Alex Brooker

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Alex Brooker
Born Alexander James Brooker
(1984-05-15) 15 May 1984 (age 34)
Ashford, Kent, England[1]
Nationality English
Education Liverpool John Moores University
The Norton Knatchbull School
Occupation Journalist, television presenter, comedian
Employer Press Association, Channel 4
Notable credit(s) The Last Leg (2012—)
The Jump (2014)
The Superhumans Show (2016)
Children 1

Alexander James Brooker (born 15 May 1984) is an English journalist, presenter and comedian best known for his television work with Channel 4.

Brooker has co-hosted The Last Leg, a Channel 4 panel show with Adam Hills and Josh Widdicombe since 2012, as well as co-presenting Channel 4 ski jumping show The Jump with Davina McCall in 2014. In 2016, he began presenting The Superhumans Show for Channel 4 daytime.

In February 2018 Brooker signed for Leeds Rhinos Foundation PDRL (Physical Disability Rugby League). [2]

Career[edit]

Brooker went to the Norton Knatchbull School in Ashford, Kent, before graduating from Liverpool John Moores University in 2006[3] and worked as a sports reporter on the Liverpool Echo.[4] He now works for the Press Association.[4][dead link]

Brooker entered Channel 4's Half a Million Quid Talent Search in 2012,[3][1] which aimed to find disabled talent for coverage of the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games and beyond. He first appeared as a trackside reporter on Channel 4's coverage of the 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup.[3] Brooker interviewed the likes of Boris Johnson and David Cameron during the 2012 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony and was a co-host on The Last Leg with Adam Hills, a nightly alternative look at the Games.[5] Brooker was also on The Last Leg of the Year, an end of year special with Adam Hills and Josh Widdicombe.

Since 25 January 2013, Brooker has been a co-host on The Last Leg on Channel 4.[6] In February 2015 Brooker interviewed Nick Clegg for the programme: his performance was described by political journalist Hugo Rifkind as "a model of how to talk normally to a politician – and make them talk normally back".[7]

On 1 August 2013, Brooker hosted a one-off documentary about body image on Channel 4, titled Alex Brooker: My Perfect Body.[8]

In January and February 2014, Brooker co-presented the first series of celebrity reality show The Jump on Channel 4 opposite Davina McCall. The series was broadcast live over ten nights from a mountainside in Austria.[9] However, Brooker did not return for the second series in 2015. In 2016, he presented The Superhumans Show on Channel 4.

Personal life[edit]

Brooker is originally from Ashford, Kent.[1] He was born with hand and arm deformities and a twisted right leg which had to be amputated when he was a baby. He now wears a prosthetic leg. He is a fanatical supporter of Arsenal F.C., regularly appearing on 'Footballistically Arsenal' podcast.[10]

Charity[edit]

In May 2014, Brooker fronted a campaign called 'End The Awkward' by disability charity Scope, which used comedy to shine a light on the awkwardness that many people feel about disability. Brooker appeared in three advertisements guiding viewers through awkward situations that they may encounter with a disabled person.[11]

In September 2012, Brooker won The Million Pound Drop Live with Josh Widdicombe playing for Echoes Foundation, Scope Joseph's Goal.[12][13]

Filmography[edit]

Television
  • Half a Million Quid Talent Search (2012)
  • The Last Leg (2012—)
  • Alex Brooker: My Perfect Body (2013)
  • The Jump (2014)
  • The Superhumans Show (2016—)
  • The NHS: A People's History (2018)
  • Very British Problems(2018)
Guest appearances

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Alex Brooker – Half-Million quid talent search video". Youtube. 9 September 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  2. ^ https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/tv-star-alex-signs-up-for-team-1-8997053
  3. ^ a b c "Graduate lands top TV sports presenting job". JMU Journalism. 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Chris Bradley. "C4 Presenters – Alex Brooker". Channel 4. Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Ned Boulting (2 September 2012). "Ned Boulting: Alex Brooker deserves a medal for his Paralympic performance". Metro. London: Metro. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Paul Kalina. "Risking laugh and limb pays off". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Rifkind, Hugo (7 February 2015). "How Alex Brooker made political interviews interesting again". spectator.co.uk. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Alex Brooker: My Perfect Body". Channel 4. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Channel 4 reveals the famous faces preparing to take The Jump". Channel 4 Press. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Footballistically Arsenal". podcast.playbackmedia.co.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 
  11. ^ Parry, Lizzie (8 May 2014). "Two-thirds of us are uncomfortable talking to disabled people – because we fear we'll appear patronising". Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Million Pound Charity Drop Benefits Disability Charities". Posability magazine. 14 September 2012. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Lucy Lyon (14 September 2012). "Million Pound Drop TV win 'saves' Hull's Echoes Foundation". This Is Hull and East Riding. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 

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