Alex Jones (presenter)
Jones in 2008
|Born||Charlotte Alexandra Jones
18 March 1977
Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales
|Notable credit(s)||The One Show (2010—)
Let's Dance for Comic Relief (2011-13)
|Height||5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m)|
In 2011, Jones replaced Claudia Winkleman as the co-host of Let's Dance for Comic Relief alongside Steve Jones. In 2013, the programme was quietly axed by the BBC as they announced that the show would be replaced by another show in 2014.
Charlotte Alexandra Jones was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales, and has a younger sister Jennie. Her first language at home was English, but Alex 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, 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.
On graduation Jones became a television researcher, but after being sacked twice was asked by a producer at Avanti productions to take a try in front of the camera. Her first presenting job was for BBC Choice, and she then joined S4C as a presenter on singing programme Cân i Gymru. (English: A Song for Wales) Jones developed a speciality presenting Welsh-language children's programmes on S4C, including Hip neu Sgip? and Salon, alongside occasional appearances on mainstream British television, including Channel 4's RI:SE.
Jones currently presents S4C travel show Tocyn (English: Ticket) on S4C with Aled Samuel, the extreme sports show Chwa, and was part of the crew on Jonathan Davies' Welsh-language rugby show Jonathan for the 2010 Six Nations Championship. Jones is a regular co-host on Real Radio GMG in Wales.
She replaced Claudia Winkleman as the co-presenter of Let's Dance for Comic Relief for the competition's third series in February 2011. The show was axed in 2013 and has not returned to the scheduled since.
She presented the United Kingdom's points in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.
Strictly Come Dancing
On 6 September 2011 it was announced that Jones would take part in the ninth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. In the launch show, on 10 September, she was partnered with James Jordan. Alex and James were eliminated a week before the final, and finished 5th overall in the competition.
|1||Cha Cha Cha / "When Love Takes Over"||22 (4,6,6,6)||Safe|
|2||Foxtrot / "Have You Met Miss Jones?"||29 (6,8,7,8)||Safe|
|3||Viennese Waltz / "Memory"||32 (8,8,8,8)||Safe|
|4||Rumba / "Run"||25 (4,7,7,7)||Safe|
|5||Paso Doble / "Bring Me to Life"||31 (7,8,8,8)||Safe|
|6||Quickstep / "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"||31 (7,8,8,8)||Safe|
|7||Jive / "River Deep, Mountain High"||31 (7,8,8,8)||Safe|
|8||Tango / "Relax"||35 (8,9,9,9)||Safe|
|9||Charleston / "Me and My Baby"||29 (6,7,8,8)||Safe|
|10||American Smooth / "Oh, Pretty Woman"||34 (8,8,9,9)||Safe|
|11||Waltz / "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman"||34 (7,9,9,9)||N/A|
|11||Salsa / "1-2-3"||31 (7,8,8,8)||Eliminated|
|2010—||The One Show||BBC One||Co-presenter, alongside Matt Baker|
|2011-2013||Let's Dance for Comic/Sport Relief||Co-presenter, alongside Steve Jones|
|2011||Strictly Come Dancing||Participant, in the ninth series|
Alex was in a relationship with television presenter Matt Johnson for six years until 2009, but now has a new boyfriend named Charlie.
On 10 July 2012 Jones became a Fellow of Aberystwyth University.
Jones is a patron for the Kidney Wales Foundation, alongside Katherine Jenkins. She won £1,000 for the Belindra Cancer charity on a celebrity edition of The Chase, which was aired on 2 November 2013.
In 2012 and 2013, Alex was a member of 'Team Rickshaw' alongside her One Show co-host 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 March 2014, Alex took part in her own challenge for the Sport Relief appeal. This was called "Alex Against the Rock", in which she will climb 1200ft up the face of Moonlight Buttress to raise money for Sport Relief. During this time, Fearne Cotton and Gabby Logan stood-in for her as presenter on The One Show.
- BDM Swansea 1977 April–June V27 p2577
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- "Talking to Alex Jones –Cymru – Tocyn – Dysgu ar S4C". S4C. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
- 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.
- Hip Neu Sgip? (2004) Internet Movie Database
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- "Alex Jones to join The One Show". Digital Spy. 25 July 2010. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
- "Strictly Come Dancing signs up Lulu and Edwina Currie". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 6 September 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
- "Alex Jones". Strictly Come Dancing. BBC. 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "Fellowships for Jones and Sheen". Aberystwyth University. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
- "The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge 2012". BBC Children in Need.
|Co-host of The One Show