An established TV and Radio presenter, Jamie Theakston has become a household name in Britain, thanks to roles on shows such as Live and Kicking, Top of the Pops and, more recently, his Heart FM Breakfast show which has so far earnt 11 Sony nominations, several ARQIVAs and a gold medal at the NY festival.
In 1999 Jamie Theakston landed his first main TV presenting role on BBC2’s the Ozone interviewing stars such as Madonna, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Oasis and the Spice Girls.
Jamie teamed up with co-presenter Zoe Ball in September 1996 with a brash new series of the Saturday morning show Live & Kicking (BBC1). It was an instant success, gaining double the amount of viewers of any other Saturday morning show and gaining a BAFTA award.
Jamie quickly became a key anchor for the BBC, covering events such as Glastonbury, the Eclipse, The Millenium celebrations, Sport Relief, Children in Need. He also became a regular host of Top of the Pops (BBC1) in 1998, fronting scores of shows and hosting the first ever Top of the Pops Awards (BBC1) in 2001. In 2000 he was approached by Channel 4 to co-host The Priory with Zoe Ball which led to 3 consecutive and successful series’ and in the process gaining recognition as one of the best live TV presenters currently at work in the UK.
In 2000, Jamie was also invited to launch a weekly 2 hour radio show on Radio 1 In 2001, his radio work developed further as he undertook his first regular show in the area of sports for BBC Radio Five, covering cricket. The Daily Telegraph documented: “This is the man who has made cricket hip”.
Jamie continued his TV work with Channel 4’s ratings winner 100 Greatest Kids Shows, as well as hosting Natural Born Losers and a holiday show You Call The Shots, both for BBC1.
Stage success soon followed in 2002 where Jamie took the lead role of ‘Serge’ in Yasmin Reza’s smash hit play Art, produced by Sean Connery. Taking on a role previously performed by such theatrical luminaries as Tom Courtney, Nigel Havers and Art Malik and he attracted widespread acclaim for his assured performance. His second theatre project soon followed – playing Frederick Lowndes in Somerset Maugham’s comedy drama Home and Beauty at the Lyric Theatre, London and also receiving hit reviews.
This was the resurgence of a long-held interest for Jamie – he was a member of the National Youth Theatre in his teens and put aside thoughts of drama school to take his Business Studies degree. More acting offers followed, including a guest appearance in the highly rated BBC1’s comedy/drama, Linda Green and in 2003 Jamie filmed his first major acting role for BBC1’s Murder in Mind.
Theakston also played himself in the mock-interview series Rock Profile for UK Play in which he interviewed “celebrities” impersonated by Matt Lucas and David Walliams this also led him to appear alongside Lucas and Walliams in an episode of Little Britain.
Jamie Theakston provided live coverage of The Oscars for Sky, and filmed a second series of The Games for Channel 4. Over the past few years, he has produced and presented The Search for Channel 4, as well as presenting The People’s Quiz, the Diana Memorial Concert and Sport Relief for BBC1. In September 2008, he joined World Cup legends and other top celebrities for Soccer Aid at Wembley Stadium, in aid of UNICEF and its partners. Last October 2009, he returned to our TV screens alongside Zoe Ball to host the brand new prime-time series Britain’s Best Brain, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and GroupM Entertainment for Five.