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Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson was born in 1960 in the Yorkshire town of Doncaster in the North of England, an area renowned for its loud shouting and rampant exaggeration. He went to Repton school but didn't really pay attention and then got a job with a local newspaper where he was famed for stories such as 'Literally 50 billion people visit cake sale'...
“ One of the hosts. ” - niklas_ojman
Richard Hammond
Richard Hammond was born in 1969 in the British town of Solihull, which is near to Birmingham although it tries to pretend that it isn't. He started his career in local radio before getting a break on a cable TV car show where he was able to hone his presenting skills, safe in the knowledge that no one was watching...
“ One of the hosts. ” - niklas_ojman
James May
James May was born in the 18th century in the British city of Bristol. He studied music at university, although secretly he was thinking about old motorcycles. In his career to date he has been sacked from Autocar, let go from Driven, and relieved of his duties at CAR magazine. He previously presented Top Gear and is now one of the presenters on The Grand Tour...
“ One of the hosts since series 2. ” - niklas_ojman
“ One of the original hosts from series 1. ” - niklas_ojman
“ The original Black Stig. ” - niklas_ojman
“ The original White Stig. ” - niklas_ojman
“ The current Stig. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 1, episode 1.
Series 12, episode 4. ” - niklas_ojman
Jay Kay
Soundtrack, Godzilla
Jason Kay was born in Stretford, England, on December 30, 1969. After moving to East London with his mother Karen Kay, a jazz singer, in his teens, Jay found himself homeless after a fight with his mum. Jay became involved in the street culture and took on many jobs in order to get by. After an unsuccessful audition to become the new lead singer for The Brand New Heavies...
“ Series 1, episode 2.
Series 11, episode 6. ” - niklas_ojman
Ross Kemp
Actor, EastEnders
Ross Kemp was born on July 21, 1964 in Barking, Essex, England. His mother, Jean, was a hairdresser and his father, John, was a policeman with the Metropolitan Police force. He has a brother named Darren who is a documentary producer for the BBC. Ross attended Shenfield High School, where he is remembered as an excellent athlete...
“ Series 1, episode 3. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 1, episode 4.
Series 5, episode 4.
Series 8 episode 7. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 1, episode 4. ” - niklas_ojman
Jonathan Ross
Comedian, talk show host, game show host, film critic, radio DJ and awards show compere, Jonathan Ross is the most successful British broadcaster of his generation. After attending university in London and gaining an East European History degree, he worked as a researcher on Channel Four in the 1980s...
“ Series 1, episode 5.
Series 16, episode 3. ” - niklas_ojman
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, or TP-T as she had become widely recognised by the nation, first rose to fame in the Nineties when she was a budding writer and fashion enthusiast eager to share her views with the world by entering into a newly-found London lifestyle - a big change from her quintessentially English upbringing in the Hampshire countryside...
“ Series 1, episode 6. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 1, episode 7. ” - niklas_ojman
Michael Gambon
Sir Michael Gambon was born in Cabra, Dublin, Ireland, to Mary (Hoare), a seamstress, and Edward Gambon, an engineer. After joining the National Theatre, under the Artistic Directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier, Gambon went on to appear in a number of leading roles in plays written by Alan Ayckbourn...
“ Series 1, episode 8.
Series 8, episode 5. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 1, episode 9.
Series 8, episode 2. ” - niklas_ojman
Vinnie Jones
Actor, Snatch
Vincent Peter Jones was born on January 5, 1965 in Watford, England. He first came to public notice as a professional footballer, playing in the English Football League. Noted as one of soccer's hard men, he leaped to fame when a photographer, at a match, snapped him "marking" Newcastle United's Paul Gascoigne...
“ Series 2, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver's cheeky manner, constant use of the word 'pukka', and down to earth personality have won him legions of fans around the world. He has sold millions of cookery books, opened a restaurant, starred in several TV shows and revolutionised UK school dinners. He was born May 27th, 1975 and brought up in Clavering...
“ Series 2, episode 2.
