Dec. 19th, 1969
Solihull, West Midlands, England, UK
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Richard Mark Hammond also nicknamed Hamster, (born 19 December 1969, Solihull, England) is a British TV presenter, most noted for co-hosting car programme Top Gear alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May, as well as presenting Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky1, Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections on BBC Two, Should I Worry About...? on BBC One and Total Wipeout, also on BBC One and Richard Hammond's Blast Lab on CBBC. He has also presented several one-off specials such as ITV's The Gunpowder Plot: Exploding The Legend and the annual Crufts awards.
- Started out on BBC Radio Cumbria.
- He eventually landed his dream job as a TV presenter on a motoring show but, alas, the show was on cable TV where the cameramen regularly outnumbered the viewers. Top Gear thought it daft to waste all that genuine petrolhead enthusiasm, so they gave him a job on proper telly.
- While filming for a new series of _"Top Gear" (1978)_ (qv) on September 20th 2006, he was seriously injured when the jet car he was driving overturned. He was cut out of the vehicle and removed by air ambulance to Hospital. Despite suffering a "serious brain injury" he left intensive care and entered a private hospital within 10 days.
- November 2004 bought a 1969 Dodge Charger 440 R/T
- Lives just outside Cheltenham with his wife, two daughters, three horses, four dogs, two cats, a rabbit and handful of chickens.
- Writes a motoring column in the British tabloid newspaper, the Daily Mirror.
- Motoring enthusiast and TV presenter.
- Went to Sharmans Cross school and Solihull School.
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