Steve Jones (presenter)

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Steve Jones
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Steve Jones in June 2011
Born Stephen Ashton Jones
(1977-03-16) 16 March 1977 (age 39)
Rhondda, Wales, United Kingdom
Nationality Welsh
Ethnicity British
Occupation Television presenter, actor, model
Years active 2003–present
Employer Channel 4
Known for T4 (2003-2010)
Let's Dance for Comic/Sport Relief (2009-2013)
The X Factor USA (2011)
Formula One (2016–) Sex Box

Stephen Ashton Jones (born 16 March 1977) is a Welsh television presenter, who currently leads the presenting team on Channel 4 F1. He is best known as presenter of Channel 4's former teen schedule T4. In the United States, he is best known as the host of the first season of The X Factor USA.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Tylorstown, Rhondda Cynon Taff and currently resides in both London and Los Angeles.

Career[edit]

After starting his career as a model for Esquire, Jones moved into presenting, fronting such programmes as The Pop Factory Awards with Liz Fuller and 99 Things To Do Before You Die. He has since become a regular feature on Channel 4's weekend entertainment programme T4. In 2006, he worked on Transmission with T-Mobile with XFM DJ Lauren Laverne.

In February 2009, Jones made his BBC One debut hosting Let's Dance for Comic Relief with Claudia Winkleman who was later replaced with Alex Jones. In early 2009, he presented Sky1's Guinness World Records Smashed with Konnie Huq. The same year, Jones began presenting the BBC TV quizshow As Seen On TV.[1] He also presented 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow for the channel, which aired in July 2010.

Jones has also done some acting. He had a small part in the film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and a minor role as himself in two episodes of the TV series Plus One. In 2010, he had a small role in the film It's a Wonderful Afterlife.

Jones designed and modelled clothing for Shop Direct Group's in-house brand 'Good Souls' for their 2010 Summer/Autumn ranges.[2]

On 22 October 2010, it was announced Jones would leave T4 after seven years as a presenter. His last show for the strand was T4 Stars Of 2010 on 21 November 2010.[3]

In 2010, Jones presented new game show Drop Zone on BBC One where eight teams face a series of physical and mental challenges in six of the world's most exciting locations.[4]

It was originally announced in May 2011 that Jones would co-host The X Factor USA with Nicole Scherzinger.[5] However, Scherzinger was later promoted to the empty judge slot vacated by Cheryl Cole, and Jones was slated to present the show solo. In between filming the X Factor USA season one in Los Angeles, Jones appeared as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he talked about being a model, life in Los Angeles and working on The X Factor USA.

In December 2011, Jones presented A Night with Beyoncé, a live music special on ITV.

In January 2012, Jones announced that he had been dropped as presenter of The X Factor USA.[6] After much speculation, the show's creator Simon Cowell stated that many changes would be made to the show for the second season. Season one judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were also dropped from the show.

In February 2012, Jones hosted Let's Dance for Sport Relief for the BBC in 2012 for the fourth series of the fundraising show. Jones said in a statement "The BBC, Let's Dance, and Alex Jones...three of my favourite things. I couldn't ask for a better show to come home to... I can't wait!".

In 2014, Jones presented the BBC Three reality show Hair. The programme was renewed for a second series in 2015, moving to BBC Two. For the second series, Jones was replaced by comedian Katherine Ryan.[7]

In 2014, Jones co-presented two series of the Channel 4 cookery show Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose with Lisa Snowdon which aired every Saturday morning.[8]

In 2015, he presented Young, Free & Single: Live on E4.

In 2016, Jones will begin presenting My Kitchen Rules: UK, a new daytime cooking game show for Channel 4.[9] On 29 January 2016, it was announced that he would join Goedele Liekens as co-host for Channel 4 new series, Sex Box.[10] It began on 4 April 2016.

In March 2016, Jones was announced as the lead anchor of the Formula One coverage on Channel 4.[11] He will present 10 live races and 11 highlight shows.

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Channel Role Note(s)
2002–2003 The Pop Factory Awards ITV Wales Co-presenter
2003 99 Things to Do Before You Die Five
2003–2010 T4 Channel 4 Co-presenter
2006–2007 Transmission Co-presenter 3 series
2008 When Women Rule the World Presenter 1 series
2009–2013 Let's Dance for Comic/Sport Relief BBC One Co-presenter 5 series
2009 Guinness World Records Smashed Sky1 Co-presenter 1 series
As Seen on TV BBC One Presenter 1 series
2010 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow Presenter 1 series
2010 Drop Zone Presenter 1 series
2011 The X Factor USA Fox Presenter Season 1
A Night with Beyoncé ITV Presenter One-off special
2013 Totally Senseless Presenter Pilot
2014 Hair BBC Three Presenter 1 series
2014 Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose Channel 4 Co-presenter 2 series
2015 Young, Free & Single: Live E4 Presenter 1 series
2016— Formula One Channel 4 Presenter
2016 Guy Martin's Wall of Death: Live Presenter One-off special
2016— Sex Box Co-presenter 1 series
My Kitchen Rules: UK Presenter Upcoming series
Film
Year Title Role
2008 Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging Jem
2010 It's a Wonderful Afterlife Reporter
2011 Chalet Girl Reporter

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