Simon O'Brien (presenter)

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Simon O'Brien
Born (1965-06-19) 19 June 1965 (age 54)
Known forBrookside

Simon O'Brien (19 June 1965, Garston, Liverpool, Lancashire) is a British television actor and radio presenter as well as a property developer.

He came to prominence as the character Damon Grant in Brookside, a role he played from the soap's launch in 1982 until 1987, when his character was killed off in York at the end of the 'soap bubble' Damon and Debbie.

He acted in the British version of Fraggle Rock from 1989 until 1990 as BJ the lighthouse keeper, he also presented the first three series of I Can Do That from 1988–90; a children's quiz show produced by Yorkshire Television and broadcast on the ITV network, as well as the 'Rough Guide' travel programmes for a time with Magenta Devine.

In the 1990s, after a spell presenting BBC football show Standing Room Only, he left show business and, with Alan Bate, set up Liverpool Cycle Centre, a combination of vegetarian café, cycle shop, cycle parking and other resources relevant to his enthusiasm for cycling. O'Brien then moved into property development, he has since returned to acting and presenting, with a short-lived football quizshow, Do I Not Know That?, on ITV Digital,[1] co-presenting the BBC One show To Buy or Not to Buy, as well as playing caretaker Wally Scott in Grange Hill from 2003.

He is an Everton F.C. fan and has, in the past, been the club's public address announcer.

In 1999, O'Brien presented Inside Football, a series of eight episodes produced by Nathan Carey and Freedom Media for Channel 5.

He presented BBC Radio Merseyside's Breakfast show with Lucinda Moore from September 2006 until 25 June 2007, when he resigned after the accidental broadcast of a promotional preview clip of an upcoming radio show of him saying "fuck the government, fuck the planners".[2]

O'Brien was back on TV on BBC One from 5 September 2011, hosting the second series of To Build or Not to Build.

In 2014 O'Brien began presenting the TV reality series My Dream Derelict Home.[3] More recently O'Brien co-presents Channel 4 TV series 'Find it, Fix It, Flog it' alongside Henry Cole.

In 2014 O'Brien was appointed chair of the Liverpool Green Strategy Group,[4] he and his wife Liz, a teacher, have one daughter.[5]


  1. ^ "Do I Not Know That?".
  2. ^ "City radio star quits after on-air outburst". Liverpool Echo. 25 June 2007.
  3. ^ "Series 2, To Build or Not to Build - BBC One". BBC.
  4. ^ Hughes, Lorna (2014-12-04). "Actor and environmentalist Simon O'Brien appointed chair of Green Strategy Group". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  5. ^ Woodward, Clair (2016-09-18). "Find It, Fix It, Flog It star Simon O'Brien: I don't let jobs get left undone at home". Retrieved 2019-07-25.

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