Jonathan Ross

Biography

Jonathan Ross OBE (born 17.11.1960)

Jonathan Ross is an English TV and radio presenter, as well as a respected film critic.

Jonathan Ross: Childhood

Jonathan Ross was born in London, to Martha Ross, an actress and radio presenter. He has three brothers, Paul Ross (also a TV and radio presenter), Miles Ross (a TV producer and actor) and Simon Ross (a TV producer).

Ross attended Norlington School for Boys and then Leyton County High School for Boys, a grammar school. He went on to study Modern European History at the University of London and was made a Fellow of UCL.

Jonathan Ross: Career

Jonathan Ross started his broadcasting career working as a researcher on Channel 4's Loose Talk. His first appearance on TV is believed to be as an extra on a 1981 episode of It Ain't Half Hot, Mum. In 1987, he began work as the presenter of The Last Resort With Jonathan Ross, which was made by his own production company, Channel X. The following year, he made a documentary series entitled The Incredibly Strange Film Show, which focused on cult film heroes such as Jackie Chan and Sam Raimi.

In 1989, Jonathan Ross launched One Hour with Jonathan Ross, which had a comedy segment that helped to launch the careers of Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson.

1991 was the first year that Jonathan Ross presented the British Comedy Awards on ITV. He continued to do so each year until 2009, following his suspension from the BBC. In 1992, Jonathan Ross hosted an interview with Madonna, about her album Erotica and the promotion of her Sex Book.

Throughout the 1990s, Jonathan Ross appeared on a number of TV programmes, including regularly featuring on They Think It's All Over, with Nick Hancock and Lee Mack, The Big Big Talent Show and ITV's Fantastic Facts.

In 1999, Jonathan Ross took over presenting the BBC's Film Programme, from Barry Norman. Since then Jonathan Ross has become a respected film critic and has even made cameos in a number of films, such as 1997's Spiceworld (featuring The Spice Girls) and 2004's Shrek 2 (starring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz), in which he played the voice of Doris.

Jonathan Ross joined BBC Radio 2 as a Saturday morning presenter in 1999, having previously worked on the commercial network service The Superstation, with Chris Evans as his producer. His BBC Radio 2 show became a huge success and many people credit Ross with changing the fortunes of the station, which soon became one of the most popular stations in the UK. In May 2009, the show became pre-recorded, to avoid Ross offending any listeners. This followed an incident on Russell Brand's own radio show, in which he and Ross left a message on the actor Andrew Sachs' answerphone, whilst on air, insulting Sach's granddaughter, with whom Brand is reported to have had a brief affair. Ross was briefly suspended without pay and when his TV and radio shows returned, he made a public apology for his behaviour.

Two years after joining Radio 2, Jonathan Ross started hosting a Friday night chat show on BBC One. Entitled Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, the show featured celebrity guests, as well as live musical performances. Jonathan Ross's friend Ricky Gervais made a number of appearances on the show and a special edition was dedicated to Barbra Streisand when she made a rare live UK TV appearance on the show.

In 2006, the BBC aired a series of shows under the umbrella of 'Jonathan Ross's Asian Invasion', which explored film-making in Japan, Hong Kong and Korea and included his documentary series Japanorama. That same year, Ross became the highest paid TV personality in the UK, with the BBC securing his contract for, reportedly, £6 million per year until 2010. In early 2010, Jonathan Ross announced that he would not be renewing his contract with the BBC, stating that his motivation was not financial. There was soon speculation regarding possible replacements, including Graham Norton for the chat show and Mark Kermode for the Film programmes.

Jonathan Ross: Personal Life

Jonathan Ross has been married to the author and journalist Jane Goldman since 1988. They have three children, Betty Kitten, Harvey Kirby and Honey Kinny. They live together in Hampstead.

Jonathan Ross was awarded an OBE in 2005, in the Queen's Birthday Honours. To celebrate, he played 'God Save the Queen' by The Sex Pistols on his Radio 2 programme.

Read More
0
0
Subscribe to Jonathan Ross alerts

Jack Whitehall Wins 'King Of Comedy' For Third Time

18th December 2014 -

 News

Jack Whitehall has been named as “king of comedy” for the third consecutive year at the British Comedy Awards 2014.The 26 year old comedian and actor won the publicly-voted prize at the ceremony in Wembley,...

