British TV presenter, radio DJ and actor. After nearly 20 years of television presenting Ortis has become a familiar and popular choice.
As well as fronting Channel 5’s flagship programme, The Gadget Show, for three years (a natural role for him, seeing as he has always been obsessed with gadgets and gizmos alike), Ortis spent 10 years at CBBC hosting shows such as Live & Kicking, Shortchange and Best of Friends.
Ortis has filmed some reports for BBC1’s The One Show, as well as appearing on GMTV as the gadget expert. He has recently hosted his own dating show The Love Quest for Facebook and other social networking sites and even had his own Sunday Breakfast slot on London’s Choice FM.
Ortis began his career presenting shows for LWT, then got spotted and was the main host for Trouble TV before progressing on to BBC1, hosting Shortchange, Why 5, and Making It. From this he went on to present various CBBC shows including X-perimental which was perfect for him with his science background.
Ortis has a BSc (Hons) degree in Pharmacy which helped him win the role of presenting a one-off special for Tomorrow’s World and also a guest presenting spot on Watchdog for BBC1.
Being passionate about all types of sport he was in his element when asked to present his own sports show for BBC’s Five Live interviewing the athletes as they prepared for the Sydney Olympics, following on from this success Ortis went to Athens to follow Great Britain’s Paralympics basketball team for CBBC’s Xchange.
Because of his vast presenting experience he is often asked to host award ceremonies such as the British Academy Children’s Awards – for which he has received two Best Presenter nominations, and The People’s Choice Black Music Awards.
Not limited to television presenting, as an actor, Ortis was seen in a cameo role in the feature film Derailed, alongside Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston. He also played a featured role in Noel Clark’s cult British movie Kidulthood.
Ortis is currently shooting a series of interviews for an online series: MixSkills TV and is about to launch a new venture as The Fitness Technician.