Luke Jacobz

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Luke Jacobz
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Luke Jacob Ashwood

(1981-02-14) 14 February 1981 (age 39)
Years active1998–present

Luke Jacobz (born Luke Jacob Ashwood; 14 February 1981, Sydney) is an Australian actor and television presenter.


He appeared in a high school production of The Man of Steel in 1995. He came to public attention when he starred as Zac Croft for two years on the Australian teen drama television series Heartbreak High. He later moved on to hosting television programs such as the now cancelled television series The Big Arvo and Popstars Live.

Jacobz made a return to acting in McLeod's Daughters as Patrick Brewer, appearing on the show between 2005 and 2008.[1] He also appeared in a six-month recurring role as Angelo Rosetta in Home and Away, where after becoming a viewer favourite, he was then upgraded to series regular. In 2008, Jacobz was crowned Dancing with the Stars champion along with dancer and mentor Luda Kroitor.[2]

On 23 August 2010, Jacobz was announced as the new host of The X Factor, replacing Matthew Newton, who stepped down from the role.[3] Jacobz also began talks to appear in a new Australian drama series Wild Boys.[4]

Jacobz returned as host for The X Factor in the fourth series,[5] and finished hosting the seventh series on 24 November 2015.

Jacobz returned to television in 2017 to host Instant Hotel.

In 2019, Jacobz became a household name when he competed on the fifth Australian season of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!


In 2010, Jacobz was nominated for the Silver Logie Award for the most popular actor for his role on Home and Away.[6]

Personal life[edit]

"Jacobz" is a screen name, derived from adding a 'z' to the actor's middle name of Jacob. Jacobz dated his Dancing with the Stars partner Luda Kroitor in 2009; the relationship ended some time later. He has one brother (Ben Ashwood), mother (Sue Ashwood) and deceased father (John Ashwood). [7]

Jacobz was charged with drink driving on 31 May 2015 in Sydney, returning a 0.116 reading, well above the 0.05 limit.[8] In court, he pleaded guilty and lost his licence for 12 months and was fined AU$700.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1998–99 Heartbreak High Zac Croft Regular Cast Member
2001–05 The Big Arvo Presenter
2004 Popstars Live Host
2005–09 McLeod's Daughters Patrick Brewer Regular Cast Member
2008 The Singing Bee Himself Contestant
2008 Hole in the Wall Himself Guys Vs Gals, On Guys Team
2008 Dancing with the Stars Himself Winner of Season 8
2008–11, 2020– Home and Away Angelo Rosetta Regular Cast Member
2009 Beauty and the Geek Australia Judge 1 Episode
2010–15 The X Factor (Australia) Host Seasons 2–7
2017 Instant Hotel Host Season 1
2019 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Himself Contestant
2019 The Proposal Host Season 1 (8 episodes)


  1. ^ Men steal the show
  2. ^ Jacobz wins dance off,; accessed 10 July 2015.
  3. ^ Home and Away star replaces Matthew Newton on X Factor
  4. ^ Profile,; accessed 10 July 2015.
  5. ^ Jacobz returns to host X Factor,; accessed 9 July 2015.
  6. ^ Complete list of nominations
  7. ^ Luke Jacobz in romance with Luda Kroitor,; accessed 10 July 2015.
  8. ^ Moran, Jonathon (11 June 2015). "X Factor host Luke Jacobz tells court 'I couldn't be more regretful and apologetic' over drink driving". Perth Now. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  9. ^ "X Factor's Luke Jacobz loses licence for DUI". Sky News Australia. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.

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Preceded by
Bridie Carter & Craig Monley
Dancing with the Stars (Australia) winner
Season 8 (Late 2008 with Luda Kroitor)
Succeeded by
Adam Brand & Jade Hatcher