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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

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Jonathan Ross - InStyle EE Rising Star Award - BAFTAs party at 100 Wardour - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 4th February 2016

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Jonathan Ross - Celebrities attend the annual Jonathan Ross Halloween Party, held at his home in Hampstead - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 31st October 2015

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Danny Dyer Reveals He Was Almost Broke Before 'EastEnders' Role


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He was one of the most ubiquitous faces of British film and television during the mid-noughties, but Danny Dyer has revealed the “desperate” financial situation he was in before the BBC offered him a part on ‘Eastenders’ in 2013.

The 38 year old actor, who plays the pub landlord Mick Carter on the long-running soap, appeared on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ this week and revealed that he was on the verge of financial meltdown when he was offered the part.

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Filmmaker Says Russell Brand Is A 'walking Contradiction'


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Russell Brand is a ''walking contradiction'', according to his documentary director Ondi Timoner.

'Brand: A Second Coming' took six years to make and follows the comedian's rise to fame, deals with his marriage and split from Katy Perry and focuses on his disenchantment with the celebrity lifestyle and the start of his social activism.

Although Russell was involved with the project every step of the way he has now distanced himself from the film, describing it as ''oddly intrusive and melancholy'', and Ondi - who previously directed Dandy Warhols documentary 'Dig!' - thinks he could be upset because it shows a side to his character he'd rather keep hidden from the public.

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Sir Tom Jones Can't Sing Without Wife


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Sir Tom Jones doesn't think he'll be able to sing anymore if his wife was to die.

The 'Sex Bomb' hitmaker, who has had a number of dalliances with other woman during his five decades in the music business, has admitted he would consider giving up his career if Melinda Trenchard - nicknamed Linda - was to pass away because he dedicates a lot of his songs to her.

Speaking on the 'Jonathan Ross Show', which airs tonight (17.10.15) on ITV at 10.15pm, he said: ''A lot of the songs that I do, the love songs that I do, of course it's Linda is there and yes, she is the one.

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Jonathan Ross Designs His Own Batman Costume


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Jonathan Ross has designed his own Batman costume.

The 54-year-old TV star is a noted fan of the DC Comics character and was asked to create his own unique interpretation of The Dark Knight's cape and cowl headpiece.

Ross - a self-confessed comic book and gaming fan - came up with the design for a new exhibition featuring re-imagined versions of Batman's costume curated by Moniker Projects and Warner Bros. to mark the release of new video game 'Batman: Arkham Knight'.

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Jonathan Ross Designs His Own Batman Costume


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Jonathan Ross has designed his own Batman costume.

The 54-year-old TV star is a noted fan of the DC Comics character and was asked to create his own unique interpretation of The Dark Knight's cape and cowl headpiece.

Ross - a self-confessed comic book and gaming fan - came up with the design for a new exhibition featuring re-imagined versions of Batman's costume curated by Moniker Projects and Warner Bros. to mark the release of new video game 'Batman: Arkham Knight'.

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Roger Moore Leads Tributes To Christopher Lee


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Sir Roger Moore is ''terribly sad'' to have lost one of his ''oldest friends'' Sir Christopher Lee.

The James Bond star was among the first to pay tributes to the star on twitter shortly after learning of the 93-year-old actor's death in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Sunday (07.06.15) after being treated for respiratory problems.

He tweeted: ''It's terribly (sad) when you lose a friend. And Christopher Lee was one of my oldest. We first met in 1948.''

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What Can We Expect From Kanye West's New Album 'So Help Me God'?


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Kanye West has finally announced the title of his forthcoming album, alongside a cryptic symbol that could be an album cover. 'So Help Me God' will be released later this year and features at least two tracks with former Beatle Paul McCartney.

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Kanye West unveils new album title

So if we escape the not altogether uncharacteristic bizarre behaviour that Kanye West has been exhibiting this past month, the rapper is now unveiling a new album to follow up his 2013 number one 'Yeezus'. While he refuses to give any specific release date, 'So Help Me God' is being developed by a team of top producers including Rick Rubin, Q-Tip, French Montana as well as Paul McCartney, with whom he has been working a great deal; the new album features two new tracks with the rock veteran entitled 'Only One' and 'Piss on Your Grave'

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Madonna's Fall At The Brits Was Scarier Than You Think


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Madonna's fall at the Brits should have been yesterday's news by now, but it turns out the singer suffered some consequences when she took her tumble. It turns out the singer got a bit of whiplash and raised concern with her staff. 

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Even a stage vet like Madge isn't safe from the occasional wardrobe malfunction.

"I had a little bit of whiplash," she said later, while taping her interview on The Jonathan Ross Show. "I smacked the back of my head. And I had a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3 a.m. to make sure I was compos mentis" (in other words, in full control of her facilities).

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Stephen Fry On Proposal To Elliott Spencer: Engagement Ring Could Have Ended Up In Soup!


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Stephen Fry has opened up about the adorable way in which he proposed to his husband Elliott Spencer and how it could, with a flick of a fork, have gone horribly wrong! Fry appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday (7th February) and revealed some important details about his husband and their relationship. Fry explained how he had met Spencer, whom he married at a registry office in Norfolk on 17th January, and how he proposed.

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Stephen Fry has revealed how he proposed to his husband, Elliott Spencer.

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Danny Dyer Auditioned For 'Game Of Thrones'. Three Times.


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It may be a vehicle for a great deal of British acting talent, but ‘Game of Thrones’ is apparently unwilling to accommodate Danny Dyer. The ‘Eastenders’ star has apparently auditioned for the HBO smash series on three separate occasions, only to be rejected.

Dyer revealed during a recording of ITV’s ‘Jonathan Ross Show’ “I’ve been up for it three times, I got three knockbacks”. Dame Diana Rigg, another guest on Ross’ show and who plays Lady Olenna Tyrell in ‘Game of Thrones’, said “I’ll put in a word for you as long as you lose the cockney accent.”

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Danny Dyer, pictured with 'Eastenders' co-star Kellie Bright, auditioned for 'Game of Thrones' three times

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Date of birth

17th November, 1960

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