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Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross

Birthday: 17 November 1960, Leytonstone, London, England, UK
Birth Name: Jonathan Stephen Ross
Height: 187 cm

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 Londo ...Show more

Jonathan Ross
Even though I've done hundreds of hours of TV and radio, most of which - with a couple of minor miss Show more 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. Hide
Congratulations to Simon Cowell on a landmark birthday... 50 and not out! Or is that just a rumour? Congratulations to Simon Cowell on a landmark birthday... 50 and not out! Or is that just a rumour?
[on being a punk] I wore plastic trousers and winkle-pickers; my hair was spiky, greased and lacquer Show more [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. Hide
Nothing can prepare you for quite how bad Gigli (2003) is. Nothing can prepare you for quite how bad Gigli (2003) is.
[on guests he couldn't book for his talk shows] Unfortunately, the people I want are the ones who wo Show more [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) Hide
I love good stupid movies and make no apology for that fact. I suspect I'm the only film critic in t Show more 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). Hide
Richard Curtis is one of the greatest comedy writers Britain has ever known . . . apart from the guy Show more 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. Hide
I know the loveliest people who swear all the time, and the most awful people who never swear. It re Show more I know the loveliest people who swear all the time, and the most awful people who never swear. It really doesn't mean anything. Hide
People like coming on my show because they know they'll have fun and they know I'm going to be respe Show more 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. Hide
If you're not upsetting the Daily Mail you're doing something wrong. They're the most noxious human Show more 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. Hide
[reviewing V for Vendetta (2005)] "If it had been called 'V for Vasectomy', I could scarcely have fo Show more [reviewing V for Vendetta (2005)] "If it had been called 'V for Vasectomy', I could scarcely have found it a less enjoyable experience." Hide
I am delighted to be hosting the BBC's coverage of the Live Earth (2007) event as I am passionate ab Show more 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. Hide
Spice Girls are reforming - in the same way they reform meat into nuggets. God bless them, they're g Show more 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. Hide
I'm delighted to be staying with the BBC if only because it is the only studio I can drive to withou Show more 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. Hide
Upsetting Norman Tebbit has given me some small sense of satisfaction because he's spent 12 years up Show more Upsetting Norman Tebbit has given me some small sense of satisfaction because he's spent 12 years upsetting me. Hide
There are certain members of the press who may have an agenda against the BBC and me perhaps. In whi Show more 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. Hide
I've made some good shows and I've made some dreadful shows. I've made some good shows and I've made some dreadful shows.
[on Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)] Spectacular photography, excellent performances and a powerful story Show more [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. Hide
I'd rather have chewed my own arm off than sit through something as putrid as Pearl Harbor (2001). I'd rather have chewed my own arm off than sit through something as putrid as Pearl Harbor (2001).
[on asking David Cameron in an interview if he ever masturbated thinking about Margaret Thatcher] It Show more [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. Hide
I am about as big a fan of David Bowie as you will find on the planet. I am about as big a fan of David Bowie as you will find on the planet.
Back in the Seventies I spent three whole years at an Emerson Lake and Palmer gig - and that was jus Show more Back in the Seventies I spent three whole years at an Emerson Lake and Palmer gig - and that was just the drum solo. Hide
As a youth when most of my friends were dreaming about being Sylvester Stallone or Michael Caine, I Show more As a youth when most of my friends were dreaming about being Sylvester Stallone or Michael Caine, I wanted to be Barry Norman. Hide
[on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)] One of the real delights for me doing this show has been Show more [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. Hide
[on presenting television coverage of the Live 8 concerts in 2005] It was, at times, very patronizin Show more [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. Hide
The Avengers (1998) got some terrible reviews but I find it curiously satisfying. The Avengers (1998) got some terrible reviews but I find it curiously satisfying.
My talk show is not an interview show as such, which is why I'm always bemused when critics say the Show more 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. Hide
[on the final episode of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)] I promised Morrissey (Morrissey) I Show more [on the final episode of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)] I promised Morrissey (Morrissey) I wasn't going to cry. Hide
[on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie] They're so startlingly attractive, I felt I needed to sit down! It Show more [on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie] 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! Hide
I am thrilled and excited that after a short break I will be rolling up my sleeves and creating a br Show more 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. Hide
[on Michael Parkinson] He has stood above British television like a colossus. He is the greatest tal Show more [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. Hide
I'm good at TV. And I like doing it. One of the hardest things about leaving the BBC was the fact th Show more 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. Hide
[on Jumper (2008)] Why Hayden Christensen keeps getting cast in lead roles in major films I've no id Show more [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. Hide
I love Cheryl (Cheryl), I think Cheryl's an incredible performer. I saw Girls Aloud once and of all Show more 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. Hide
Pirate DVDs are not a victimless crime but some people are still buying them and that's making me cr Show more 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. Hide
[on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)] I'm lucky because I have a lot of influence over my show Show more [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. Hide
My first television talk show The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross (1987) started on Channel 4 in 1987 Show more My first television talk show The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross (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. Hide
If I ever see Richard Gere in Primal Fear (1996) or First Knight (1995) again it'll be much too soon Show more 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). Hide
I love and admire George (George Michael) because he is so remarkably, uncompromisingly, perhaps eve Show more 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. Hide
I normally do things just for the huge amount of cash. I normally do things just for the huge amount of cash.
[on the furore over his obscene phone call to Andrew Sachs in 2008] It wasn't pleasant having people Show more [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. Hide
Into the life of every film critic a little rain must fall, but even that knowledge, or the experien Show more 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. Hide
[on receiving the Music Industry Trusts' Award from George Michael] George Michael, wow. I thought y Show more [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. Hide
My love affair with comics is more important to me than my love of films, or my work in TV, or just Show more 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. Hide
I'd rather written off Robin Williams, possibly as a consequence of the trauma induced by Patch Adam Show more I'd rather written off Robin Williams, possibly as a consequence of the trauma induced by Patch Adams (1998). Hide
I saw The Stooges way back in the Seventies when Iggy (Iggy Pop) on stage was just a primal force of Show more 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? Hide
[on his critics in the press] They're not people I respect and I can't see how they have any respect Show more [on his critics in the press] They're not people I respect and I can't see how they have any respect for themselves. Hide
It's shocking the lack of support the government gives the film industry. If it wasn't for the Bond Show more 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. Hide
I don't ever go to the theatre. I try and avoid it whenever possible. I don't ever go to the theatre. I try and avoid it whenever possible.
[on the furore over his obscene phone call to Andrew Sachs in 2008] Can I be quite honest with you? Show more [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. Hide
[on Roxy Music] One of the greatest bands this country's ever produced. [on Roxy Music] One of the greatest bands this country's ever produced.
One thinks making movies is glamorous, but here we are in Bethnal Green. One thinks making movies is glamorous, but here we are in Bethnal Green.
I've been passionate about music ever since I purchased my first single, "Pearl's a Singer" by Elkie Show more 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. Hide
Music has always played a large part in my life and it's been a privilege to not only present most o Show more 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. Hide
Jonathan Ross's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (35)
Jonathan Ross Jonathan Ross'S roles
Himself - Host
Himself - Host

Big Thug
Big Thug

Himself - Host, Himself - Presenter, Himself - presenter, Himself - The Host, Host, Presenter
Himself - Host, Himself - Presenter, Himself - presenter, Himself - The Host, Host, Presenter

Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross

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