Chris Tarrant

Birth Day October 10th, 1946
Birth Place Reading, Berkshire, England
Age 77 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Libra

An English radio and television broadcaster, Chris Tarrant presented the ITV children's television show "Tiswas" from 1974 to 1981, and the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" from 1998 to 2014 from where he received mainstream recognition as the original host of the popular UK game show. His career began in 1964 when he was hired by the since-dissolved television network ATV. Tarrant worked as a schoolteacher and also briefly as a film director for the Central Office of Information before joining ATV as a newsreader on "ATV Today". He represented the school in hockey and cricket and gained A, B, and D grades at A-level in English, history, and ancient history. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Television Awards in 2000 as well as was a Capital Radio host from 1984 to 2004. As well, he received an OBE in 2004 for his charity work, in particular his campaigning on behalf of disadvantaged children.

Chris Tarrant, presenter of the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?


Chris Tarrant Biography

Chris Tarrant opened his eyes for the first time on 10th October 1946 with the real name or full name of Christopher Goose Tarrant in Reading, Berkshire, England (hometown /birthplace). He holds a British nationality and a British-white ethnicity. Analogously, he is from the Christian religion and his race is white. He happily celebrates his birthday on the 10th of October of every year and he celebrated his 74th birthday in 2020 though as his birthdate, his star sign is Libra.  His father Basil Tarrant had joined a territorial unit of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in 1936 and was among those evacuated from Dunkirk in the retreat of May 1940 however his mother Joan Tarrant's profession is unknown. He was also active in the Normandy landings. Tarrant was educated as a boarder in Choir House at the King's School, Worcester from 1960 to 1964. He then studied English at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 1967.


  • Chris Tarrant commenced his television broadcaster career by working as a schoolteacher and also briefly as a film director for the Central Office of Information before joining ATV as a newsreader on "ATV Today".
  • He got precedence after becoming a co-host on a children's television show, "Tiswas" though he hosted the short-lived Saturday late-night show "O.T.T" as well as did a stint on the breakfast television station "TV-am".
  • Then, he joined Capital Radio as a presenter in 1984, as he hosted Capital Breakfast" from March 1987 to April 2004.
  • After that, he started hosting the popular television quiz show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" in 1998 whereas it was confirmed in October 2013 that the show was to come to an end after airing for 15 years on ITV and the channel made the decision to coincide with Tarrant stepping down as host however his final live edition of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" was a celebrity edition which aired live on 19th December 2013.
  • Moreover, he hosted "Everybody's Equal" in 1989, although the program ended in 1990 and he then started hosting the second series of "Cluedo".
  • Similarly, he has hosted numerous TV shows such as "Lose A Million",  "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?", "Man O Man", "Pop Quiz", "Tarrant on TV",  "The Colour of Money", and many others.
  • Besides, he did voice-over work on the film "Johnny English" in 2003 however UKTV signed Tarrant to present a show for Watch called "Tarrant Lets the Kids Loose" in 2009.
  • As well, he appeared on BBC's The Magicians in January 2011 and also made an appearance in the BBC show "Would I Lie to You?" on 13th April 2012.
  • In addition, he filmed the "Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways" series for Channel 5 in 2012, and a year later Tarrant began appearing in the ITV daytime game show "Show Me the Telly" as the TV Legends team captain.
  • Tarrant became a continuity announcer for the TV channel Challenge in 2017.

Awards and Achievements

  • National Television Awards 
  • Broadcasting Press Guild Awards for Best Performer (Non-Acting)
  • British Comedy Awards for Lifetime Achievement

Chris Tarrant Wife, Partner & Children

Reflecting on Chris Tarrant's personal life, he is a married guy. He was married to Sheila Roberton and had two children, Helen in 1977 and Jennifer in 1980. Their relationship was not better, so they got divorced in 1982. Tarrant met his second wife, Ingrid Dupre-Walsh when they both worked for TV-am. The couple married in 1991 and divorced in 2007. The couple previously lived with their two children, Sammy and Toby, in Esher, plus two children from Ingrid's previous marriage, Dexter and Fia, the latter a radio presenter with Heart. Tarrant's son Toby has followed in his father's footsteps as a radio DJ employed by Global Radio, hosting programs initially for Capital FM and now Radio X. His other daughter from Ingrid's previous marriage, named Fia Tarrant, also followed her father's footsteps, currently presenting on Heart (radio network) weekdays from 10 pm-1 am, and is also employed by Global Radio. In a statement in September 2006, Tarrant said: "I am deeply sorry for the hurt I have caused to my loyal wife and wonderful children, all of whom I adore.

I have only myself to blame for the breakdown of my marriage." Currently, he has been in a long-term relationship with legal assistant Jane Bird since 2008. Furthermore, talking about his sexual orientation, he is straight.

Chris Tarrant with his partner Jane at his 70th birthday


On 13th May 2007, Tarrant was arrested on suspicion of assault at an Indian restaurant and released on police bail ads well, he was arrested on suspicion of assault at his home in Esher on 5th March 2009 but he was later released without charge. On 18th December 2017, Tarrant appeared in court charged with drink-driving. He returned to court on 18th January 2018 and received a 6,000-pound fine and a 12-month driving ban.

Recently, Tarrant has slammed Kerry Katona, recalling how he met her once at an event in Marbella, Spain. "I do remember meeting Kerry. She was upsetting everybody,' he recalled. 'I think you can imagine. Oh gosh, a monster. 'She was just all over the place, we were trying to do charity stuff and she kept butting in, and eventually, I probably did say, "Why don't you go away?"

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Chris Tarrant's Net Worth

Moving towards Chris Tarrant's net worth, he has a worth of around 19 million pounds as of 2020 whereas he also earns a handsome amount of salary which is also in millions of pounds per year. Since 2014, Tarrant has been a brand ambassador and has appeared in commercials for Lottoland from where he earns a fine amount of money. In addition, his major source of income is from a television broadcasting career and he is satisfied with his profession and income.

Chris Tarrant Height and Weight

Chris Tarrant is a handsome and talented guy who stands at a perfect height of 1.87 m with a balanced weight. At this age, he has kept his body maintained by doing regular exercise. TV broadcaster Chris has white hair and light brown eyes color as his body build type is average. It was reported on 12th March 2014 that Tarrant had suffered a mini-stroke while flying from Bangkok to London on 1st March 2014. Upon landing, he was rushed to Charing Cross Hospital where doctors did emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his right leg.

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