Jamie Theakston

James Paul Theakston (born 21 December 1970)[1] is an English television presenter, producer, and actor. He co-presented the former Saturday morning BBC One children's show Live & Kicking, alongside Zoe Ball between 1996 and 1999. He co-hosted BBC One's former music programme Top of the Pops between 1998 and 2003. He currently co-hosts the national breakfast show with Amanda Holden on Heart Radio. He narrated the BBC documentary series Traffic Cops from 2003 and 2015, and again on Channel 5 from 2016 onwards. He has hosted several television programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. He has won a BAFTA for Live & Kicking and numerous awards for his radio work including a SONY GOLD, 3 Silver Awards and 4 Bronze awards, 2 ARQIVA Awards, 3 TRIC awards and 2 New York Radio Festival Awards.

Jamie Theakston
James Paul Theakston

(1970-12-21) 21 December 1970 (age 50)
Cuckfield, West Sussex, England
OccupationPresenter, producer, actor
Known forHeart Radio
Top of the Pops
Live & Kicking
Traffic Cops (Narrator)
Motorway Cops (Narrator)
Sophie Siegle
(m. 2007)


He joined the National Youth Theatre at the age of 13[1] where he appeared in plays including Murder in the Cathedral and Marat/Sade alongside contemporaries such as Daniel Craig, but was put off from pursuing a full-time acting career by the financial hardships that he encountered.[2] After leaving Lancing College[3] with nine O-Levels and one GCSE in Maths, retaking it at BHASVIC, he attended North London Polytechnic (now London Metropolitan University),[4] from which he graduated with a first class degree in business studies.[1] Whilst at university, he read traffic bulletins on BBC GLR because he wanted to get into sports reporting.[4][5]

Life and careerEdit


Before embarking on a broadcasting career, he worked for auctioneers Christie's, and planned to study art history at the Courtauld Institute.[5] However, after undertaking football and cricket reports for GLR and Radio 5 Live, he was spotted by the BBC's head of sport and hired to present GLR's Saturday Sport Show at the age of 23.[5] He then presented numerous shows for Radio 5 Live including Sportscall, The Jamie Theakston Cricket Show and Sport on Wednesday. Theakston joined Radio 1 in April 1999 to present the Sunday Lunch show. He fronted the 'One Big Sunday' events during 2000. He moved to a Saturday morning slot in 2001.

He left Radio 1 in 2002 to pursue an acting career, his last show being broadcast on 28 September. He joined London radio station Heart 106.2 in May 2005, replacing Jonathan Coleman on Heart Breakfast with Harriet Scott, which won Gold for Best Music Personality Show at the New York Festivals and the Silver Entertainment Award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards, both in 2007. Theakston (along with Scott) won the Radio Presenter of the Year award at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards in June 2009.[6] Scott left Heart Breakfast in 2013; she was replaced by Spice Girl Emma Bunton, who already had a show on the Heart network. Bunton left in 2018.

On 3 June 2019, Heart Breakfast went national across the UK, following a decision by the UK radio regulator OFCOM to reduce local programming requirements. Theakston currently hosts the show alongside Amanda Holden.

Between Bunton’s departure and Holden’s arrival, Heart DJ Lucy Horobin[7] was brought in as a temporary co host for Theakston.


On television, after presenting The O Zone with Jayne Middlemiss,[5] he has most notably hosted Top of the Pops (1998–2003), Live & Kicking (1996–1999) and The Priory. The latter two shows he co-presented alongside Zoë Ball. Theakston featured beside Zoë Ball once again in Channel 5's Britain's Best Brain series, which aired in October 2009.

He has also hosted a number of other shows, including the Channel 4 reality TV show The Games alongside Kirsty Gallacher; game show, Beg Borrow or Steal (2004); prime-time Saturday night show The People's Quiz; Channel 4's The Search; and ITV Saturday night show With A Little Help From My Friends. From July-August 2013, Theakston and Emma Bunton presented ITV's This Morning Summer on Friday mornings.

