Ed Leigh

Ed Leigh

Ed is probably best known as co-presenter of the institution that is Ski Sunday (BBC2).

Ed has presented the last four series of the show along with ‘High Altitude’ and his unique and diverse talents enable him to deal with all the extreme challenges the show presents.

From being arrested in Siberia, to battling hypothermia while ice diving in a mountain lake, Ed has a rare ability to relate his experiences to a wider audience with enthusiasm and a sense of humour.

In addition to his work on Ski Sunday, Ed has also commentated for the BBC at the last two Winter Olympics (BBC2) in 2006 and 2010 and will reprise this role again at Sochi 2014. Ed also commentated for the BBC at last summer’s London 2012 Olympics.

Last summer also saw Ed travel across the globe once again anchoring the fifth series of Red Bull X Fighters for the channel Dave. From Dubai to Madrid and culminating in a thrilling live final in Sydney the series brings the spectacular sport of Freestyle Motocross to life.  Ed is currently filming Series 6 which will be on UK screens later this year.

Ed has also completed filming on The Wingman series, a journey which saw him mentored and trained by some of the world’s most extreme sportsmen, eventually culminating in Ed experiencing the sports for himself. The series is best described as unmissable viewing.

Alongside his other television commitments, Ed was a longstanding presenter of the RTS award winning series Freesports on 4 (Channel 4) during its impressive 7 year run, and also presented Freeze in October 2009 for the series. This role cemented him at the forefront of extreme sports presenting in the UK.

Previously Ed fronted the madcap series, Gumball 3000: Around The World in 8 Days (Channel 4 / The Extreme Channel), a high-octane blast across three continents in the cream of the world's dream supercars.

Ed has worked on a wide spectrum of shows and mediums. From the wonderfully puerile and immature Ed vs. Spencer (Sky One/BBC America) to Trailer Park on CNX, the Turner teen channel, to his highly acclaimed radio show ‘Amped’ on Kerrang Radio that ran for two years.

Ed’s CV also boasts live MC’ing and the events he’s covered range from the London leg of the Red Bull Air Race to The Carling Festival and every major snowboard event in Europe. Ed’s roots however lie in journalism where he cut his teeth as the editor of White Lines snowboard Magazine and it’s a skill which he is revisiting by way of self-produced pieces for Ski Sunday. Perhaps more questionable is Ed’s status as 3 time undefeated UK Air Guitar Champion as his alter ego Satan Whoppercock.

Being lucky enough to call snowboarding, surfing and travelling work, Ed has much more parochial loves at home. A desire to cook the world’s hottest food is driven by a decent collection of chillies and as a compulsive doodler, any time he can spare away from his growing family he will devote to painting.