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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 17 November 1960Leytonstone, London, England, UK
Birth NameJonathan Stephen Ross
Nickname Wossy
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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, becoming a presenter for the first time in January 1987 on the channel's series The Last Resort (1987). Ross made an immediate impression, largely because he didn't base his presentational style on conventional, comforting and polite British broadcasters such as Frank Bough, Michael Parkinson, Russell Harty, Alan Whicker and the BBC's main talk show host of the time, Terry Wogan; his inspiration was the more fast-witted and irreverent style of American talk show hosts, in particular David Letterman.

Although The Last Resort (1987) had a short life, it established Jonathan as a major draw for Channel Four and introduced viewers to Ross' trademark irreverent humour and his distinctive speech impediment, which has been the source of plenty of jokes over the years, including a few by Ross himself.

The 1990s were a period of growing success for Jonathan. In 1999 he was chosen by the BBC to replace Barry Norman as the host of Film 2016 (1971), their long-running film series on BBC One. The same year he left Virgin Radio to start his popular Radio 2 show, broadcast on Saturdays. In 2001 he landed his own chat show on BBC One, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001).

Further evidence of Jonathan's status came in 2005, when he was chosen by the BBC to host the corporation's coverage of the Live 8 (2005) rock concerts. Two years later, he was the obvious choice to host the similar Live Earth (2007) for the BBC.

He has been the winner of numerous awards, with Sony judges praising him for his "speed of thought, natural wit, and ability to transform even the most mundane of thoughts into entertaining broadcasting". BBC Director-General Mark Thompson has called him an "outstanding talent", and BBC One Controller Peter Fincham called him a "uniquely talented broadcaster at the very top of his game". He was awarded the OBE for services to broadcasting in 2005.

Ross has not been without his critics. Some have accused him of being the spearhead for a general decline in British television standards since the 1980s, epitomised by his regular use of foul language and blatant sexual references during his late night BBC talk show. He has been at the centre of a number of controversies due to his irreverent style, prompting cautions from The Broadcasting Standards Commission and the BBC's board of governors. Ofcom, the communications regulator, called him "deliberately provocative". John Beyer, director of TV watchdog Mediawatch, has called his language "disgraceful and unacceptable". In 2006, Andrew Neil likened Ross' style to football hooliganism.

Once the bad boy of Channel Four, Jonathan Ross hadn't moderated his style but he became the BBC's most valued broadcaster, with a reputed salary of £6 million a year. In October 2008, Ross caused a major controversy when he left obscene messages with Russell Brand on the answerphone of veteran actor Andrew Sachs while guesting on Brand's Radio 2 show. He was suspended from the BBC for three months and also reprimanded by the BBC Trust over his explicit comments to actress Gwyneth Paltrow on his talk show earlier in the year. In 2009, it was announced that Ross was leaving the BBC in 2010 and in July 2010, the same month his last BBC programme went out, it was announced he had signed a deal to begin a new talk show on ITV1 in 2011.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Jane Goldman (23 August 1988 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (3)

His inability to pronounce the letter 'R'
Long Hair
Razor-sharp wit

Trivia (30)

