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Gethin Jones Jones at the Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye, 31 May 2008 Born Gethin Clifford Jones 12 February 1978 (1978-02-12) (age 32) Cardiff, Wales, UK Occupation Television presenter Years active 1990s–present Gethin Clifford Jones (born 12 February 1978) is a Welsh television presenter who has co-presented the BBC children's programme Blue Peter. An active rugby union player when at the Manchester Metropolitan University and for a time after graduation, Jones began his television career on Welsh channel S4C as a presenter of children's programmes such as Popty, Mas Draw and the flagship children's entertainment show Uned 5 (Unit 5, 2002–2005). In 2005, he became the 31st presenter of Blue Peter, the world's longest-running children's television series. On 8 April 2008 he announced he would be leaving the programme at the end of the season in June 2008. Jones has also hosted major live telecasts of events like Mardi Gras in Cardiff and New Year Live (BBC) and since 2008 has co-hosted E24, which is shown on BBC News, the BBC's 24-hour news channel. He has made a couple of guest appearances in Doctor Who (2006 and 2008). In 2007 Jones was a contestant in Series 5 of Strictly Come Dancing, partnered by professional dancer Camilla Dallerup. Together, they achieved third place. Contents 1 Early life and education 2 Professional career 2.1 Blue Peter 2.2 Presenter 2.3 Other work 3 Selected work 3.1 Presenter 3.2 Actor, cameo or participant 4 Awards 5 Personal life 6 Further reading 7 References 8 External links // Early life and education Gethin Jones was born on 12 February 1978 in Cardiff, Wales, to Goronwy Jones, headteacher of Baden Powell Primary School, and his Polish wife Sylvia, a violin teacher. He has an older sister named Mererid[1] and a nephew, Alby.[2] With Welsh as his first language, he attended Ysgol Gynradd Coed-y-Gof (Coed-y-Gof Primary School) and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf (Glantaf Welsh Comprehensive School) in Llandaff North, Cardiff, for his primary and secondary school education respectively. Jones has Grade 8 violin and Grade 6 piano qualifications,[3] and took part in school musicals and school and county orchestras. He took Biology, Geography and Economics at A-Levels.[4][5][6] Jones had dual interests throughout school – his mother wanted him to develop his musical talents, while he enjoyed rugby union. While studying Economics and Geography at the Manchester Metropolitan University where he gained a 2:2,[3][5] he was captain of the university's rugby first team and played in the Lancashire under-21 team. At the age of 21 in his final year, he was offered trials by Sale RFC.[5] However, after his father turned down a request for financial assistance and he experienced difficulties trying to play whilst supporting himself as a gym trainer, he found that his on-field capabilities suffered. He eventually set aside his plans for a professional rugby career and returned to Wales.[4] Professional career Prior to his television career, Jones worked as a bank clerk, a telephone hotline officer, and a research assistant, and spent three months as a builder laying house foundations.[3] He subsequently joined Welsh channel S4C as a presenter of children's programmes such as Popty (the Welsh equivalent of Top of the Pops),[7] Mas Draw, and the flagship children's entertainment show Uned 5 (Unit 5, September 2002–2005).[8] In 2004, as part of a challenge on the show, he learned how to fly a plane and gained his pilot's licence.[3] In 2003 he was voted Bachelor of the Year by the readers of Company magazine.[4][9] Blue Peter On 26 April 2005, Jones became a presenter[10] of the children's television series, Blue Peter.