Chris Evans' rise to fame has taken him from opening Timmy Mallett's mail to being one of Britain's most high-profile presenters.
His entrepreneurial zeal emerged at an early age, when he ran the local newsagents in his home town of Warrington and set up his own Kiss-o-gram and Private Detective agencies.
He began his broadcasting career at Piccadilly Radio then moved to GLR, where his infamous Saturday morning show attracted a huge cult following . He later took the format to Virgin 1215.
A stint on the short-lived BSB Channel, The Power Station allowed Chris time to hone his presenting technique, until Channel 4 opted for a different type of early morning show with The BIG Breakfast when he spearheaded the morning extravaganza alongside Gaby Roslin. Within weeks The BIG Breakfast topped two million viewers, making him a national star.
In 1993, Chris formed Ginger Productions and created the hit Saturday night show 'Don't Forget Your Toothbrush'. When he agreed the sale of the Ginger Media Group for £225 million in 2000 he continued to host the breakfast show but was dismissed in 2001.
He returned with a re-energised BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show before launching TFI Friday on Channel 4, which ran for 5 years.