Born in Ilford, Essex in 1948, Noel Edmonds gained 10 'O' levels and 3 'A' levels at Brentwood Public School. Instead of University, however, Noel opted for Radio; Luxembourg was his first station in 1968.
He moved to Radio 1 in July 1969, initially working in the Sound Trails Department. Noel was first heard on Radio 1 on July 21st, and on November 2nd he started his Sunday morning Workshop shows.
Noel Edmonds replaced the sacked Kenny Everett on Saturdays in July 1970, later moving again to Sundays however in June 1973 he took over from Tony Blackburn to present the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, attracting a record 12 million listeners per week.
His shows were highly produced, (by Dave Tate) and included
listener phone-ins and much humour. An example of the competition prizes given out can be seen below...Radio 1 received 250,000 entries for these stickers with only 250 winners! Other prizes included radio 1 gnomes, fairies, loofahs, and a balaclava with the hole on the wrong side! We remember a jingle 'If It Wasnae For Your Wellies' .
On the breakfast show Noel sent out a 'school report' signed by him for display in the classroom. In 1976 the show was broadcast from two service stations and the hotel where James Hunt was staying during the Texaco Tour of Britain. In April of that year he presented a show 'flying' from Gatwick to Aberdeen. Many listeners were patiently waiting at Aberdeen airport to see Noel arrive, however the whole broadcast was an elaborate hoax! Noel took part in Production Saloon Car Racing as part of Radio 1's fun days and enjoyed it so much he carried on independently.
He presented the Radio 1 Breakfast Show until April 1978, when he was heard again at weekends. Here he telephoned unsuspecting members of the public pretending to be an awkward official, live from Perkins Grange in Dingley Dell. Special guests included Chancellor Denis Healey, and Harry Chapin. Sketches and children's stories were read by famous personalities such as Sir John Gielgud. Noel's co-host and foil was originally famous wartime announcer John Snagge, later replaced with deadpan Radio 4 newsreader Brian Perkins. The show made famous the Captain Beaky poems by Jeremy Lloyd.
In 1983 he left radio to host the new BBC1 Saturday morning television show Multi-Coloured Swap Shop (there was even an annual published in his name in 1979!) . This was followed by, amongst other TV shows, The Saturday Roadshow, and Telly Addicts.
He is Chairman of the Unique Group of companies, a media production and management business which he founded in the mid 1980's. Their Saturday night BBC TV hit show Noel's House Party (1991 - 1999) gave the world Mr Blobby which became a marketing phenomenon, earning millions in merchandising. The House Party show gave way to spin-offs in the form of three short-lived theme parks in the UK called Crinkley Bottom.
1970 - spinning discs on location
Bearded In 1973
Celebrating taking over the Breakfast Show in 1973, pictured with (L-R) Peter Powell, Jimmy Savile, DLT, Paul Gambaccini, Simon Bates and David Jensen.
'If It Wasnae For Your Wellies'
Back on the Radio
Noel Edmonds came back to BBC Radio to present Radio 2's Drivetime show from 4 August to 3 October 2003 sitting in for Johnnie Walker who was undergoing treatment for cancer. MP3
Noel said in a BBC interview "This is a bittersweet experience. I am a huge fan of Johnnie's and I wish him a full and speedy recovery. "It's a great opportunity and I'm very excited to be back behind the mic, at the country's most listened to radio station."
From 2005 Noel was seen regularly once more on UK television; Channel 4 weekday tea-times, presenting Deal Or No Deal - where 22 players contest to win up to £250,000.
Noel owns a helicopter and lives in Devon, England with his wife Helen and four daughters.