TV presenter Rav Wilding is best known for fronting BBC1’s Crimewatch for eight years and daytime spin-off show Crimewatch Roadshow since 2009. He’s a former Detective Constable with the Metropolitan Police and former soldier with the British Army, assigned to the Army Parachute Air Defence Troop.
He’s also presented other shows for BBC1 including Neighbourhood Blues, Ill Gotten Gains, Crime Scene Rescue, Christmas City, Britain's Bravest Cops and Helicopter Heroes, which has aired both daytime and prime-time and he can be seen on the new daily magazine series Morning Live.
For Channel 5 he fronted the prime time series Frontline Police and Law & Disorder: Catching Criminals Live. Rav fronted a week long series from the Frontline in Afghanistan called Remembrance Week for BBC1 as well as co-hosting Missing Live. He's also a regular face on BBC1's flagship daily show, The One Show, presenting strands and as a studio guest. He participated in and won ITV's successful physical challenge series 71 Degrees North set within the Arctic Circle.
After leaving school, Rav took an apprenticeship in construction before joining the Army at 17. Due to his stature and physical fitness he was selected to undertake parachute training but a broken leg sustained on a training run cut a career in the Airborne unit short and after 4 years he left in 1999 when medical staff advised him it would be highly unlikely his leg would ever be back to full fitness.
He took a temporary job working at Harrods in Knightsbridge, as part of the security team, however after 9 months there, Rav’s application to join the Metropolitan Police was accepted and he started training school.
Rav Wilding joined the Met Police in 2000 and was posted to Peckham in South London. While based at Peckham he was involved in the high-profile police investigation surrounding the death of Damilola Taylor. Rav was part of a specialist unit specifically created in the aftermath of the murder where he worked on the tough North Peckham Estate where Taylor was killed.
After two years as a policeman he took a three month sabbatical to take part in a TV show for Channel 4, living in an Australian rain forest. Upon returning to Britain he went back to work in the police but this time in CID.
Working within the CID unit, he was posted to units focussing on robbery, burglary and major investigations as well as currently working on a Sapphire unit dealing with rape and sexual assault allegations. He was eventually selected for Detective training and became a Detective Constable for the last six years of his service.
Rav Wilding left the police in 2008 to concentrate on his TV work, returning briefly between 2020-2021 to work for the British Transport Police. He is a lifelong fitness fan and as well as being an Army adventure training instructor, is also a qualified lifeguard and a level 3 personal trainer.