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Overview (4)

Born in Solihull, West Midlands, England, UK
Birth NameRichard Mark Hammond
Nickname Hamster
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Hammond was born in 1969 in the British town of Solihull, which is near to Birmingham although it tries to pretend that it isn't. He started his career in local radio before getting a break on a cable TV car show where he was able to hone his presenting skills, safe in the knowledge that no one was watching. In 2002 he was given his big break on BBC Top Gear and has never looked back, except when pulling out into traffic. He lives almost in Wales and is known as the Hamster, though only by people he has never met.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: The Grand Tour Team

Spouse (1)

Mindy Hammond (4 May 2002 - present) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Not even being a real Hamster.

Trivia (18)

Motoring enthusiast and TV presenter.
He eventually landed his dream job as a TV presenter on a motoring show but, alas, the show was on cable TV where the cameramen regularly outnumbered the viewers. Top Gear thought it daft to waste all that genuine petrolhead enthusiasm, so they gave him a job on proper telly.
Has 2 daughters, Isabella, nicknamed Izzy, and Willow.
Lives just outside Cheltenham with his wife, two daughters, three horses, four dogs, two cats, a rabbit and handful of chickens.
Went to Sharmans Cross school and Solihull School.
Writes a motoring column in the British tabloid newspaper, the Daily Mirror.
Drives a Morgan +8 Roadster (His dream car)
Owns a Labradoodle and coincidentally, presented Crufts 2005 on the BBC.
November 2004 bought a 1969 Dodge Charger 440 R/T
Started out on BBC Radio Cumbria.
While filming for a new series of Top Gear (2002) on September 20th 2006, he was seriously injured when the jet car he was driving overturned. He was cut out of the vehicle and removed by air ambulance to Hospital. Despite suffering a "serious brain injury" he left intensive care and entered a private hospital within 10 days.
Unlike the other two hosts, Richard's idea of a good holiday is camping in the rain in the English Lake District.
Daily driver: Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
Went to art college. When asked what he wanted to do with his degree, he replied "attract girls".
First car: Toyota Corolla Liftback. He crashed it.
Some of the cars he has owned: Ford mustang GT 390, Bentley S1, Dodge charger R/T, Jaguar E-type, Porsche 911 SC, Range Rover classic, Land Rover defender 110, BMW 850Ci, Porsche 928, Porsche 911 carrera S, Fiat 500, Dodge Challenger SRT-8, Morgan aeromax, Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560-4 spyder, Aston Martin DBS volante, Porsche 911 GT3, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Lagonda 2-litre supercharged, Opel kadett (named Oliver), Morgan V6 roadster.
The Amazon's car-themed TV show "The Grand Tour" host Richard Hammond was in a serious crash while filming in Switzerland June 10, 2017, but escaped serious injury. Hammond crashed a Rimac Concept One electric super car after completing the Hamburg Hill climb in the alpine country. Hammond "was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames.
Born on exactly the same date as Kristy Swanson (of "Deadly Friend" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame).

Personal Quotes (24)

Now, personally, I like a car with some sort of character.
No action hero is more closely associated with cars than James Bond.
It's not just the kid who's spent every penny from his job to upgrade his car to tell the world he cares about sports cars, it's also the person driving around in a fuel-conscious hybrid electric car, because it's more a message to the world than an effective means of saving fuel, to be quite honest.
And I like pygmy goats, because they're just lovely, and ducks.
I like to think that my arrogance, impetuosity, impatience, selfishness and greed are the qualities that make me the loveable chap I am.
The easiest and simplest thing that any one can do to make their car safer, more gas efficient, whatever - check the tire pressure.
For somebody who has injured their brain, every single thing they say and think will be the subject of their own questioning.
I damaged all the complicated bits of the brain to do with processing and emotional control. I was prey to every single emotion that swept over me and I couldn't deal with it. I had to re-learn things from scratch.
At home I drive an old Land Rover.
I've been in a car three or four times when it filled with water and it's not a comfortable feeling.
Forty is brilliant and I love it. I'm happier now than when I was 20.
I'm a presenter.
If I can be cruel; I'm not a big fan of the Audi R8, actually.
I mostly drive around in a Fiat 500 TwinAir, and that's a pretty small car!
My grandfather on one side was trained as a cabinetmaker but eventually worked as a coachbuilder and then built cars. I inherited from him a love of cars, but with no technical ability whatsoever, sadly!
I'm not reckless. I was never reckless.
I would love to act. I probably won't make it to Hollywood at 42 years of age, but I'd love to act.
I run a lot. I have this five-mile run that I try and do a few times a week. If I do more, I get shin splints and it drives me mad, so I have to balance it.
With the case of running, it really is a case of get out, set yourself a distance, run it, and then do it again the next day. It's tremendously simple.
I had post-traumatic amnesia, five-second memory, it happens as a result of brain injury.
I think a basic level of fitness can help the body cope with all manner of incidents.
My first car was a 1976 Toyota Corolla Liftback in red, like the one in 'The Blues Brothers.' I painted a Union Jack on the roof. I was absolutely in love with it until I destroyed it, which broke my heart!
I don't particularly want to smear myself into a hillside.
Failing my driving test first time; that was a disappointment on a geological scale.

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