born 19 December 1969) is an English presenter, writer, and journalist. He is most noted for co-hosting the car programme Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson and James May, as well as presenting series 1–4 ofBrainiac: Science Abuse on Sky1. He also co-hosted Total Wipeout with Amanda Byram on BBC One from 2009 until its cancellation in 2012. Hammond presentedPlanet Earth Live alongside Julia Bradbury.
born in Solihull, Warwickshire and is the grandson of workers in the Birmingham car industry. In the mid-1980s Hammond moved with his family (mother Eileen, father Alan, and younger brothers Andrew, writer of the ‘Crypt’ Series, and Nicholas) to the North Yorkshire cathedral city of Ripon where his father ran a probate business in the market square. Originally a pupil ofSolihull School, a fee-paying boys’ independent school, he moved to Ripon Grammar School, and from 1987 to 1989 attended Harrogate College of Art and Technology. After his graduation he worked for several radio stations, includingRadio Cleveland, Radio York, Radio Cumbria, Radio Leeds, Radio Newcastleand Radio Lancashire, before auditioning for Top Gear.[4