Grant Denyer

Grant Craig Denyer (born 12 September 1977)[1] is an Australian television and radio presenter and motor racing driver, who has worked for several television networks, including Seven Network and Network 10, mostly serving as a presenter. He co-hosts Dancing with the Stars with Amanda Keller and hosts Celebrity Name Game, both on Network 10.

Grant Denyer
Denyer in 2015
Grant Craig Denyer

(1977-09-12) 12 September 1977
ResidenceBathurst, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationTelevision and radio presenter, motor racing driver
EmployerNetwork 10
Known forDancing with the Stars
Celebrity Name Game
Cheryl Rogers (m. 2010)

In 2018, he won a Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television.[2]

Television career

In 1997, Denyer began his career in the media, he gained a position at Prime Television in Wagga Wagga as a news reporter and journalist.[3] He moved to Sydney to work as V8 Supercar pit reporter for Network Ten, when he caught the eye of television Producer Adam Boland.

Boland saw the potential in Grant and offered him full-time position as the weather presenter on the relaunched Sunrise program from 2004 until the end of 2006. Denyer left this position in December 2006 due to wanting to spend more time with his family , though he remained as a roving reporter for the breakfast program Sunrise.

Denyer won the fourth series of Dancing with the Stars, and also hosted the celebrity duet singing competition It Takes Two from 2006 to 2008. Denyer has also presented All Time Greatest Aussie Bloopers, Guinness World Records with co-host Shelley Craft, and Australia's Got Talent. Denyer is the holder of 5 official Guinness World Records.[4]

From 2006 to 2011, he was the host of Carols in the Domain in Sydney.[5]

In 2007, his race and television career saw him both racing and being a part of the commentary team featuring Neil Crompton, Matthew White, Mark Beretta and Daniel Gibson to report on the V8 Supercar Series.

In January 2010, Denyer returned to Sunrise as weather presenter, succeeding Fifi Box who became Entertainment editor. Grant remained weather presenter until he resigned in March 2013 to spend more time with his family.[6][7] He also hosted the short-lived Iron Chef Australia, in 2010.[8]

In late 2013, Denyer hosted Slide Show. He also has hosted the current series of Million Dollar Minute which first aired on 16 September 2013. On 29 November 2013, Denyer resigned due to 'family reasons' and he was replaced by Weekend Sunrise sports presenter Simon Reeve.[9]

In 2014, Denyer joined Network Ten as the host of a revived version of game show Family Feud.[10] Denyer has described himself as a "Workaholic".[11]

In 2015, Denyer co-hosted The Great Australian Spelling Bee alongside Chrissie Swan.

In 2016, he also had a guest appearance on Neighbours for Family Feud on episode 7477.

In 2018, Denyer hosted an Australian version of Game of Games.

In 2019, Denyer started co-hosting Dancing with the Stars alongside Amanda Keller and started hosting Celebrity Name Game.


Year Title Role Notes
2004–06, 2010–13 Sunrise Weather Presenter
2005 Australia's Guinness World Records Host
2006 Dancing with the Stars Contestant; Winner
2006–08 It Takes Two Host
2006–11 Carols in the Domain Co-Host
2007–12 Australia's Got Talent Host
2010 Iron Chef Australia Co-Host
2013 SlideShow Host
2013 Million Dollar Minute Host Original host
2014–18 Family Feud Host
2015 Have You Been Paying Attention? Guest Quiz Master
2015–16 The Great Australian Spelling Bee Co-Host with Chrissie Swan
2016–18 All Star Family Feud Host
2016 Neighbours Himself Episode 7477, appeared as host of Family Feud
2018 Game of Games Host [12]
2019–present Dancing with the Stars Co-Host with Amanda Keller
2019 Chris & Julia's Sunday Night Takeaway Guest
2019 Hughesy, We Have a Problem Celebrity Problem
2019–present Celebrity Name Game Host [12]


Denyer has been nominated four times for the Logie Award for Best Presenter award at the TV Week Logie Awards. He was nominated in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for his roles on It Takes Two and on Australia's Got Talent (in 2009). He was nominated again in 2015 for his role in Family Feud.

In 2006, Denyer was recognised by voters in the TV Fugly Awards as being Australia's Spunkiest Male TV Personality.[13] Grant has been voted 'sexiest presenter on TV' by a Melbourne Metro magazine poll plus he was voted the most datable male by (Australian) New Woman magazine.[14]

In 2016, Denyer won the silver Logie award for Best Entertainment Program for Family Feud.[15][16]

In 2018, Denyer was nominated for a Gold Logie for the third year in a row, which he won, as well as winning Logie Award for Most Popular Presenter.

