Top of all former Top of the Pops presenters with the perfect mix of composure and wit made for live broadcasting. A keen fencer and a big fan of cricket.
After undertaking football and cricket reports for both GLR and Radio 5 Live, Jamie Theakston was spotted by the BBC’s head of sport and presented GLR’s Saturday Sport Show at the age of 23. He then presented numerous shows for Radio 5 Live including Sportscall, The Jamie Theakston Cricket Show and Sport on Wednesday.
On television, after presenting The O Zone with Jayne Middlemiss, 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 Zoe Ball. 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 hosted the Channel 4 reality TV show The Games alongside Kirsty Gallacher. He was also the host of a 2004 game show, Beg Borrow or Steal. He presented the ITV Saturday night show With A Little Help From My Friends.
Theakston has narrated all episodes of Traffic Cops and its spin-off show Motorway Cops.
Traffic Cops has consistently been one of the most watched factual series on UK television. Due to Jamie’s input and its prime time BBC1 slot, Traffic Cops’ viewing figures generally are many times larger than other UK police TV programmes.
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.
Jamie Theakston starred in a TV commercial for Danone, and has voiced advertisements for McDonalds.