Alex Jones (Welsh presenter)

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Alex Jones
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Jones alongside David Cameron during his appearance on The One Show
Born Charlotte Alexandra Jones[1]
(1977-03-18) 18 March 1977 (age 39)
Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Residence Chiswick, London
Nationality Welsh
Education Aberystwyth University
Occupation Television presenter
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Television The One Show (2010—)
Let's Dance for Comic Relief (2011–2013)
Strictly Come Dancing (2011)
Tumble (2014)
Close Calls: On Camera (2015—)
Shop Well for Less? (2016—)
Spouse(s) Charlie Thomson (m. 2015)
Parent(s) Alun and Mary

Charlotte Alexandra "Alex" Jones (born 18 March 1977)[2] is a Welsh television presenter, best known for co-presenting the BBC One magazine programme The One Show with Matt Baker.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire,[1] and has a younger sister Jennie. Her first language at home was English, but Jones was educated at the Welsh language school Maes yr Yrfa, and is fluent in both English and Welsh. After training as a ballet dancer as a child,[3] Jones studied theatre, film and television at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, sitting her final exams in Magaluf, Spain, while appearing as a contestant on the Sky1 show Prickly Heat.[3][5]

Career[edit]

Jones during 2008.

After graduation, Jones became a television researcher, but after being sacked twice, was asked by a producer at Avanti productions to audition in front of the camera.[5] Her first presenting job was for BBC Choice, and she then joined S4C as a presenter on the singing programme Cân i Gymru (A Song for Wales).[5] Jones developed a speciality presenting Welsh-language children's programmes on S4C, including Hip neu Sgip?[6] and Salon, alongside occasional appearances on mainstream British television, including Channel 4's RI:SE.[5]

Jones presents travel show Tocyn (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.[5] Jones is a regular co-host on Real Radio GMG in Wales.[7]

On 25 July 2010, Jones was announced as the new female co-host on The One Show, replacing Christine Bleakley.[3][7][8][9] Jones replaced Claudia Winkleman as co-presenter of Let's Dance for Comic Relief during the programme's third series in February 2011.[10] 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.

Since 2012, Jones, along with Matt Baker and John Inverdale have 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.[11] Beginning on 9 August 2014, Jones presented the BBC One gymnastics competition series Tumble [12][13] which ran through September 2014.[14]

In 2015, Jones began presenting the daytime series Close Calls: On Camera for BBC One and in 2016, she co-hosted the two-part BBC series Shop Well for Less? alongside Steph McGovern.

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

Main article: Strictly Come Dancing

Jones competed in the ninth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2011.[15] Her professional partner was James Jordan.[16] Jones and Jordan were eliminated a week before the final, and finished 5th overall in the competition.

Strictly Come Dancing performances
Week # Dance/Song Judges' scores Result
Revel Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli Total
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "When Love Takes Over" 4 6 6 6 22 N/A (no public vote)
2 Foxtrot / "Have You Met Miss Jones?" 6 8 7 8 29 Safe
3 Viennese Waltz / "Memory" 8 8 8 8 32 Safe
4 Rumba / "Run" 4 7 7 7 25 Safe
5 Paso Doble / "Bring Me to Life" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
6 Quickstep / "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
7 Jive / "River Deep, Mountain High" 7 8 8 8 31 Safe
8 Tango / "Relax (song)" 8 9 9 9 35 Safe
9 Charleston / "Me and My Baby" 6 7 8 8 29 Safe
10 American Smooth / "Oh, Pretty Woman" 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
11 Waltz / "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" 7 9 9 9 34 N/A
11 Salsa / "1-2-3" 7 8 8 8 31 Eliminated

Personal life[edit]

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

On 6 February 2015, during an episode of The One Show, it was announced that Jones had become engaged to New Zealand insurance broker, Charlie Thomson,[18] and on 31 December 2015 she and Thomson were married at Cardiff Castle.[19]

Jones was appointed as a member of the Gorsedd of the Bards during a ceremony at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Meifod, Powys, in August 2015; honoured for her contribution to Welsh culture.[20]

In February 2016, Jones was granted a restraining order against a homeless man who sent her vulgar tweets and turned up at her workplace, claiming to be in love with her. He was banned from contacting Jones and her family.[21][22][23]

Charity[edit]

Jones is a patron for the Kidney Wales Foundation.[24]

From 18 to 20 March 2014, Jones participated in the Sport Relief appeal by being dragged up the 1200 ft Moonlight Buttress in Zion National Park, Utah in the US by climber Andy Kirkpatrick.[25] Jones raised £1,281,476 for the charity appeal.[25] Coverage of the challenge was shown on The One Show and in a 30-minute film which aired on 23 March 2014 on BBC One called Alex Against the Rock for Sport Relief.[26]

From 7–11 March 2016, Jones took part in her second challenge for Sport Relief, called 'Hell on High Seas', in which she, along with five other celebrities: Suzi Perry, Doon Mackichan, Angellica Bell, Hal Cruttenden and Ore Oduba sailed 1,000 miles from Belfast to London.[27][28] During the Sport Relief telethon, it was announced the team had raised £1,062,868.

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Channel Notes
2010— The One Show Co-presenter BBC One With Matt Baker
2011–2013 Let's Dance for Comic/Sport Relief With Steve Jones
2011 Strictly Come Dancing Participant
2012, 2014, 2016 The Sport Relief Games Show Co-presenter With Matt Baker
2014 Live from Edinburgh Castle Presenter One-off TV special
Tumble Saturday night show
2015— Close Calls: On Camera Presenter Daytime series
2016— Shop Well For Less? Co-presenter With Steph McGovern
Guest appearances
Film
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Cameo appearance

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b BDM Swansea 1977 April–June V27 p2577
  2. ^ Her birthday was mentioned on an episode of The One Show dated 19 March 2014
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Talking to Alex Jones –Cymru – Tocyn – Dysgu ar S4C". S4C. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Hip Neu Sgip? (2004) Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "Alex Jones to join The One Show". Digital Spy. 25 July 2010. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Let's Dance For Comic Relief axed". The List. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Digiguide". 
  12. ^ "Digital Spy: Tumble". 
  13. ^ "BBC Media Centre: Tumble". 
  14. ^ "Digital Spy". 
  15. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing signs up Lulu and Edwina Currie". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 6 September 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Alex Jones". Strictly Come Dancing. BBC. 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Fellowships for Jones and Sheen". Aberystwyth University. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ Williams, Kathryn (2015-12-31). "The One Show presenter Alex Jones is getting married at Cardiff Castle today". Wales Online. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  20. ^ "One Show presenter Alex Jones honoured by Gorsedd of the Bards". BBC News. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Stalker who called Alex Jones his 'darling lovely lady' and turned up as she filmed The One Show in 17-month harrassment campaign is given restraining order". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  22. ^ "One Show Host Alex hounded by Stalker". The Sun. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  23. ^ "Alex Jones 'fan' given restraining order after bombarding One Show presenter with tweets". The Telegraph. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  24. ^ "The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge 2012". BBC Children in Need. 
  25. ^ a b "Alex Against the Rock". Sport Relief. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ "SportRelief: Hell on high seas". 
  28. ^ "BT News". 

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