Series 9, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
David Soul
David Soul achieved pop icon status as handsome, blond-haired, blue-eyed Detective Kenneth Hutchinson on the cult "buddy cop" TV series Starsky and Hutch, Soul also had a very successful singing career recording several albums, with worldwide number one hit singles including "Silver Lady" & "Don't Give Up on Us Baby"...
“ Series 2, episode 3. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 2, episode 4.
Series 12, episode 6. ” - niklas_ojman
Anne Robinson
Born Anne Josephine Robinson on September 26, 1944 in Crosby, Liverpool, England, this famous host of the BBC and NBC quiz show The Weakest Link started her career as a journalist for Rediffusion. She made her way up by working on the Daily Mail, Sunday Times and Daily Mirror. It was at the Mirror where she was to make her mark...
“ Series 2, episode 5. ” - niklas_ojman
Richard Whiteley
Thanks, Countdown
John Richard Whiteley, a staunchly proud Yorkshireman, was a much-loved television presenter and journalist, born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1943. He was best known for being the presenter of the long running UK Channel 4 television show Countdown. However, prior to this he was primarily a journalist...
“ Series 2, episode 6. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 2, episode 7. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 2, episode 8. ” - niklas_ojman
Patrick Stewart
Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he quit when his editor told him he was spending too much time at the theatre and not enough working...
“ Series 2, episode 9. ” - niklas_ojman
Alan Davies
Self, QI
Alan lived in Loughton, Essex for most of his life, until he left to pursue a career in comedy. He now lives in Islington in north London. He is the second of three children, born in Essex, and has an older brother and a younger sister. He was raised by his father, an accountant when his mother died when he was just 6 years old...
“ Series 2, episode 10.
Series 8, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 3, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
Stephen Fry
Self, QI
Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson has characterised her friend as "90 percent gay...
“ Series 3, episode 2.
Series 13, episode 2. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 3, episode 3.
Series 11, episode 3. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 3, episode 4. ” - niklas_ojman
Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell was born in Lambeth, London and brought up in Elstree, Hertfordshire. He is the son of Julie Cowell (née Josie Dalglish), a ballet dancer, and Eric Selig Phillip Cowell, a music industry executive. Simon started his career in the music industry working in the mailroom at EMI Music Publishing...
“ Series 3, episode 5.
Series 10, episode 5. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 3, episode 6. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 3, episode 7. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 3, episode 8. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 3, episode 9. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 4, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 4, episode 2. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 4, episode 3. ” - niklas_ojman
Ronnie O'Sullivan
Professional Snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan was born on December 5, 1975 in Wordsley, West Midlands, England. At a young age, he showed talent as a Snooker player, a cue sport played on a table with balls and pockets. In 1992, he turned professional and competed at the world level. Nicknamed "The Rocket" for his rapid playing style...
“ Series 4, episode 4. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 4, episode 5. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 4, episode 6. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 4, episode 7. ” - niklas_ojman
Lionel Richie
Soundtrack, Rio
“ Series 4, episode 8. ” - niklas_ojman
Martin Clunes
Martin Clunes was born the son of the noted Shakespearean actor Alec Clunes. He was educated at the Royal Russell School in Surrey and the Arts Educational School in Chiswick, London. He made his television debut playing an alien prince opposite Peter Davison in Snakedance: Part One (director Fiona Cumming...
“ Series 4, episode 9. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 4, episode 10. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 4, episode 11. ” - niklas_ojman
Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey is known for his sharp wit and classic sense of humor. he is most famous for being in Never Mind The Buzzcocks, celebrity game-show in which he is a team captain. Bill is a stand up comedian, and has also starred in cult comedies such as Spaced and of course Black Books. He was given the award for the "best stand-up" at the British comedy awards.
“ Series 5, episode 1.
Series 15, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 5, episode 2. ” - niklas_ojman
Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley was born in Kashmir, India, on 1st May 1946. Her father was a major in the Gurkha Rifles, and she spent most of her early childhood in the Far East where her father was posted. An aspiring actress, she first came to fame as a model in London's swinging 1960s, where she was photographed by the greats...
“ Series 5, episode 3. ” - niklas_ojman
Jimmy Carr
Miscellaneous Crew, 8 Out of 10 Cats
“ Series 5, episode 4.