Theakston's other presenting work includes fronting the Glastonbury Festival coverage for the BBC, the Oscars, the Grammys, A Question of Pop, UK Music Hall of Fame and Guinness World Records. He narrated all episodes of Traffic Cops and its spin-off show Motorway Cops, and since 2015 has narrated episodes of Caught on Camera.

He also played himself in the mock-interview series Rock Profile in which he interviewed "celebrities" impersonated by Matt Lucas and David Walliams, and in the episode "Video Killed the Radio Star" of the TV series FM in March 2009.


As an actor, Theakston has appeared in shows such as Agatha Christie's Marple and Little Britain. Theakston has acted with Amanda Holden in Mad About Alice (2004) and worked with Adam Faith on the series Murder in Mind in 2003, shortly before Faith's death. He has also starred in the West End in the plays 'Art' and Home and Beauty at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. In 2004, he appeared in Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Body in the Library.

Personal lifeEdit

Theakston lived for about ten years in Wings Place, a Tudor mansion in Ditchling, East Sussex.[8] In 2002, Theakston was the subject of a tabloid scandal when he was documented visiting prostitutes at a Mayfair brothel.[9][10][11] Theakston married Sophie Siegle in Ditchling on 15 September 2007, and they live in west London.[12] They have two children. He was previously romantically linked to socialite Lady Victoria Hervey, actor Joely Richardson, and models Erin O'Connor and Sophie Dahl.[13]

He is a keen fencer and competed for Sussex in 1985.[14] As captain of Ditchling Cricket Club,[15] Theakston was a member of the first cricket team from England to play the Afghan cricket team in Kabul.[16]

He is a member of Mensa, [17][18] a Patron of Humanists UK and a supporter of Brighton & Hove Albion.


Theakston took a break in 2003 to travel to Uganda to meet with former child soldiers. He is a patron for CANCERVIVE – a charity established to address the needs of anyone whose family or friends are cancer sufferers.[citation needed]

He played in his fifth successive Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford in June 2014.[19] Having, in 2010, saved four penalties for England against the Rest of the World in a penalty shoot-out, before missing a penalty himself in a defeat, he was later named man of the match for his performance in goal.[20]

On 4 October 2019, Theakston took an 8 day break from Heart Breakfast to set off on his Bike Britain Challenge, a cycling event for Global's charity Make Some Noise. The event lasted 8 days, with Theakston cycling 650 miles from Edinburgh and arriving in London on the 11th. Along the way, he stopped at Newcastle upon Tyne, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol, and met numerous life threatened children and their families.[21]

Performance creditsEdit

West End theatre
Play Venue Year
Marat/Sade Playhouse
Murder in the Cathedral Spitalfields
'Art' Whitehall
Home and Beauty Lyric



Year Programme Channel Notes
Drive BBC One
Afternoon Plays BBC One
The Priory Channel 4
Natural Born Losers BBC One
Pick n Mix UK Play
Comic Relief BBC One
Landmarks BBC Two
The Brits ITV
100 Greatest Kids Shows Channel 4
Behind the Music VH1
Richest Kids ITV
Bitesize BBC Two
The Simpsons Quiz Channel 4
The UK Music Hall of Fame Channel 4
50 Years, 50 Records ITV
The Oscars: Live Sky One/Sky Movies
1976 Wish You Were Here ITV
1983 Taggart ITV
1995–2000 The O-Zone BBC Two
1996–1999 Live & Kicking BBC One
1997–2000 Glastonbury Festival BBC One/BBC Two
1997–2003 Top of the Pops BBC One
1998 Blankety Blank BBC One Guest
1998 Confessions BBC One Guest
1998 Not a Lot of People Know That BBC One Guest
1998–1999 Grammy Awards BBC One
1999 Total Eclipse BBC One
1999 It's Only TV...but I Like It BBC One Guest
1999 NetAid BBC Two
1999 Phones, Robbers and Videotape BBC One
1999 2000 Today BBC One
1999–? Children in Need BBC One
1999–2000 Rock Profile BBC Two
2000–2001 A Question of Pop BBC One
2000 Before They Were Famous BBC One Guest
2000 Bob Martin ITV
2000 BBC Music Live BBC One
2000 Holiday BBC One
2000 Secret Life of Stars BBC One
2000 Stars of Tomorrow BBC One
2000 Trading Places BBC One
2001 The True Story of TOTP BBC Two Host
2001 Aqua BBC Two
2001 Car Wars BBC One
2001 Linda Green BBC One
2002 Sport Relief BBC One
Queen's Jubilee Concert BBC One
2003 Murder in Mind BBC One
2003–2006 The Games Channel 4
2003— Traffic Cops BBC One (2003–2015)
Channel 5 (2016—)
2004 Mad About Alice BBC One
Beg, Borrow or Steal BBC Two
Little Britain BBC Three
Agatha Christie's Marple ("The Body in the Library") ITV
2004–2005 With a Little Help from My Friends ITV
2005 All*Star Cup Sky One
2007 Concert for Diana BBC One
The National Lottery People's Quiz BBC One
The Search Channel 4
2008–2015 Motorway Cops BBC One
2009 FM ITV2
2013 This Morning Summer ITV
2013– Forbidden History Yesterday/UKTV
2015– Caught on Camera ITV
2016 Dogs Might Fly Sky One
2017 Richard Osman's House of Games BBC Two