Radio career

In December 2017, Southern Cross Austereo announced that Denyer would be joining 2Day FM to host the Em, Grant and Ed breakfast show with comedians Em Rusciano and Ed Kavalee.[17] Ash London joined the show in 2019 replacing Rusciano.

In August 2019, Southern Cross Austereo announced that Grant, Ed and Ash would finish on Friday 16 August due to taking a 'new direction'. Grant, Ed and Ash was replaced by a music focused show.

On 3 October 2019, it was announced that Denyer would host a new radio show with Yvie Jones in December, the Grant and Yvie Show, a Summer breakfast show that would air in Hit Network's major metro markets, except 2Day FM in Sydney.[18]

Recording career

In December 2018, Denyer released his debut single, "Driving Home for Christmas".[19]

Motor racing

Grant Denyer
Related toCraig Denyer (father)
Supercars Dunlop Series
Australian GT Championship
Years active2005–16
TeamsDick Johnson Racing
Speed FX Racing
MW Motorsport
Tekno Autosports
Best finish4th in 2009 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series
Previous series
V8 Utes
V8 Supercar Development Series
V8 Supercars
Australian Mini Challenge
Australian GT Championship
Championship titles
V8 Utes Summer Series
Australian Endurance Championship
2005Mike Kable V8 Supercar Rookie of the Year

He drove a Ford Falcon in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar series for Speed FX Racing with Michael Caruso and Daniel Elliot. He debuted with Dick Johnson Racing in 2005. In the same year he was awarded the Mike Kable Rookie of the Year prize finishing his debut season in the top 10 (10th).

In 2006, Denyer raced in the Sandown 500 and the prestigious Bathurst 1000 with DJR and with Alex Davison. Denyer and Alex came 9th overall at Bathurst. Denyer also had success in tarmac rallying, a podium finish in 2007's Suncoast Rally in which he drove the Les Walkden-prepared Subaru Impreza WRX STi. He finished 37.8 seconds behind the Skelta G-Force of Ray Vandersee, and 3.6 seconds clear third place-getter, Matt Close, in his Porsche Turbo. Going into the final stage he trailed Close by 4.7 seconds, and moved ahead of the Porsche to take second place.

In 2002, Denyer competed in the Bathurst 24-hour Endurance Event, he drove a Nissan 200SX. In 2003 he competed in the same event, this time driving a Porsche 996 GT3 finishing second in his class, sixth overall.

Denyer won his first ever Supercars race in the Development Series at Sandown on 7 June 2008 in the second race of the weekend. More wins came and Denyer had his best season in 2009, finishing fourth in the 2009 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.

In early 2010 Denyer stated he would no longer be pursuing full season drives in motorsport,[6][20] however in 2011 Denyer was announced as the lead driver of Shannons-Mars Racing, a V8 Supercar team formed for the purposes of a TV show, the Shannons Supercar Showdown. Denyer's Bathurst 1000 co-driver was Cameron Waters, winning the competition beating runner-up British racing driver Andrew Jordan. Waters as of 2016 became a full-time Supercars regular with ProDrive.

Denyer also competed in the Australian GT Championship with Maranello Motorsport in 2015, but switched to the McLaren 650S fielded by Tekno Autosports, sometimes in partnership with car owner and eventual 2016 Bathurst 1000 champion Jonathon Webb, in the GT series. In 2016 Denyer won the Australian Endurance Championship, an offshoot of the GT Championship, with Nathan Morcom.

Career results

Source of results is Driver Database.[21]

Season Series Position Car Competitor / Team
2001 V8 Brute Muster 5th Ford Falcon XR8 VIP Pet Foods Racing
2002 V8 Brute Muster 4th Ford Falcon XR8 VIP Pet Foods Racing
2003 Australian V8 Brutes Series 7th Ford Falcon XR8 VIP Pet Foods Racing
2004 V8 Brute Championship 11th Ford Falcon XR8 VIP Pet Foods Racing
V8 Utes Australia Summer Series 1st Ford Falcon XR8 VIP Pet Foods Racing
2005 Holden Performance Driving Centre V8 Supercar Series 10th Ford BA Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 9th Ford BA Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
V8 Supercar Championship Series 42nd Ford BA Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 28th Ford AU Falcon
Ford BA Falcon
MW Motorsport
V8 Supercar Championship Series 51st Ford BA Falcon WPS Racing
2008 Australian Mini Challenge 6th Mini Cooper JCW R56 Challenge Decorug Racing
Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 15th Ford BA Falcon MW Motorsport
V8 Supercar Championship Series 55th Ford BF Falcon Ford Rising Stars Racing
2009 Australian Mini Challenge 5th Mini Cooper JCW R56 Challenge Decorug Racing
Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 4th Ford BF Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 33rd Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
International V8 Supercars Championship NC Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2014 Aussie Racing Cars Super Series 40th ARC Euro GT Yamaha MARC Cars Australia
2015 Australian GT Championship 2nd Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Maranello Motorsport
Dunlop V8 Supercar Series 31st Ford FG Falcon Image Racing
2016 Australian Endurance Championship 1st McLaren 650S GT3 Tekno Autosports
Dunlop V8 Supercar Series 27th Holden VE Commodore Eggleston Motorsport

