TV presenter Richard Wilkins chats to Holidays with Kids about his ideal family holiday with sons Adam, Nicholas and Christian, and daughters Rebecca and Estella.
TV presenter Richard Wilkins chats to Helen Hayes about his ideal family holiday with sons Adam, Nicholas and Christian, and daughters Rebecca and Estella.
Richard Wilkins has had a long and varied career. New Zealand-born, he was a budding classical violinist until he decided that rock was more his thing. He graduated from teachers’ college, majoring in English and Music, but then traded his conventional violin for an electric version and started a band – Wilde and Reckless. I can vouch for the fact that he cut a dashing figure on stage and played a mean violin.
He enjoyed some success, touring Australia with the band in 1980 and supporting Grace Jones while managing several other bands from a small Sydney office. If you’re ever passing through Tathra on the NSW south coast, stop at the pub and you’ll see a photo of Richard on the wall – violin flashing.
He then moved into radio, as Promotions and Marketing Manager for 2Day FM and 2UW, and presented a syndicated show through Sky Radio. He also made his first move into television as a presenter, enjoying six years on MTV, before becoming the entertainment reporter on Channel Nine’s Today show.
Richard has proven his versatility in countless ways on the show, hosting it with great aplomb on many occasions, and interviewing the cream of show business, including Madonna and the Rolling Stones.
But it’s not all work for Richard. He’s a tireless supporter of numerous charities, including the Starlight Foundation and Spastic Centres, and was awarded the Variety Club’s Ricky May Heart of Variety Award for his continuing support of humanitarian causes. He’s also a keen environmentalist and proud father, with sons Adam, Nicholas and Christian, and daughters Rebecca and Estella.