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Scott Mills

Scott Mills
Scott Mills performing a DJ set
Born (1974-03-28) 28 March 1974
Eastleigh, Hampshire, England
Residence London
Occupation DJ, Radio presenter
Employer BBC
Known for Scott Mills
Salary £130,000 (estimated)[1]

Scott Robert Mills (born 28 March 1974[2][3]) is a British radio DJ, television presenter and occasional actor, best known for presenting his show on BBC Radio 1.[2][4] As of the 2011 Contest, Mills commentated for the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest on BBC Three.


  • Early radio career 1
  • BBC Radio 1 2
  • Scott Mills: The Musical 3
  • Television work 4
  • Other work 5
  • Personal life 6
  • Awards 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early radio career

Mills began his career at the age of 16 as a DJ on his local Hampshire commercial radio station, Power FM, after barraging the station with demo tapes.[2] Mills was given an opportunity to present a week worth of shows, and based on the success of this, he was immediately offered the 'graveyard slot' of 1:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. (six nights a week),[5] making him the youngest permanent presenter on the mainstream commercial radio.[2] Mills' popularity led to a quick move to the coveted late afternoon 'drive time'.[6]

Mills moved from Power FM to GWR FM Bristol, staying with the station for two years,[2] before joining Piccadilly Key 103 in Manchester where he again moved quickly from the late night slot to the mid-morning show.[2] In 1995, Mills began to work for the new London station Heart 106.2.[7]

Mills has provided various voice-overs, including the voice of the specialist of the in-store radio station Homebase FM,[8] the voice-over for Blockbuster Inc.'s in-store infomercial channel Blockbuster TV, and recently the voice-over for The VH1 Album Chart on the UK television channel VH1.[9]

BBC Radio 1

Scott Mills in the Radio 1 studios, 2011

Mills joined BBC Radio 1 in 1998 to present the early breakfast show which broadcasts between the hours of 4am and 7am. In January 2004, Mills shifted to a weekend afternoon slot for just over 6 months, but in July 2004, he moved over to the weekday early-evening slot, initially covering for Sara Cox, who was on a maternity leave.[10] As she did not return, the slot became The Scott Mills Show.[7] Mills also provides holiday cover for other slots including The Radio 1 Breakfast Show as well as also regularly covering on the official chart show.

The Scott Mills Show, as it currently features, runs from 1pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday and is currently co-presented by Chris Stark. Until 24 December 2009, it was co-presented by sport reporter and occasional presenter Mark Chapman (Chappers).[11] The assistant producer was Laura Sayers until April 2008 when assistant producer Rebecca Huxtable, usually called 'Beccy' or 'Wacky Beccy' on air took over, she left the show in January 2013 due to being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.[12] The regular newsreader is Chris Smith. The producer of the show used to be Emlyn Dodd, although he was referred to on air as 'The one who doesn't speak'.[13]

In 2006, The Sun newspaper reported that Mills' salary was £130,000 a year for his work with Radio 1.[14]

Features on the show have included Laura's Diary, Flirt Divert, Innuendo Bingo, Rate my Listener and Your Call.[15] On Fridays, the show is modified with more music, in the form of the two features The Wonder Years, which features a different track from each sequential year to the present day, and Ready for the Weekend? which is an hour of dance music and remixes of current chart music.[16]

Mills has a number of catch phrases. On Fridays, he used to open the show by using another catchphrase "it's only bley Friday" which is usually shouted very loudly in an incoherent manner to a backing of a random piece of classical music. He frequently ends telephone conversations with listeners with "love you, bye" in which many listeners reciprocate with the same response.

On 2 April 2012 he moved to the afternoon slot on BBC Radio 1.[17]

Preceded by
Chris Moyles
Radio 1 Early Breakfast Show Host
October 1998-January 2004
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Radio 1 Weekend Afternoon Host
January 2004-May 2004
Succeeded by
Chappers & Dave (Saturday)
Edith Bowman(Sunday)
Preceded by
Sara Cox
Radio 1 Drivetime Host
June 2004-March 2012
Succeeded by
Greg James
Preceded by
Greg James
Radio 1's Afternoon Host
April 2012-Present
Succeeded by

Scott Mills: The Musical

On 14 May 2009, it was announced that a musical based on Mills' life would be performed at the Edinburgh Festival 2009. The musical ran for three nights between 11 and 13 August at the Pleasance One Theatre in Edinburgh.[18] The musical was born from an internet rumour that Mills would perform in Rick Rolling The Musical as Rick Astley and other 1980s musicians. He denied this rumour on his radio show, and listeners' suggestions to create a musical based on his life became a reality. Some songs for the musical were composed and sent in by listeners to his radio show. The musical is available for viewing on the BBC Radio 1 website.[19]

Mills did another Edinburgh Fringe show in 2010.[20] He was challenged to do a one-man show, as was his co-host, Rebecca Huxtable, his producer, The One That Doesn't Speak, and his ex-co-host, Mark Chapman. Mills did his show as 'The Bjorn Identity', the story of Jason Bjorn, essentially, the Bourne Identity to the music of ABBA.

Television work

In addition to his radio work, he has also appeared on various television shows, playing both as a character and as himself. His main acting role was as reporter, Paul Lang in the BBC medical drama Casualty, appearing in episodes in both 2006 and 2007.[21][22] He also had a cameo in the BBC Scotland soap opera River City after praising the show highly on his radio show.[23]

Mills has appeared as a contestant or guest on programmes including Mastermind, Supermarket Sweep, Children in Need, Hollyoaks, Most Haunted and Never Mind the Buzzcocks,[21] and has appeared in the show Identity, hosted by Donny Osmond.[24]

He narrated the music TV show The Pop Years which, coincidentally, was also narrated by fellow BBC Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman. He has presented high-profile programmes including the Wednesday night National Lottery draw on BBC 1 and his own pilot (featured on the radio show) of Reverse-a-Word.[21] He has narrated Dating in the Dark on Living. In February 2008, he presented Upstaged on the newly re-launched BBC Three.[25] He also hosted a BBC Three television show called Radio 1 on Three, inspired by his radio show.

In February 2011, Mills presented a documentary for BBC Three called The World's Worst Place to Be Gay?.[26]

Mills appeared on series 12 of Strictly Come Dancing and his dance partner was Joanne Clifton, sister of Kevin, who also dances on the show.[27] They came 11th in the competition after being eliminated in week 6

Other work

In February 2011, it was announced that Mills would take part in the BT Charity Trek along with other celebrities as part of the 2011 Comic Relief Red Nose Day campaign. The celebrities spent five days in the Kaisut desert in north Kenya, covering 100 kilometres (62 mi) in temperatures up to 40 °C.[28]

Personal life

Mills grew up in and around Southampton,[29] attending Shakespeare Infant School and Crestwood College Secondary School in Eastleigh.[30]

Mills' parents are separated,[10] although both feature in the show at sporadic intervals.[15]

Mills came out as gay to the press in 2001 to avoid tabloid-style speculation.[31] Occasionally on the show, deflective comments are made, and Mills often jokes that he "doesn't have much luck with the ladies". In his Guardian interview he explained, "I'd just like to be accepted as a normal bloke who is gay and is on the radio and the television."

Scott appeared at number 12 on the Independent on Sunday's Pink List for 2010.[32] Mills was the 50th most influential gay person in Britain the previous year.[33]

Mills was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from Southampton Solent University on 2 November 2009.[34]

Mills has supported climate change causes such as Global Cool.[35]


Year Ceremony Award Result
2011 Stonewall Awards Broadcast of the Year (The World's Worst Place to Be Gay?) Won[36]
Sony Radio Academy Awards Music Radio Personality of the Year Nominated[37]
2010 Sony Radio Academy Awards Music Radio Personality of the Year Gold[38]
2007 Sony Radio Academy Awards The Interactive Programme Bronze[39]
2005 Loaded Laftas Funniest DJ Won[40]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f "Scott Mills Official BBC Biography". BBC Press Office. August 2004. Archived from the original on 15 September 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "Scott Mills Discovers Astrology with Russell Grant". StarChannel.TV. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "About the Scott Mills Show". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  5. ^ "Alright Treac - Scott's in Town".  
  6. ^ "Alright Treac - Scott's in Town".  
  7. ^ a b "Scott Mills Biography". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  8. ^ "My name is Scott part two". BBC Radio 1. Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2007. 
  9. ^ "The VH1 Album Chart". Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "Unofficial biography of Scott Mills". Unofficial Mills. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  11. ^ "Scott Mills Show Team". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  12. ^ "MS Takes Scott Mills sidekick off-air". BBC Newsbeat. 
  13. ^ "Emlyn Dodd Biography". Unofficial Mills. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  14. ^ Byrne, Ciar (14 April 2006). "BBC on mission to discover: who leaked our stars' salaries?". London: Independent. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "Scott Mills Features". Unofficial Mills. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  16. ^ "Friday Floor Fillers". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  17. ^ Radio 1 schedule: Scott Mills and Greg James to swap BBC Radio 1, 28 February 2012
  18. ^ "Scott Mills The Musical - Radio 1 Pages". Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Radio 1 - Scott Mills The Musical - Home". BBC. 24 February 2007. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  20. ^ Scott Mills returns to the Fringe
  21. ^ a b c "Scott Mills Filmography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  22. ^ "Scott Mills appearances". Fansite. Retrieved 12 July 2007. 
  23. ^ Innes, John (22 September 2004). "Radio One DJ bids to give River City a wider show". The Scotsman. Retrieved 12 July 2007. 
  24. ^ Wilson, David (25 August 2007). "Guess who".  
  25. ^ "Upstaged". BBC. Retrieved 9 February 2008. 
  26. ^ "The World's Worst Place to Be Gay?". BBC. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  27. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing 2014 line-up: Scott Mills confirmed to hit the dancefloor". The Independent. 
  28. ^ Donate - Scott Mills | Red Nose Day 2011,
  29. ^
  30. ^
  31. ^ Wells, Matt (7 August 2001). "Coming out nerves for Radio 1's early bird". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 26 June 2007. 
  32. ^ Pink List 2010"IoS"The . The Independent (London). 1 August 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  33. ^ "Pink List 2009". The Independent on Sunday (London). 28 June 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  34. ^ Scott Mills gets degree from Southampton Solent University,
  35. ^ "Scott Mills' Amsterdam diary".  
  36. ^ "Broadcast of the Year Award". Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  37. ^ "Music Radio Personality of the Year Award". Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  38. ^ "Music Radio Personality of the Year Award". Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  39. ^ "2007 The Interactive Programme Award". Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  40. ^ "Scott Mills Career". Unofficial Mills. 

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