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Stephen Mulhern

Stephen Mulhern
Stephen Mulhern in 2008
Born Stephen Daniel Mulhern
4 April 1977 (aged 38)
Stratford, London, England[1]
Occupation Television presenter, Entertainer, Magician
Employer ITV, Heart Radio
Television presenting:
Britain's Got More Talent
Big Star's Little Star
Get Your Act Together
Reality Bites
Parent(s) Maureen and Christopher
Website Official website

Stephen Daniel Mulhern (born 4 April 1977) is an English presenter, entertainer, and former magician, best known for presenting television programmes for ITV.[2]

Mulhern has presented the ITV2 spin-off series Britain's Got More Talent since 2007 and has more recently presented ITV game shows including Catchphrase (2013–present) and Big Star's Little Star (2013–present) as well as variety show Get Your Act Together (2015). He also co-hosts the Sunday breakfast programme on Heart Radio, alongside Emma Willis. Since October 2015 he has also hosted the wacky game show "Pick Me!" On ITV


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Magic 2.1
    • Stage 2.2
    • Theatre 2.3
    • Radio 2.4
    • Television 2.5
  • Filmography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Mulhern is the third of four children of Irish parents, Maureen (née Reid) and Christopher Mulhern, who were both market traders. He has two older brothers and a younger sister. Mulhern attended St Bonaventure's Catholic Comprehensive School in Forest Gate, Newham.



He became interested in comedy and magic from his father, who would teach him a trick before bedtime when he was 13 years old. The family would spend their summer holidays at Butlin's Minehead in Somerset, where Mulhern first began performing in public. He became the youngest member of The Magic Circle, which brought about an appearance on Blue Peter in a piece for Harry Houdini's 100th birthday.

After leaving school, he created a magic show under the title Stephen's Mega Mad Magic Show. He spent two summers working as a Butlins Redcoat in Minehead,[3] got winter jobs at Hamleys and Harrods[3] - where he met Princess Diana[3] - all whilst also auditioning for television appearances.[3] Turned down at age 18 by Michael Barrymore for My Kind of People, he won a TV talent show hosted by Jonathan Ross, and as a result in 1997 aged 20 was invited to take part in the Royal Variety Performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre, performing in front of HM Queen Elizabeth II.[4]

He then released a number of children's magic sets and videos, and got jobs on the Disney channel, and then to Children’s ITV alongside Holly Willoughby on Saturday Showdown.[3] His television credits since have included The Quick Trick Show and more recently Tricky TV. In 2005, Mulhern created and presented the Channel 4 magic show Freaky and was credited as executive producer. In 2006, he performed a magic routine in an episode of The Slammer and came in second place; to the dance group "Flawless". "Flawless" went on to perform on Britain's Got Talent, which he presents the spin-off show for (Britain's Got More Talent). Mulhern's 2010 entertainment show Magic Numbers featured magic and illusions during the phone-in process.

Mulhern does not work with a regular assistant for his illusion performances, preferring to work with a range of guest celebrity assistants. Most notable of these is his former Saturday Showdown co-host Holly Willoughby, who has assisted him on many occasions in a variety of illusions including being sawed in half.[5]



In 2002, Mulhern appeared in pantomime at the Fairfield Halls Theatre, Croydon.[7]

In 2003, Mulhern starred in "Sleeping Beauty" with Wendy van der Plank and Jimmy Savile at the Futurist Theatre, Scarborough.

In 2010, Mulhern starred in Aladdin at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, playing the lead role of Aladdin, however on dates when he was not able to play the role, due to television commitments, director and writer Paul Hendy stood in to take the role.

In 2011, Mulhern played Buttons in the pantomime Cinderella at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury with actor John Partridge as Prince Charming.

In 2012, Mulhern played Idle Jack in the Woking production of Dick Whittington with Ashleigh and Pudsey.[8]

In December 2013, Mulhern played Buttons in Cinderella at the Hawth Crawley. In 2014-15, he was in Sleeping Beauty at the Hawth Crawley. It was a huge hit with over 27,000 people attending in total.[9] In 2015, he will return to Cinderella at the Ashcroft Theatre.


On 5 August 2012, Mulhern began co-presenting Sunday breakfast from 8am to 12pm with Emma Willis across the Heart Network. The duo occasionally present the Heart London Breakfast show when regular hosts, Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton are away.[10]


Mulhern began presenting on CITV in 1998. He co-hosted four series of Finger Tips with Fearne Cotton from 2001 until 2003 and with Naomi Wilkinson in 2004. He presented children's show Tricky TV from 2005 to 2010. He also co-hosted Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown (originally called Ministry of Mayhem) with Holly Willoughby from 2004 to 2006.

From 2006 to 2007, Mulhern hosted the ITV2 spin-off Dancing on Ice: Defrosted, while Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby hosted the main show.

