Justin Lee Collins
|Justin Lee Collins|
Collins signing autobiography "Goodtimes"
28 July 1974 |
|Medium||Radio, television, music|
|Influences||Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson|
|Spouse||Karen Collins (2003–2010, separated)|
|Notable works and roles||FAQ U
The Convention Crasher
The Friday Night Project
The Justin Lee Collins Show
Heads or Tails
Justin Lee Collins (born 28 July 1974) is an English comedian and television presenter.  Collins is known for presenting shows such as Bring Back... and The Friday Night Project, in which he co-presented with Alan Carr and its Sunday spin-off. Other notable works include The Convention Crasher and Justin Lee Collins: Turning Japanese.
In 2010 Collins made an unsuccessful campaign to represent Britain and then Ireland in the annual Eurovision Song Contest with a song written by Ronan Keating. In the same year he also helped launch the Bristol charity Shine Together, which aims to benefit patients at Southmead Hospital.
In October 2012, Collins was convicted of harassment, following accusations by his former girlfriend Anna Larke. Although he has stated that he will never accept that he is violent or an abuser, he has decided not to appeal against his conviction.
Early life 
Collins was born on 28 July 1974 in Southmead, Bristol, to Anita and Danny Collins, a self-employed electrician. Collins is an only child. In 1990, Collins left education at Speedwell Technology College (now known as Bristol Brunel Academy) at the age of 15 with no qualifications and started working at Marks & Spencer as a warehouse operative.
Personal life 
Collins' ex-wife Karen (married 2003–2010) gave birth to their first child, a boy called Archie, on 16 May 2005. During his appearance on UK daytime television show This Morning on 17 January 2008, Collins announced that his wife had recently given birth to their second son, Harvey. Collins separated from his wife in late 2010.
Collins began a relationship with Anna Larke, November 2010. They lived together in Kew, London from January to July 2011. In December 2011, Collins was charged with Section 4 harassment (causing fear of violence), in relation to alleged harassment of her. On 24 September 2012, Collins appeared at St Albans Crown Court, when the jury was sworn in and the case adjourned until 26 September. On 9 October, he was convicted by a 10–1 majority verdict (one juror having been discharged), and sentenced to 140 hours of community service and to pay £3,500 prosecution costs.
Collins now lives alone in Kew.
Stand-up comedy 
He started as a stand-up comic, while working part-time as a double-glazing window demonstrator, winning best New Comedy Act at the Glastonbury Festival in 1997 and reached the finals of the BBC New Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the same year. Collins gave up stand-up comedy in 2002 to concentrate on TV and radio presenting, stating that he never intends to return to the profession.
Collins began hosting a radio show on XFM in 2003, initially on Sundays at 1 to 3 am, later progressing to Saturday afternoons from 3 to 6 pm. He left in December 2005 and returned to host the Saturday 2 to 6pm slot during April 2011.
Television work 
In 2002, Collins made shows for Bravo and MTV and became the host of the companion show for the first series of Strictly Come Dancing. He was replaced by Claudia Winkleman the following year and the show moved from BBC Three to BBC Two.
Collins is one of the current presenters of The Sunday Night Project (previously named The Friday Night Project) alongside Alan Carr for Channel 4. He has also hosted a number of Bring Back... shows in which he aims to reunite groups, normally who are associated with TV or music. He also made a series for Channel 4 entitled The Convention Crasher, aired in late 2007 and early 2008, in which he learned skills such as clowning and ventriloquism in an attempt to win prizes at professional conventions.
Collins appeared on Top Gear with Alan Carr on 22 June 2008, for the Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car segment. His most recent programme was entitled Bring Back Star Trek and featured him trying to bring back the cast of the popular 1960s television series.
He signed a £3 million deal with ITV for a show which focused on topical issues, but with a comedic twist, titled The Justin Lee Collins Show on ITV2 which ran from March to May 2009.
In 2009 Collins became the host of the Sky1 show Oops TV, which shows home videos of people doing stupid things and things going badly wrong.
JLC Is, a six-part series on Sky1 HD in August 2009 showed the comedian taking on challenges to become a Mexican Wrestler, a Surfer, a Ballroom Dancer, a Ten Pin Bowler, a High Diver and a West End Star.
On 11 September 2009, whilst being interviewed on BBC Radio 1's Chris Moyles Show it was announced that Collins had signed an exclusive deal with Channel 5, and Collins confirmed that he would therefore not be making another series of The Justin Lee Collins Show for ITV2. On joining Five he hosted the game show Heads Or Tails, where players can win up to £1m by correctly calling coin flips and a chat show called Good Times which has since been cancelled due to poor viewing figures.
