Since retiring from swimming, Mark has become a familiar face on television and his award winning partnership with Clare Balding from the aquatics centre during the Olympics in 2012, made him a household name. In addition, Mark mentored the swimmer James O’Shea to help him compete in the 2012 Para-Olympics.
Since 2012 Mark has graced the TV screens by regular commentating slots at the commonwealth and world championships in 2013/2014/ 2015. More recently, Mark formed yet another popular media partnership commentating from the pool at the Rio Olympics with Rebecca Adlington and Helen Skelton. This high-energy partnership became one of the most popular commenting teams during the Rio Fortnight.
Mark’s likable and easy manner on screen has made him a popular media personality making him a regular participant on a host of TV shows such as Countdown, Question of Sport, Come Dine With Me, Who’s Doing the Dishes, Celebrity Masterchef, The Chase as well as a host of other charity shows and campaigns such as Sports Relief and Dancing on wheels.
Following his retirement from competitive swimming, Mark entered ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ series six with dancer Hayley Holt. Mark’s appearance on Strictly transformed his image in the public eye from dedicated athlete to someone with a big personality and great sense of humour. This other side of Mark’s personality unexpectedly launched a successful media career making him a popular contestant and a household pin up. In 2012 Mark subsequently took part in the live Strictly tour, partnering Natalie Lowe and with customary dedication and determination and ever the competitor, ended up scoring 9 and 10s rather than his previous 5 and 6s.