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2006 Dick Johnson Racing Ford Falcon BA Alex Davison 9th 161
2007 WPS Racing Ford Falcon BF Michael Caruso 15th 159
2011 Kelly Racing Holden Commodore VE Cameron Waters DNF 95

Complete Bathurst 24 Hour results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Overall
2002 Donut King Racing Tony Quinn
Tony Alford
John Grounds
Nissan 200SX Spec-R 5 426 18th 6th
2003 VIP Petfoods Racing Tony Quinn
Klark Quinn
Marcus Marshall
Porsche 996 GT3 Cup B 495 6th 2nd

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Overall
2007 Subaru Australia Chris Alajajian
Neil Crompton
Subaru Impreza WRX Sti Spec C B 248 5th 3rd
2008 VIP Petfoods Racing Tony Quinn
Klark Quinn
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX A 253 2nd 2nd
2009 VIP Petfoods Racing Tony Quinn
Klark Quinn
Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo IX C 98 DNF DNF
2014 MARC Cars Australia Pty Ltd Adam Gowans
Garry Jacobson
Andrew Miedecke
MARC Focus GTC I 268 15th 1st
2015 Peter Conroy Motorsport Tony Bates
Peter Conroy
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 36 DNF DNF
2016 Maranello Motorsport Tony D'Alberto
Mika Salo
Toni Vilander
Ferrari 458 GT3 AP 63 DNF DNF
2017 Keltic Racing Klark Quinn
Tony Quinn
Andrew Waite
McLaren 650S GT3 AAM 95 DNF DNF
2018 MARC Cars Australia Garry Jacobson
Tyler Everingham
MARC Mazda 3 V8 I 244 25th 2nd

Personal life

Grant was born at Gosford Hospital and grew up around Avoca. At 13, he moved to Dandenong, Victoria and spent his holidays at the Denyer Family Farm at Ariah Park, New South Wales.

He is married to TV producer and founder of Mummy Time Cheryl Rogers, and they have two children.[22][23][24]

2008 injury

On 17 September 2008, Denyer injured his back whilst participating in a monster truck promotional event. He suffered a compressed fracture of the lower vertebrae.,[3] and was taken by ambulance to the Wollongong Hospital.[25]

The accident occurred while Denyer was in training for the Monster Truck Championships, driving a monster truck at Dapto Showground.[25] After practicing a jump over five cars in the monster truck, Grant removed his foot too soon from the accelerator which caused the vehicle to land heavily leaving him with a compressed fracture to his lower vertebrae, which was broken in eight places. He was moved to a Sydney hospital and his recovery took months. He was famously reported as saying that his injury has reduced his rather short size by 1 cm.[25][26]

Denyer was then moved into intensive care but there were no sign of any nerve damage issues or serious injuries and he was back on the air to host Australia's Got Talent in 2009; however, he did not return to It Takes Two in May.


In 2017, Denyer was banned from appearing on the radio stations Triple M and KIIS 106.5 after he used a story told by Matthew Johns on the former as his own on the latter.[27] On the Triple M show The Grill Team, on which Denyer was a guest, Johns recounted about how he tried playing the board game Test Match with his children. Denyer later appeared on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on KIIS where he repeated the tale as his own. Johns later expressed his dismay to Kyle Sandilands on The Kyle and Jackie O Show and both hosts agreed to ban Denyer from ever appearing on either station.[28] Later on Twitter, Denyer admitted to stealing Johns' joke and changing the punchline, with The Kyle and Jackie O Show Twitter account posting a mocking reply to him.[29]

Denyer's 2018 Gold Logie win has proved controversial with people (including Russell Crowe) believing he only won because of Tom Gleeson's campaign . Gleeson has shrugged off those suggestions.


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