CJ de Mooi

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CJ de Mooi
CJ de Mooi 2011 07 31.jpg
De Mooi in 2011
Born (1969-11-05) 5 November 1969 (age 49)
OccupationActor and television personality
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[citation needed]
WebsiteOfficial website

Connagh Joseph "CJ" de Mooi (pronounced [də moːi̯]; born Andrew Paul Booth on 5 November 1969)[1][2] is a British professional quizzer and television personality. He first appeared on television quiz show Eggheads in 2003, as one of five original members of the show's eponymous team. In December 2011, de Mooi announced he had left Eggheads permanently to pursue an acting career.[3] He appeared in broadcast episodes until August 2012 and was replaced on the show by Dave Rainford. However, he returned to a new, short-lived format of Eggheads in 2014 called Revenge of the Egghead.[4] He stated he returned because of his 'love of the show'.[5] He then returned to the main version of Eggheads replacing Daphne Fowler.

In 2016, De Mooi was accused of sexual assault but was subsequently cleared. He stated that he had been dismissed from Eggheads and had relocated to South Africa, to pursue a career in acting.[citation needed] In September 2016 he was arrested on suspicion of a murder allegedly committed in 1988, under a European Arrest Warrant issued in the Netherlands, regarding claims reported to have been made in his autobiography. In October 2016, a judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court declined the extradition request and said a European arrest warrant should never have been issued.

Early life[edit]

External video
CJ de Mooi on homelessness, 15:49, August 15, 2013[6]
2016, CJ de Mooi, 8:26, December 16, 2016[7] Material about Wikipedia begins at 4:37

In his autobiography, de Mooi states that he was given the names Andrew Paul at his birth, in Barnsley, Yorkshire. He moved to Rotherham in his childhood, and attended a local comprehensive school.[1] De Mooi studied English and Performing Arts at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology[3] before embarking upon a modelling career in Germany which lasted for four and a half years.[8]

On a self-recorded YouTube video,[9] de Mooi says he had a highly abusive childhood, causing him to run away from home shortly after his seventeenth birthday and become homeless beginning in Rotherham and Sheffield. The video describes how he travelled to London, jumped on a ferry to Amsterdam and later moved on to Cologne, where a chance encounter outside a gay bar led to the beginnings of his modelling career. De Mooi was reported to have stated in his autobiography that in 1988 he assaulted a man who was attempting to mug him by punching and shoving him into a canal in Amsterdam.[10][11]

He adopted the surname de Mooi when he began working as a model.

Career[edit]

Quizzer[edit]

In 2000 de Mooi applied to several game and quiz television shows as a contestant and stood out for being outspoken (his tirade when voted off the Weakest Link has been featured on the show's website, video and led to a 'bad losers show' which he eventually won). He has also appeared on numerous other quiz shows including Fifteen to One, Countdown, Beat the Nation and 100%.

He challenged six former professional snooker players during the 2010 World Snooker Championship to test his snooker knowledge against their knowledge of chosen specialist subjects. He won all but one round, John Parrott being the only player to get the better of him.[citation needed]

As part of the Cardiff Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Mardi Gras in March 2007, de Mooi acted as host of a quiz night.[12] He also hosted a quiz at the June 2010 conference of the British Humanist Association.[13] In 2013, De Mooi published his first book, entitled How to Win TV Quiz Shows.[3]

Chess[edit]

De Mooi was a club chess player from 1990 to 2009, representing Hammersmith Chess Club in West London.[14] At the peak his chess rating was 158 ECF, equivalent to Elo 1885.[15] In 2010 he was elected President of the English Chess Federation.[16]

In September 2010 he was very outspoken as a delegate to the FIDE (the World Chess Federation)'s presidential elections. De Mooi described the events, which saw Kirsan Ilyumzhinov re-elected over Anatoly Karpov, as "a farce of a vote", going on to declare: "You wouldn't believe the blatant breaking of rules and FIDE's written statutes. It's amazing. There wasn't even a pretence of fairness and free speech." According to de Mooi, Ilyumzhinov, the federation's president for 15 years, had refused to allow Karpov's supporters to address the general assembly meeting, but turned off their microphones and carried on speaking himself and ignored legal points raised from the floor, eventually storming off stage with the federation's ruling board.[17]

Acting[edit]

De Mooi moved into professional acting full-time in 2011 and has appeared in plays, musicals and pantomimes. In 2014, he performed in and produced two plays by Harvey Fierstein in London's West End and was then cast in the Lazarus Theatre productions of Troilus and Cressida and Coriolanus.[18] He also completed filming on his movie debut, a nine-minute short entitled The Renata Road,[19] which was filmed in 2011 and put out on release in 2014[20] with a showing at Cannes International Film Festival in 2015.[21]

Personal life[edit]

