Multi-award winning media personality, Sir Michael Parkinson, CBE, is one of the greatest journalists and influential entertainers of our time.
Michael is best known for presenting his long-running television talk show, Parkinson, from 1971 -1982 and from 1998 – 2007, as well as other talk shows and programmes both in the UK and internationally
In over 20 years of engaging and entertaining Parkinson shows, ‘Parky’ has interviewed over 2,000 of the world’s biggest Hollywood stars and sporting legends
These include: Muhammad Ali, Orsen Wells, Meg Ryan, Ian Thorpe, Elton John, Paul McCarthy, Kevin Spacey, Will Smith, John Wayne, Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Tony Blair, David Beckham, Madonna, Sir Michael Caine, Joanna Lumley, Billy Connoll, Dame Edna Everage and many more
Parkinson has served as the President of the Sports Journalists’ Association of Great Britain since 2005, the largest national organisation of sports journalists in the world.
He was named as Dignity In Care Ambassador in July 2008 as part of the Government’s drive to ensure that all older people using care and health services are treated with dignity and respect at all times.
Parky is devoted to a number of other organisations and charities. He is patron of the Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust and has supported many more:
Alzheimer’s Research UK
Children with AIDS
National Osteoporosis Society
Honours and Awards
In 1998, Michael won awards for his work in three different branches of the media – a tremendously unique accomplishment – by winning a Sony Radio Award for Parkinson’s Sunday Supplement as well as being named Sports Writer of the Year at the Press Gazette British Press Awards and Media Personality of the Year by the Variety Club.
Readers of the Radio Times crowned Michael the UK’s ‘King of Chat’ in 2003.
Michael also won a BAFTA, The National Television Award for Most Popular Talk Show four times running and, in 2000, was voted in the top 10 of a British Film Institute poll of the Hundred Greatest Television Programmes of all time.
Michael was conferred a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000 and a Knights Bachelor in 2008, both for services to Broadcasting.
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