8 interesting facts about media personality Graeme Richards

Graeme Richards. Image credit: The Platinum Club

Graeme Richards is a popular South African TV personality and actor with a host of shows and multiple film roles under his belt.

He currently hosts the much-loved Expresso Morning Show on SABC 3 every morning between 06h00 and 08h00.

Although Graeme is well-known in the entertainment space, there are some interesting tidbits about him which fans would be curious to know.

1 Connecting with people

For Graeme, the best part of his job is not the fame, but the ability to form connections with so many people around South Africa. 

“Being able to form powerful connections with most of the people I engage with and positively influencing their view of themselves and the world is probably my biggest achievement in life,” he says.

2 Playing Tom Sawyer was his first step to a career in the Arts

“My most vivid childhood memory is of me waiting nervously backstage at the Mooi River Town Hall to play a very short (height-wise) and pretty darn convincing Tom Sawyer (yes, I was a tad mischievous),” Graeme says.

“While it takes roughly 15 minutes to navigate the entire town of Mooi River, I still consider this my breakout role. Thank you, Mrs Lanham!”

3 Graeme’s secret to staying in shape

Graeme is big on keeping both his body and mind healthy. “Let exercise become your therapy, not your obligation. I train to destress,” he says.

“It is a scientific fact that when you are fitter and stronger, even your mind operates better. And, I love to exercise because I do things that I really enjoy.” Another exercise tip from Graeme, run with 2kg dumbbells. “There is no better way of shaping your physique.”

4 Graeme loves to travel

Graeme concedes that it’s hard for him to have a favourite travel destination because he has a different mindset every time he travels.

He explains, “Every time I travel, there is a very special reason why I’m there and I become emotionally invested – whether it’s doing an amazing interview in New York, a life changing insert in Zanzibar or taking my children to see the other half of their family in the tiny Northern village of Ashington in the UK.”

In South Africa, however, Graeme loves exploring the garden route and wild coast. “It’s the perfect balance of nature, beauty and things to experience,” he avers.

5 His most embarrassing TV moment

Like most live TV presenters, Graeme has had some embarrassing moments on air – but he says it’s “part of being human.”

“There is one moment that does come back to me regularly, because I was able to build a really awesome relationship with him over years of interviews and he ragged me solidly for it. I once told a wheelchair-bound Joost Van Der Westhuizen ‘not to move a muscle.’ I was mortified!” he admits.

6 Graeme’s 3 people for a dinner party

When asked who he would love to have over for a dinner party, dead or alive, Graeme says the party would certainly be one for the books. 

He explains, “First, I would invite Carthaginian General Hannibal Hamilcar. Not only for proving that Africa was and can be the intellectual and commercial centre of the world, but also because he fought and beat impossible odds till his dying breath and was interesting enough to get me through four years of tedious Latin studies.

“My second guest would be Albert Einstein because I’m sure he must have had the coolest sense of humour and finally, if David Beckham isn’t available, as he is quite busy, my great, great grandchild (looking at my current family, probably a woman changing the world), mainly to find out what my legacy will be and how the whole ‘Mars thing’ played out.”

7 Graeme’s dream gig

While Graeme Richards has built up an impressive resume as an actor, his dream gig would be to bag a lead role in an action movie. “It’s about the most fun a grown up can have,” he says.

“I would love to push myself in a role like this. Here’s to hoping that it happens in the not-so-distant future.”

8 The essence of Graeme Richards

If Graeme had to describe himself in one sentence, it would be: “A father striving (definitely not always getting it right) to be a good man, create the best reality for my children and make the world a more positive place.”

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