Richard Hammond

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Richard Hammond
Birth name Richard Mark Hammond
Born December 19, 1969 in Soilhull, West Midlands, England
Notable Shows Presenter of Top Gear
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Richard Hammond is a television presenter and motoring enthusiast from Birmingham, England. He is a host for the BBC motoring program Top Gear.



Hammond studied photography and television production at Harrogate College of Art and Technology before starting his broadcasting career at BBC Radio York. From there he went on to work at BBC Radio Cumbria, Leeds and Lancashire. He left in 1995 and took a public relations job where he was involved in corporate events for clients such as the Ferrari Owners Club and Renault Sport. In 1998 he got his first TV job presenting Motorweek on the Men & Motors channel on satellite TV.

Since then Hammond has worked on numerous lifestyle and motoring shows for cable and satellite channels. He started presenting Top Gear in 2002. His short stature (5'7"), especially when compared to co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson (6' 5"), resulted in his Top Gear co-presenters to nickname him "Hamster". They also poke fun at his numerous paid appearances at events or as a speaker. He has also presented Should I Worry About...? on BBC One, Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky One, Time Commanders on BBC Two, among numerous other shows and specials. He also writes a weekly column in the motoring section of The Daily Mirror.

Hammond lives near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England with his wife Amanda and their two daughters, Isabella and Willow. He also has three horses, four dogs, two cats, a rabbit, chickens, and sheep.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Top Gear Host 2002–2015

Guest Starring Roles

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

  • Weird Celebrity Crushes: Voted #1 Weird Celebrity Crush in the July 2005 issue of Heat magazine.


  • Cars!: Hammond owns a 1957 Land Rover, a Land Rover 110 V8, an old Range Rover, a 1969 Dodge Charger 440 R/T, a Porsche 928, and a Morgan V6 Roadster. He also owns a Suzuki GSX-R 1000 and a BMW R1150 GS.
  • Height: Hammond is 5 feet 7 inches tall.