Son of Martha Ross.
Was the original choice to host TFI Friday (1996)
Children: Betty Kitten, Harvey Kirby and Honey Kinney
Wife Jane Goldman is an author.
Presents his own show on BBC Radio 2 (Saturdays). The show's producer and co-host is Andy Davies.
He is the voice of 'The Ugly Stepsister' in Shrek 2 (2004) in the UK version ('Larry King' does the voice in the US version). Although King is still credited in the main credit sequence, an additional screen, acknowledging Jonathan's role appears at the very end of the film.
Named the showbiz dad most fathers identified with in a poll of fathers for UK retailer Early Learning Centre (2004).
Voted Sexiest Male Voice in UK Radio in a poll by Trojan condoms.
He was awarded the O.B.E.(Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to broadcasting.
His all time favorite film is Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965).
Maintains a lot of control over the playlist of his BBC Radio 2 show, playing many of his favorite artists. He is a fan of Roxy Music, David Bowie, Scott Walker, John Barry, Morrissey, The Cure, The Feeling, Arctic Monkeys, Neil Hannon, Edwyn Collins, Elvis Presley, Queen, Elvis Costello, Frank Sinatra, Paul Weller and punk rock in general.
His top ten films of all time are: Duck Soup (1933), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Ikiru (1952), The Wages of Fear (1953) (aka The Wages of Fear), (1963), Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), The Producers (1967), Blade Runner (1982), My Neighbor Totoro (1988) (aka My Neighbour Totoro) and In the Mood for Love (2000) (aka In The Mood for Love) [Source: "Sight and Sound"].
A fan of the band Electric Light Orchestra.
His favorite musical artist is David Bowie and he plays a David Bowie song on every edition of his BBC Radio 2 show.
Brother of Paul Ross.
He was in the audience at Wembley Stadium for the concerts of Wham! in June 1986 and Queen in July 1986.
His favorite situation comedy ever is Seinfeld (1989).
In an article published in the Radio Times in 2005, 70 industry experts from the BBC and commercial radio judged him the most powerful person in British radio.
Revealed in an interview with Christopher Eccleston on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) in 2005 that he was a fan of the original series of Doctor Who (1963). He also mentioned that his favorite Doctor was Jon Pertwee.
He has named The Temptations as his favorite R&B group.
Considers David Baddiel one of his closest friends.
In 2006, he was one of several BBC star presenters whose salaries were leaked to a national newspaper by a temporary agency worker at the corporation. The same year, he signed a new contract with the BBC which some reports estimated to be worth £6 million annually, a figure the corporation refused to confirm or deny. Following this, the BBC Trust launched a review into whether the BBC was paying its stars above the market rate, which was published in 2008 and vindicated the corporation.
On Russell Brand's Radio 2 show on 18 October 2008, he and Brand left obscene messages on the answerphone of Andrew Sachs, concerning the fact that Brand had slept with Sachs's grand-daughter Georgina Baillie. This programme was later broadcast, provoking widespread complaint from the public and politicians such as Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Conservative leader David Cameron. Brand later resigned from the BBC and Ross was suspended without pay for three months. The controller of Radio 2, Lesley Douglas, also resigned, as did the head of compliance David Barber. The BBC Trust called it a "deplorable intrusion with no editorial justification" and Ofcom fined the BBC £150,000, calling it "gratuitously offensive, humiliating and demeaning".
Winner of the Music Industry Trusts' Award in 2009 for his outstanding contribution to the British music industry, joining the likes of acclaimed musicians such as John Barry, Elton John and Peter Gabriel, music industry executive Ahmet Ertegun and promoter Harvey Goldsmith.
Following his involvement in controversies in 2008 such as his interview with Gwyneth Paltrow on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001), which contained sexually explicit content which the BBC Trust called "gratuitous and unnecessarily offensive", and his suspension following his performance on the Russell Brand radio show, the BBC decided in 2009 that Ross will no longer broadcast live on BBC radio in an attempt to make sure that he does not breach editorial guidelines again.
He was a regular at Soho's Blitz club during the early years of the New Romantic movement.
Paid £3,000 for four tickets to see Barbara Streisand in concert in 2007.
On December 14th 2010, Jonathan Ross joined the UK's French film channel, Cinemoi, in a multi-faceted role as presenter, producer, creative director and shareholder.
His interview with Steve Martin on The Last Resort (1987) (broadcast 9 October 1987) was described by Melody Maker magazine (19th December 1987) as "the year's most embarrassing TV moment, Martin savagely highlighting his host's total lack of spontaneity".
Reviewing George Clooney's fact-based "Good Night And Good Luck" on his "Film 2006" program on BBC Television, he referred to the villain of the piece (seen in actual news footage in the film) as "the infamous Senator Eugene McCarthy". In fact, as the film repeatedly makes clear, it was the infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy (no relation), a Republican demagogue. Eugene McCarthy was a politician of a later era, a widely-admired liberal and Democrat who tried unsuccessfully to gain a Presidential nomination in 1968.

