Graeme Richards

Graeme Richards is the Man to Mogul, With almost two decades worth of experience to his name, this media man is ready for more.

From anchoring live prime time news to practicing martial arts, Graeme Richards is a man of every moment. Having presented on almost every South African television platform and having conducted interviews with local and international superstars in sport, lifestyle and entertainment, Graeme has sustained an admirable level of success. Currently living in Cape Town, Graeme is co-host on the live daily breakfast show Expresso, which is broadcast on national television to around 1,4 million viewers a day.

With almost two decades of experience, Graeme Richards has enjoyed a career on live television and on stage as a presenter, actor, MC, voiceover-artist and model. With that comes the honour of having interviewed internationally recognised stars such as Anthony Anderson, Boris Kudjoe, Carly Rae Jepson, and South African greats such as Alain Prost, Francois Pienaar, Gary Player and the Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Not stopping at small screen success, Graeme Richards has also had the privilege of having had feature roles in a number of international movie releases; most notably the R100 million budget film Starship Troopers 3: Marauders.

He has also been in numerous international television commercials for prominent brands such as Coca Cola, Nokia, Volkswagen and Sun International.

A philanthropist above all else, Graeme Richards has played a direct role in raising millions of Rands and an even greater amount in trade and promotion for many charities; a mission he continues to support each and every day. Graeme utilises his profile to uplift people around the country: from rehousing street children in Hillbrow, to massive CSI sponsorship procurements that have year-on-year literally raised tons of stationary and meals to feed hundreds of children, as well as help them grow as inspired individuals.

After being asked what his limits were he answered: “I am game for anything…well, anything except kissing a man (again) and shark cage diving!”

CAREER

Graeme Richards’ career has spanned over two decades and with that comes an illustrious CV which reads as follows:

Television Presenting

Mini TV SABC1 Presenter 1995
Sportsbuzz – SABC Sport 1997 – 1998
SABC1 continuity 1999 – 2003
Miss South Africa 1998
Hosted and scripted the Final Miss SA Teen 2001
Duku-Duku Awards (hosted and scripted) 2002
SABC Sport​ (presenter and researcher) 1999 – 2006
SABC3 continuity 2004 – 2006
Sunrise eTV ​ 2009 – 2011
Strictly Come Dancing Semi-Finalist 2013
Expresso SABC3 (host and sports anchor) 2012 to present
Acting Highlights

With an extensive background in martial arts and on the back of three feature films, a major acting highlight for Graeme Richards – MC was scooping the starring role of Lt. Alex Danner in the American Action/Sci-Fi movie Starship Troopers 3: Marauders. While Graeme is the first to laugh at the larger than life sci-fi cult driven style of the film, an estimated budget of nearly R100 million is seldom seen locally. Here are some of his stand out acting performances:

Local Television

Homeland 1994
The Res 2003
Isidingo 2000
International Film

‘Cedric’ in Delta Force Random Fire (USA)                         2000
‘Chandler’ in The Raven (Canada)                         2007
‘Lt. Alex Danner’ in Starship Troopers 3: Marauders (USA) 2008
South African Film

‘Eiffel Tower’ in Natie’s Garage
Stage

‘Sonney’ in Grease the stadium spectacular 2001
Dance Reality at the Baxter Theatre 2015Produced, performed and hosted
International Commercials (TV and Cinema)

Peter Stuyvesant             2002
Nokia (Middle East)             2005
Coca-Cola (International release)             2003
Volkswagen (Europe) 2008
Sun International (with Charlize Theron) 2007
South African Commercials (TV and Cinema)

OutSurance 2004
Continental (adidas Performance)             2011
Conti Partner                         2012
Transact                                     2013
Nedbank 2015
Voice-over Highlights

Over and above various commercials, Graeme has been the main voice over artist for many flagship South Africa productions such as:

People of the South
The Felicia Mabuza-Suttle Show
SABC3
Win-a-Home
Expresso
Current signature voice of Top Billing
MC Highlights

Pre-2010

Gladiator South Africa roadshows
Face of News Cafe regional’s and final
Caxton Teen Girl regional’s and final
Peter Stuyvesant Nationwide casting parties (largest activation in SA history)
Menlyn Park: various giveaways and events
Wedding Expo: Three consecutive years hosting the main stage
Vodacom Year End Wrap
Table of Unity in Pretoria
Good Food and Wine Show hosting the Samsung main stage
Nedbank Gold and Silver Awards ceremony
Various SABC Roadshows
Post-2010

Big Break Talent Showcase
Good Food and Wine Show Johannesburg and Cape TownHost of the main Celeb Chef stage alongside Willie Harcourt-Cooze, Gordon Ramsay and Giorgio Locatelli to name a few of the culinary superstars
Host of the Tastes of Ikasi South African showcase
Discovery Platinum Awards
King of the Cage MMA tournament
Merlyn Park Shopping Centre Summer Holiday Festival Activation
Old Mutual Internal Excellence Awards
Dance Reality Production Baxter theatre
Murray and Roberts Sports Development Awards
Production and Video Highlights:

Outside of being a public profile, yet still very linked to the growth of his personal brand, Graeme is one of 4 founding members and the Creative Director of one of the new media industry’s online video and media mavericks: Vhp-Productions. Graeme has produced online content for brands like:

Candarel
Lavoka
Dial-a-Nerd
MWeb
Cedar Square
Ster Kinekor
MKB
High profile interviews

Out of hundreds of high-profile interviews in every sector from business, to sport, to entertainment, these are few of the standout in-depth studio interviews Graeme has conducted:

Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and Leah
Gary Player (on four occasions)
Francois Pienaar and a host of 1995 Bok legends
Jean De Villiers
Robbie Fowler
Sir Ian Wright
Alain Prost, OBE
John Cleese
Anthony Anderson
Carmine Giovinazzo CSI
Boris Kudjoe
Jade Jagger
Michael Fassbender
Marion Cotillard
Justin Kurzel (Director)
Wayne Brady
Carly Rae Jepson
Carl Urban
Patrice Motsepe
Awards

African Young Achiever Award
SA Style Award
ELLE Style Award
Heat Magazine Sexiest Man Award
Numerous Cosmopolitan Magazine Sexiest Man nominations including 2016/2017

Using the city of Cape Town and its natural surroundings as his playground – as well as being a lifelong martial arts practitioner – Graeme is most definitely in-tune with his physical well-being and participates in every sporting event accessible to him from the Two Oceans Marathon, Cape Town Cycle Tour, Weskus Marathon, Cape Town Rugby 10’s and even the odd white collar boxing event. His physique has won him notable attention from the fairer sex with two nominations as Sexiest Man bestowed upon him by Cosmopolitan Magazine in 2016 and 2017. Graeme currently represents the month of June in the Cosmopolitan Sexiest Man 2017 calendar.


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