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21 December 1971
Cuckfield, Sussex, England
|Occupation||Presenter, producer, actor|
|Spouse(s)||Sophie Siegle (m. 2007)|
Jamie Theakston (born 21 December 1971) is an English television presenter, producer, and actor. He is best known for hosting Top of the Pops, co-hosting the breakfast show with Emma Bunton on Heart and also for narrating the BBC documentary series Traffic Cops and Motorway Cops. He has also hosted several television programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
He joined the National Youth Theatre at the age of 13 where he appeared in plays including Murder in the Cathedral and Marat/Sade alongside contemporaries such as Daniel Craig, but was put off from pursuing a full-time acting career by the financial hardships that he encountered. After leaving college with nine O-Levels and one GCSE in Maths, he attended North London Polytechnic, from which he graduated with a first class degree in business studies. Whilst at university, he read traffic bulletins on BBC GLR because he wanted to get into sports reporting.
Life and career
Before embarking on a broadcasting career, he worked for auctioneers Christie's, and was going to study art history at the Courtauld Institute. After undertaking football and cricket reports for both GLR and Radio 5 Live, he was spotted by the BBC's head of sport and presented GLR's Saturday Sport Show at the age of 23. He then presented numerous shows for Radio 5 Live including Sportscall, The Jamie Theakston Cricket Show and Sport on Wednesday. Theakston joined Radio 1 in April 1999 to present the Sunday Lunch show. He fronted the 'One Big Sunday' events during 2000. He moved to a Saturday morning slot in 2001.
He left Radio 1 in 2002 to pursue an acting career, his last show being broadcast on 28 September. He joined London radio station Heart 106.2 in May 2005, replacing Jonathan Coleman on Heart Breakfast with Harriet Scott, which won Gold for Best Music Personality Show at the New York Festivals and the Silver Entertainment Award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards, both in 2007. Theakston (along with Scott) won the Radio Presenter of the Year award at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards in June 2009. Scott left Heart Breakfast in 2013; she was replaced by Spice Girl Emma Bunton, who already had a show on the Heart network.
On television, after presenting The O Zone with Jayne Middlemiss, he has most notably hosted Top of the Pops (1998–2003), Live & Kicking (1996–1999) and The Priory. The latter two shows he co-presented alongside Zoë Ball. His other presenting work includes fronting the Glastonbury Festival coverage for the BBC, the Oscars, the Grammys, A Question of Pop, UK Music Hall of Fame and Guinness World Records.
He hosted the Channel 4 reality TV show The Games alongside Kirsty Gallacher. He was also the host of a 2004 game show, Beg Borrow or Steal. He presented the ITV Saturday night show With A Little Help From My Friends. He also appeared in a 2004 episode of the ITV series Agatha Christie's Marple.
Theakston also played himself in the mock-interview series Rock Profile in which he interviews "celebrities" impersonated by Matt Lucas and David Walliams. The programme was shown on the now defunct channel UK Play. He also appeared alongside Walliams in an episode of Little Britain.
The Priory was commissioned by Chris Evans's then production company Ginger Productions. Despite initially strong ratings, the show failed to capitalise on the demise of TFI Friday (also a Ginger production), and figures slowly dropped; a fourth series was never commissioned.
More recently Theakston has hosted the prime-time Saturday night show The People's Quiz and produced and presented on Channel 4's The Search, which was nominated for a Rose d'Or award at the International Television Festival.
He played himself in the episode "Video Killed the Radio Star" of the TV series FM in March 2009.
Theakston featured beside Zoë Ball once again in Channel 5's Britain's Best Brain series, which aired in October 2009.
In July and August 2013, Theakston along with Emma Bunton presented ITV's This Morning Summer on Friday mornings. Since 2015, he has narrated episodes of Caught on Camera for ITV. In 2016, he presented Dogs Might Fly for Sky1.
