for the prestigious Police Bravery Awards for eight years running.

Mark’s extensive client list includes O2 (Scrum in the Park), Britvic, The Carphone Warehouse, Halifax, Santander, Nestlé, Jet Airways, The Post Office, Adobe Systems Europe, Pentland Group, The Dog’s Trust, Samsung, The Sun (Police Bravery Awards), and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

The event was a great success and everyone loved Mark.

LEA Awards of Excellence 2016


Just wanted to say thank you so much for arranging Mark to host our awards: he was fab, went down a treat and was such a professional to work with. I was honestly blown away with the research he had done on our members, wow!

I’ve already had a couple of members asking for details to book him for their own awards. I’m sending feedback out to the guests today but I’m pretty sure he will get rave reviews.

TRADE ASSOCIATION AWARDS 2016


Mark did an excellent job. The best yet. He was funny, irreverent and made everyone feel included with his infectious humour. He had clearly done his homework too on the winners as they went up to the stage. We were very pleased. Some great feedback from guests too….We will definitely be booking him again!

THAMES VALLEY DEAL AWARDS 2016


Mark, thank you so much for your delivery on the night. The preparation you put in to understand Project One in the timescales you had was simply outstanding and paid dividends. Your wit and entertaining banter was the perfect balance for our audience. You literally had the audience in the palm of your hands throughout. The energy and passion you put into this was clear for all to see. We’d like to pass on our sincere thanks for making a real difference to the event and if we ever have the opportunity to work with you again, we would be delighted to do so.

PROJECT ONE - STAFF GAME SHOW


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, ADOBE SYSTEMS EUROPE LTD


Mark was absolutely fantastic and we will definitely be suggesting him to other clients for their awards!

HAIRDRESSING BUSINESS 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


My client was absolutely delighted – I’ve 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 we’ve 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!

HOLIDAYWORLD ANNUAL EXHIBITION, BELFAST


Mark was absolutely fantastic, what charisma he has. He had the audience in his hands, was extremely funny and added to our special night. He was the perfect host for our event and he made the evening flow so well with his charm and wit.

RETAIL MOTOR INDUSTRY AWARDS


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 2012


Mark, many thanks for making it such a success last night! I thought your Q&A with the winners was great fun, and your warmth and energy kept the show going superbly. We got very good feedback afterwards.

THAMES VALLEY DEAL AWARDS


I just wanted to say a big thank you to Mark for doing this event for us again – the client said he was (again) excellent!

HEALTH CLUB AWARDS 2014


[Mark] just to say thank you so much for being so professional and such a good sport on Friday…You were a pleasure to work with and I appreciate all your hard work and the time out you took to talk to everyone

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