[7][9] He auditioned on the same day as co-presenter Zöe Salmon. During his time, he presented the show with Salmon, Konnie Huq, Matt Baker, Liz Barker and Andy Akinwolere. As a presenter he took on the action/adventure role filled by John Noakes and Peter Duncan in the past; highlights included flying with the Red Arrows[7] and in a World War II Supermarine Spitfire, completing submarine escape training with the Royal Navy,[11] surviving the Bolivian jungle,[12] being attacked by an alligator in Louisiana,[13] learning to race like a jockey,[12] and fighting as a samurai warrior in Japan.[13] In 2006, he became the second civilian, the first being Jimmy Savile in the 1970's, to finish the Royal Marine Commando 30-mile (48 km) Yomp[11] – he finished in a time of eight hours and 20 minutes.[14] He also played the violin at the Proms with the BBC Philharmonic.[12] Beginning on Jones's 30th birthday on 12 February 2008, he and his Blue Peter co-presenters climbed the four highest peaks in the United Kingdom, starting with Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland, followed by Snowdon in North Wales. The following day, having travelled overnight by coach to the Lake District, they climbed Scafell Pike. They were then to be transported to Scotland by helicopter to climb Ben Nevis but were unable to do so because of problems with the helicopter which forced them to land in Oban. They succeeded in climbing the mountain the next day. This challenge was in aid of Sport Relief 2008.[15] Jones announced on 8 April 2008 on Blue Peter that after three and half years on the show he would be leaving it at the end of the series in June. His spokeswoman said he had always planned to leave when he turned 30. Jones said, "I've had a career on Blue Peter that you wouldn't even dream about and for that I feel privileged and fortunate. ... I've loved it, lived it ... and now I feel the time is right to leave it."[12][16] Jones presenting at a charity ball on 21 March 2008 in Bristol, England Presenter Jones has been a presenter for a number of major live telecasts, including Mardi Gras in Cardiff in front of 40,000 people, Y Briodas Fawr (The Big Wedding, 2004–2005),[17] and Jones Jones Jones (2006) at Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre where the world record was broken for the biggest gathering of people with the same surname.[18] He co-presented the 2007 New Year's Eve programme New Year Live on BBC One with Myleene Klass and Nick Knowles, which drew 9.2 million viewers.[19] On 16 February 2008, Jones began presenting a new 15-minute entertainment show entitled E24 on BBC News with James Dagwell.[20] Between 4 and 11 May 2008, Jones was the narrator and presenter of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2008. The biennial music competition was held at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, and broadcast on BBC Two and BBC Four.[21] Jones made his radio début on BBC Radio 5 Live on 5 July 2008,[22] presenting a three-hour Saturday morning show focusing on sport and entertainment.[23] Jones appeared in The National Lottery: Big 7, a live programme broadcast on BBC One on 30 August 2008 at which the winners of the National Lottery Awards 2008 were announced.[24] ITV1 presented Soccer Aid on 7 September 2008, and Jones was one of the players for the Rest of the World. England won four goals to three.[25] Jones was again chosen to play for the Rest of the World in the Soccer Aid match on 7 June 2010. The team won 7 goals to 6 after a penalty shoot out. On 13 September 2008 Jones presented the Proms in the Park from Singleton Park in Swansea. This was televised on the BBC as part of the Last Night of the Proms programme and was one of the concerts available for viewers with interactive television.[26] For six weeks from 28 September, Jones presented a programme for Virgin 1 entitled Gethin Jones' Danger Hunters, which featured adrenaline junkies and their search for the ultimate thrill.