"Create and Craft is the place I've always wanted to work!"
Nigel has been involved in TV for well over fifteen years, working for a variety of different channels. As well as being a long-term shopping TV presenter hosting on a range of different channels, he has featured on youth programs, anchoring live entertainment shows. He also worked as an on-screen caller for the UK's premier bingo channel, where he was famed for his fun approach and cheeky catchphrases. One of his biggest on-air 'fans' was DJ Chris Moyles, who considered Nigel to be 'a legend'.
Nigel is also an avid writer and worked as a celebrity journalist for many years, interviewing stars of stage and screen all over the world. He was one of the first journalists in the UK to interview Take That and his list of celebrity credits includes household names like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, through to Richard and Judy. He was also the Celebrity Editor at More! Magazine and has written for titles including New Woman, Bafta Magazine, and Sunday Magazine.
Nigel has written six successful action-packed glam fiction novels and has launched his own craft range, A-May-Zing. One of his finest moments was appearing on The Weakest Link and managing to make it into the final... where he promptly lost! He has also appeared on Pointless where, again, he reached the final – but lost!
He lives in Brighton with his partner and his cat, Oscar, playing granddad to his granddaughter, Elia, and heading down to the beach whenever possible. He enjoys going to the gym, swimming, and heads to the theatre when he can – especially if there’s a good musical on to sing along to! He has also hosted nearly all of the Ideal World/Create and Craft pub quizzes.
What did you do before Create and Craft?
I was a celebrity journalist for many years, interviewing pop stars and TV stars for magazines and websites.
Most embarrassing on-screen moment?
I presented a show with Loen when she was dressed as a Christmas elf, and I loved it. It was so funny and we couldn’t stop laughing. It was a really successful and busy show, but I’m not sure how.
Tell us a secret
I was in a film a few years back called ‘Framed’. A small one-line part, but hey – I was in it! I saw it on TV recently and my voice had been altered - I sounded like a chipmunk. I'd also love to be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing as I used to be a ballroom dancer when I was a child.
What's your idea of the perfect Sunday (when you're not working)?
Lazy lie-in with the other half, a good telly catch up of things I've recorded and then a fantastic plate-full of roast pork dinner.
Who do you most admire and why?
Dolly Parton – the woman has the voice of an angel, does a huge amount for charity, has a massive empire, and still seems to be a really genuine, fabulous person. I would move heaven and earth to interview her.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself and others?
In myself, it would be self-doubt. In others, it would be pompous self-righteousness. Talking about yourself constantly is so not cool.
Aside from property, what's the most expensive thing you've bought?
A car, but nothing swanky. I have the smallest car of all the presenters! Apart from that it would be holidays, I think. I adore going away to the sunshine or off for a city break whenever I can.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
I adore trash TV – I could watch Next Top Model, Devious Maids or RuPaul's Drag Race every day. Being part of a show like that would be awesome. I'd like to be a judge. I also adore retro American soap operas like Dynasty and The Colby's.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a nice guy who had fun, coped with life, made the most of it, and made people happy both personally and professionally. And as the best ever presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest (not that I've done it, but it would be my dream job!). And as the yee-har man, of course!
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
You never know what’s around the corner. That, and you need to make the most of every day, and that nothing ventured is definitely nothing gained.
Favourite Create and Craft product?
I love the stamp designs from Visible Image. They’re a great company and they always come up with something unique and fresh. I love them.
Which phrase do you overuse?
"Bless your heart" and "as well". I try not to, but they just slip out.
If you could travel back in time, which period would you visit?
I'd like to have been a bit older back in the late '60s and '70s so I could have been part of London's hip and happening scene. Everyone looked so groovy! Either then, or back to the Tudor period to hang out with Henry VIII, he seemed like a vibrant chap!
Share your best crafty tip:
That it don't mean a thing if it ain't got some bling! Basically, I love a card or a piece of home décor with a bit of sparkle on it – you can't go wrong! And always add gingham to a project – can I get a yee-har!!!!