For over a decade now, Grant Denyer has been a much-loved face on television, but how did he get his start in the industry?
Granted started off his career at Prime7 in Wagga Wagga as a news reporter, where he stayed until 1999, when Ten offered him the job of a full-time reporter. Grant was given the opportunity to work on the station’s V8 Supercar coverage as a pit reporter, as well as covering extensive stories as part of Ten’s National News. TV producer Adam Boland was one of the many people watching Grant and saw his potential, offering him the opportunity to present the weather for Sunrise, which he accepted, starting in 2004. He quickly became a much-loved face of the network.
In 2005, Grant won the fourth series of Dancing With The Stars, and continued to work on Sunrise until the end of 2006, taking time off to concentrate on his family. He also became the host of Carols in the Domain that year, continuing until 2011.
2006 saw Grant named as the host of It Takes Two, a show which paired celebrities with professional singers each week to compete against each other in a sing-off. After three years, the show wrapped up in 2008.
From 2007, Grant took on the hosting role of Australia’s Got Talent for an impressive sevem seasons, which saw him nominated for Most Popular Presenter Logie awards in 2007, 2008 and 2009, but he was unsuccessful at securing the award.
Grant returned to the Sunrise weather in 2010, remaining in the role until March 2013 when he retired. In that time, he would host a number of primetime shows which included an Australian series of cooking show Iron Chef and new entertainment series Slide Show.
After a short break, Denyer was announced as host of Seven’s new gameshow, Million Dollar Minute, which premiered in September of 2013. However Grant left the role in December, wanting to spend more time with family.
In 2014, Grant returned to Ten to host the revival of much-loved gameshow Family Feud, a role which saw him pick up another Presenter nomination at the 2015 Logie Awards. But again he remained winless. He was also chosen as the host of The Great Australian Spelling Bee, which will return later this year.
Grant has his first chance at the Gold tomorrow night, as well as a 5th chance at receiving a Presenter award. Will he finally give a long-over-due acceptance speech?