How old is Henry Blofeld, who is the Test Match Special legend’s wife and how many books has he written?

WITH his plummy, aristocratic accent and occasionally surreal observations, Henry Blofeld became one of the nation's most beloved sports broadcasters.

The Test Match Special legend hung up his microphone in 2017, but he's still going strong – here's what you need to know about him…

 Henry Blofeld is a true legend of sports broadcasting

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Henry Blofeld is a true legend of sports broadcasting

Who is Henry Blofeld?

Henry Blofeld was born in Norfolk on September 23, 1939 and was educated (where else?) at Eton College, followed by Cambridge University.

He excelled in schools cricket and represented Cambridge in 16 First Class matches, but failed to scale the heights of many of his commentating contemporaries due to injuries.

After drifting away from playing, he embarked on a career as a sports journalist, writing for the Guardian before joining Test match Special in 1972.

Although he had previously commentated for ITV in the 1960s, it was on TMS that Blofeld became a broadcasting legend to cricket fans.

 Blofeld scaled heights as a commentator he never managed in his playing career

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Blofeld scaled heights as a commentator he never managed in his playing career

Affectionately dubbed "Blowers", his hilariously off-topic observations regularly ranged from local wildlife to whatever he was eating, endearing him to aficionados and casual fans of the sport alike.

The 78-year-old continued to commentate regularly until he stepped down in September 2017 – his final test broadcast was England vs West Indies at Lords.

Is Henry Blofeld married?

Blofeld has been married three times in total, and has a daughter called Suki from his first marriage.

In 2013 he married his third wife Valeria Chianale, an Italian woman who he has described as "the bravest woman in the world for taking me on".

 Blofeld with his third wife  Valeria Chianale

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Blofeld with his third wife  Valeria Chianale

Speaking to the Telegraph shortly after they tied the knot, he said: "Valeria is the only girl I’ve met who loves what I do.

"After a slow, watchful start, we came together like a couple of well-trained magnets."

Which books has Henry Blofeld written?

Blofeld has authored eight books to date, which mostly feature idiosyncratic recollections of cricket told with an autobiographical slant.

These include Squeezing The Orange from 2014, 2017's Over and Out, which recounted the highlights of his Test Match Special career, and My Dear Old Thing: Talking Cricket from 1988.

He has also toured with several stage shows and is predictably an incredibly popular public speaker, who has appeared on TV panel shows such as Would I Lie to You? and Have I Got News For You?

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WITH his plummy, aristocratic accent and occasionally surreal observations, Henry Blofeld became one of the nation's most beloved sports broadcasters.