Nicki Chapman is an accomplished TV presenter and broadcaster, inspirational speaker as well as a fully qualified personal and professional coach. She currently hosts Wanted Down Under, Escape To The Country and its spin-off, I Escaped To The Country for BBC1 which has been sold to over 110 countries worldwide, including Netflix. She has been a mainstay of the BBC presenting team at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show since 2006 broadcasting live and also frequently guests on Channel Four’s Countdown Dictionary Corner and as a newspaper reviewer for Sky News.
Nicki is a regular presenter for BBC Radio 2, sitting in for Vanessa Feltz on the Early Breakfast Show helping millions of listeners start their day. Her first documentary for the station, The Fuller Picture, about the life and career of music mogul and entrepreneur Simon Fuller, was broadcast in three parts to critical acclaim and she also hosted the recent “Here We Come – The Monkees at 50”.
She has recently been a presenter on three new documentary programmes for BBC Television, the Dave Myers’ hosted Operation People Power, Britain’s Home Truths and Holding Back The Years which transmits in 2018.
On top of her television and radio duties Nicki is a much sought after event host and speaker. She is also a qualified coach offering empowerment and advisory skills to celebrities, individuals and corporate businesses alike.
Nicki started her career in the music industry. After growing up in Kent and a stint travelling around Australia, at the age of 20 she joined MCA Records as a Promotions Assistant. She quickly progressed and became one of the youngest and most successful publicists in the industry. Three years later she moved to RCA Records as Head Of TV Promotions where she began a long association with Simon Cowell.
From 1995 until the end of 2000 she was a joint partner in the Brilliant! PR Company which launched and/or represented among others; The Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, Charlotte Church, Take That, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Billie Piper, David Bowie, Van Morrison, S Club 7 and Amy Winehouse, as well as providing the PR for the BRIT Awards, various West End Shows and Channel 4’s hit series The Big Breakfast. It was during this time Nicki was approached by ITV to appear as a judge on a brand new entertainment show called Popstars which proved an instant hit, with the winners Hear’say, going on to sell over a million copies of their first single.
Having met with Simon Fuller in the nineties Nicki joined his management company 19 Entertainment in January 2001 as Creative Director, working with artists and personalities including Annie Lennox, David and Victoria Beckham, Will Young, The Spice Girls, Carrie Underwood and S Club 7.
Nicki also continued her own TV career on the new ITV/ 19 Entertainment show Pop Idol alongside fellow judges Pete Waterman and Neil Fox, and reuniting with Simon Cowell for a show that regularly had over 10 million viewers per episode and changed the face of Saturday night entertainment.
Since then Nicki has presented numerous factual/entertainment programmes and established herself as one of the UK’s most popular and versatile presenters.
These include – BBC’s Escape To The Country, Wanted Down Under, I Escaped To The Country, City Hospital, Escape To The Sun, The Morning Show, Sunday Style, Castles In The Country, BBC Breakfast News, Holiday, Holiday 10 Best, Holiday’s At Home, The Day Team At Chatsworth, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Escape To The Continent, Made In LA for Sky, Soapstar Superchef and Best Ever Worst Auditions both for ITV.
A highlight of Nicki’s career came when she was chosen to take part in BBC1’s Sport Relief showjumping programming Only Fools On Horses, eventually coming second. She also partnered Christopher Biggins on Let’s Dance For Comic relief. In 2008 Nicki re-united with her ex-Pop Idol judges Pete Waterman and Neil Fox and showed her comedy side on Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got The Pop Factor…And Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice. The special was a ratings smash and she went on to perform with Peter on The Royal Variety Show in front of Her Majesty The Queen.
Nicki is a proud Ambassador for British Dressage and a keen and active supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust, Childline and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.