Theakston has acted with Amanda Holden in Mad About Alice (2004) and worked with Adam Faith on the series Murder in Mind in 2003, shortly before Faith's death. He has also starred in the West End in the plays 'Art' and Home and Beauty at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. In 2004, he appeared in Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Body in the Library.
Theakston took a break in 2003 to travel to Uganda to meet with former child soldiers. He is a patron for CANCERVIVE – a charity established to address the needs of anyone whose family or friends are cancer sufferers.
He played in his fifth successive Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford in June 2014. Having, in 2010, saved four penalties for England against the Rest of the World in a penalty shoot-out, before missing a penalty himself in a defeat, he was later named man of the match for his performance in goal.
|Murder in the Cathedral||Spitalfields|
|Home and Beauty||Lyric|
|Afternoon Plays||BBC One|
|1995–2000||The O-Zone||BBC Two|
|1996–1999||Live & Kicking||BBC One|
|1997–2000||Glastonbury Festival||BBC One/BBC Two|
|1997–2003||Top of the Pops||BBC One|
|1998||Blankety Blank||BBC One||Guest|
|1998||Not a Lot of People Know That||BBC One||Guest|
|1998–1999||Grammy Awards||BBC One|
|1999||Total Eclipse||BBC One|
|1999||It's Only TV...but I Like It||BBC One||Guest|
|1999||Phones, Robbers and Videotape||BBC One|
|1999||2000 Today||BBC One|
|1999–?||Children in Need||BBC One|
|1999–2000||Rock Profile||BBC Two|
|2000–2001||A Question of Pop||BBC One|
|2000||Before They Were Famous||BBC One||Guest|
|2000||BBC Music Live||BBC One|
|2000||Secret Life of Stars||BBC One|
|2000||Stars of Tomorrow||BBC One|
|2000||Trading Places||BBC One|
|2001||Car Wars||BBC One|
|2002||Sport Relief||BBC One|
|2003||Murder in Mind||BBC One|
|2003–2006||The Games||Channel 4|
|2003—||Traffic Cops||BBC One (2003–2015)
Channel 5 (2016—)
|2004||Mad About Alice||BBC One|
|Beg Borrow or Steal||ITV|
|Little Britain||BBC Three|
|Agatha Christie's Marple ("The Body in the Library")||ITV|
|2008–2015||Motorway Cops||BBC One|
|2013||This Morning Summer||ITV|
|2015—||Caught on Camera||ITV|
|2016||Dogs Might Fly||Sky1|
|2017||Richard Osman's House of Games||BBC Two|
- The Priory – Channel 4
- Wish You Were Here – ITV
- Queen's Jubilee Concert – BBC One
- Natural Born Losers – BBC One
- Pick n Mix – UK Play
- Comic Relief – BBC One
- Landmarks – BBC Two
- The Brits – ITV
- 100 Greatest Kids Shows – Channel 4
- Behind the Music – VH1
- Richest Kids – ITV
- Bitesize – BBC Two
- Beg Borrow or Steal – BBC Two
- With a Little Help from My Friends – ITV
- The Simpsons Quiz – Channel 4
- The UK Music Hall of Fame – Channel 4
- 50 Years, 50 Records – ITV
- The Oscars: Live – SKY 1/Sky Movies
- All*Star Cup – Sky1
- The Search – Channel 4
- The National Lottery People's Quiz – BBC One
- Concert for Diana – BBC One
- Sky Cops – BBC One
- Forbidden History – Yesterday – UKTV
- Saturday Sports Show – GLR
- Sportscall – BBC Radio 5
- Friday Night on 5 – BBC Radio 5
- Jamie Theakston's Cricket Show – BBC Radio 5
- Radio 5 Sport – BBC Radio 5
- The Sunday Lunch – BBC Radio 1
- The Jamie Theakston Show – BBC Radio 1
- The Griff Rhys Jones Show – BBC Radio 2
- One Big Sunday – BBC Radio 1
- Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Harriet Scott – Heart
- Heart Breakfast with Jamie and Emma – Heart
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