As a junior cricketer, Phil Tufnell was tipped to become the most talented English spinner of his generation. He made his debut for Middlesex in 1986.
Phil played 42 Tests and 20 One Day Internationals for England between 1990 and 2001, and 316 first-class matches, mainly for Middlesex.
He retired from professional cricket in 2003 in order to participate in the reality television show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! from which he emerged as King of the Jungle. He was also a team captain on the sports quiz show They Think It’s All Over.
Phil has tried his hand at punditry, working at Sky Sports and Channel 4, and has made appearances on current affairs programmes, chat shows and quiz shows. He has co-authored a humorous book called Phil Tufnell’s A To Z of Cricket and wrote his autobiography, What Now?.
In 2004, he made two guest appearances on the British soap opera Family Affairs. He also co-presented the game show Simply the Best.
Phil and his wife Dawn were guests on the ITV show All Star Mr & Mrs, where they won the top £30,000 prize for their chosen charity, The Children’s Trust, Tadworth.
With 121 Test wickets, Phil Tufnell is, as of 2009, 35th in the list of most wickets by an England bowler, and his average of 37.68 is considered high for a genuine bowler.
He has made occasional appearances as a summariser on BBC Radio’s Test Match Special, first appearing in 2008.
He was presented with an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University on 20 July 2011, recognising his achievements in sport and the media.
Phil Tufnell is still a familiar face in the television scene and his entertaining sports speeches are in demand at events and seminars nationwide.