Thu, 13 Sep, 2018Basmah Qazi

The surprising secret Scott Cam has been keeping from fans for 20 years

The surprising secret Scott Cam has been keeping from fans for 20 years

He’s graced Australia’s television screens for over two decades, starring in hit shows such as The Block and Backyard Blitz. But while we feel we know Scott Cam well, the tradie has a secret of his own.

Fans may be surprised to hear that Cam is not really his surname, but rather a shortened version of Caminetti.

The 55-year-old carpenter turned TV presenter has been using a shortened version of his surname since the beginning of his TV career, which began in 1999.

It is yet to be discovered as to why he uses an abbreviated form of his last name.

In his biography, Cam recalls the moment he was approached to audition for his first TV show while he was enjoying a drink at the pub.

He said, “Initially I thought he was joking and said, ‘No, I’m right thanks, mate!’ Anyway, it turns out he was legit, I did the screen test and got the job.”

Backyard Blitz had a successful seven-year run before it was cancelled in 2006.

Cam then went on to do more presenting gigs on similar home DIY programs such as Our PlaceDomestic Blitz and Renovation Rescue – all produced by Channel Nine.

After his Backyard Blitz co-host Jamie Durie chose not to return for the show’s third season, Cam signed on to host The Block in 2010.

His decision to host the popular home renovation reality show earnt him multiple accolades including the Logie for Most Popular Presenter and the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television both in 2014.

In his personal life, Cam is a loyal husband to his wife Ann, who has been a supporter throughout his career.

The couple have three children together, son Charlie, 22, and twins Bill and Sarah, 19.