The world of television is a close knit circle of presenters and tv personalities who have all gained a following by appearing on popular shows.
From X Factor to Dancing on Ice, a number of the stars we’ve grown to know and love have climbed through the ranks on these shows.
But the who’s who of the TV circuit wouldn’t be what it is without those who consistently step up and never miss a step in the public eye.
Ben Shephards is one presenter who keeps a low profile and stays out of trouble, but has still managed to keep viewers interested in what he has to say.
Away from the camera though, the host has suffered a few mishaps that have seen him get injured as well as falling asleep on the day he was meant to propose to his wife.
The 46-year-old’s career began in 1998 when he took on the role of presenter on Channel 4’s The Bigger Breakfast alongside a number of household names.
Back then, the TV personality was in the company of Dermot O’Leary, Denise Van Outen, Melanie Sykes and Josie D’Arby on the show.
Ben and Dermot would meet again in 2004 on the X Factor as the star took on the role of presenting the after show – Xtra Factor.
But prior to rocketing onto one of the most watched talent shows in Britain, Ben made an appearance on one of the biggest shows stateside.
The Londoner who studied drama and dance made a cameo on Friends where he is credited as the man holding a microphone.
In the episode called The One Where Rachel Is Late, the star played a reporter trying to get the attention of Joey and Chandler, played by Matt Le Blanc and Matthew Perry, on the red carpet at the premier of Joey’s film.
Although Ben didn’t quite manage to secure a place as the seventh friend on the hit show, his career in the UK took off quite well.
The presenter appeared on a number of television programs, showcasing his skills.
From giving football talking points on Sky Sports, to providing commentary on Ninja Warrior UK, the 46-year-old has done it all.
Now the star is a regular face on Good Morning Britain alongside Susanna Reid and ITV’s quiz show, Tipping Point.
Over the years, Ben has amassed $5 million according to celebritynetworth.com , Ben which is estimated to be £3.6 million at the current rate of exchange.
As well as having a successful TV career, Ben has built a wonderful home life too.
In 2004, he married Annie Perks and the couple share two boys together – Jack, 14, and Sam, 13 who live in his luxury home in London
But the star almost fumbled the big day after falling asleep on the day of his proposal.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the father-of-two spoke of how his marriage proposal plans almost went awry in Paris.
Ben said: “I’d been doing a lot of early shifts on GMTV at the time.
“It was Saturday, we went out in the afternoon. I said, ‘Let’s have a little sleep before we go out to dinner’.
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“Went back in the afternoon, napped, because I was so tired, and then just didn’t wake up.
“So I woke up about three o’clock in the morning and sat bolt up and said, ‘Did we go out for dinner?’
“She just looked at me, shook her head and said ‘no’.”
“I had to do it the next day and it was so pressurised. It was awful. Ugh, it was dreadful. And it’s been downhill ever since”, he joked.
Sadly, in one way, it has been downhill for the presenter who suffered a leg injury and needed surgery.
The father-of-two had been playing football in the cup final of the Arthur Dunn veterans’ cup and severed nerves in his leg.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain he said: “You may remember a few weeks ago I played in the cup final of the Arthur Dunn veterans’ cup.
“We won the cup final, but I started with two legs and ended with one.
“Without realising, I have ruptured my ACL, torn the meniscus and fractured part of my leg as well.
“It was flapping about a bit”, he laughed.
Luckily the presenter was able to recover in his cosy home with his family and get back on the GMB panel and do what he does best.