Personal Quotes (54)

I don't ever go to the theatre. I try and avoid it whenever possible.
I've made some good shows and I've made some dreadful shows.
Richard Curtis is one of the greatest comedy writers Britain has ever known . . . apart from the guy who used to write all Bob Monkhouse's jokes, who never really got the credit he deserved.
Pirate DVDs are not a victimless crime but some people are still buying them and that's making me cranky. Just stop buying them - that's the message we want to get out there. Saying yes to a pirate DVD is saying yes to crime on your street.
Nothing can prepare you for quite how bad Gigli (2003) is.
I'd rather have chewed my own arm off than sit through something as putrid as Pearl Harbor (2001).
If I ever see Richard Gere in Primal Fear (1996) or First Knight (1995) again it'll be much too soon, and the same goes for the ludicrous Battlefield Earth (2000).
As a youth when most of my friends were dreaming about being Sylvester Stallone or Michael Caine, I wanted to be Barry Norman.
[reviewing V for Vendetta (2005)] "If it had been called 'V for Vasectomy', I could scarcely have found it a less enjoyable experience."
[on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)] I'm lucky because I have a lot of influence over my show. We don't book people unless I think I'm going to have fun with them and I have something I want to ask them.
One thinks making movies is glamorous, but here we are in Bethnal Green.
The Avengers (1998) got some terrible reviews but I find it curiously satisfying.
It's shocking the lack of support the government gives the film industry. If it wasn't for the Bond movies and Harry Potter we'd be dead on our feet.
I normally do things just for the huge amount of cash.
Upsetting Norman Tebbit has given me some small sense of satisfaction because he's spent 12 years upsetting me.
I love good stupid movies and make no apology for that fact. I suspect I'm the only film critic in the country who's a fully paid-up member of the Adam Sandler Fan Club or who can quote whole scenes from that underrated masterpiece of contemporary film comedy Soul Plane (2004).
I'd rather written off Robin Williams, possibly as a consequence of the trauma induced by Patch Adams (1998).
Into the life of every film critic a little rain must fall, but even that knowledge, or the experience of watching four other dreadful Kevin Smith films, barely prepared me for the biblical deluge of awfulness that is Clerks II (2006). Even by the pitiful standards of films such as Mallrats (1995) and Dogma (1999), Mr Smith's latest work is breathtakingly shoddy. It's a real tribute to the man's shrewd use of the Internet to keep his profile alive that he's managed to sustain a career in the movie industry, as he has no detectable talent as writer, director, editor or actor.
[on presenting television coverage of the Live 8 concerts in 2005] It was, at times, very patronizing. I could have swapped Velvet Revolver for just about anyone. I can understand why they did it. They wanted maximum exposure in the Western media and to do that they need stories. Pink Floyd reforming gets you an awful lot of attention. Other acts were chosen to attract different parts of a Western audience, certainly to get the media attention, which they achieved and which they wouldn't with African musicians. I regret not saying anything about it on the day.
Spice Girls are reforming - in the same way they reform meat into nuggets. God bless them, they're going to be reforming under the name Atomic Mutton.
[on Jumper (2008)] Why Hayden Christensen keeps getting cast in lead roles in major films I've no idea. He was terrible in his two Star Wars films and he's equally dismal here.
[on Michael Parkinson] He has stood above British television like a colossus. He is the greatest talk show host this country has ever, and I maintain will ever, produce.
I'm delighted to be staying with the BBC if only because it is the only studio I can drive to without getting lost. It is the best channel in the country, and I'm proud they want me back.
There are certain members of the press who may have an agenda against the BBC and me perhaps. In which case we don't listen to them.
Music has always played a large part in my life and it's been a privilege to not only present most of my musical heroes but to give a leg up to the next generation.
