Craig Bennett is a self-confessed gossip tragic – and has been shamelessly nosing his way around the showbiz scene for nearly 30 years, scoping out the scandals and celebrity peccadillos, then dishing on the stars with gusto on television, radio, in newspapers, magazines – and online on blogs like The Hoopla.
Starting as a News Limited cadet on Sydney’s Daily Mirror newspaper, Craig joined the TEN Network in 1984 as co-host of “The Harry & Ralph Show”. He also made regular appearances on “Good Morning Sydney”, “Good Morning Australia” and TEN’s live afternoon variety show “Afternoon”.
Craig became a regular on Nine’s “Midday” with Ray Martin, talking showbiz and gossip.
In the 90’s he joined TEN’s “Monday To Friday” afternoon show…cooking and dishing up the latest hot showbiz gossip, where he was dubbed The Gossiping Gourmet – seamlessly mixing a great recipe with showbiz dish… then came TEN’s “Good Taste” show where he interviewed assorted stars about their favourite recipes.
in 2005 Craig became the “face” of Bessemer kitchenware, doing their TVC’s and advertorials, selling over $10 million worth of merchandise.
In 2009, Craig became an entertainment reporter on “The Morning Show”, showbiz commentator for “Today Tonight” while appearing weekly on Seven’s afternoon program “The Daily Edition”. He now appears three time weekly on Network TEN’s new morning show Studio 10, and writes exclusive celebrity features for Woman’s Day & New Idea.
Craig is part of the furniture at 2UE where, since 1985, he’s been talking all of the latest showbiz gossip and scandals across most programs. He is also heard on dozens of stations – AM and FM – across the country weekly.
Craig doesn’t just talk about the celebrities, he’s rubbed shoulders with some of the world’s biggest – and smallest names – the walls of his bathroom says it all: covered floor to ceiling are autographs from the legendary likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Day, Charlton Heston, Anthony Hopkins, Shelley Winters, Shirley Jones, Ann Miller, Tony Randall to Matt Damon, Angela Lansbury, Richard Gere, Tony Randall, Farrah Fawcett to Ann B Davis, Bob Denver and Mamie Van Doren.
Craig, who lived for years in Hollywood, has covered the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys and, just for punishment, the Logies!
In 2008 Penguin published his book on bitchy movie lines called “That’s Quite A Dress You Almost Have On”.