Vicki Butler-Henderson

Vicki Butler-Henderson

Feb. 16th, 1972
Born in
Hertfordshire, England, UK

Vicki Butler-Henderson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Fifth Gear (UK) TV Show
Fifth Gear (UK)
Top Gear (UK) (1978) TV Show
Top Gear (UK) (1978)
Mongrels (UK) TV Show
Mongrels (UK)
The Biggest Loser (UK) TV Show
The Biggest Loser (UK)

Main Movie Roles

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Victoria "Vicki" Butler-Henderson (born 16 February 1972) is a racing driver and television presenter.


Born into a racing family, her grandfather used to race a Frazer Nash at Brooklands, her father was in the British karting team and her brother Charlie is a racing driver. She has an older sister, Charlotte, who does not race. Butler-Henderson grew up on the family farm, and was educated at The Perse School for Girls in Cambridge.

Butler-Henderson started racing karts at the age of 12, being overtaken by David Coulthard in her first race.[3] She holds a car race licence as well as a power boat racing licence. After supplementing her income as a racing instructor at Silverstone Circuit, she also undertook a dual career in journalism where she worked on numerous British motoring magazines including Auto Express, What Car? and Performance Car. She was the assistant launch editor and mechanic in Max Power magazine, referred to simply as "VBH."

Media career

In 1997, she joined the BBC's flagship motoring show Top Gear. After the BBC cancelled the original show in 2001, Butler-Henderson, along with co-presenters Quentin Willson and Tiff Needell, moved to Five in 2002 to continue their work on a show now called Fifth Gear. In 2004, she presented ITV's coverage of the British Touring Car Championship, in which her brother Charlie briefly competed in 2004; and from February 2006 the ten-part series Wrecks To Riches for Discovery Real Time.

Butler-Henderson has in later years broadened her media career outside racing and cars to become a general presenter. After co-hosting radio shows on Virgin Radio, in 2005, she presented a daytime television show for ITV called Date My Daughter in which a single man 'dates' three mothers after which they decide if he is worthy enough to date their daughter.

She has recorded voice overs for radio and television advertisements, including Wrigleys Extra Thin Ice and Sony Stores. She also provided a voiceover for the PlayStation 2 game Gran Turismo 4 Prologue. In January 2006, Butler-Henderson appeared in a TV commercial for the Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership in which she stated that the Partnership "don't want your cash, they just want you to slow down". Butler-Henderson was also a narrator for National Geographic Channel (UK)'s science documentary entitled "I Didn't Know That". In 2009 she starred in several Dutch commercials for Toyota. She worked at Absolute Radio doing traffic news on the Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show. She left the breakfast show on 9 July 2009.

Personal life

Butler-Henderson is married to former Fifth Gear producer and current Top Gear Series Director, Phil Churchward.

Butler-Henderson drives a Mk II Golf GTI, a Honda S2000 and a Ducati Monster 750. She is a fan of snooker and darts, and is an avid skier.

  • She started racing karts at the age of 12. In her very first race, she was overtaken by future Formula 1 driver David Coulthard.
  • Drives a Mark 2 VW Golf GTI and a Honda S2000, and rides a Ducati Monster 750 motorbike.
  • She comes from a racing family - her father was a member of the British karting team, her brother is a professional racing driver, and her grandfather used to race at Brooklands.
  • While Vicki works for Channel 5 presenting _"5th Gear" (2002)_ (qv), her husband works for the BBC as part of the production staff on rival motoring show _"Top Gear" (1978)_ (qv).
  • In addition to being a fully-qualified racing driver, she also holds a powerboat racing license.
  • She has one brother, Charlie, and one sister, Charlotte.
  • Beginning with the 2008 season of _"5th Gear" (2002)_ (qv), she began using her married name professionally, being credited on the show as "Vicki Churchward".
  • Prior to becoming a journalist and TV presenter, she used to work as a racing instructor at Silverstone.

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