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Television & Radio Host - French

FrenchBorn Benjamin CASTALDI

French television personality

Born on March 28, 1970 in Boulogne-Billancourt , France (54 years)

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Benjamin Castaldi (French pronunciation: [bɛ̃ʒamɛ̃ kastaldi]; born 28 March 1970) is a French television host, columnist, radio host and producer. He is the former host of Secret Story which is a spinoff of Loft Story that he hosted as well.

...   Benjamin Castaldi (French pronunciation: [bɛ̃ʒamɛ̃ kastaldi]; born 28 March 1970) is a French television host, columnist, radio host and producer. He is the former host of Secret Story which is a spinoff of Loft Story that he hosted as well.


Benjamin Castaldi was born into a family of artists, being the son of actress and writer Catherine Allégret and actor Jean-Pierre Castaldi. He grew up surrounded by his grandmother, actress Simone Signoret, his grandfather, director Yves Allégret, and the adoptive father of his mother, actor and singer Yves Montand. He has a maternal half-sister, Clémentine Vaudaux and two paternal half-siblings, Giovanni and Paola. He is of Italian and Polish-Jewish descent.

Studies and professional debut
In the late 1980s, Castaldi, who then aspired to become a businessman, began studies in economics at Sorbonne University. He then applied for a position in a home meal delivery company, where he was finally hired as a salesperson. Castaldi then became director of the company, which ended up filing bankruptcy. Wishing to try his luck as a music producer, he moved to the United States where he tried to relaunch the career of singer Esther Galil. After this failed, in 1993, he returned to Paris. Meanwhile, in 1992, he participated as an "anonymous" candidate in the game Que le meilleur gagne presented by Nagui on La Cinq.

Personal life
Castaldi married on 22 September 1993 in Saint-Mandé to Valérie Sapienza, the mother of his sons Julien (born 18 September 1996) and Simon (born 20 April 2000). They divorced in 2001. On 21 September 2002, he married the television and radio host Flavie Flament who he met in December 2000 on the show Les P'tits Princes, on TF1). Castaldi has a son with her, Enzo (born 8 February 2004). They separated in December 2006 before divorcing in July 2008. On 24 November 2011, he married journalist and television host Vanessa Broussouloux in Copenhagen, Denmark. They divorced in May 2016 and on 27 August of the same year he married an interview director of the company Endemol, Aurore Aleman, met in 2015.
His eldest son Julien joined The Mad Mag on NRJ12 as a columnist in 2017.
On 22 November 2017, he revealed on the plateau of Touche pas à mon poste ! having had a three-day affair with the French journalist Annie Lemoine.

Motorcycle accident
On 23 June 2012, Castaldi was involved in a motorcyle accident where he suffered a collarbone fracture and two broken ribs. He left the hospital the following day. At the time, he was hosting the French reality series Secret Story which led to the decision that television presenter Nikos Aliagas hosted the show while everybody waited for Castaldi's return. Castaldi returned on air on 2 July, but normality was soon interrupted. It turned out that he had six broken ribs, and his collarbone had not healed properly, he was operated with urgency. The Voice of Secret Story took over the hosting of the show.

Financial Issues
In 2012, Castaldi discovered that he was ruined and claimed to be a victim of a real estate scam of the financial consulting company Apollonia. In 2017 he said he couldn't buy Christmas presents or do fun activities with his children anymore.
In December 2014, he publicly declared himself a victim of a scam that involved a notary, a promoter and a bank. He claimed six million euros in court for compensation of damages he suffered.

1994–1997: Studio Gabriel with Michel Drucker / France 2
1997–1998: L'Étoffe des ados / La Cinquième
1997–1998: Drucker'N Co / France 2
1998: Le rendez-vous / La Cinquième
1998: Fous d'humour / France 2
1998–1999: Vivement dimanche with Michel Drucker / France 2
1999: Célébrités / TF1 with Carole Rousseau and Stéphane Bern
2000: Les P'tits Princes / TF1 with Carole Rousseau, Sophie Thalmann, Billy, Frédéric Joly and Flavie Flament
2001–2002: Loft Story (seasons 1–2) / M6
2002: Popstars, spéciale L5 / M6
2002–2003: QI, Le Grand Test (editions 1 – 2) / M6 with Mac Lesggy
2002–2003: Absolument 80, Absolument 70, Absolument Été / M6
2002: Mémoire, Le Grand Test / M6 with Mac Lesggy
2003–2006: Nouvelle Star (seasons 1–4) / M6
2003: Tous les oppose / M6
2003: Culture générale, Le Grand Test / M6 : with Mac Lesggy
2004: Permis de conduire, Le Grand Test / M6 with Mac Lesggy
2004: Le Pensionnat de Chavagnes : Ils disent tout ! / M6 with Mac Lesggy
2005: Totale Impro / M6
2006: Johnny Hallyday, Flashback Tour 2006 in Bercy / TF1
2006: Les 40 couples stars qui ont marqué les Français / TF1 with Flavie Flament
2006–2007: Langues de VIP / TF1
2007–2008: 1 contre 100 /TF1
2007: Les 30 destins de stars les plus incroyables / TF1
2007: Les Rois du Système D / TF1 – with Églantine Éméyé
2007: Incroyables Destins / TF1
2007–2014: Secret Story (seasons 1-8) / TF1
2007–2011: Le Grand Quiz du cerveau (editions 1–5) / TF1 with Carole Rousseau
2007–2008: Le Grand Music Quiz (editions 1–2) / TF1
2008: 9e cérémonie des NRJ Music Awards / TF1
2008: Qui peut battre Benjamin Castaldi ? / TF1 – with Carole Rousseau and Denis Brogniart
2009: Mes parents vont t'adorer / NRJ 12
2010: La Ferme Célébrités en Afrique / TF1 - with Jean-Pierre Foucault
2010: Qui peut battre Philippe Lucas ? / TF1
2010: Les Stars se dépassent pour Ela / TF1
2011: La vie de Vynzkozy / NRJ 12
2012: La Roue de la fortune / TF1 with Valérie Bègue
2012: You Can Dance / NT1
2014: Tahiti Quest / Gulli
2014: The Winner Is / TF1
2015: Nouvelle Star / D8
2015: L'Académie des neuf / NRJ 12
2015: Super Million Question / NRJ 12
2016: Equidia Life Academy / Equidia Life
2016–present: Touche pas à mon poste ! / C8
2016: Hold Up / C8
2016: Big Buzz Quiz / C8
2017: TPMP ! Castaldi vs. Delormeau : qui sera le meilleur animateur ? / C8
2017: TPMP ! Les paris sont lancés / C8
2017: Cash Island / C8
2017: TPMP, le jeu : C'est que de l'amour ! / C8
2017: Paris à nous les Jeux ! Le grand concert / C8 : with Hervé Mathoux and Marie Portolano
2017: Family Battle / C8
2017: La Magie selon Guényanimée par Maxime Guény / C8
2018: La Télé même l'été ! / C8
2018: TPMP ! Ouvert à tous / C8
2018: TPMP refait la semaine / C8
2018: TPMP fait son bêtisier ! / C8 with Kelly Vedovelli
2019: TPMP : les 10 plus gros clashs à la télé / C8
2019: TPMP : les 20 émissions préférées des Français / C8


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