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OBE for broadcaster Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross began his television career as a researcher
Presenter Jonathan Ross has been made an OBE for services to broadcasting in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Born in north London in November 1960, Jonathan spent his formative years in London's East End.

He followed his older brother Paul into TV, getting his first job in 1981 as a researcher on the Channel 4 chat show Loose Talk.

Soon afterwards he met another young researcher, Alan Marke, with whom he formed the Channel X production outfit.

In 1987 the company produced The Last Resort, which Ross stepped in to present at the last minute after a satisfactory host failed to materialise.

The programme - modelled on David Letterman's long-running chat show in the US - was a hit and ran for four series on Channel 4.

The same year Ross married Jane Goldman, an author and occasional TV presenter renowned for her bright red hair and they now have three children: Betty, Harvey and Honey.


Other TV outings followed - The Incredibly Strange Film Show and Saturday Zoo among them - and in 1991 he hosted the British Comedy Awards, a post he has filled ever since.

However, the mid-90s were a lean time for the presenter, despite a two-year deal with ITV.

Jonathan Ross
Ross is renowned for his flamboyant and colourful dress sense
His fortunes improved near the end of the decade when he fulfilled a life-long ambition to host the BBC's long-running Film programme, taking over from Barry Norman.

He also joined Virgin Radio to host a flagship show that saw him team up with producer Andy Davies for the first time.

Since then he has been hard to miss, with TV shows including They Think It's All Over, It's Only TV... But I Like It and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, making him one of TV's most successful and ubiquitous presenters.

He is also one of the few broadcasters to have made a virtue of a speech impediment - an inability to pronounce his Rs that has seen him affectionately nicknamed "Wossy".

His radio career has also flourished. His Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 2 was named radio programme of the year at the 2001 Television and Radio Industries Club Awards, and earlier this week he was named the most powerful person on radio by the Radio Times.

BBC colleague Steve Wright said of Ross: "He is one of the wittiest people on radio, and he doesn't follow any of the rules."


Ross' success has not been without controversy, however. In 2000 he was criticised by the Broadcasting Standards Commission for on-air comments about stroke patients, Romanian orphans and asylum seekers.

Jane Goldman and Jonathan Ross
Ross has been married to author Jane Goldman for 18 years
In 2003 he was rapped again for swearing during Comic Relief Red Nose Night.

And in April this year 350 viewers complained about an interview with spoof psychic Shirley Ghostman on his Friday night TV show.

But Ross remains one of the most recognised figures in media, as renowned for his flamboyant dress sense as his outspoken remarks.


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