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Greg James (born 17 December 1985) is an English radio DJ, television presenter and author. He hosts The Radio 1 Breakfast Show (Monday to Thursday, 06:30–10:00) on BBC Radio 1 and co-presents the BBC television series Sounds Like Friday Night.
James in April 2015
Gregory James Alan Milward
17 December 1985
|Alma mater||University of East Anglia|
|Occupation||Radio and television presenter|
Bella Mackie (m. 2018)
|Parent(s)||Alan and Rosemary Milward|
James was born to Alan and Rosemary Milward, in Lewisham, South East London. His parents were both teachers; Alan a headteacher, and Rosemary a special needs teacher. He has one sister, Catherine. As a baby, he received three life-saving blood transfusions and was in an incubator for a week.
James used to play cricket for Hertfordshire Under-18s.
James is also known to be an avid autograph collector, having many famous names within his collection such as, The Chuckle Brothers, Brian Lara and Michael Palin to name a few. He is credited with starting the movement #TailendersOfTheWorldUniteAndTakeover along with his spicy friends Felix White and Jimmy Anderson.
While at university, he presented several shows on the students' union radio station Livewire 1350AM, becoming the station manager in 2006. He later said that being station manager was a job he did not enjoy. He also presented several breakfast shows on Future Radio in Norwich and also on Pulse Rated in Salhouse before he got his break at BBC Radio 1. He won 'Best Male Presenter' at the Student Radio Awards 2005. During university holidays he presented stints on Galaxy North East.
James joined BBC Radio 1 in June 2007, to present Early Breakfast on Friday, and cover for the likes of Sara Cox and Vernon Kay. He presented his first show on Friday 1 June 2007, the day after graduating from university. In October 2007, he was awarded the Early Breakfast Show (4:30 am – 7 am, which was soon changed to 4 am – 6:30 am five days a week. He presented his first full-time show on Monday 1 October 2007, and his first ever Record of the Week was Hometown Glory by Adele.
On 21 September 2009, a new schedule was launched on Radio 1, and it was announced that James would move to an early afternoon slot; 1 pm to 4 pm - replacing Edith Bowman, who moved to the weekend breakfast slot.
James was the host of The Official Chart Update, on Wednesday afternoons between 3:30 pm and 4 pm, and 4 pm to 4:30 pm when he moved to drivetime, from its inception in March 2010 until January 2013 when Scott Mills took it over, at the original time of 3:30 pm.
James also co-hosts Not Just Cricket on 5 Live with England Cricketers Graeme Swann and Jimmy Anderson that is broadcast once every few months. The shows main focus is talking about cricket, but they also talk about anything else they fancy.
He also hosts a weekly podcast 'That's what he said' with BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat presenter Chris Smith. The podcast features the best bits of James' show each week, guest interviews, and special bonus content just for the podcast. Greg and Chris play 'Cheeseball' each week - a game which involves throwing Babybell into the centre of a cheese 'court' and the closest to the centre wins. The pair also do birthday, engagement, and wedding announcements to the theme of Jurassic Park. Each podcast also comes with an e-mail from Julia from Germany - the show clerk - who provides the pair with a weekly agenda. More recent podcast features include 'Friendly Foreigners', 'Julia's word of the week' and 'Dr. Tiny's Science fact'.
On 15 November 2017, James along with Felix White and Jimmy Anderson, began hosting a cricketing podcast 'Tailenders'. This was initially a weekly podcast covering the 2017–18 Ashes series, since 23 May 2018 it was renewed to continue on a weekly basis. Features include 'General Cricketing Sadness', 'Machin's Quiz' and 'Black Wednesday/Xmas Show/App Launch'.
On 28 February 2012, it was announced that James and Scott Mills would swap shows as of 2 April 2012, meaning James would host the drivetime show (1600-1900) from that date. James's show had a variety of recurring features including: "The 10 Minute Takeover" (Mon-Thurs 1800), "Impossible Karaoke", "Rage against the Answer Machine", "Mayor of Where", "Ask The Nation", "Wrong Uns", "What's My Age Again" prior to "The Official Chart" moving to Fridays, celebrity guests on Thursdays, and Film Reviews with reviewer Ali Plumb. Off the cuff improv games typically include Chris Smith aka: 'Chris Smith with the news' the main afternoon Newsbeat reader.
James once hosted his show for an entire week broadcasting from the BFBS radio studio in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan; he also staged "G In the Park", a mini-music festival from the BBC in Glasgow prior to the T in the Park festival.
The drive time show is traditionally split into two halves, with a fifteen-minute break between 1745 and 1800 for the evening Newsbeat broadcast.
Radio 1 BreakfastEdit
On 20 August 2018, James took over Radio 1 Breakfast from Nick Grimshaw. The pair switched shows, with Grimshaw taking on the Drivetime show from 4pm-7pm. It was announced by the two presenters on Grimshaw's Breakfast Show on 31 May, with Grimshaw joking “It’s time for a change, time for a new show and, most importantly, it’s going to be time for a new wake-up time... preferably around 11:30am”. Both presenters are very excited about the change, with James saying that taking over would be a “big challenge” but he was ready and willing “to give it a go”. His first guest on the show was Wallace the Lion from Blackpool Zoo. He only works 4 days a week, with Alice Levine and Dev, as part of Radio 1's new timetable.
James is also a TV presenter. In 2009, he presented a TV show for BBC Three called Sun, Sex and Holiday Madness, about British tourists in Magaluf and Young, Jobless and Living at Home, also for BBC Three. He has presented Sound on BBC Two's Switch and he hosted the backstage winners' podium at the 2009 BRIT Awards, which he did again in 2010.
In 2011, James started presenting the BBC Three's coverage of Glastonbury and in August 2012, the Reading and Leeds Festival (both with Fearne Cotton). He presented coverage of T in the Park 2012, alongside Edith Bowman in July. In 2013, James co-presented extensive coverage of Radio 1's Big Weekend on BBC Three with Alice Levine. In June 2013, James once again hosted BBC Three's coverage of Glastonbury, alongside Gemma Cairney.
In 2012, James co-presented two series of Unzipped (originally named Britain Unzipped) on BBC Three with Russell Kane and later How to Win Eurovision, a special two-hour show, on 11 May 2013. In December 2012, James and Gabby Logan presented 50 Greatest London 2012 Olympics Moments on BBC Three. The show was broadcast on his 27th birthday.
On 25 September 2013, James along with Kane starred in their chat show Staying in with Greg and Russell on BBC Three. Both later appeared on the Children in Need 2013 appeal night during a Lip Sync Challenge, which James won by performing 'The Circle of Life' from 'The Lion King'.
In November 2016, James co-presented the BBC's Children in Need appeal for the first time. He also presented the Children in Need Rocks for Terry concert at the Royal Albert Hall with Fearne Cotton.
Together with newsreader Chris Smith, James wrote the children's book series Kid Normal. The first one was published by Bloomsbury and released on 13 July 2017 in the UK and the second one the following March. The first book was the biggest selling children's debut of the year and have sold over 100,000 copies combined. The books have also been released in 19 other languages around the world.
In January 2013, along with Jack Dee, Mel C, Dara Ó Briain, Philips Idowu and Chelsee Healey, James took part in the Red Nose Day 'Hell and High Water Challenge'. They journeyed along the Zambezi River for 5 days raising money to build a new school in the region. They raised well over £1 million for the charity.
In 2014, James was part of 'Team Coe' in the Sport Relief 'Clash of The Titans'. His team won the competition held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. He took part in the cycling, synchronized swimming and swimming relay.
In February 2015, he, Chris Smith, Yasmin Evans (of 1Xtra Breakfast) and Alex Jones traveled to Uganda to take part in Operation Health. There, they helped to rebuild the Iyolwa Health Centre in Eastern Uganda, using money raised by Comic Relief. He blogged about it here. In total, the Radio 1 audience raised £551,405.
In February 2016, for Sport Relief, Greg underwent the tough challenge, dubbed the 'Gregathlon', of completing five Triathlons in 5 days, in 5 different cities across the UK, hosting his Drivetime Radio 1 show after completing his daily Triathlon, raising £1 million for charity.
Greg also supports Coppafeel a charity raising awareness of breast cancer.
In February 2018, Greg did his second 'Gregathlon' for Sport Relief: "Pedal to the Peaks." He cycled over 500 miles and climbed Snowdon and Scafell Pike, before the challenge had to be postponed because extreme weather conditions caused by the 'Beast from the East' made the challenge too dangerous to continue. Greg returned to complete the challenge and climbed Ben Nevis on 16 March 2018, raising over £1 million.
On 1 June 2018, James announced his engagement to his girlfriend, Bella Mackie. They married in September of the same year.
- 2005 – Student Radio Award for 'Best Male Presenter'
- 2013 – 'Loaded Lafta' for 'Funniest Radio Show'.
- 2013 – Silver Sony Radio Academy Award for 'Best Entertainment Show'.
- 2014 – Gold Radio Academy Award for 'Best Entertainment Show'
- 2016 – Gold Radio Academy 'ARIA' Award for 'Best Entertainment Production'[permanent dead link]
|2009||Merlin: Secrets and Magic||Narrator|
|2009||Sun, Sex and Holiday Madness||Presenter|
|2010||Louis Walsh & Kian Egan's Next Big Thing - Wonderland||Narrator||2 episodes|
|2011||Young, Jobless and Living at Home||Presenter|
|2013–present||Radio 1's Big Weekend||Co-presenter|
|2012||50 Greatest London 2012 Olympics Moments||Co-presenter|
|2013||How to Win Eurovision||Presenter|
|2013||Let's Sing and Dance||Panellist|
|2013||Staying in with Greg and Russell||Co-presenter|
|2014||The Invictus Games: Closing Ceremony||Presenter|
|2015||I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse||Presenter|
|2016–present||The One Show||Guest co-presenter|
|2016–2017||BT Sport Cricket||Presenter|
|2016||Children in Need Rocks for Terry||Co-presenter||One-off special|
|2016||Children in Need||Co-presenter|
|2017–present||Sounds Like Friday Night||Co-presenter||2 series|
|2018–present||BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards||Co-presenter|
|2018–present||CBeebies Bedtime Story||Storyteller|
|2011||Doctor Who||Man in Lingerie Department (uncredited)|
|2015||The Bad Education Movie||Himself|
|2007–2009||BBC Radio 1||Early Breakfast|
|2015–2018||The Official Chart with Greg James|
|2018—||Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James|
|2019—||BBC Radio 5 Live||Tailenders|
- The Gadget Show (2009)
- The Wright Stuff (2011)
- South Today (2012)
- Celebrity Juice (2012, 2013)
- What's Cooking? (2013)
- The Apprentice: You're Fired! (2014, 2015)
- Pointless Celebrities (2015)
- Frank Skinner on Demand with... (2015)
- Murder In Successville (2015)
- Drunk History (2016)
- Room 101 (2016)
- Lorraine (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
- Weekend (2017)
- Saturday Mash-Up! (2017)
- Zoe Ball On... (2018)
- BBC Breakfast (2018, 2019)
- This Morning (2018, 2019)
- The Sara Cox Show (2019)
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