The Last 14 Years Have Flown By!
Shaun is the only original presenter on Ideal World, and has seen many changes since he first joined the channel as the ‘junior presenter’ in the year 2000!
Before working for Ideal World Shaun had numerous performing jobs, including professional pantomime at Brighton’s Theatre Royal, touring with the late Eartha Kitt, presenting the live roadshows for London’s Capital FM and even singing in a boy band (quite badly by his own admission!).One of his worst “performing jobs” was dressed in a potato costume for ten hours in baking heat in Leicester Square!
Born in York, Shaun is proud to be a northerner. He has an honours degree in Performance Arts and also trained at Mountview Theatre School.
He still thrives on the buzz of live performing and has clocked up over 10,000 hours of live presenting on Ideal World and Create and Craft.
Over the past five years he has also become the face of “The Amazing Cruise Holiday Show” with Planet Cruise and has a real passion and knowledge of cruise holidays. He also loves nice pubs and bars and along with his partner owns a local country pub where he occasionally pulls a pint, but prefers to sit in front of the bar rather than be working behind it!
Shaun absolutely loves gardening, cooking and cats and likes to laugh a lot!
Q & A
What did you do before IW?
Many, many jobs – mostly in performing – including working on Top of the Pops, Capital radio in London and in pantomime at the theatre royal in Brighton for three years.
Most embarrassing on-screen moment?
Definitely when my tooth fell out live on air – let me explain… A couple of my teeth at the front are capped. I was working on a Sunday on Ideal and had been eating a crusty baguette and one of the caps suddenly didn’t feel quite right. I then went on to present Consumer Choice and as I started speaking my front tooth cap literally broke in two and flew off leaving a massive gap at the front! All I could think of doing was covering my mouth and pretending to cough. The viewers then saw a full page graphic while I left the studio and Dennice then had to take over presenting the show.
Tell us a secret
I’ve seen one of the other Ideal world presenters naked in my bath!! – But which one?
What’s your idea of the perfect Sunday (when you’re not working)?
Long sleep in, coffee and papers in bed, Sunday lunch with my family, afternoon nap, BBQ and wine in the evening
Which living person do you most admire and why?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself / others?
In others I detest selfishness and in myself insecurity at times and vanity
Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you've bought?
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
What keeps you awake at night?
My cat pawing on my head for attention
How would you like to be remembered?
As being kind, generous and amusing
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Make the most of it, it goes way too quickly
Favourite IW/CC product?
Which phrase do you overuse?
"Lovely to be with you" – Its how I start nearly every show!!
If you could travel back in time, which period would you visit?
Meet our other presenters
Shaun is the only original presenter on Ideal World, and has seen many changes since he first joined the channel as the “junior presenter” in the year 2000!
Dennice is best known to Ideal World viewers for presenting fashion, beauty, kitchen and home products.
Loen lists her areas of Ideal World expertise as “fashion, bloopers, shoes and more bloopers!”
Joanne has been a member of the Ideal World family since 1993. Joanne grew up in South Africa and moved to England with her family in 1993.
Howard joined Ideal World in 2005 and has demonstrated products with hundreds of guests, including George Foreman, Paul McKenna and Linda Lusardi.
Genevieve Ni Reamoinn
Genevieve studied Design and Journalism at college, before moving into the world of television presenting.
Paul is known to shopping telly viewers for his love of gadgets and all things electronic, while his friends know of his love for DIY, gardening and making people smile!
Though she was a milk lady while at school and at theatre college, Hayley really started her career as a singer/dancer back in 1989, starting like so many as a ‘Red coat’.
Rachel has presented hundreds of hours of live and pre-recorded television for all the major broadcasters in the UK, including Sky, Channel 4, ITV, ITV2 and the BBC.
Mike is a well-known and popular face on TV shopping. He started his career performing comedy vocals as well as writing and producing for live TV shows.
Peter’s career in show business began at the age of 12 as a regular presenter in the Yorkshire Television Series ‘Junior Showtime’.
Sally Jacks (aka Jaxx) is a bright, bubbly and super chatty Northern lass – a bit of a Lancashire hot pot if you like!