Series 7, episode 6.
Series 8, episode 1.
Series 20, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
Christian Slater
Christian Michael Leonard Slater was born on August 18, 1969 in New York City, to Michael Hawkins, a well-known soap actor, and Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), a casting agent. Christian started in show business early, appearing on the soap opera The Edge of Night in 1976 at the age of 7. He went on to star in many Broadway shows in the early-1980s...
“ Series 5, episode 5. ” - niklas_ojman
Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard burst onto the rock'n'roll world in 1958 with his hit single Move It. He was then known as Britain's answer to Elvis Presley. His first film was Serious Charge followed by Expresso Bongo, Wonderful to Be Young! and Summer Holiday. Wonderful to Be Young! and Summer Holiday were both massive hits for Cliff in Britain and overseas where Cliff was now a major pop star...
“ Series 5, episode 6. ” - niklas_ojman
Roger Daltrey
Roger Daltrey is noted as a founder of the legendary rock band The Who. After leaving London's Acton County Grammar School in 1963, he formed a skiffle band called The Detours, then displayed an early genius by putting together unusual elements into a world-class performance. The unusual elements included Daltrey on vocals...
“ Series 5, episode 7. ” - niklas_ojman
Eddie Izzard
Actor, Valkyrie
Best-known for his surreal and digressive stand-up, British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962, in Aden, Yemen, where his English parents -- Dorothy Ella, a nurse and midwife, and Harold John Izzard, an accountant -- worked for British Petroleum. Izzard worked as a street...
“ Series 5, episode 8. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 5, episode 8. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 5, episode 8. ” - niklas_ojman
James Nesbitt
James Nesbitt was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, to May, a civil servant, and James Nesbitt, a primary school headmaster. He was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution (also the school of Brian Campbell & Brian McAlister). He originally planned to be a French teacher. It...
“ Series 6, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 6, episode 2. ” - niklas_ojman
Christopher Eccleston
Actor, The Others
Christopher Eccleston trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and first came to public attention as Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It. However, it was a regular role in the television series Cracker that made him a recognizable figure in the United Kingdom. He appeared in the low-budget thriller Shallow Grave...
“ Series 6, episode 3. ” - niklas_ojman
Omid Djalili
Actor, Gladiator
Omid Djalili is a British Iranian stand-up comedian and actor. Omid had great success performing A Strange Bit of History, which won the Spirit of The Fringe award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1994, Omid has since become a fringe favorite with a string of sell-out shows. In 1995 it was with Short Fat Kebab Shop Owner's Son...
“ Series 6, episode 4. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 6, episode 5. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 6, episode 6. ” - niklas_ojman
Justin Hawkins
Soundtrack, School of Rock
Justin David Hawkins (born 17 March 1975) is an English musician and singer-songwriter, best known for being the lead singer and lead guitarist of The Darkness, alongside his brother, guitarist Dan Hawkins, bass player Frank Poullain and drummer Rufus Taylor. Hawkins, although born in Surrey...
“ Series 6, episode 7.
Series 8, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
Tim Rice
Music Department, Aladdin
A prolific lyricist and librettist, Tim Rice was born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, in the fall of 1944. Rice pursued his university education at Lancing College and, briefly, at l'Universite de Paris - Sorbonne. He was considering a legal career around the time that he met Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1965. Three years later...
“ Series 6, episode 8. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 6, episode 9.
Series 14, episode 3. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 6, episode 10. ” - niklas_ojman
Timothy Spall
Timothy Leonard Spall was born in Battersea, London, to Sylvia R. (Leonard), a hairdresser, and Joseph L. Spall, a postal worker. He was raised in London. Spall auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in "Macbeth"...
“ Series 6, episode 11. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 7, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 7, episode 2. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 7, episode 3. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 7, episode 4. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 7, episode 5. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 7, episode 6. ” - niklas_ojman
Rick Wakeman
Rick Wakeman's work on the classic albums of the progressive rock band Yes, his hugely successful solo albums, as well as his contributions to classic David Bowie songs, has earned him a reputation as one of rock's greatest ever keyboardists. Wakeman was educated at Drayton Manor County Grammar School...