In June 2008, a show was aired on Sky One entitled Justin Lee Collins: 180, which followed his quest to be a professional darts player. In the show, he practised with Keith Deller and played in the BDO International Open on 15 June 2008. He lost in the first round 3-0 in legs to county player Stuart Bousfield, who was in the top 100 in the BDO rankings at the time.
In Justin Lee Collins: The Wrestler, Collins trains for 10 days in Mexico with a Mexican transvestite Luchador (Mexican wrestler) who fights under the name Cassandro, as an exotico. Justin adopts a rudo (bad guy) Luchador persona, El Glorioso, or The Glorious One, with his own wrestling mask. His persona is given the blessing of El Hijo del Santo (The Son of Saint). Returning to London, Justin fights Cassandro in a Lucha libre event in The Roundhouse, ultimately losing and being de-masked.
Eurovision Song Contest
After failing to be chosen to represent the United Kingdom in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, on 22 January 2010 Collins announced on RTÉ's The Late Late Show his intention to seek the nomination to represent Ireland. His proposed song was written by Boyzone star Ronan Keating. RTÉ confirmed on 9 February 2010 that the song had not been short listed for the Irish final.
Musical theatre 
Collins has performed in professional musical theatre in London's famous West End. Collins learned to perform on the musical stage for a TV programme on Sky One, gaining a part in the hit show Chicago. Playing alongside Aoife Mulholland (as his wife Roxie Hart), Collins rehearsed for the role of Amos Hart at the Cambridge Theatre. Collins said of the role, "I'm over the moon to be playing the sexiest part in the best show on the West End stage. I've already gone through a dozen pairs of tights."
In September 2009 Collins' autobiography Good Times! was published by Ebury Press.
Television credits 
- McGrath, Nick (23 December 2008). "Justin Lee Collins's heaven and hell". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 22 July 2010.
- Sara Nathan (2 February 2011). "Justin Lee Collins holidays with new girlfriend as it's revealed he's split from wife after seven years of marriage". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
- Bristol – People – Profile: Justin Lee Collins. BBC (2008-04-29). Retrieved on 6 June 2012.
- Eurovision: A Song For Justin. Channel 5. Retrieved on 6 June 2012.
- JLC launches Shine together! | Latest News. Shinetogether.org.uk. Retrieved on 6 June 2012.
- Yahoo News
- Justin Lee Collins 'will never accept he is violent', BBC News. Retrieved on 29 November 2012.
- Justin Lee Collins. Justin Lee Collins. Retrieved on 6 June 2012.
- Life's one big good hair day – Justin Lee Collins interview – News – Scotsman.com. Scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com (2008-05-02). Retrieved on 6 June 2012.
- Scrumpy & Western website. Made In Somerset from cider! Justin Lee Collins profile page. Somersetmade.co.uk (1974-07-28). Retrieved on 6 June 2012.
- Justin Lee Collins's heaven and hell. Telegraph (2008-12-23). Retrieved on 5 February 2011.
- Morris, Sophie (11 December 2006). "Justin Lee Collins: My Life in Media". The Independent (London). Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- This Morning TV show (17 January 2008)
- Collins 'should have been jailed'
- "Justin Lee Collins found guilty of harassing Anna Larke". BBC Online. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- "Justin Lee Collins accused of harassing ex-girlfriend". BBC News. 14 December 2011.
- "BBC News – Justin Lee Collins harassment trial jury sworn in". Bbc.co.uk. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
- "Justin Lee Collins 'kept girlfriend's sexual history". Bbc.co.uk. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
- Justin Lee Collins – Biography. Talktalk.co.uk. Retrieved on 6 June 2012.
- Justin Lee Collins wins Funniest Man award at Laftas – Showbiz – Evening Standard. Thisislondon.co.uk (2010-01-27). Retrieved on 6 June 2012.
- "Chris Moyles guests 2008". Retrieved 17 June 2008.
- "Top Gear". On The Box. Retrieved 19 June 2008.
- "JLC Is..." Trailer. Sky1.sky.com (2009-08-14). Retrieved on 6 June 2012.
- Digital Spy 21 July 2010. Digitalspy.co.uk (2010-07-21). Retrieved on 6 June 2012.
- "BDO International Open Brean 2008 – Singles 15/06/08". BDO Darts. 16 June 2008.
- Teeman, Tim (14 August 2009). "Dolce Vito; Justin Lee Collins: Wrestler; How Clean Is Your House? – Last Night's TV". Home Arts & Entertainment TV & Radio (London). Retrieved 14 August 2009.
- "RTÉ Player: The Late Late Show – beginning 1:32:00". RTÉ News. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
- RTÉ announces 2010 Eurosong finalists – RTÉ Ten. Rte.ie (2010-02-10). Retrieved on 5 February 2011.
- 'CHICAGO' Celebrates 11th B-Day With Justin Lee Collins 12/4 2008/11/26. Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved on 5 February 2011.
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