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The Best Event Hosts

With 2022 being the first year in the UK with no restrictions since the Coronavirus pandemic began, in-person events have become more prevalent than ever. Whilst previously taken for granted, the appreciation for celebrating successes with those around us has significantly increased. Due to the popularity of such events, why not make yours even more of a special occasion by booking a celebrity host?

Jo Foster
12 Oct 2022
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Whether you’re looking for a host for a business event, sporting awards or any other, Evolve has the breadth and variety of choices to find the perfectly suited person for you. We’ve put together a selection of some of our most popular hosts for a variety of events…

Ben Hanlin 

Wanting to make your event a bit more magical? Alongside hosting, Ben Hanlin is one of Britain’s most famous magicians. He has performed on TV, in live shows and at numerous events.

Ben has been featured in Breaking Magic on the Discovery Channel, as a presenter on CBBC, and in 2013, launched his own magic show, Tricked. He has starred on the likes of Celebrity Juice and Live at the Palladium and even competed in Dancing on Ice in 2020, coming in fourth place.

Ben will adapt himself to suit your event and can be booked as a close-up magician, stage magician, after-dinner speaker, or host. If you’re looking for a recognisable face who can enhance your event with something a little different to wow your guests, then Ben is the perfect person for you.

Craig Phillips 


From owning his own building company to being the first-ever winner of Big Brother back in 2000, Craig Phillips is regarded as one of the most well-loved media personalities and TV presenters around. His ‘cheeky chappy’ persona makes him the perfect host for events, entertaining and energising any room.

Following his success on Big Brother, Craig proceeded to release a charity music single and appear on popular TV shows including Blankety Blank, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and 60 Minute Makeover. His passion for construction and DIY however, never left him, as he currently works as a brand ambassador in the industry, has a popular YouTube channel sharing DIY hints and tips, and has built his dream house with his wife, Laura.

Craig has the perfect blend of stardom and relatability which enables him to impress any audience whilst engaging them in his down-to-earth manner.

Emma Saunders 

Working for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport, Emma Saunders is a leading Football presenter, who fronts coverage of the Premier League, EFL and WSL on some of the country’s biggest networks. This makes her the perfect high-quality host.

Emma has also worked as a stadium presenter for major sporting events, including the England Internationals, World Cup, Six Nations, Hundred, and the first-ever MLB game in the UK. The breadth of her coverage also includes Wimbledon and the London Marathon.

With her extensive experience and having conducted corporate events at Lords, Twickenham and Wembley, Emma is certainly not one to shy away from the big stages, making her the perfect host for even the largest of events.

Eamonn Holmes 


Perhaps best known for hosting This Morning alongside his wife, Ruth, Eamonn Holmes is one of the UK’s most loved TV presenters, having spent a lifetime in the industry.

Eamonn’s big break came in 1993 as he co-hosted ITV’s breakfast news programme GMTV. Since then, his success has soared and he has become a leading journalist, as well as TV presenter. Having been in the industry for almost 30 years, not many people can surpass the experience that Eamonn has built up over the years.

If you’re looking for a highly recognisable host with a larger-than-life personality, Eammon is a reliably strong fit for any event.

Susanna Reid 

One of the UK’s most famous TV presenters, Susanna Reid has become a well-known star of breakfast TV – most recognised for co-hosting Good Morning Britain alongside Piers Morgan and fronting BBC Breakfast.

Susannah is an award-winning journalist and has twice been named ‘Newsreader of the Year’. She has also shown off her fun and personable side, entering Strictly Come Dancing, featuring on Celebrity Gogglebox, and even playing herself in an episode of Hollyoaks. Susannah is a fun and enthusiastic character whose charisma and likability make her the perfect presenter.

With her television appearances varying from her informal home life to the formal nature of news reading, Susannah can excellently adapt to the mood of any event.

James Nesbitt


As an award-winning actor starring in popular dramas Cold Feet, Murphy’s Law and The Missing, James Nesbitt is an extremely recognisable face on UK television. Throughout his career, however, he has also been well-respected as a presenter.

James has been widely celebrated in the industry, winning a British Comedy Award for his role in Cold Feet, a British Independent Film Award for his role in Bloody Sunday, and a Golden Globe nomination for his role in blockbuster movies, such as The Hobbit trilogy. James also prides himself on his charity involvement, including with numerous cancer charities, and as an ambassador for UNICEF.