Since 2007, Mulhern has hosted ITV2 spin-off Britain's Got More Talent, which airs immediately after the main ITV show, which is hosted by Ant & Dec. Since 2013, Mulhern has become associated with the word 'unbelievable' which slowly became his catchphrase, usually used on Britain's Got More Talent as he walks offscreen at the end of a section, with Ant & Dec often mimicking him[11] and is also known for saying "doosh!".

From 2009 to 2011, Mulhern narrated the ITV entertainment show Animals Do the Funniest Things.

Since 2012, Mulhern has presented The Hub, a small segment on the ITV daytime show This Morning. He hosted the segment on Thursday and Friday mornings although had previously hosted on Wednesdays and Thursdays until the departure of Matt Johnson in the summer of 2013. Mulhern has occasionally presented the main show, standing in for the regular presenters.

In 2010, he hosted one series of the primetime game show Magic Numbers on ITV. Mulhern hosted numerous episodes of ITV's The Big Quiz.

Since April 2013, Mulhern has presented a revived version of ITV game show Catchphrase. In September 2013, Mulhern began presenting ITV's Big Star's Little Star, a show which sees celebrities and their children compete to win up to £15,000 for charity.[12]

On 27 October 2013, Mulhern began hosting a live Sunday morning show called Sunday Side Up on ITV.[13] On 21 December 2013, Mulhern hosted entertainment special The Illusionists on ITV.[14] On 14 September 2014, Mulhern guest hosted an episode of Sunday Night at the Palladium.[15]

In early 2015, Mulhern presented the primetime ITV reality series Get Your Act Together.[16] On 5 February 2015, he began presenting ITV2 panel show Reality Bites .[17] In 2015, he presented The Magic Show Story a one-off special for ITV[18] and The Saturday Night Story, a two-part series focusing on Saturday night television.[19] In 2015, Mulhern presented Pick Me!, a daytime game show for ITV.


Year Title Role Notes
1998–2002 CITV Main presenter
1999–2004 The Quick Trick Show Presenter 5 series
2000–2004 Finger Tips Co-presenter
2003 You Can Do Magic Presenter
SMTV Live Presenter
2003–2004 Globo Loco Presenter
2004 The Record of the Year Presenter
2004–2006 Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown Co-presenter
2005–2006, 2010 Tricky TV Presenter 3 series
2006–2007 Dancing on Ice: Defrosted Presenter
2007— Britain's Got More Talent Presenter 9 series
2009 All Star Impression Show Presenter
Anonymous Presenter 1 series
2009–2011 Animals Do the Funniest Things Presenter/narrator
2010 Magic Numbers Presenter 1 series
The 5 O'Clock Show Co-Presenter 2 episodes
2010, 2015 Coronation Street Uncovered: Live Presenter One-off episodes
2011–2012 The Big Quiz Presenter 3 episodes
2011–2014 This Morning's Hub Presenter Regular
2012 Emmerdale Live - The Fallout Presenter One-off episode
All Star Mr & Mrs: Text Santa Special Presenter 1 episode
2012, 2013 This Morning Stand-in Presenter 4 episodes
2013— Catchphrase Presenter 3 series
Big Star's Little Star Presenter 3 series
2013 Sunday Side Up Presenter 1 series
The Paul O'Grady Show Guest Presenter 1 episode
The Illusionists Presenter One-off episode
2014 Sunday Night at the Palladium Guest Presenter 1 episode
2015 Get Your Act Together Presenter 1 series
The Magic Show Story Presenter One-off programme
The Saturday Night Story Narrator Two-part series
2015— Reality Bites Presenter 1 series
Pick Me! Presenter 1 series
Guest appearances


  1. ^ "Hello, I was born and grew up in Stratford East London x".  
  2. ^ Britain's Got Talent Hosts, Retrieved 1 August 12010
  3. ^ a b c d e
  4. ^
  5. ^ Stephen Mulhern: 'I'd like a variety act to win this year!'
  6. ^ Stephen Mulhern Biography James Grant Management
  7. ^ Performance Diary It's Behind
  8. ^ New Victoria Theatre. "Dick Whittington Woking Tickets - New Victoria Theatre Panto 2012". Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  9. ^ Stephen Mulhern. | Crawley Happy Times Online
  10. ^ Stephen Mulhern and Emma Willis Heart
  11. ^ Stephen Mulhern is unbelievable... | Show Business News & Gossip | This Morning
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ Stephen Mulhern to host new live ITV Sunday morning show - TV News - Digital Spy
  14. ^ The Illusionists Episode 1 | presscentre
  15. ^ Sunday Night At The Palladium Episode 1 | presscentre
  16. ^ ITV challenges celebrities to Get Your Act Together | presscentre
  17. ^ Reality Bites Episode 1 | presscentre
  18. ^
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External links

Preceded by
Mark Curry
Host of Catchphrase

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