Paul Ross

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Paul Ross
BornPaul Ross
April 1956 (age 58)
Leytonstone, London, England
ResidenceTring, Hertfordshire
ParentsMartha Ross (mother)
RelativesJonathan Ross (brother)
Jump to: navigation, search
Paul Ross
BornPaul Ross
April 1956 (age 58)
Leytonstone, London, England
ResidenceTring, Hertfordshire
ParentsMartha Ross (mother)
RelativesJonathan Ross (brother)

Paul Ross (born April 1956) is a British television and radio presenter, journalist and media personality.

He is the son of Martha Ross and the elder brother of Jonathan Ross.

Early life[edit]

Ross was educated, along with his brother, at Norlington School for Boys and the University of Kent. Realising he would not be able to follow the academic career he favoured, "an English lecturer at a polytechnic",[1] he trained as a journalist at the University of Exeter and started his career with the Western Times in Exeter in 1982.[2]



Ross moved into television as a researcher at London Weekend Television before becoming an editor for The Six O'Clock Show and The London Programme. He went onto work as the series editor on series 3 and 4 of Channel 4's controversial magazine style programme The Word, and became executive producer for series 5.

His first job as a TV presenter was on the current affairs show Eyewitness, which ran for two years and saw him filming in Sicily, the United States, Brazil and Russia. He also fronted the police appeals show Crime Monthly for ITV.[3]

Paul's onscreen break came in 1993 with Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, where he worked first as a reporter and then as a studio presenter.[4] Celebrities Ross has interviewed include Mike Tyson, Sandra Bullock and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In 1995, Ross was chosen as the presenter of the popular game show Jeopardy!, which had been recently taken over by Sky One.[5] The year was one of Ross' busiest and he was seen presenting (as well as episodes of The Big Breakfast), the ITV series Big City and Good Sex Guide Aboard.[6]

In April 1996, he presented a celebrity based television show called The Very Famous Paul Ross Show for The Family Channel, in which he interviewed a diverse range of celebrities including Adam West, Lynne Perrie and Cannon and Ball. In September of the same year, he teamed up with Sarah Greene and the pair launched a Sky One afternoon chat show called 1 to 3, aimed primarily at women with a mix of movies, music, celebrities, topical information, lifestyle and entertainment.[7]

In January 1997, Ross presented the first episode of All Over the Shop, his celebrity based panel game show based on consumer issues. The programme, broadcast on BBC1 proved popular, running for three series until July 1999, by which time 85 episodes had been made. A critic on gave All Over the Shop positive remarks by saying: "For an early morning slot, this was quite a perky little show, a fact that must have been recognised due to its spin-off programmes." [8] That same year Ross fronted Endurance UK, the UK's equivalent of the cult Japanese show Za Gaman for the Challenge TV channel,[9] and it was commissioned for a second series the following year. Ross also found the time to present yet another game show, Tellystack for UK Gold.[10] Tellystack was the third of four high profile shows Ross would have to his name in 1997, the fourth was his late night entertainment programme The Paul Ross Show, broadcast on ITV, which again saw a second series transmitted in 1998.

In 1999, Ross was again playing quiz-master when he presented the game show Mind The Gap, transmitted on ITV [11] and A Slice of the Action for Carlton Food Network.[12]

In 2000, he presented a television game show for Living TV called Mystic Challenge.[13]

In October 2001, Ross appeared as a guest on BBC Two's popular comedy panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.[14] The following month he returned to his now familiar role as presenter with No Win, No Fee, a new game show for BBC One. The show would become one of Ross' biggest successes, it was broadcast from 29 October 2001 to 29 August 2003, with three series and 70 episodes made.[15]

Since then, Ross has continued to work as a TV presenter on many shows, including Most Haunted Live! for Living TV and on the shopping channel Bid TV, where he was one of its original faces when it first launched in October 2000.[16]

Ross appears regularly as a showbiz correspondent on This Morning, a role he still carries to this day.[17] He also contributes occasionally on the Channel 5 show Big Brother's Bit on the Side.


By the late 1990s, Ross had worked as a presenter for GLR, Virgin Radio and, later, Talk Radio.

