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!
About – Mike Mcclean