Rhodri Owen

Rhodri Owen (born 1972) is a Welsh born and Welsh speaking radio and television presenter.

Rhodri Owen
Rhodri Owen

1972 (age 4647)
Notable credit(s)
Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Wales, CBBC, Holiday
Lucy Owen (m. 2004)
ChildrenGabriel Owen


Owen was born in Three Crosses, Gower, Swansea, and was brought up in Gower[1] in a Welsh language speaking family, which is his first language. Owen was also a member of the National Youth Theatre of Wales.[2]

Owen started his career in radio reporting in his native Welsh language for Radio Cymru. After taking over the Saturday breakfast show, Owen transferred to the daily Red Dragon FM breakfast show. Having presented for BBC Radio 5 Live, Owen has also been the main station voice of BBC Radio Wales.

Owen started his television career with S4C in 1993 as a continuity announcer during children's programming, before appearing on a variety of programmes including children's magazine shows Noc Noc and Uned 5. After six years with the Welsh channel he moved to London and joined CBBC, fronting children's consumer show "Short Change." He went on to appear in the BBC Wales investigative consumer show "X-Ray" and was also the host of 4x4, BBC Three's "Liquid Assets," the BBC1 travel programme "Holiday". He then spent three years on the rival ITV travel show "Wish You Were Here...?," "Holiday in Style" for UK Style and BBC1's "Hard Cash".[3]

Owen is currently hosting "Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns" for Living TV.[4] In 2016, he was replaced on the BAFTA award-winning "X-Ray" by comedian Omar Hamdi,[5] due to his other filming commitments. In 2006, he also co-presented Britain's Dream Homes with Melissa Porter on BBC Two.

Owen had his first book published: "Bwyd bwyd bwyd (food food food)" – about healthy foods aimed at children. In 2009, he became presenter for afternoon magazine show Wedi 3 and studio director for Planed Plant, the current S4C children's continuity strand.[6] In 2012 Wedi 3 relaunched as Prynhawn da as a 2 hour long programme. But this era was short lived and further changes were made in April 2012 when the programme was revamped back to a nearly identical format to Wedi 3. Rhodri continues to present.

Personal life

Rhodri married fellow Welsh television presenter Lucy Cohen in June 2004 at St Andrew's Church in St Andrews Major near Dinas Powys.[7] The couple live in Llangan, and London.[8] After trying to conceive, the couple undertook treatment via IVF.[9] Son Gabriel was born in March 2008 by Caesarean section,[10] weighing 5 pounds 12 ounces (2.6 kg).[11] Rhodri's brother Geraint died on 11 July 2009.


  1. Rhodri and Matthew take to the mud!, Clynefarm.com
  2. Bond flirts with politics – icWales
  3. BBC – Wales – X-Ray – Rhodri Owen
  4. LIVING: Ghost Towns Archived 31 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. "Episode 7, Series 16, X-Ray - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  6. Owen and Walford to join Wedi 3, WalesOnline.co.uk, 5 January 2009
  7. December 2005 news story describing Rhodri Owen's day in court after being charged with a driving offence
  8. Who will replace Lucy Owen? Ben Glaze, South Wales Echo – 11 October 2007
  9. Lucy Owen on the pains and joys of IVF Western Mail – Catherine Jones, 17 September 2007
  10. "Lucy Owen's baby makes TV debut". BBC Wales. 21 March 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2008.
  11. "Lucy Owen gives birth to a boy". Western Mail. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
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