Unlikely Pairings - When Comedians And Musicians Come Together

19th August 2014 -

 News

Following surprising reports that Las Vegas rockers The Killers invited British comedian Jimmy Carr to join them onstage at V Festival, Contact Music looks at five of the most unlikely pairings from the worlds of...

The Expendables 3 World Premiere [Pictures]

5th August 2014 -

 News

The sun beamed down on a range of A-Z-list celebs last night (August 4) as The Expendables 3 enjoyed its world premiere in London.As well as the film’s stars, like Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Wesley...

What Does Kiefer Sutherland Watch? Not '24' - That's For Sure

7th February 2014 -

 News

Kiefer Sutherland will always be synonymous with the hit TV thriller 24, but that doesn't mean he watches his own show. The actor admitted to Jonathan Ross that, while he knows what happens (duh) he's...

Sylvester Stallone Reprising The Role Of Rocky Balboa In 'Creed' Spin-Off

13th January 2014 -

 News

Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that he plans to reprise his iconic character, Rocky Balboa, for the spin-off film, 'Creed'. The movie focuses on the grandson of Rocky's famous friend and opponent, Apollo Creed, with 67-year-old...

Addison Cresswell Dead At 53: Remembering The Top Comedy Agent

24th December 2013 -

 News

The British comedy scene has been left in shock after the unexpected death of top manager and agent Addison Cresswell who passed away in his sleep at home on Sunday (21st Dec.) night aged just...

Beloved Comedy Agent Addison Cresswell Dies Aged 53

24th December 2013 -

 News

Addison Cresswell, an influential comedy agent and producer, who helped along the careers of noted British comedians like Jonathan Ross, Jack Dee and Michael McIntyre among others, has passed away. Cresswell was 53. His management...

Tom Daley Talks To Jonathan Ross About Coming Out And The Thrill Of First Love

6th December 2013 -

 News

Following Tom Daley’s earnest coming out video from the beginning of the week, the Olympic diver has given his first interview on the subject. Daley recorded an interview with Jonathan Ross to air this Saturday...

Jonathan Ross Throws UK's Biggest Halloween Bash: See Who Wore What [Pictures]

1st November 2013 -

 News

Our American friends across the pond sure know how to pull off a great Halloween party: immaculate outfits, perfect props, and glittering venues, but when British television host Jonathan Ross decided to host a counterpart...

Louis Walsh Considering 'X Factor' Future U-Turn: "I'm Having So Much Fun"

25th October 2013 -

 News

X Factor judge Louis Walsh was all but set to exit the ITV talent contest when he announced this summer that the current series would be his last, saying "I need my life back" after...

Is It Creepy That Gordon Ramsay Uses Hidden Bedroom Cam To Spy On Daughter?

18th October 2013 -

 News

Celebrity chef has ruffled a few feathers in his time but his latest admission whilst being interviewed on The Jonathan Ross Show has invoked a great deal of anger from fellow parents and well, those...

Sandra Bullock Knows All The Words to Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight', And We’ve Got Proof!

15th October 2013 -

 News

Is there anything Sandra Bullock can’t do? As Dr. Ryan Stone, she didn’t actually go into space, but if her and George Clooney’s filming testimonies are anything to go by, it was of the most...

Sandra Bullock Re-Creates The 'Chopsticks' Scene From 'Big' With Tom Hanks [Video]

14th October 2013 -

 News

Sandra Bullock impressed her UK audience with her rendition of 'Chopsticks' on a giant piano mat as she joined Tom Hanks in his re-creation of the similar scene from his 1988 movie Big.The Gravity star...

Gary Barlow Offers To Help Save Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On Gig

29th August 2013 -

 News

He may have sang about lighting up the sky with boy band Take That in their hit 'Rule The World' but Gary Barlow probably never intended to do such things literally. Now it seems The...

Will Jack Whitehall Resign As Television Awards Presenter Over Complaints?

3rd January 2013 -

 News

Jack Whitehall is reportedly under pressure to stand down as presenter of a prize at the National Television Awards later in January following complaints about his performance on Channel 4's Big Fat Quiz Of The...