“ Series 8, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 8, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 8, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 8, episode 3. ” - niklas_ojman
Ewan McGregor
Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents encouraged him to leave school and pursue his acting goals rather than be unhappy...
“ Series 8, episode 4. ” - niklas_ojman
Brian Cox
Actor, Troy
Brian Cox is an Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor. He was born on June 1, 1946 in Dundee, Scotland, to Mary Ann Guillerline Cox, maiden surname McCann, a spinner, and Charles McArdle Campbell Cox, a shopkeeper and butcher. His father was of Irish ancestry and his mother was of Irish and Scottish descent...
“ Series 8, episode 6. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 8, episode 8.
Series 14, episode 5. ” - niklas_ojman
Ray Winstone
Ray Winstone was born on February 19, 1957, in Hackney Hospital in London, England, to Margaret (Richardson) and Raymond J. Winstone. He moved to Enfield, at age seven, where his parents had a fruit and vegetable business. He started boxing at the age of twelve at the famous Repton Amateur Boxing Club...
“ Series 8, episode 8. ” - niklas_ojman
Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant, one of Britain's best known faces, has been equally entertaining on-screen as well as in real life, and has had enough sense of humor to survive a media frenzy. He is known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, with Andie MacDowell, Notting Hill, opposite Julia Roberts, and Music and Lyrics, opposite Drew Barrymore, among his other works...
“ Series 9, episode 2. ” - niklas_ojman
Simon Pegg
English actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician. His parents divorced when Pegg was seven. He later took his stepfather's surname, "Pegg". He was educated...
“ Series 9, episode 3.
Series 16, episode 6. ” - niklas_ojman
Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall, England, to Deborah (Hurlbatt) and Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas. Her ancestry includes Welsh, English, and Dutch. Her father was a pilot for the British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. Her stepfather was also a pilot and died six years later under similar circumstances...
“ Series 9, episode 4. ” - niklas_ojman
Billie Piper
Actress, Doctor Who
Billie Piper studied at the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School. She caught the eyes of record producers who were interested in signing a young vocalist when she was the poster girl for the ad campaign of a British pop music magazine, "Smash Hits". She released her first single, "Because We Want To"...
“ Series 9, episode 5. ” - niklas_ojman
Helen Mirren
Actress, The Queen
Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. Mirren attended St...
“ Series 10, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 10, episode 2. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 10, episode 3. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 10, episode 6. ” - niklas_ojman
Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Saunders was born July 6th 1958 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, UK. She attended Central School of Speech and Drama where she met her comedy partner Dawn French. Like many of the early 80s groundbreaking "alternative" comedians she began her career as comedienne/actress/writer with Dawn French at "The Comedy Store" in London...
“ Series 10, episode 7. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 10, episode 8. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 10, episode 8. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 10, episode 9. ” - niklas_ojman
David Tennant
David Tennant was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and Sandy McDonald, who was a Presbyterian minister. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided to become an actor, inspired by his love of Doctor Who...
“ Series 10, episode 10. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 11, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
Justin Lee Collins
Justin Lee 'JLC' Collins is a multi award winning documentary and television presenter known for his long hair and colorful appearance. Born and raised in Bristol, England Justin has a recognizable west country accent. Justin was raised by his father Danny a freelance electrician and his mother Anita, he is an only child...
“ Series 11, episode 1. ” - niklas_ojman
“ Series 11, episode 2. ” - niklas_ojman
Peter Firth
Peter Firth was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, in 1953. His parents owned a pub and he attended local grammar school. Firth took weekend classes at the Bradford Playhouse near his Pudsey home and by his mid-teens was playing in "Camelot" at the Bradford Alhambra. Leaving school at 16, he became a major child star in television series such as The Double Deckers...
“ Series 11, episode 2. ” - niklas_ojman
James Corden
Describing himself as the "chunky unit", James Kimberley Corden was born in Hillingdon, London and raised in Buckinghamshire, the son of Margaret (Collins), a social worker, and Malcolm Corden, a musician. He studied drama at the Jackie Palmer Stage School before going on to Holmer Green Senior School...
“ Series 11, episode 3. ” - niklas_ojman