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

Graeme Richards - MC

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 – MC 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. Book Graeme through Conference Speakers

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.

 

A philanthropist above all else, Graeme Richards – MC 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 2015
    • Produced, 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 Town
    • Host 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

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