Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff is Host of BBC’s Top Gear, broadcaster and cricketing legend.
Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff is a cricketing legend, presenter and broadcaster. From his first-class debut for Lancashire in 1995, Freddie became a key force in England’s international side, playing a major role in regaining the Ashes in 2005. His contributions to the game awarded him BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2005, and an MBE the following year. Since retiring, Freddie has developed a strong broadcast career with successful shows running across Sky One, ITV and the BBC.
“The BAFTA winning show, A League of Their Own, has been a huge success and is now on its fifteenth series.”
In 2010, Freddie, along with Jamie Redknapp, became a Team Captain on the Sky One sports panel show A League of Their Own. The BAFTA winning show has been a huge success and is now in its fifteenth season. Fred and Jamie’s hilarious on-screen partnership has seen the show branch out to for three Road Trip spin-offs across the US and Europe with a fourth on the way and several Christmas Specials. In 2018 it was announced that Top Gear would return to our screens in 2019 with Freddie as co-host alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris. The show aired its first season with the new line up in Summer 2019 which was met with wide-spread praise. The trio were back with a Christmas Special set in Nepal later that year and are back on our screens in January 2020 with Season 28.
Fred has in the past hosted Cannonball in 2017 on ITV and high-octane car show Carnage in 2018 on Sky. As well as presenting the Australian instalment of the internationally acclaimed format, Ninja Warrior and BBC Two’s Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week.
He has also fronted a range of series-long challenges. In 2015, Freddie, with Robbie Savage, took to the highways for a new series, Flintoff: Lord of the Fries serving up fish and chips to the public in their eco-friendly chip van. And, 2012 saw him front the Discovery documentary Alone in the Wild. Freddie was left completely isolated without aid or a production team in the wilderness with just a handheld camera to record footage. The show was a success, spawning a spin-off series, Freddie Flintoff Goes Wild.
The following year, he embarked on a rainforest adventure for Sky One which formed part of Sky’s rainforest Rescue Initiative. He also worked with ITV2 in 2011 to produce Freddie Flintoff versus The World in which he went head to head with some of the worlds sporting greats. The following year, Freddie embarked on one of his greatest challenges, training to become a professional heavyweight boxer. This was broadcast in a documentary for Sky One, Flintoff: From Lord’s to The Ring, and ended with his victory in his debut fight at MEN arena, Manchester, against his American opponent.
Not only has Freddie built up an impressive array of TV credits, he also has had successes with radio and podcast. In 2017, he teamed up with Robbie Savage and Matthew Syed on BBC Radio ‘5 Live’ to deliver the immensely popular weekly podcast, ‘Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy’. The podcast went on to win three times at the Radio Academy Awards for Best Podcast, Best New Show and Best Presenter for Freddie and is continuing into 2019. Previously in 2013, he fronted his own show for BBC Radio 5 Live; Flintoff’s Ashes Roadshow. During this period he also appeared on BBC One’s ‘The Graham Norton Show’ and starred in his own TV ad for Jacobs’ creating a cricket themed cracker.
“Not only has Freddie built up an impressive array of TV credits, he also has had successes with radio and podcast.”
The 2005 Ashes hero has also fronted large commercial campaigns for brands such as Morrison’s and Jacobs. The Morrison’s campaign in which he featured was followed by two more popular ads for the chain. He has also developed a partnership with clothing brand Jacamo. 2012 saw him launch his own ‘Flintoff by Jacamo’ range which is still hugely successful and continues into 2019. Freddie is currently an ambassador for Babyliss men’s grooming range. With the continuing success of Flintoff by Jacamo, Freddie launched a AW18 collection. Freddie also fronted the successful International Cricket Council Promo for the 2019 World Cup. 2018 also bought forward many opportunities such as Sky One’s Carnage and another season of Australian Ninja Warrior.
Freddie released his tell all autobiography in 2015, ‘Second Innings: My Sporting Life’, a celebration of Flintoff’s 20 years in cricket. The much-anticipated book reveals the unseen sides of his career and personality. This was followed in November 2018 with his latest book, ‘Do You Know What?: Life According to Freddie Flintoff’ which comprises of a collection of his thoughts, feelings and pearls of wisdom on all aspects of life’s rich tapestry. Freddie has written eight books, but this is the first of a kind away from the sport of which he became a household name.
“Flintoff by Jacamo’ range which is still hugely successful, and continues into 2019.”
Despite his chronic knee injury seemingly ending his sporting career in 2010, Freddie has since continued to be involved in cricket. In May 2014, he laced up his boots once again and played for Lancashire in the NatWest T20 blast squad. Following this, Freddie continued his professional cricket comeback in the Australian T20 Big Bash league. As well as playing cricket in Australia, Freddie joined Channel TEN’s prestigious commentary team, impressing with his on-field commentary. He has since reprised his role with the channel, joining the commentary team on the Big Bash League.
“It’s not often you have the chance to do both of your dream jobs, but I’m now lucky enough to say I will have. I’ve always been passionate about cars and I’m so excited to be joining the Top Gear team.”
He has also continued his involvement in the game in the UK, writing his expert opinion on each Test in a column for The Sun newspaper and working with William Hill on cricket predictions in 2013. And, in 2016 he was elected as the seventh PCA President of the Professional Cricketers’ Association at the PCA’s annual general meeting held in Birmingham.