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Chris Hollins
Christopher Jonathan Hollins

(1971-03-20) 20 March 1971 (age 49)
Bromley, London, England
OccupationJournalist, Presenter, Sportsman
Notable credit(s)
BBC Breakfast (2005–12)
Watchdog (2010–15)
Food Inspectors (2012–14)
Sarah Alexander
(m. 2012)
Parent(s)John Hollins MBE
Chris Hollins
Personal information
Full name Christopher Jonathan Hollins
Date of birth (1971-03-20) 20 March 1971 (age 49)
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Aldershot Town ? (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Chris Hollins
Personal information
Full nameChristopher Jonathan Hollins
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
BattingRight-hand batsman
BowlingRight-arm off break
Domestic team information
1994Oxford University
First-class debut20 April 1994 Oxford University v Glamorgan
Last First-class29 June 1994 Oxford University v Cambridge University
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 8
Runs scored 415
Batting average 51.87
100s/50s 1/2
Top score 131
Balls bowled 1419
Wickets 19
Bowling average 46.84
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 4/64
Catches/stumpings 6/–
Source: CricketArchive, 22 December 2007

Christopher Jonathan Hollins (born 20 March 1971) is an English journalist, presenter and sportsman, currently employed by the BBC and best known for being the sports correspondent for BBC Breakfast until 2012, and for winning Strictly Come Dancing 2009.

Hollins presented the BBC consumer rights series Watchdog from 2010 until 2015.

Early life

Christopher Jonathan Hollins was born into a footballing family in Bromley, South London. His father is John Hollins MBE, the former Chelsea, Arsenal, QPR and England footballer. His uncle David was a goalkeeper and played for Newcastle United as well as Wales, winning eleven caps.

Hollins was educated at Bickley Park School in Bromley and Tonbridge School, Durham University, Hild Bede College, and Keble College, Oxford.[1]



After leaving Tonbridge School in 1989,[2] he played football for Charlton, Queens Park Rangers, and Aldershot Town. He then attended Durham University and subsequently Oxford University for whom he played first-class cricket and gained a blue.[3][4]


Hollins started his media career at London TV station Channel One TV, then owned by Associated Newspapers. He then moved to Sky Sports in 1994 followed by spells at GMTV, Meridian and Five TV.

Hollins joined BBC News in 1999, and has also reported for Grandstand and Football Focus. He joined BBC Breakfast in October 2005, replacing Rob Bonnet.

Hollins was the main sport presenter on Breakfast, presenting on Mondays–Thursdays until his final show on 21 March 2012 (he had decided not to make the move to Salford as the show was being relocated). He was also a regular male relief presenter during the week, standing in for main presenter Bill Turnbull. Hollins has reported from the 2002 World Cup in Japan, the 2010 World Cup, and America to cover The Masters golf in 2007.

In 2009, Hollins joined the presenting team of the BBC One antiques show Cash in the Attic.[citation needed]

In April 2010, Hollins co-presented The One Show for a week alongside Louise Minchin while regular hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley were unavailable.[5] Hollins returned to co-host an episode with Alex Jones in March 2016.

In September 2010, Hollins became a co-presenter on Watchdog. He later left following the 2015 series. In July 2011 Hollins became a co-presenter on BBC One's programme The Great British Weather.

Hollins and Matt Allwright presented three series of Food Inspectors, a factual programme which began airing on BBC One in February 2012. In 2016, Hollins co-presented the third series of Secret Britain alongside Ellie Harrison and Denise Lewis.

Strictly Come Dancing

Hollins won the 2009 series of Strictly Come Dancing with dance partner Ola Jordan, beating Ricky Whittle in the final.[1] He consistently won the public vote throughout, despite losing the judges' vote 190 – 186 in the Final. Chris and Ola were the only pair in the competition never to face the "Dance Off".

Judges' scores
All partnered with Ola Jordan
Week Dance/Song Judges' score Total score
Craig Revel Horwood Darcey Bussell Len Goodman Alesha Dixon Bruno Tonioli
1 Tango / "Sharp Dressed Man" 6 7 7 6 26
Rumba / "Don't Know Much" 7 8 8 7 30
3 Quickstep / "Dancin' Fool" 5 6 6 6 23
4 Salsa / "Micaela" 6 7 6 6 25
5 Jive / "Roll Over Beethoven" 5 6 6 5 22
6 American Smooth / "Jimmy Mack" 7 7 7 7 28
7 Cha Cha Cha / "Shake Your Groove Thing" 7 8 7 7 29
8 Foxtrot / "I Could Have Danced All Night" 8 9 9 8 34
9 Paso Doble / "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" 6 8 9 7 30
10 Viennese Waltz / "A New Day Has Come" 7 7 8 7 29
11 Charleston / "Fat Sam's Grandslam" 8 8 9 9 34
12 Waltz / "At This Moment" 8 8 8 9 8 41
Samba / "Cuba" 8 8 8 8 7 39
13 Rumba / "Total Eclipse of the Heart" 7 7 8 8 8 38
Argentine Tango / "Bust Your Windows" 8 8 9 9 8 42
14 Foxtrot / "I Could Have Danced All Night" 9 9 9 10 9 46
Lindy Hop / "Sing Sing Sing" 8 9 9 9 9 44
Charleston / "Fat Sam's Grandslam" 10 10 10 10 10 50
Showdance / "Do You Love Me" 9 9 9 10 9 46- Winners


Hollins appeared in the 2007 film Run Fatboy Run[6] as a marathon commentator[citation needed] alongside Denise Lewis.[7]

Personal life

Hollins lives with his wife, Sarah Alexander.[8]

Charity work

In 2008, Hollins became a patron of children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.[citation needed] Chris Hollins is an ambassador for Gold Challenge, part of the official mass participation legacy programme for the London 2012 Games,[citation needed] and a supporter of WellChild.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 BBC News
Grandstand Reporter
Football Focus Reporter
2005–2012 BBC Breakfast Sport presenter
2009 Strictly Come Dancing Competitor Series 7 winner
2009–2012 Cash in the Attic Co-presenteter
2010, 2016 The One Show Guest presenter
2010–2015 Watchdog Co-presenter Alongside Matt Allwright
2011 The Great British Weather Co-presenter
2012–2014 Food Inspectors Co-presenter Alongside Matt Allwright
2016— Secret Britain Co-presenter Series 3 onwards; with Ellie Harrison and Denise Lewis
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Run Fatboy Run Marathon commentator


  1. ^ a b "All that glitters... One quick step from Oxford to Strictly". Oxford Today. 23 (2): 19. 2011.
  2. ^ Tonbridge School Archived 24 August 2004 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Sons and Daughters Archived 27 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Chris Hollins & Ola Jordan BBC – Strictly Come Dancing 2009
  5. ^ Chris Hollins to stand in for Adrian Chiles on The One Show The Mirror, 9 April 2010
  6. ^ Chris Hollins Talent4Media
  7. ^ Full cast and crew for Run Fatboy Run Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Announcement of wedding on 3 March 2012 The Times, 5 March 2012[dead link]
  9. ^ "WellChild Celebrity Ambassadors". Archived from the original on 18 September 2015.

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