Gavin Campbell (presenter)

Gavin Charles Alexander Campbell (born 17 March 1946) is a businessman and a former actor and television presenter, mostly known for his stint on That's Life! from 1982 until its demise in 1994.

Early life

Campbell was born in Letchworth in Hertfordshire, where he grew up. His father was a welder, and his mother later became involved in the women's peace movement.


Campbell was educated at St Christopher School, a boarding independent school in the town of Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire, followed by the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.



Campbell began his career as a minor actor from 1970–71. He was an actor for 15 years. He played the part of 'Bodily' in a 1968 episode of Department S.


Campbell was a presenter on That's Life, in a team with Adrian Mills (another former minor actor).[1] Around 1983 That's Life was attracting 19 million viewers.

In the 1997 General Election Campbell presented a video presentation for the Referendum Party, seeking the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. Five million copies of a VHS cassette with the video were sent to households in target constituencies.[2]

Campbell ran a company called One Hand Clapping Ltd from 1998–2002 with his wife.[3]

Until 2001, he worked for the Money Channel, which went bankrupt in May 2001, produced by Communicopia. It had started in February 2000. In 2001 he wrote a personal finance column for The Mail on Sunday.

Since 2003, Campbell has been part of company called First Growth Direct, based in Lew Trenchard in Devon, which imports wine. Before becoming an actor he had worked as a plongeur in Paris. He has a house in France at Auxerre. He had been a wine director at Berry Brothers and Rudd of London.

Personal life

Campbell lives in Bedford Park, London, near the start of the M4.[4] He married Elizabeth (Liz) in 1985 in Wiltshire and they have four daughters. His wife worked in television and is fourteen years younger. He ran his first London Marathon in 1988, taking 3 hours and 49 minutes. He later ran for the charity Sense (deafblindness). He plays the saxophone.


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