According to de Mooi, he adopted his new name whilst modelling and is quoted as saying "I no longer wanted to be associated with my family".[citation needed] De Mooi translates from Dutch to mean "the pretty"; it is not an uncommon Dutch family name. He currently[when?] resides in Wales with his civil partner Andrew Doran.[22] De Mooi is teetotal and a vegetarian of over three decades; in April 2018 he announced on Twitter he was going vegan.[23]

On 21 September 2016, de Mooi was arrested at Heathrow Airport in connection with claims, which he had reportedly made in his autobiography, that in 1988 he had punched a drug-addicted mugger and thrown him into a canal in Amsterdam.[24] De Mooi was detained under a European Arrest Warrant issued in the Netherlands.[25][26] A judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court declined the extradition request on technical grounds, on 24 October 2016, saying that no UK arrest warrant had been issued.[27]

In October 2018, de Mooi was declared bankrupt following lengthy legal proceedings in connection with the arrest.[citation needed]

He has been living with HIV since the late 1980s.[28] In April 2019, de Mooi posted on Twitter about his health and about his financial and professional problems and a GoFundMe campaign was launched, saying he is "bankrupt, extremely ill and in imminent danger of losing his house."[29]

Charity[edit]

De Mooi ran in the 2009 London Marathon raising money for Amnesty International.[citation needed] He also competed in the 2012 London Marathon, completing with a time of 3 hours 16 minutes and 30 seconds.[30]

In 2015 he ran in the London Marathon for Shooting Star CHASE, a children's hospice, finishing in 2 hours 58 minutes 30 seconds.[31]

Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b CJ de Mooi, CJ – The Autobiography of CJ de Mooi, John Blake Publishing, 2015, chapters 1–2
  2. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916–2007 Name: Andrew Paul Booth Registration Date: Oct 1969 [Nov 1969] [Dec 1969] Registration Quarter: Oct–Nov–Dec Registration district: Barnsley Inferred County: South Yorkshire Mother's Maiden Name: Sobers Volume Number: 2b Page Number: 122
  3. ^ a b c "CJ de Mooi". Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Revenge of the Egghead – BBC Two".
  5. ^ CJ de Mooi (2 September 2013). "Why did I leave Eggheads?" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Purcival, Ashley (7 September 2015). "'Eggheads' Star CJ De Mooi Reveals Fears He May Have Killed A Man, While Living Homeless In Amsterdam 20 Years Ago". Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  7. ^ Bullen, Jamie (17 December 2016). "CJ de Mooi claims arrest warrant over alleged Amsterdam killing 'was based on fake Wikipedia entry'". Evening Standard. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  8. ^ Harrison, Rute (25 November 2008). "CJ De Mooi really is an egghead". femalefirst.co.uk. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  9. ^ "CJ de Mooi on homelessness". Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  10. ^ Leon Watson (7 September 2015). "I think I killed a man, says Eggheads panellist". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  11. ^ Benedictus, Leo (7 September 2015). "Will Egghead CJ de Mooi regret admitting he might have killed somebody?". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  12. ^ Cardiff Mardi Gras celebrate Charlotte’s baby news Pink News, 12 April 2007
  13. ^ British Humanist Association Conference Archived 29 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 29 June 2010
  14. ^ "A Brief History of Hammersmith Chess Club – Hammersmith Chess Club".
  15. ^ Based on the conversion formula used by the English Chess Federation[1], where Elo = (BCF × 7.5) + 100
  16. ^ ECF Officials English Chess Federation
  17. ^ Chess world shocked as Karpov fails to capture top job The Guardian, 29 September 2010
  18. ^ "Spotlight: Connagh de Mooi".
  19. ^ "The Renata Road". Beyond the Bar.
  20. ^ "Lancashire International Film Festival" (PDF). uclan.ac.uk. 4.30–5.30 Ed Greenberg. p. 2. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  21. ^ Barnes, Jo (1 May 2015). "Quiz expert set to host quiz at city business club". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  22. ^ Radio Times. BBC Magazines. Retrieved 7 August 2010
  23. ^ CJ de Mooi TV Lives
  24. ^ "Eggheads panelist arrested on suspicion of murder". TV Tonight. 22 September 2016.
  25. ^ "Ex-Eggheads star CJ de Mooi in court over alleged killing". BBC News. 22 September 2016.
  26. ^ "Ex-Eggheads panellist in court over 'killing'". Sky News. 22 September 2016.
  27. ^ Johnston, Chris (24 October 2016). "Eggheads star CJ de Mooi will not be extradited, court rules". The Guardian.
  28. ^ Mooi, CJ de (21 April 2019). "I've been living with AIDS for 30 years but the agony of the last 3 years means I may not have many left". Twitter.
  29. ^ "Eggheads star CJ de Mooi is 'bankrupt, dying of Aids and about to lose his home'". Wales Online. 22 April 2019.
  30. ^ "Virgin London Marathon 2012".
  31. ^ "Virgin Money London Marathon 2015".

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Preceded by
Unknown
President of the English Chess Federation
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Roger Edwards