My first television talk show The Last Resort (1987) started on Channel 4 in 1987. It had been a big hit but after series four, despite it continuing to get pretty good ratings, we agreed with Channel 4 to stop. But I had grown accustomed to having my face on TV, and the money that comes with it, so I fronted a number of different programmes, none of which really worked. Anyway, this unhappy and unproductive period inevitably led to depression. I was stuck in a groove, basically drinking too much and spending my earnings none too wisely. I wanted to keep making shows because I didn't know what else to do, and because I thought I needed to keep earning the sort of money I had grown accustomed to. But earning that money by making shows I didn't care about made me far unhappier than being broke ever could have done.
My love affair with comics is more important to me than my love of films, or my work in TV, or just about anything outside my family. You're hardwired for it, if you fall in love with comics when you're 11. And I think if there's one good thing I can maybe achieve with 'my celebrity', it's to try to broaden the horizons and widen the readership of this particular entertainment which I adore and which is somewhat belittled and denigrated and ignored. I just want to see comics getting a fair critical chance.
Even though I've done hundreds of hours of TV and radio, most of which - with a couple of minor missteps - have been well received, what I'm aware of always, and it's grown to slightly trouble me as I've got older, is that all the shows I do are somewhat parasitical, in that I'm feeding off others. If you do a movie review show or an interview show, you're talking to other people about work they've done.
My talk show is not an interview show as such, which is why I'm always bemused when critics say the interview wasn't very good. And I think, but I'm not doing an interview! What I'm trying to do is make a comedy show. And that, trust me, is a fuck of a lot harder. Even though we're creating something in the moment that doesn't exist anywhere else, without them [my guests] I haven't got anything. And so I thought I really want to make something of mine.
I'm good at TV. And I like doing it. One of the hardest things about leaving the BBC was the fact that a lot of people love the shows, and I feel I owe it to them and their loyalty not to waltz off. And part of the reason is I don't want the people who did come out against me to in any way have a sense of triumph. It's as simple as that. So it's really just to continue being an irritant. They're not people I have ever respected or liked, and if I can continue to be very publicly successful, that is its own reward for me. Not revenge, because I'm not about revenge. It's just about saying you're wrong. Your world view isn't right. We live in a country where it seems to be very much acceptable to be intensely judgmental about others - but I don't sit around judging people, and I find it very bizarre and peculiar that people judge me and then find different ways of justifying it.
[on the furore over his obscene phone call to Andrew Sachs in 2008] It wasn't pleasant having people camp outside my house, and it wasn't pleasant people using me as a whipping boy. But you know what? You know what? It wasn't a big deal. So what? So what if a handful of idiots who write for a right-wing newspaper don't like me? Who cares? I don't.
[on the furore over his obscene phone call to Andrew Sachs in 2008] Can I be quite honest with you? In a way, the whole experience has been quite fun. Because it's been really odd. And interesting. And fun. Life can sometimes potter along in the same direction, and then something comes along over which you have no control. It was literally within about four days of it all kicking off that I just thought, you know what, there's no way I can control this, there's no way I can change this. So I've just got to not let it bother me. And then it became almost like I was watching it happen to somebody else. And it was quite entertaining. It was weird watching people get themselves into a lather over something so intrinsically unimportant as that. It was just silly. Silly people writing silly things.
I know the loveliest people who swear all the time, and the most awful people who never swear. It really doesn't mean anything.
People like coming on my show because they know they'll have fun and they know I'm going to be respectful to them. I'm never, you know, mean-spirited.
[on asking David Cameron in an interview if he ever masturbated thinking about Margaret Thatcher] It wasn't intended to receive an answer, but rather to get a laugh - which it did. A big one, if I remember rightly. So job done.
[on the final episode of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)] I promised Morrissey (Morrissey) I wasn't going to cry.
