Then, at 26, he began to appear on the sketch show Not the Nine O’Clock News, after performing on stage with the comedians Rory Mc Grath and Clive Anderson.
He is undoubtedly a force, but a winkingly good-natured one, and it is quickly obvious how he has crammed so much into his career.
The former X Factor star, 23, has been co-hosting the show with Dave Berry and Lilah Parsons for the past year.
But a Capital FM spokesperson confirmed the trio have now presented their last show together, after main host Dave announced he was leaving the station in February.
Another great-uncle, George Mac Pherson, once Winchester’s head boy, took part in the first ever tank attack at the Somme on 15 September 1916.
Historian Trevor Pigeon tells Matthew what happened when George returned from the fray after a largely unsuccessful attack: “He got out of his tank, he left his crew and he withdrew a short distance.