Vernon Kay's career is back on the up this week after the 48-year-old was handed his own show on BBC Radio 2 - replacing the much-loved Ken Bruce and his coveted morning slot.
The Family Fortunes star landed the 9.30am to midday gig after substituting for Radio 2 hosts Scott Mills and Zoe Ball, and proving hugely popular among listeners.
It is a lucrative signing for Kay, who has often worked in the shadow of his wife Tess Daly.
She has been the host of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing for almost 20 years - and just weeks ago signed a new six-figure deal to continue presenting the prime time show.
But Kay, the son of a lorry driver, who stands at a towering 6ft4, has come a long way since starting his career as a wood cutter in his cousin's DIY shop in Bolton.
He got his break thanks to a drunken afternoon at The Clothes Show roadshow, where he was scouted by a modelling agent.
But his career has not been without controversy.
In 2010 Kay made a humiliating on-air apology to his wife after he was caught sexting glamour model Rhian Sugden.
Vernon Kay's career is back on the up this week after the 48-year-old was handed his own show on BBC Radio 2 - replacing the much-loved Ken Bruce and his prestigious morning slot (Pictured: Kay with wife Tess Daly)
Kay had hosted a string of game shows, including HeadJam, Celebrities Under Pressure and Boys And Girls, before landing his biggest gig as the host of All Star Family Fortunes in 2006
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