Alex Jones (presenter)

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Alex Jones
Alex Jones 2008.jpg
Alex Jones in 2008
Born Charlotte Alexandra Jones[1]
(1977-03-18) 18 March 1977 (age 37)
Ammanford, Wales, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Ethnicity Welsh
Education Aberystwyth University
Occupation Television presenter
Notable credit(s) The One Show (2010—)
Let's Dance for Comic Relief (2011-13)
Height 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m)
Partner(s) Charlie Thomson[2]

Charlotte Alexandra "Alex" Jones (born 18 March 1977)[3] is a British television presenter, best known for her presenting work with S4C and the BBC.

Jones has co-presented the BBC One programme The One Show since August 2010, currently with Matt Baker from Monday to Thursday and Chris Evans on Friday.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales,[1] and has a younger sister Jennie. Her first language at home was English, but Jones was educated at Welsh language school Maes yr Yrfa, and is now fluent in both English and Welsh. After training as a ballet dancer as a child,[4] Jones studied theatre, film and television at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, sitting her finals exams in Magaluf, Spain, while appearing as a contestant on the Sky1 show Prickly Heat.[4][6]

Career[edit]

After graduation, Jones became a television researcher, but after being fired twice, was asked by a producer at Avanti productions to audition in front of the camera.[6] Her first presenting job was for BBC Choice, and she then joined S4C as a presenter on the singing programme Cân i Gymru (English: A Song for Wales).[6] Jones developed a speciality presenting Welsh-language children's programmes on S4C, including Hip neu Sgip?[7] and Salon, alongside occasional appearances on mainstream British television, including Channel 4's RI:SE.[6]

Jones currently presents travel show Tocyn (English: Ticket) on S4C with Aled Samuel, the extreme sports show Chwa, and was part of the crew on Jonathan Davies's Welsh-language rugby show Jonathan for the 2010 Six Nations Championship.[6] Jones is a regular co-host on Real Radio GMG in Wales.[8]

On 25 July 2010, Jones was announced as the new female co-host on The One Show, replacing Christine Bleakley.[4][8][9][10]

Jones replaced Claudia Winkleman as co-presenter of Let's Dance for Comic Relief during the programme's third series in February 2011. [11] She also was part of the BBC team for The Royal Wedding 2011 on 29 April 2011, reporting from Catherine Middleton's home town. Jones also presented the United Kingdom's points in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.

Jones competed in the ninth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2011.[12] Her professional partner was James Jordan.[13] Jones and Jordan were eliminated a week before the final, and finished 5th overall in the competition.

On 23 March 2014, two days after the main Sport Relief telethon, Jones, along with Matt Baker and John Inverdale co-hosted The Sport Relief Games Show, live coverage of the Sport Relief games that afternoon. On 19 July 2014, Jones hosted the Live at Edinburgh Castle concert event on BBC One.[14]

Starting on 9 August 2014, Jones has presented the BBC One gymnastics competition series Tumble.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

On 10 July 2012, Jones became a Fellow of Aberystwyth University.[17]

Charity[edit]

Jones is a patron for the Kidney Wales Foundation alongside Katherine Jenkins.[18]

In 2012 and 2013, Jones was a member of 'Team Rickshaw' alongside Matt Baker to raise money on behalf of the Children in Need charity. 'Team Rickshaw' completed a treacherous journey across the heartlands of England and Wales, by means of pedal powered rickshaw. Outstanding to all those on looking, was the will and perseverance of six young adults who overcame all their expectations and putting aside their difference completed the 411 mile course. They raised an estimated £1.9m for the 2012 challenge, which went to Children in Need and raising an untold amount of awareness to the difficulties of living with disabilities.

In two and a half days, from 18 to 20 March 2014, Jones undertook her own challenge for the Sport Relief appeal. The challenge, dubbed "Alex Against the Rock", saw Jones as she climbed 1200ft up the face of the infamous Moonlight Buttress in Zion National Park, Utah in the USA, partnered by climber Andy Kirkpatrick.[19] It was announced live on the Sport Relief telethon on 21 March that Jones had raised £1,281,476 for the charity appeal.[19] Coverage of the challenge was shown on The One Show as well as a 30-minute film which aired on 23 March 2014 on BBC One called Alex Against the Rock for Sport Relief.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Channel Ref(s)
2010— The One Show Co-presenter BBC One
2011-13 Let's Dance for Comic/Sport Relief
2011 Strictly Come Dancing Participant
2014 The Sport Relief Games Show Co-presenter
Live at Edinburgh Castle Presenter
Tumble

Guest appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b BDM Swansea 1977 April–June V27 p2577
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Her birthday was mentioned on an episode of The One Show dated 19 March 2014
  4. ^ a b c d James Robinson (25 July 2010). "Alex Jones to replace Christine Bleakley on The One Show". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 28 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Talking to Alex Jones –Cymru – Tocyn – Dysgu ar S4C". S4C. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Rachel Mainwaring (12 February 2010). "Alex Jones: My decade on Welsh TV". Western Mail. Archived from the original on 28 July 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Hip Neu Sgip? (2004) Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ a b "Alex Jones gets top spot on The One Show sofa". Western Mail. 25 July 2010. Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Welsh TV host Alex Jones named new One Show presenter". BBC News. 25 July 2010. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Alex Jones to join The One Show". Digital Spy. 25 July 2010. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Let's Dance For Comic Relief axed". The List. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing signs up Lulu and Edwina Currie". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 6 September 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Alex Jones". Strictly Come Dancing. BBC. 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ [3]
  16. ^ [4]
  17. ^ "Fellowships for Jones and Sheen". Aberystwyth University. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge 2012". BBC Children in Need. 
  19. ^ a b "Alex Against the Rock". Sport Relief. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  20. ^ Dassanayake, Dion (21 March 2014). "Alex Jones heads to Sport Relief 2014 after completing 1,200ft rock climb in Utah". Daily Express. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 

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Preceded by
Christine Bleakley
Co-host of The One Show
2010–Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent