Jamie TheakstonTV and Radio Presenter
A respected TV and radio presenter, Jamie Theakston is a household name thanks to his Breakfast show on Heart FM, alongside roles on mainstream terrestrial shows such as Live & Kicking and Top of the Pops.
Jamie’s career kicked off after he teamed up with co-presenter Zoe Ball in September 1996 on Saturday morning show Live & Kicking on BBC1. It was an instant success, earning a BAFTA award and generating double the amount of viewers of any other Saturday morning show. After 3 fantastic years, Jamie decided to move forward and explore other projects.
He landed his first main TV presenting role on BBC2’s The Ozone in 1999, after acting as a regular host on iconic BBC1 show Top of the Pops in 1998.1999/2000 also saw Jamie play himself in two series of the mock-interview show Rock Profile for UK Play, with Matt Lucas and David Walliams. This also led him to appear alongside the pair in an episode of the BBC1 series Little Britain.
Jamie quickly became a key anchor for the BBC, presenting their coverage of the much hyped lunar eclipse in 1999, fronting the top-rating Saturday night quiz show A Question of Pop, hosting coverage of Glastonbury and presenting The Millennium. In 2000, Jamie was approached by Channel 4 to co-host The Priory with Zoe Ball. Jamie and Zoe went on to present 3 successful series of the show, further cementing his reputation as one of the UK’s best live TV presenters.
After being invited to launch a weekly two hour radio show on Radio 1 in 2000, Jamie’s radio presence developed further as he undertook his first regular sports show for BBC Radio Five Live. Simultaneously, Jamie continued to add to his huge portfolio of TV work with Channel 4’s ratings winner 100 Greatest Kids Shows, as well as hosting Natural Born Losers and the holiday show You Call The Shots, both for BBC1.
Stage success soon followed in 2002, with Jamie taking on the lead role of ‘Serge’ in Yasmin Reza’s smash hit play Art, produced by Sean Connery, attracting widespread acclaim for his assured performance. His second theatre project – playing Frederick Lowndes in Somerset Maugham’s comedy drama Home and Beauty at the Lyric Theatre, London also received rave reviews. More acting offers followed, including a guest appearance in the highly rated BBC1 comedy drama Linda Green and, in 2003, Jamie undertook his first major acting role in BBC1’s Murder in Mind. His love of film also saw him host Sky’s live coverage of the Oscars.
From 2003 – 2006, Jamie presented four series of The Games for Channel 4, a reality television show which saw celebrities compete against in each other in Olympic style events. 2007 saw The Search air on Channel 4, a game show conceived, produced and presented by Jamie, in which contestants with unique skills had to solve a variety of ancient clues and puzzles from throughout history. That year also saw Jamie present BBC1’s coverage of the Princess Diana Memorial Concert, Sport Relief and The People’s Quiz.
In October 2009, he returned to our TV screens alongside Zoe Ball to host the prime-time series Britain’s Best Brain for Channel Five. In 2010/2011, Jamie teamed up with Activia for a series of TV adverts, and in the later stages of 2011 Jamie featured in The South African Tourism Board’s nationwide PR campaign in which he took a “trip of a lifetime” to the country. Throughout 2011, Jamie practised his tennis skills as part of the LTA’s “All Play” scheme to encourage more people in the UK to play the game.
In 2013, Jamie teamed up with Ibis Hotels to launch their new sleep art phone app highlighting the importance of a good night’s sleep, whilst being an ambassador of Disney’s 2013/2014 Winnie the Pooh Storytelling competition to find the UK’s best storytellers.
Jamie has filmed four series of Forbidden History for the Yesterday Channel, which he has fronted since 2013 to wide acclaim. The programme uncovers the truth behind great historical myths, conspiracy theories, ancient treasures, lost civilisations and war time secrets.
Jamie’s long established relationship with Heart 106.2 FM began in 2005, when he started co-hosting the station’s flagship breakfast show. He continues to present the hugely popular weekday breakfast slot to date, with co-presenter Emma Bunton. 2016 saw Jamie front Sky 1’s new flagship show ‘Dog’s Might Fly’ and he also returned as the presenter for Channel 5’s latest police series, Traffic Cops. The show has consistently been one of the most watched factual series on UK television.
Jamie lives with his wife, two sons and dog Magnus in West London and has a huge passion for property and interior design, regularly renovating his own properties.