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Greg James
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Born Gregory James Alan Milward
(1985-12-17) 17 December 1985 (age 29)
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom[1]
Nationality British
Ethnicity English
Occupation Radio and Television Presenter
Employer BBC

Greg James[2] (born 17 December 1985) is an English television and radio presenter best known for his roles within BBC Radio 1.


Greg studied drama at the University of East Anglia in Norwich and achieved a 2:1. During his three years at the university, he presented several shows on the students' union radio station Livewire 1350AM, becoming the station manager in 2006. He also presented several breakfast shows on Future Radio in Norwich and also on Pulse Rated in Salhouse before he got his break at BBC Radio 1.[3] During university holidays he presented stints on Galaxy North East. He is an alumnus of The Bishop's Stortford High School, where he was deputy head boy.


On 21 September 2009, a new schedule was launched on Radio 1. Along with Fearne Cotton who moved from Weekend late-afternoons to Weekday mornings, James moved up from Early Breakfast to an Early Afternoon slot; 1pm to 4pm - replacing Edith Bowman, who moved to the weekend breakfast slot.[4][5][6] His early breakfast show was taken over by Dev.

It was announced on 28 February 2012 that James and Scott Mills would swap shows as of 2 April 2012. James currently hosts the 'drive time' show (4–7pm) weekdays, while Mills took over the weekdays 'early afternoon' show (1–4pm).[7]

From 10 December 2012 for a week, James hosted his show from the BFBS Radio Studio in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Whilst in Camp Bastion, James met with a large number of troops and invited some personnel to 'shout-out' to their family and friends, and also invited celebrities to read out messages from the families of serving soldiers from the BBC Radio 1 studios in London.[8]

James also co-hosts Not Just Cricket on 5 Live with England Cricketers Graeme Swann and Jimmy Anderson that is broadcast once every few months. The shows main focus is talking about cricket, but they also talk about anything else they fancy.

James guest hosted the 16 February 2013 edition of the 5 Live comedy sport programme Fighting Talk, standing in for Colin Murray.

On 24 October 2013, the first episode of the That's What He Said Podcast was released, featuring Greg and newsreader Chris Smith chatting about what happened on his radio show over the previous week.

In April 2014, he won a Gold Radio Academy Award for 'Best Entertainment Show'.

Parody Videos[edit]

Greg is well known for dressing up as a woman and doing ridiculous versions of pop videos. Most famously he recreated Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball'. It is one of Radio 1's most viewed YouTube videos.

He has also done a version of Kiesza's 'Hideaway' and recently drove Taylor Swift around London while performing a 'lip-sync' video for her new song 'Blank Space'.


Greg is also a TV presenter. In 2009, he presented a TV show for BBC Three called Sun, Sex and Holiday Madness, about British tourists in Magaluf and Young, Jobless and Living at Home, also for BBC Three. He has presented Sound on BBC Two's Switch and he hosted the backstage winners' podium at the 2009 BRIT Awards, which he did again in 2010.

In 2011, Greg had a non-speaking cameo role in the Doctor Who episode "Closing Time".[9]

In 2012, James co-presented two series of Unzipped (originally named Britain Unzipped) on BBC Three with Russell Kane and later How to Win Eurovision, a special two-hour show, on 11 May 2013. In December 2012, James and Gabby Logan presented 50 Greatest London 2012 Olympics Moments on BBC Three, the show was broadcast on his 27th birthday.

On 25 September 2013, James along with Kane starred in their chat show Staying in with Greg and Russell on BBC Three. Both later appeared on the Children in Need 2013 appeal night during a Lip Sync Challenge, which James won by performing 'The Circle of Life' from 'The Lion King'.

He regularly hosts BBC Three's Family Guy and American Dad specials to celebrate the start of a new series.

In September 2014, James hosted the closing ceremony of The Invictus Games with Clare Balding live on BBC Two.

As of February 2015, he presents the BBC Three reality game show I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse.

Music festivals[edit]

In 2011, Greg started presenting the BBC Three's coverage of Glastonbury and in August 2012, the Reading and Leeds Festival (both with Fearne Cotton). He presented coverage of T in the Park 2012, alongside Edith Bowman in July. In 2013, James co-presented extensive coverage of Radio 1's Big Weekend on BBC Three with Alice Levine. In June 2013, Greg once again hosted BBC Three's coverage of Glastonbury, alongside Gemma Cairney.

He yet again hosted the BBC's coverage of festivals including Radio 1's Big Weekend, T in The Park, Reading, and Glastonbury in the summer of 2014.

Comic Relief and Sport Relief[edit]

In January 2013, along with Jack Dee, Mel C, Dara O'Briain, Philips Idowu and Chelsee Healey - Greg took part in the Red Nose Day 'Hell and High Water Challenge'. They journeyed along the Zambezi River for 5 days raising money to build a new school in the region. They raised well over £1 million for the charity.

On 2 March 2013, Greg appeared on the Let's Dance for Comic Relief judging panel alongside Arlene Phillips and Lee Mack.[10]

In 2014, Greg was part of 'Team Coe' in the Sport Relief 'Clash of The Titans'. His team won the competition held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. He took part in the cycling, synchronized swimming and swimming relay.


In 2013 he won a 'Loaded Lafta' for 'Funniest Radio Show'.

In 2014 he won a Gold Radio Academy Award for 'Best Entertainment Show'

Personal life[edit]

Greg James is godfather to Ruby, the younger daughter of England cricketer James Anderson.[11]

He is an ambassador for two charities; The Stroke Association and The Lord's Taverners.


  1. ^ "Ten Things About... Greg James", Digital Spy, 7 February 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2014
  2. ^ Greg James: From uni student to radio star - the rise of a boy wonder
  3. ^ Student Radio Association - Greg James
  4. ^ Kadri, Anisa (16 July 2009). "Cotton to replace Whiley on Radio 1". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Radio 1 bosses replace Jo Whiley, 44, with Fearne Cotton, 27, in prized weekday slot". Mail Online. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Plunkett, John (16 July 2009). "Jo Whiley and Edith Bowman lose weekday BBC Radio 1 slots". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  7. ^ Radio 1 schedule: Scott Mills and Greg James to swap BBC Radio 1, 28 February 2012
  8. ^ "BBC - Greg James' blog". BBC. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "BBC Radio One - Greg James on Dr Who Confidential". Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lets Dance for Comic Relief - Series 5 - Episode 3". Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Greg James is a hit...". Retrieved 21 March 2014. 

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Preceded by
JK and Joel
Radio 1 overnight host
October 2007–September 2009
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Edith Bowman
Radio 1 early afternoon show host
September 2009–March 2012
Succeeded by
Scott Mills
Preceded by
Scott Mills
Radio 1 drivetime host
April 2012 – present
Succeeded by