Gethin Jones is a multi-talented TV presenter. He is best-known for his time on Blue Peter, and as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. As an accomplished pianist and violinist, Gethin has played with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. He is one of the UK’s most popular TV presenters and awards hosts.
About Gethin Jones
Gethin Jones is a former contestant of Strictly Come Dancing, where he was semi-finalist. He also co-hosted its spin-off It Takes Two. Gethin has presented Police, Camera, Action, the National Lottery and co-hosted The One Show. He also hosted the Golden Globes red carpet coverage for Sky1.
Gethin Jones was born in Cardiff and was educated at Glantaf Comprehensive School and went on to obtain a degree in Economics and Geography at University in Manchester. Gethin has passed his grade 8 violin and grade 7 piano. He was also leader of three County orchestras and has played with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and played a duet live with Nicola Benedetti.
Captained the University 1stXV to the final of the BUSA Championships (British Universities Sports Association) for the first time in their history, represented Lancashire and had trials with Sale RFC. Gethin presented five series of Popty on Welsh Channel S4C from 2000-2003. He then went on to present the channels flagship youth magazine show called Uned 5 for 2 ½ years from 2002. He also presented Y Briodas Fawr (the big wedding) and Jones Jones Jones at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre (in both English and Welsh) where the world record was broken for the biggest gathering of people with the same surname! He’s also presented numerous live OB’s for S4C and the BBC.
Gethin Jones presented Blue Peter for 3 ½ years before leaving CBBC’s flagship show in June 2008. His time on Blue Peter saw him take on the most extreme, wonderful, scary and strangest challenges of his life. He flew with the Red Arrows and in a WW2 Spitfire. He’s been attacked by an alligator in Louisiana, ridden the highest, fastest, tallest rollercoaster’s in the world (he hates them!), was the first person to light a candle at Elvis’s vigil to celebrate the 29th Anniversary of his death, performed the Canterville Ghost with the English National Ballet in front of 2,000 people. Skated the infamous Cresta Run in St Moritz. Fought as a Samurai Warrior in Japan. But his biggest moment was when he became the first civilian (and Blue Peter presenter) to finish the Royal Marine Commando 30 mile Yomp – he finished in a time of 8hrs 20mins… in about 7 pieces! He was also a semi-finalist in BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing 2007.
His 2008 projects included presenting a Police Camera Action special for ITV1, Gethin Jones’ Danger Hunters for Virgin1 where he chased deadly weather around the world. E24, a weekly News Entertainment/Showbiz round-up for BBC News. The Gethin Jones Show Saturday and Sunday mornings on Radio 5 Live. Gethin also narrated and presented BBC’s Young Musician of the Year, live at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre.
January and February 2009 – Gethin took to the dance floor one again, touring Nationwide with the Strictly Come Dancing arena tour. 2009: Gethin hosted a new game show ‘Sell Me The Answer’ for Sky1. The 50-show run started to transmit in November. He also presented his own Saturday morning show for 13 weeks over the Summer on Radio 5 Live. In August, co-presented a week of The One Show for BBC1. He also presented shows for the National Lottery on BBC1 throughout the year.
Christmas 2009 saw Gethin Jones star in his first pantomime ‘Cinderella’ in Guildford, playing Prince Charming. After this run ended in January 2010, he hosted the Golden Globes red carpet coverage for Sky1. 2010 continues to be a busy year for Gethin; he took part in Soccer Aid for ITV1 playing for the Rest of The World Team, he returns at the end of July for a new ITV1 series of Police Camera Action, and co-hosts an exciting new ITV1 show filmed in the Arctic called ’71 Degrees North’ which will start to transmit in the Autumn. He also returns to Radio 5 Live with his own Saturday show, running for 7 weeks.