Ross also presented a radio show for LBC but left in early 2008, to present the Breakfast Show on BBC London 94.9,[18] initially with JoAnne Good, then with Gaby Roslin who previously appeared in Most Haunted's Old Hall Hotel, Sandbach episode. From 2008 to 2011 he also presented a show on Saturday mornings on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey (formerly BBC Southern Counties Radio).[19]

In November 2006, he caused controversy by announcing an upcoming EastEnders Christmas storyline on his LBC show, causing his mother, who told him the storyline, to be sacked from her job as an extra on EastEnders. Since then his mother Martha Ross has jokingly refused to speak to Paul unless, as she stated in a 2007 Radio Times interview, he presents her with some Ann Summers lingerie.[20]

Other appearances[edit]

Ross was the first contestant to be eliminated on 2003's Comic Relief does Fame Academy after his singing failed to impress voters. He is featured in a popular YouTube cookery clip starring James Martin & Perry Cree (1997) where he 'helps' the guys to cook a chocolate souffle.

Ross appeared on a celebrity edition of Mastermind, choosing "The Life and Works of Ezra Pound" as his specialist subject.[2]

He appeared in the film Bridget Jones's Diary as "Mr Sit-up Britain",.[21]

He also lost two stone on ITV's Celebrity Fit Club, won the top prize on an episode of All Star Family Fortunes, which was donated to the Alzheimer's Society.[22]

On 2011, he took part in a Celebrity episode of The Chase, where he won £25,000 for Children With Cancer UK.

In January 2014, Ross participated in the second series of the celebrity diving show Splash! on ITV. He was eliminated in the second heat.


By the mid 2000s, Ross had columns in the tabloid papers News of the World and the Daily Star Sunday. He has occasionally been criticised for his seemingly limitless enthusiasm for products or media that he reviews.

In popular culture[edit]

In 2006 Sacha Baron Cohen, in character as Borat Sagdiyev, 'revealed' in an interview on the Jonathan Ross TV show that "Paul Ross is a big star in Kazakhstan. We have a statue of Paul Ross - 18 January is Paul Ross Day!"[23]

At the end of 2008, Ross was the subject of an Internet meme. Online retailer Amazon were selling a canvas portrait of the presenter[24] which was picked up and passed around the Internet with many humorous comments being added to Amazon's page. There are currently several prints available to purchase on amazon, all of which have excellent reviews. For the tea drinkers out there, a Paul Ross mug is also available for purchase. Hundreds of people have claimed that purchasing a Paul Ross print has dramatically changed their lives.

The British satirical rock band Half Man Half Biscuit included a verse about the 'D-List Paul Ross' in the song "Tyrolean Knockabout" on their album Cammell Laird Social Club.

In 2010, Paul Ross was jokingly referred to as 'the runt of the litter' by BBC3 TV Show Mongrels. A reference to his younger, better looking and more successful brother, Jonathan.

Personal life[edit]

Ross has been married twice and has five children and one grandchild. He lives near Tring.[2]

Ross has always remained on good terms with his brother Jonathan, he admits he may not be as high-profile or sharp-suited as his sibling, but insists that they have never been rivals. In an interview with the Daily Record newspaper in 1996 he joked: "I'm a bighead and I was in telly before Jonathan - behind the cameras - and what I do is very different. "Unlike Jonathan's shows where people tune in specifically to see him, with me they tune in to see me host a show where the stars are whoever else is on it." [25]

During an interview on the BBC's Jonathan Ross Show, Paul Ross was accused by the anarchist Ian Bone of grassing on the Poll Tax Rioters[26] on London Weekend Television's Crime Monthly TV programme which he hosted.[27]


  1. ^ Paul Ross: My life in media, The Independent, 25 June 2007
  2. ^ a b c Radio host’s passion for the poets, The Sunday Times, 16 September 2007
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^!
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^
  14. ^
  15. ^,_No_Fee/
  16. ^ Paul Ross Bid TV
  17. ^
  18. ^ Paul Ross joins BBC London radio, The Guardian, 20 February 2008
  19. ^ Changes at Sussex Radio Station, The Argus, 4 April 2008
  20. ^ "Jonathan Ross's mum fired after 'Enders leak", Digital Spy, 18 November 2006
  21. ^ Paul Ross Internet Movie Database
  22. ^
  23. ^ Borat, All Saints and Smokey Robinson on the Ross sofa BBC Press Office, 27 October 2006
  24. ^ Box Canvas Print of PAUL ROSS from MirrorPrintStore
  25. ^
  26. ^ Ian Bone on BBC with Jonathan Ross YouTube
  27. ^ Synopsis of Crime Monthly British Film Institute archive

External links[edit]

Paul Ross at the Internet Movie Database