RICHARD ORFORD has worked non-stop in the British television industry since the early nineties as an extraordinarily versatile performer – specialising in humour, getting the best out of people onscreen and conveying subjects in a fun and populist way that viewers can relate to and engage with.
His credits range from serious news broadcasts to irreverent light entertainment.
Sports commentaries, comedy sketch show acting, chairing debate shows, narrating documentaries, kids TV, hosting gameshows – you name it, he’s done it.
He has a phenomenal amount of live TV experience – an onscreen time of well over 2,000 hours. And his major credits include ‘Find A Fortune’ (ITV1), ‘This Morning’ (ITV1), ‘The Live Six Show’ (Sky One), ‘Holiday on a Shoestring’ (BBC1) and ‘The Disney Club’ (ITV1). He hosted two series of the gameshow ‘Defectors’ on Challenge.
But he’s perhaps best known for his three years on Channel 4’s ground-breaking and award-winning ‘The Big Breakfast’ alongside one of our Great British Speakers talents the fabulous awards host Gaby Roslin.
His voice has been utilised time and again as a commentator on Sky Sports and on the iconic ‘Late Night Poker’ (Channel 4) and has proved perfect for TV/radio adverts and primetime television documentaries. He is one of the top continuity writer/announcers in the business – seven years at Sky Living, three years at History, the past eight years at Discovery – and now also the sole writer of Quest Red.
Indeed, Richard is a qualified NCTJ journalist who writes all his own output with numerous directing/producing credits to his name.
His corporate work has included major clients like The Royal Bank of Scotland and McDonalds. He emceed the world’s first ever cricket Twenty20 game and England’s Richard Orford entire one– day international cricket series the year they famously won the Ashes for the first time in 18 years.
His films for The British Council promoting Britain to foreign audiences won a coveted award at The Royal Television Society Awards 2013.
His first love though and primary skill is television presenting and for the past decade Richard has been the lead presenter on Sky Sports’ flagship live poker show ‘Sky Poker Live’ where the sheer volume of live television hours he’s completed has enabled him to develop and hone his skills as a performer and hit his peak game.
Richard regularly appears on the show with another Great British Presenter Michelle Orpe