[27] Jones presented a Police Camera Action programme about the dangers of drink driving, which was aired on 17 December 2008 on ITV1.[28] Between 7 January and 15 April 2009, Jones hosted his first quiz show, a Welsh language rugby-themed general knowledge competition, on S4C entitled Cwis Meddiant.[29] He is following this up with another quiz show on Sky1 called Sell Me the Answer. Filming of the 50 episodes took place at the Fountain Studios in Wembley, North London, and the programme commenced airing in November 2009.[30] From 17 to 21 August 2009, Jones presented BBC1's The One Show with Gloria Hunniford during the absence of its regular presenters Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley[31] Jones presented the Golden Globes programme from the red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday 17 January 2010. The programme was broadcast on Sky 1 Movies and Sky 1 Movies HD, with a résumé on Sky 1 at 11pm. His co-host on the red carpet was Angela Griffin, and a studio show in the UK was hosted by Claudia Winkelman.[32] On Friday 12 February 2010, Jones was a guest on the Welsh S4C chat show Jonathan which is presented by Jonathan Davies.[33] In 2010, Jones co-hosted (with Kate Thornton) a programme for ITV1 entitled 71 Degrees North, which has celebrities performing various tasks in the extreme weather conditions of Norway.[34] Other work Jones appeared as a Cyberman in a 2006 episode of Doctor Who and as a Dalek operator in the final episode in 2008.[35] He guest-starred as himself in The Sarah Jane Adventures pilot "Invasion of the Bane" (2007). In 2007 Jones participated in Series 5 of Strictly Come Dancing, partnering Camilla Dallerup.[36] He came third after being voted out in a "dance-off" in the semi-final.[37] He also appeared in the programme's Christmas Special, finishing second behind Darren Gough after each couple received a perfect score. Jones was one of the celebrities who took part in the Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour! 2009. As his partner from the television show, Camilla Dallerup, was dancing with Tom Chambers, Jones partnered Flavia Cacace. The tour commenced in Newcastle on 16 January and ended at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on 22 February 2009 with a total of 44 shows.[38] He and his dance partner achieved a total of six wins during the run of the tour.[39] In addition Jones' most recent television appearance is as the face of Holland and Barrett's new campaign, launched on 20 October 2009. In December 2009, Jones appeared in the 2009 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special along with Rachel Stevens, Ali Bastian, Ricky Whittle, Chris Hollins and Austin Healey. His partner was again Flavia Cacace. The couple were not voted into the final two, despite a score of 38 for their American Smooth. From 4 December 2009 until 10 January 2010, Jones appeared as Prince Charming in the pantomime Cinderella at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford.[40] In September 2010, Jones appeared as the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.[41] Selected work Presenter Date(s) of appearance TV programme or series [Unknown] Popty [Unknown] Mas Draw 2002–2005 Uned 5 (Unit 5, 1994–present) 2004–2005 Y Briodas Fawr (The Big Wedding, 2004–present) 2005–2008 Blue Peter (1958–present) 2006 Jones Jones Jones 2007 New Year Live 2008 BAFTA Cymru Awards (BAFTA Wales Awards) 16 February 2008 – present E24 4–11 May 2008 BBC Young Musician of the Year 4 July 2008 BBC Breakfast 5 July 2008 for two months Gethin Jones – BBC Radio 5 Live 30 August 2008 The National Lottery: Big 7 13 September 2008 BBC Proms in the Park in Swansea, Wales 28 September 2008 for six weeks Gethin Jones' Danger Hunters 7 January – 15 April 2009 Cwis Meddiant 17 August – 21 August 2009 The One Show 12 September 2009 BBC Proms in the Park in Swansea, Wales Some