Year Programme Channel Notes
Saturday Sports Show GLR
Sportscall BBC Radio 5
Friday Night on 5 BBC Radio 5
Jamie Theakston's Cricket Show BBC Radio 5
Radio 5 Sport BBC Radio 5
The Sunday Lunch BBC Radio 1
The Jamie Theakston Show BBC Radio 1
The Griff Rhys Jones Show BBC Radio 2
One Big Sunday BBC Radio 1
2005–2012 Heart London Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Harriet Scott Heart
2013–2018 Heart London Breakfast with Jamie and Emma Heart
2019– Heart UK Breakfast with Jamie and Amanda Heart


  1. ^ a b c British Broadcasting Corporation (1 November 2003). "Patrick Kielty, Almost Live – Guest profile". BBC. Archived from the original on 24 January 2005. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  2. ^ "It's a stage they've all been through". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Jamie Theakston: Light. Frothy. Yippee..." The Guardian. 20 December 1999.
  4. ^ a b "Jamie Theakston". BBC. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d Morris, Sophie (19 December 2005). "Jamie Theakston: My Life In Media". The Independent. London.
  6. ^ John Plunkett (8 June 2009). "Jamie Theakston and Harriet Scott win commercial radio presenter award". Theguardian.co.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Kelly Brook joins JK at Heart for London Drive". Radiotoday.co.uk. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Jamie Theakston to sell his beautiful Sussex home". Telegraph.co.uk. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Theakston 'sorry' over sex stories". 27 January 2002. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  10. ^ Rozenberg, Joshua (15 February 2002). "Why judge let prostitutes tell on Theakston". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  11. ^ O'Carroll, Lisa (14 February 2002). "Prostitutes had rights in Theakston case". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Exterior | Jamie Theakston's quirky London home | housetohome.co.uk". Livingetc.com. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  13. ^ ""Theak Show" - The Evening Standard". www.questia.com. 19 August 2005. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Jamie Theakston Quick Q&A". Xfm. 2 December 2008. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  15. ^ "Village cricketers lose in Kabul". BBC News. 1 May 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  16. ^ Boone, Jon (1 May 2009). "Afghans beat English side as village cricket comes to Kabul". The Guardian. London.
  17. ^ Jones, Douglas (13 February 2012). "IQ of Famous People | Famous IQ Scores | Famous IQ's". Kids-iq-tests.com. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  18. ^ "The search for intelligent life – This Britain – UK". The Independent. 2 June 2004. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  19. ^ Mapstone, Lucy. "Soccer Aid 2012: MSN speaks to the stars raising money for UNICEF". Celebrity.uk.msn.com. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  20. ^ "Jamie's natural ability in front of an audience and vast presenting experience make him the perfect host or after-dinner speaker". Highperformanceuk.com. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  21. ^ "Jamie's Bike Britain Challenge". Jamiesbikebritain.heart.co.uk. Retrieved 20 February 2020.

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