[on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)] One of the real delights for me doing this show has been the music we've had on. Over the years we've had just some of the best performers in the history of modern popular music.
[on Roxy Music] One of the greatest bands this country's ever produced.
[on being a punk] I wore plastic trousers and winkle-pickers; my hair was spiky, greased and lacquered. But I wasn't going out to cause trouble. I just liked the look.
I am thrilled and excited that after a short break I will be rolling up my sleeves and creating a brand-new show for ITV1. I cannot wait to get back on screen with a fast, funny and unpredictable new talk show. I do have a little spare time, though, so if England needs a temporary new manager I will consider the post seriously.
I've been passionate about music ever since I purchased my first single, "Pearl's a Singer" by Elkie Brooks. I was young, we all make mistakes.
I saw The Stooges way back in the Seventies when Iggy (Iggy Pop) on stage was just a primal force of nature. Who could have dreamt that one day I would seek and value his advice on car insurance?
Back in the Seventies I spent three whole years at an Emerson Lake and Palmer gig - and that was just the drum solo.
[on receiving the Music Industry Trusts' Award from George Michael] George Michael, wow. I thought you were dead. And he's giving me a lift home, I can't believe my luck.
I love and admire George (George Michael) because he is so remarkably, uncompromisingly, perhaps even foolishly, his own man. I'm not talking about his recent late-night driving madness here, or indeed the brief stay 'inside' at her Majesty's Pleasure that was the inevitable end result. No, it's because the cherry on top of his remarkable talent is that he is a modern, gay man who refuses to act embarrassed, or even pay lip-service to dominant hetero-culture - instead offering himself up as a radical and yet much-needed alternative role model to young gay men who don't embrace camp or feminised homosexual behaviour as their own. A strong, butch, unashamedly gay man who does what he wants, when he wants to. I have nothing but admiration for his talent. Nothing but respect for his courage in the face of the sneering press that seek to diminish or destroy those that are different to them. And nothing but love for the whole package.
I am delighted to be hosting the BBC's coverage of the Live Earth (2007) event as I am passionate about saving the planet. After all, I am the man who put the 'W's in rainforests.
Congratulations to Simon Cowell on a landmark birthday... 50 and not out! Or is that just a rumour?
[on Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)] Spectacular photography, excellent performances and a powerful story make this one of the year's best films. The kids - Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan and especially Everlyn Sampi as Molly - are superb, as is Branagh (Kenneth Branagh) as Neville, the Chief Protector of Aborigines. The actor wonderfully captures the fanaticism behind Neville's beliefs. But the real star is director Phillip Noyce, who not only brings out such moving performances from his young actors but manages the tone of the film with such skill that you never feel you are being manipulated and can respond to the moving story and beautiful images as you wish. Marvellous and memorable.
[on his critics in the press] They're not people I respect and I can't see how they have any respect for themselves.
If you're not upsetting the Daily Mail you're doing something wrong. They're the most noxious human beings. And we know they're hypocrites and insincere.
I am about as big a fan of David Bowie as you will find on the planet.
I love Cheryl (Cheryl), I think Cheryl's an incredible performer. I saw Girls Aloud once and of all the girls on stage she was, I think, the most accomplished, the way she moved and the way she sang.
[on guests he couldn't book for his talk shows] Unfortunately, the people I want are the ones who won't do it, like George Clooney, Michael Caine and Jack Nicholson. Michael recently sent me a charming letter, saying, 'Nothing personal, but I just don't feel comfortable doing talk shows anymore!' (Caine did eventually appear in 2016)
[on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt] They're so startlingly attractive, I felt I needed to sit down! It's like your breath leaves your body. I was also starstuck meeting Barbra Streisand, as I'm a huge fan of hers, and with Sylvester Stallone - he's Rambo!

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