Rhys Stephenson is an English presenter and television personality. With him joining the 2021 cast of Strictly Come Dancing, there has been quite a buzz surrounding him. People are inquisitive as to what kind of a person he is and about his personal life. Recently Rhs and his dance partner, Nancy was criticized for their less involvement with each other. Judges were concerned this conscious effort to not bring sensuous energy into their performance might affect their position in the show. But Rhys cleared that his fan base includes a lot of young children, and that is the reason why he wants to keep the routines clean.
Rhys is best known for being the presenter of the CBBC channel. He is often referred to as the Children’s presenter. And one of the reasons why they keep Rhys clean is because he is part of the BBC family. The channel does not wish to affect the presenter’s image in any manner. Let us dig deeper and find out more about the 28-year-old presenter.
Who Is Rhys Stephenson?
Rhys was born on 29 October 1993 in Lewisham, London. He was interested in theatre and drama from a young age. This prompted him to star in school theatre productions at the age of ten. In 2013, he joined the National Youth Theatre. He completed his education at Bower Park Academy and the University of Westminster. It was during his time at the University of Westminster, he began his career as a presenter. Stephenson worked on the university’s TV channel, and later, he won the award for Best On-Screen Male at the National Student Television Award Shows. Stephenson has a young fanbase. This is because he mostly covers programs meant for children, including Blue Peter and Stephs Packed Lunch.
In 2021, he was invited to be a contestant at the BBC hit show Strictly Come Dancing. Stephenson was paired with professional dancer Nancy Xu. The presenter was highly thrilled about the show and shared his excitement through social media. He said that while growing up, he always wanted to be part of the show, and now that he is on it, he feels so great. But recently, Stephenson faced a lot of questions about him keeping his routines ‘clean’. Although Rhys made it clear that Nancy is the one who comes up with the routine, there has been pressure on him to cater to the needs of his young audience, and that is why he is making sure not to be overly sensuous. The channel also issued a warning regarding the same.
Early Life And Career
Stephenson started his career as a presenter right after he graduated from the University of Westminster. He joined CBBC as a presenter in the year 2016. Stephenson has since then hosted a number of projects, including Blue Peter, created by John Hunter Blair. It is, to date, the longest-running children’s television program. Stephenson also hosted the children’s show Saturday Mash-up! And made an appearance in the television program The Dengineers and Newsround. Throughout his career, Rhys has always been vocal about issues concerning mental health, especially of children. He raised his concern over a variety of media and also found charitable organizations that could help children cope up with these issues. Stephenson is an ambassador of Place2B, a charity organization involved in helping children deal with mental health issues.
Channel 4 introduced a daily show called Steph’s Packed Lunch. The show was aimed at teaching kids about internet safety. Stephenson hosted the show and talked about how kids should be more cautious while dealing with the internet. In August 2021, Strictly Come Dancing announced that Stephenson would a part of the show’s nineteenth season alongside professional dancer Nancy Xu. The couple has garnered quite a fan following and has been doing great in the show.