Tom Williams (presenter)

Thomas Williams (born 16 October 1970, Sydney) is an Australian television personality and radio presenter.

Tom Williams
Williams at the 2013 APIA International
Born (1970-10-16) 16 October 1970
OccupationTelevision and radio presenter, real estate agent
Years active2000-present
EmployerSeven Network
Spouse(s)Rachel Gilbert

Williams had previously been a co-host of The Daily Edition and a long-time presenter for the Seven Sport team.


Williams graduated from the Jesuit St Aloysius' College and worked as a construction worker, model and competed in surf lifesaving championships. One of Tom's first appearances on television was in the video clip of Melissa Tkautz's debut song "Read My Lips".

The turning point in Williams' life occurred in 2000, when he phoned into a radio show hosted by comic duo Merrick & Rosso. His style interested them so much that he was given a regular segment on the show, which eventually led to an on-air role as a builder on the Seven Network renovation show Room for Improvement.[1] This was followed by a stint as a presenter on long-running travel show The Great Outdoors in mid-2001.[2]

Williams would go on to host, present or participate in a number of programs during the 2000s for Seven. Williams appeared on a celebrity special of The Weakest Link in which he was voted off in the first round.[3] In 2005, Williams hosted the fifth season of The Mole – The Amazing Game; however some fans called for the return of former host, Grant Bowler. With the new series, Tom brought the concept of live eliminations, from the Seven Network's Martin Place studios in Sydney.

In 2005, Williams was one of several Seven Network celebrities who starred in Dancing with the Stars. In the show's finale, Tom danced shirtless with partner Kym Johnson and he was voted the winner.[2] During his time at The Great Outdoors and over the course of the series Williams emerged as sex symbol.[4]

He joined Seven Sport in 2008 as a roving reporter for the Beijing Olympics and would continue in this role to date, showcasing the colour and features at other network events including the Australian Open. In April 2009, Williams relieved as sport presenter on Nova 969 during Merrick & Rosso with Kate Ritchie, whilst Marto was having surgery.

In 2010, Tom co-hosted Australia's Greatest Athlete with Mark Beretta on the Seven Network and also co-hosted No Leave, No Life with Rachel Finch. In March 2011, Williams joined Classic Rock FM presenting Saturday mornings with Kate Mac.[5] In June 2013, Williams was announced as co-host of a new afternoon entertainment program, The Daily Edition alongside Sally Obermeder, Kris Smith and Monique Wright.

In December 2018, Williams announced his resignation from the Seven Network. He switched careers to real estate in 2019.[6] After six months at LJ Hooker Avnue, Williams quit the Mosman estate agency.[7]

Tom has also been a regular contributor to entertainment and lifestyle website Live4 since 2012.[8]

Personal life

In February 2012, Williams announced his engagement to fashion designer Rachel Gilbert.[9]

In July 2013, Tom announced on The Daily Edition that his wife Rachel is pregnant with their first child.

On 8 January 2014, Rachel gave birth to daughter Storm.


  1. "A phone call into Merrick and Rosso's radio show changed Tom Williams' life". 30 July 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  2. "Total Travel Guide - Accommodation, Tours, Flights & Maps - Totaltravel". Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  3. "Australia's favourite villain". Yahoo!7. The Daily Edition. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  5. "Tom Williams enters the Classic Rock garden". Mumbrella. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  6. "TV presenter Tom Williams' surprise career switch". 5 February 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  7. "Tom Williams departs LJ Hooker AVNU Mosman". Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  8. "Tom Williams". Live4. Archived from the original on 13 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  9. "Williams to wed fashion designer". 28 February 2012.

Media related to Tom Williams at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Bec Hewitt & Michael Miziner
Dancing with the Stars (Australia)

Season 2 (Early 2005 with Kym Johnson)
Succeeded by
Ada Nicodemou & Aric Yegudkin
Preceded by
Mike Hammond
Host (with Zoe Naylor)

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Andrew Voss
Michael Slater
Australia's Greatest Athlete
Host (with Mark Beretta)

Succeeded by
Wendell Sailor
Preceded by
Grant Bowler
The Mole

Succeeded by
Shura Taft

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