Henry Cole was educated at Eton and has gone on to forge a career spanning some 32 years in the TV and movie industry. The owner of a television production company - HCA Entertainment - Henry is best known worldwide as aTV presenter immersing himself in his lifelong passion for motorcycles and the tinkering and restoring of vintage machinery.
Currently he’s the presenter of World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides (Travel Channel Worldwide), The Motorbike Show (ITV4 and Discovery Networks), Shed and Buried (ITV and Travel Channel Worldwide), The Motorbike Show Special: Steve McQueen’s Motorcycles, Find It, Fix It, Flog It (Channel 4) and more recently Find It, Fix It, Drive
As well as television presenting, Henry runs the production company that makes allthe shows he fronts ... and a whole lot more he doesn’t.
HCA Entertainment has produced - and Henry has directed - countless factual series for broadcasters including ITV, Channel 4, Sky 1, Channel 5, UKTV, Travel Channel, Discovery Networks, NBC and BBC. These include Grimefighters, Kensington Wives, Men Brewing Badly, London’s Greatest Hits, Supersize Grime, The Skulls of Sanctuary, Frontline Stories, Discovering Gardens and The Real Filth Fighters!
Henry has directed over 70 TV commercials for brands like Flora, Mastercard, Top Up TV, Dixons, TFL, Amstrad and many other household names.
In addition Henry has produced and directed TV and Theatrical movies, including Mad Dogs and Englishmen (starring Elizabeth Hurley, C Thomas Howell and Joss Ackland), Dead Funny (starring Elizabeth Pena and Andrew McCarthy) and Princess in Love starring Christopher Villiers and Julia Cox.
Henry is also the boss of Gladstone Motorcycles - not named after Henry’s great-great Uncle, William Ewart Gladstone the Prime Minister, but his great uncle Dick ‘Redbeard’ Gladstone, a true British eccentric who instigated Henry’s passion for classic British motorcycles at the tender age of eight! Gladstone Motorcycles manufactures the finest bespoke British custom motorcycles for discerning hooligans.
In 2013 Henry set a world land speed record for a pre-1955 750cc motorcycle, riding a Brough Superior on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Henry is very public about his battle with Heroin addiction between the ages of 19 and 24. He is now three decades clean, but remains heavily involved in trying to help other addicts and share his experience in battling addiction
Along with motorcycles Henry is passionate about fishing, classic tractors, cycling and most importantly his dog Jelly Bean, wife Janie and his two sons, Charlie and Tom!
Find out all about Henry’s rollercoaster life story and love of sheds in his books; A Biker’s Life and The Life Changing Magic of Sheds