Twenty Twelve Snubbed at the British Comedy Awards, but Jack Whitehall Wins the Crown

13th December 2012 -

 News

The British Comedy Awards were held last night, presented once again by Jonathan Ross. It saw a room of the country's funniest people come under one roof to celebrate and ridicule one another, as is...

New ITV Logo Taken To Town On Twitter; Some Of The Best

16th November 2012 -

 News

ITV's rebranding, the biggest of its kind undertaken by the company for 11 years, includes a major redesign of their logo, but it hasn't gone down well, and has been the target for some twitter...

PICTURES: Stars Come Out For Jonathan Ross' Halloween Bash

1st November 2012 -

 News

Flashing a big smile, teen actress Chloe Moretz struggled to keep in character at Jonathan Ross Halloween bashNo one throws a Halloween party like Jonathan Ross so it would seem! The great and the good...

PICTURES: Halloween Party Of The Year? Jonathan Ross Transforms House Into Dungeon

31st October 2012 -

 News

For most people, Halloween means fashioning some kind of mummy outfit out of an old bed sheet that you no longer need. Or popping down the pound shop for a witch’s hat and cheap face...

Raunchy New Image From Taylor Swift At Radio 1 Teen Awards

8th October 2012 -

 News

It was less of a Taylor Swift love story, but a lust story, as the country-pop star strutted her risqué side at the Radio 1 Teen Awards on Saturday (October 6, 2012), reports The Sun.After...

Adele to Sing the New James Bond Theme ‘Skyfall’

1st October 2012 -

 News

Adele is to join the ranks of the musical elite, having been chosen to sing the theme to the new James Bond movie “Skyfall”. The song, “Skyfall” which shares its name with the title...

Has Adele Recorded A Song For The New James Bond Film ‘Skyfall’?

18th September 2012 -

 News

There has been no official announcement yet by Sony Pictures, but according to the BBC rumours are growing stronger that pop sensation Adele will be taking the vocal reigns of singing the official song...

Back to top

Jonathan Ross Images

More Jonathan Ross Pictures

Back to top

Jonathan Ross Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Jonathan Ross

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

'American Sniper' Is a Late Arrival to the Oscars Party

The heart-pounding teaser trailer for American Sniper had so much promise that perhaps a current...

'American Sniper' Is a Late Arrival to the Oscars Party

Mark Ronson - Daffodils ft. Kevin Parker Audio

Mark Ronson will finally unveil his fourth album 'Uptown Special' on January 26th 2015 through...

Mark Ronson - Daffodils (Audio) Video

'The Gambler' Is Not Worth the Risk on Christmas Day

Do yourself a favour and go watch American Sniper this festive season. Or Selma. Should you...

'The Gambler' Is Not Worth the Risk on Christmas Day

Bastille - Oblivion [Live]

Bastille perform their single 'Oblivion' live on the Honda Stage at Music Midtown in Atlanta. The track followed Platinum...

Bastille - Oblivion [Live] Video

Clint Eastwood On Crucial Research For 'American Sniper'

Production for 'American Sniper' began back in May, 2012, after Warner Brothers acquired...

Clint Eastwood On Crucial Research For 'American Sniper'

James Corden to Receive OBE before Heading to America

James Corden, the comedian who rose to fame on the critically acclaimed comedy...

James Corden to Receive OBE before Heading to America
Advertisement

Unbroken's Release Mere Days Away, So What Are Critics Saying About Angelina Jolie's Beloved Zamperini Biopic?

The reviews are in for Unbroken and the film, directed by Academy Award...

Unbroken's Release Mere Days Away, So What Are Critics Saying About Angelina Jolie's Beloved Zamperini Biopic?

Theaters To Screen 'The Interview' as Sony Insists "We Did Not Cave"

After the news that several theaters in the U.S are to screen the controversial...

Theaters To Screen 'The Interview' as Sony Insists

Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter Split, Rep Confirms Former Couple "Separated Amicably Earlier This Year"

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter have separated after thirteen years...

Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter Split, Rep Confirms Former Couple


More recommendations

Comments