Jonathan Wilkes

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Jonny Wilkes
Born (1978-08-01) 1 August 1978 (age 39)
Baddeley Green, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Occupation Entertainer
Spouse(s) Nikki Wheeler (m. 2004)
Children 2

Jonathan Wilkes (born 1 August 1978)[1] is a British TV presenter and singer, best known for being a close friend of Robbie Williams.[2]

His single "Just Another Day" went to No. 24 in the UK Singles Chart.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Jonathan Wilkes was born in Baddeley Green Stoke-on-Trent, to Eileen Wilkes and Graham Wilkes, and spent most of his childhood in Packmoor, an outlying village of Chell. He has one older sister called Kay. He signed for Port Vale FC, aged seven, and played for Everton FC as a teenager. He was dropped from the team due to his unwillingness to 'eat, sleep and breathe football'. [4]

In 1996, he won the Cameron Mackintosh Young Entertainer of the Year Award. From this, he went on to work in Blackpool under the name 'Jonathan and the Space Girls', until being spotted by Kevin Bishop of the BBC, who employed him as a presenter for the precursor channel to BBC3.[5] He has since gone on to work in West End Musicals, and has presented You've Been Framed! He had a brief spell as a pop-music singer, reaching number 24 with "Just Another Day" in 2001.

Soccer Aid[edit]

Wilkes is perhaps best known in the UK now for his participation and assistance in the organisation of Soccer Aid, an event he has been involved in since 2008 with his friend Robbie Williams.

Preceded by
Lisa Riley
Host of You've Been Framed!
2003 - 2004
Succeeded by
Harry Hill

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home - James Grant". Jonathanwilkes.com. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  2. ^ "Jonny Wilkes: I can't help it if Robbie Williams is my best mate". Staff Life. 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2016-06-13. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 603. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Jonny Wilkes: I can't help it if Robbie Williams is my best mate". Staff Life. 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  5. ^ martintideswell (2012-09-22). "Why our Jonny changed goals to become a stage star". Martin Tideswell. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 

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