James’s relatability and heart-felt nature are evident from his passion for helping others, as evidenced by his charity work. He is a fantastic host for any event and ensures to bring passion, charm, and charisma.

Natalie Sawyer

Spending more than a decade broadcasting on Sky Sports News and now as a popular presenter on Talksport, Natalie is a well-experienced personality and a well-known voice of sport.

Amongst Natalie’s highly successful career as a presenter, she also hosted the podcast The Game on behalf of The Times. Being present both in front of the camera and as a voice on podcasts, she is recognised by any sporting fan. Her experience speaking on a plethora of sports makes her an ideal host for any sporting event, amongst all others.

As a current presenter and having worked in the industry for many years, Natalie is well recognised by any audience over any generation, making her perfect for hosting a wide variety of events.

Jason Manford

Looking for someone who can do it all? Jason Manford is one of the UK’s most popular comedians, presenters, actors, and singers. As a diverse entertainer, he is adaptive to a range of events, hosting in several styles to suit the profile.

Starring as a comedian on 8 Out of 10 Cats, as an actor in Ripper Street, Benidorm and Death in Paradise, and in West End Shows including Sweeny Todd and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jason is recognised by many audiences. With each of his appearances appealing to a slightly different crowd, Jason is guaranteed to be a familiar face to most.

Jason is particularly popular as a host for audiences who have a profile of a range of interests as he has been so diverse throughout his career. The comedic side to him appeals to many and positively contributes to his hosting dynamic.

Alex Payne 

Alex Payne is not only an experienced Rugby broadcaster, but also a live event host. His career in the industry has taken him worldwide and provided him with invaluable knowledge and learnings.

Alex has reported on the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour in New Zealand and presented on Sky Sports News, Sky Sports, and Fox. Whilst he is often associated on-screen, he has also presented and contributed to the production of content for England Rugby O2’s Inside Line, weekly blogs for Sky Bet and live webcasts.

Hosting testimonial dinners for players including World Cup winners Jason Robinson and John Smit, Alex has previously been hired by some of the best as a host. If you’re looking for someone who can bring their experience from such high-level events, Alex is the perfect person.

Isa Guha

As one of England’s most successful bowlers, greatest-ever female cricketers, and well-respected pundits, Isa Guha has a wealth of experience in front of the camera, making her ideal for hosting events.

As a talented right-arm fast-medium bowler, Isa helped her country win the Ashes and Cricket World Cup before her retirement from the sport in 2014. She then went on to use her experiences, providing commentary and analysis for BBC Sport, ITV Sport and Sky Sports. As an ex-player herself, she is excellent at providing insights and being able to relate to the actions and mindsets of current players.

If you’re looking for a host who can use her experience from punditry and apply it to your event, look no further than Isa Guha.

Gail Emms 

Olympic Badminton star, Gail Emms, has a wealth of experience hosting private and corporate events. Winning a silver medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004, a World Championship title, two Commonwealth titles and two European Championship titles, Gail is no stranger to awards presentations.

Having been both a success and near-miss to many top awards, Gail is the perfect person to relate to all members of the audience. Her experience both in the crowd and as a host allows her to understand the mindsets and achievements that it takes to compete for any award.

Be it sporting or business or other, Gail is remarkable at understanding and relating to audiences at events, making her a brilliant suitor of a host.

Eleanor Oldroyd 

With over 30 years in the industry and recognised as one of the UK’s most accomplished radio presenters and broadcasters, Eleanor Oldroyd will certainly wow any audience.

Working on some of the country’s most high-profile and prestigious events, including Royal engagements, Eleanor has a breadth of experience which reflects in her hosting abilities. Being the first-ever female presenter of Sports Report, and working on BBC Radio Shropshire, Radio 5 and 5 Live, Eleanor’s experience is both varied and rich.

While hosting an event Eleanor can draw on her own experiences and career as well as apply her knowledge and learnings to make an excellent host for your event.

If you’re on the lookout for a high-quality host who will bring entertainment, humour, and charisma to your event, look no further than those who we work with here at Evolve. Whether you’re sure of your choice or are looking for suggestions, our friendly team of agents will be sure to match your event with the perfect host.

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