For us 80’s kids, Phillip Schofield has been a permanent fixture on our televisions, having a career that has spanned well over 30 years and still going strong. Here are some interesting facts about The Godfather of CBBC!
Phil’s first TV role was presenting a kids TV show in New Zealand, where he lived for 3 years in the early 80’s.
2. Plymouth Hospital Radio
Prior to moving to New Zealand, Schofield who was born in Oldham presented a Sunday show for Plymouth Hospital radio. During this time he spent a lot of time writing to the BBC, who eventually gave him a job as Radio Bookings Clerk. He was their youngest employee.
3. The Broom Cupboard
He started working for Children’s BBC in 1985. In the early days he would stay up half the night responding to YOUR letters!
Gordon the Gopher soon joined him in The Broom Cupboard. He was a Christmas gift from Phillip’s Auntie Diane.
5. Going Live
Phillip and Gordon moved into Saturday morning TV in 1987. Phillip cleverly retained merchandising rights for Gordon.
6. The Silver Fox
In a recent interview, Phillip revealed that he started going grey at just 16 years old.
7. Smash Hits Poll Winners Party
Between 1988 and 1991, Phil presented this awards show based on your favourite 80’s music mag!
In 1991, Phillip took to the stage as he replaced Jason Donovan in the West End Production – Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. He also had a UK Top 40 hit with “Close Every Door” from the show. It peaked at number 27 in the charts.