of the information in this table was obtained from Gethin Jones: Filmography, Internet Movie Database (IMDb),, retrieved 2008-01-21 . Actor, cameo or participant Date(s) of appearance Television programme or series Role Notes 2004 Company Bachelor of the Year 2004 [Participant] 25 June 2006 Children's Party at the Palace Julian Kirrin of Enid Blyton's Famous Five 13 May 2006 Doctor Who (2005–present) "Rise of the Cybermen" Cyberman 1 episode 2007 Strictly Come Dancing [Participant] Came third 2007 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two [Guest] 1 January 2007 The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007–present) "Invasion of the Bane" Himself, [Cameo appearance] 1 episode 5 July 2008 Doctor Who (2005–present) "Journey's End" Dalek 1 episode 7 September 2008 Soccer Aid 2008 [Player, Rest of the World team] 16 January – 22 February 2009 Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour! 2009 [Participant] Some of the information in this table was obtained from Gethin Jones: Filmography, Internet Movie Database (IMDb),, retrieved 21 January 2008 . Awards On 5 November 2008, Jones was awarded the title of "Ultimate Hottie" by Cosmopolitan magazine.[42] Personal life Jones had been in a relationship prior to joining Blue Peter, but it ended when he moved from Wales to London to take up the job.[4] In December 2007 Jones became romantically involved with Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins.[43] According to him, they first met in 2005[1] when she appeared on Blue Peter and he was struck by how good she was with kids: "You kind of think people like that are all going to be false, but she really wasn't at all, and I like that. She really is lovely, a typical Neath girl."[4] Newspapers reported that they got together after Jenkins sang "Time To Say Goodbye" with Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli on an episode of Strictly Come Dancing broadcast on 21 October 2007.[44] Jenkins's spokesman has said: "They're old friends and they've been on several dates. But people shouldn't consider buying hats just yet."[45] Jones is a keen footballer (he supports Everton Football Club),[46] tennis player and golfer.[3] He is short-sighted and wore contact lenses or glasses,[5] until he underwent a laser eye operation to correct his shortsightedness on 17 June 2009.[47] Further reading Ryan Giggs and Gethin Jones surprise Manchester pupils, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), 22 January 2007,, retrieved 2008-01-19 . "Strictly Come Dancing contestant reckons partner has 'got it all'", NOW, 2 December 2007,, retrieved 2008-01-19 . Rhys, Steffan (10 December 2007), "Have Katherine and Gethin got the elusive X factor to be the next golden couple?", Western Mail, . References ^ a b Catherine Evans (9 December 2007), "Katherine and Gethin's first meeting", Wales on Sunday (reproduced on, . ^ Gethin Jones (25 September 2007) ([dead link]), Well HEEEEEEEEEEEELLO!, Blue Peter, BBC [blog],, retrieved 16 June 2008 [dead link]; "Gethin and Katherine to spend holiday apart", Daily Express, 24 December 2007, . ^ a b c d e David Greenwood (25 January 2005), "Blue Peter job is like a dream", Daily Post (reproduced on, . ^ a b c d e Jenny Johnston (19 December 2007), "From rugby player to ballroom star: Strictly's 'Gorgeous Gethin' driven to succeed by a need for his father's approval", Daily Mail (London), . ^ a b c d Jonatha Sale [interviewer] (15 March 2007), "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Gethin Jones, 'Blue Peter' presenter: 'All of my lessons were in Welsh'", The Independent (London), . ^ Jones got an E in biology, D in geography and C in economics for his A-levels, and an A in music at AS-level: Jonathan Sale [interviewer] (15 March 2007), "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Gethin Jones, 'Blue Peter' presenter: 'All of my lessons were