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The rise and rise (and rise) of Nick Grimshaw: The new X Factor judge's meteoric career so far

Just a few years ago, many people wouldn't have known who Nick Grimshaw was. That all changed in July 2012 when he was announced as Chris Moyles's successor on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

Grimshaw's meteoric rise continues, as he was confirmed earlier this week as a new judge on arguably TV's biggest show, The X Factor.

But who exactly is the floppy-haired fellow, and how did he become such an omnipresent household name? Below we chart the rise and rise (and rise) of Nick Grimshaw.

1984: It's Grim - up north

Nicholas Peter Andrew Grimshaw is born at St Mary's Hospital in Moss Side, Manchester on August 14, 1984. His two older siblings are brother Adam and sister Jane.

Of his dad he says, "He was always on my case. But my dad's from no money, no dad, the worst vibe. Though I don't really know what he did for a

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