in Welsh'", The Independent (London), . ^ a b c ([dead link]) Biographies: Gethin Jones, presenter, Blue Peter, BBC Press Office, December 2005,, retrieved 18 June 2008 [dead link]. ^ Sian Eirian (22 November 2007), "Show has a grand day out with Gethin Jones", Western Mail, . ^ a b "Gethin gets the job and a Blue Peter badge", Western Mail (reproduced on, 25 January 2005, . ^ Welsh TV host to join Blue Peter, BBC News, 24 January 2005, . ^ a b Blue Peter presenter takes the plunge, Ministry of Defence, 2 February 2007,, retrieved 19 January 2008 ; Gethin gets in the water, Navy News, Royal Navy, 8 March 2007,, retrieved 21 January 2007 . ^ a b c d Gethin Jones to quit Blue Peter,, 8 April 2008,, retrieved 18 June 2008 . ^ a b ([dead link]) The contestants: Gethin Jones, Strictly Come Dancing, BBC, 2007, archived from the original on 23 October 2007,, retrieved 21 January 2008 . ^ In January 2008 it was reported that Jones was to try for an honorary Green Beret from the Royal Marine Commandos: "Geth goes from Blue to green", The Sun, 14 January 2008, . ^ Hywel Trewyn (13 February 2008), "Blue Peter's Gethin climbs Snowdon for birthday", Daily Post, ; "Zoe's in peak condition", The Belfast Telegraph, 13 February 2008, ; Jamie Smith (14 February 2008), "Blue Peter hits new heights on Snowdon", Caernarfon Herald (reproduced on, . ^ Ben Dowell (8 April 2008), "Gethin Jones leaves Blue Peter", The Guardian (MediaGuardian) (London), . ^ Y Briodas Fawr, UK Game, 2007?,, retrieved 3 September 2008 . ^ Meet the Joneses for world record, BBC News, 19 July 2006, ; "World record attempt is a family affair", USA Today, 3 November 2006, . ^ Leigh Holmwood (2 January 2008), "BBC1 countdown chimes with viewers", The Guardian (London), . ^ Leigh Holmwood (12 February 2008), "News 24 launches showbiz news show", The Guardian (g2) (London), ; Nadia Brooks (12 February 2008), "Gethin gets new presenting gig", The Sun, . ^ Laura Wright (9 April 2008), "Gethin says goodbye but Dr Who beckons", South Wales Echo (reproduced on, ; Karen Price (9 April 2008), "TV's Gethin sets course for stardom", Western Mail (reproduced on, ; The grand final weekend, BBC, 2008,, retrieved 30 April 2008 . ^ Gethin Jones, BBC Radio 5 Live, 2008,, retrieved 7 July 2008 . ^ Blue Peter star joins Five Live, BBC News, 22 April 2008, . ^ The National Lottery Awards – winners announced live on BBC1!, National Lottery, 18 April 2008,, retrieved 23 August 2008 . ^ Final Soccer Aid line up is announced, ITV, 2008,, retrieved 4 September 2008 ; Kev Geoghegan (5 September 2008), "Stars to raise cash at Soccer Aid", BBC News,, retrieved 2 October 2008 . ^ BBC Proms in the Park, BBC Press Office, 9 April 2008,, retrieved 18 June 2008 ; Jason Evans (13 June 2008), Proms back in city with Italian flavour,,, retrieved 18 June 2008 . ^ Adam Benzine (11 June 2008), Virgin1 hunts down Fear Junkies, C21 Media,, retrieved 18 June 2008 ; "Gethin to brave wild weather", The Sun, 12 June 2008, . ^ Police Camera Action drink drive special, ITV, 24 November 2008,, retrieved 17 December 2008 . ^ Cwis Meddiant, Cwis Meddiant, S4C, 2009,, retrieved 24 April 2009, "This is my first stab at presenting a TV quiz, but I enjoy anything that has an element of competition because I'm such a competitive person myself." ; [Fixtures], Cwis Meddiant, S4C, 2009,, retrieved 24 April 2009 . ^ Fancy winning £25,000? Want to be on TV?, Sky1, British Sky Broadcasting, 2009,, retrieved 24 April 2009 . ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Simon Reynolds (11 April 2008), Gethin Jones stars in 'Doctor Who', Digital Spy,, retrieved 2008-06-27 . ^ Beth Neil (8 December 2007), "Gethin to know you: Exclusive: Blue Peter star is now strictly sex", Daily Mirror, ; "Who's danced their way to the number 6 slot?",, 28 December 2007,, retrieved 19 January 2008 . ^ Gethin Jones dances off Strictly, BBC News, 16 December 2007, ; Clemmie Moodie (17 December 2007), "Exit Strictly Come Dancing's Gethin, straight into Katherine's arms", Daily Mail (London), ; Mark Jeffries (17 December 2007), "Gethin gets the boot", Daily Mirror, ; Kate Bodinger (17 December 2007), "Gethin misses out but dad proud", South Wales Echo, ; Lisa McGarry (17 December 2007), Gethin Jones leaves Strictly Come Dancing, Unreality TV: The UK and Ireland's Biggest Reality TV Blog!,, retrieved 19 January 2008 . ^ Celebrity dancers 2009, Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour!, Stage Entertainment & Phil McIntyre Entertainment in association with BBC Worldwide, 2009,, retrieved 23 January 2009 . ^ 2009 winners, Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour!, Stage Entertainment & Phil McIntyre Entertainment in association with BBC Worldwide, February 2009,, retrieved 24 April 2009 . ^ ^ ^ See the Ultimate Hottie, Sky Showbiz, 6 November 2008,, retrieved 17 November 2008 . ^ Emma Cox; Sara Nathan (7 December 2007), "Let us Geth it on, Katherine", The Sun, ; "Katherine Jenkins dating Blue Peter presenter Gethin Jones", South Wales Evening Post, 8 December 2007, ; Catherine Evans (9 December 2007), "Katherine and Gethin's first meeting", Wales on Sunday (reproduced on, ; Donna McConnell (12 December 2007), "Strictly's Gethin set to dance off with opera diva Katherine Jenkins' heart but she really thinks he is a complete arse", Mail on Sunday (London), ; "FIRST picture of Gethin and Katherine together!" ([dead link]),, 12 December 2007,!/3 ; Emma Pengelly (13 December 2007), "Romance for Neath's golden girl and Blue Peter heartthrob Gethin", Neath Guardian, ; Colin Robertson (15 December 2007), "Gethin twirls girlfriend Kath", The Sun, ; Hannah Jones (17 December 2007), "Katherine and Gethin are Welsh golden couple", Western Mail (reproduced on, . ^ Steffan Rhys (8 December 2007), "Katherine Jenkins and Gethin Jones dating", Western Mail (reproduced on, . ^ Ben Glaze (8 December 2007), "New Welsh celebrity couple are an item", South Wales Echo (reproduced on, . ^ Lara Gould (4 November 2007), "Strictly Gethin's backstage secrets: Exclusive: Strictly Gethin on what really goes on backstage", Sunday Mirror, . ^ Gethin Jones (19 June 2009), [ok, laser eye], Twitter,, retrieved 27 July 2009, "ok, laser eye. Quite incredible!! Vision getting better minute by minute, trying to take it easy, but rubbish at being idle!" [dead link]. External links Gethin Jones at the Internet Movie Database Preceded by Simon Thomas Blue Peter Presenter No. 31 2005–2008 Succeeded by Joel Defries v • d • e Blue Peter presenters Christopher Trace · Leila Williams · Anita West · Valerie Singleton · Sandra Michaels · John Noakes · Peter Purves · Lesley Judd · Simon Groom · Christopher Wenner · Tina Heath · Sarah Greene · Peter Duncan · Janet Ellis · Michael Sundin · Mark Curry · Caron Keating · Yvette Fielding · John Leslie · Diane-Louise Jordan · Anthea Turner · Tim Vincent · Stuart Miles · Katy Hill · Romana D'Annunzio · Richard Bacon · Konnie Huq · Simon Thomas · Matt Baker · Liz Barker · Zöe Salmon · Gethin Jones · Andy Akinwolere · Helen Skelton · Joel Defries v • d • e Strictly Come Dancing Series 5 Alesha Dixon · Matt Di Angelo · Gethin Jones · Letitia Dean · Kenny Logan · Kelly Brook · John Barnes · Kate Garraway · Penny Lancaster-Stewart · Dominic Littlewood · Gabby Logan · Willie Thorne · Stephanie Beacham · Brian Capron v • d • e 71 Degrees North Presenters Gethin Jones · Kate Thornton Contestants Marcus Patric · Gavin Henson · Susie Amy · Joe Absolom · Andrew Castle · Shane Richie · Michelle Mone · Diarmuid Gavin · Konnie Huq · Lauren Socha Persondata Name Jones, Gethin Alternative names Jones, Gethin Clifford Short description Welsh television presenter Date of birth 12 February 1978 Place of birth Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom Date of death Place of death