Jeremy Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) Jeremy Clarkson is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer specialising in motoring, who is most famous for his role as a presenter for the BBC motoring show Top Gear. For over a decade he has been known as a public personality appearing on a wide variety of programmes and writing a variety of pieces for newspapers. His humour and outspoken views have frequently provoked public reaction, sometimes causing criticism from a wide range of backgrounds. However, he has also gained a wide fan base over the years, and is credited with transforming Top Gear into the one of the most popular and most watched shows the BBC have ever produced.
Net Worth: In March 2015 The Independent Newspaper claimed Clarkson's net worth was estimated to be £30 million.
Career: Clarkson began his writing career by training as a journalist and writing for Rotherham Advertiser, Rochdale Observer, Wolverhampton Express and Star, Lincolnshire Life, Shropshire Star and the Associated Kent Newspapers. The Shropshire Star has been credited by Clarkson as the place where he made his first breakthrough as a motoring columnist.
By 1984 Clarkson had founded the Motoring Press Agency through which he performed road tests for motoring magazines and local newspapers. This progressed to pieces for publications such as Performance Car and Top Gear magazine. Up to present day Clarkson continues to write a variety of articles for broadsheet newspaper The Sunday Times and tabloid The Sun.
Clarkson's most major television role has been as one of the presenters on the British Motoring show Top Gear from October 1988 to February 2000 (in its early format) and from October 2002 to March 2015 in the programme's new format alongside co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond. Top Gear is recognised on an international scale, as the show is rebroadcast to over 100 countries around the world.
Alongside Top Gear, Clarkson has also presented the first series of Robot Wars in the UK, ran a talk show entitled Clarkson between 1998 and 2000, and presented documentaries based on non-motoring themes like History and Engineering. Clarkson has also expressed his opinions on television shows such as Room 101, Parkinson, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Grumpy Old Men, Have I Got News for You and Question Time.
Aside from the success of Top Gear, Clarkson has also had a number of achievements in other areas. In 2005, Clarkson was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the Oxford Brookes University. 2007 saw Clarkson win the National Television Awards Special Recognition Award. The same year it was reported that Clarkson earned £1 million a year for his role as a Top Gear presenter, and a further £1.7 million from books, DVDs and newspaper columns. An internet petition was submitted on the Prime Minister's Number 10 website to "Make Jeremy Clarkson Prime Minister". It had attracted 49,446 signatures by the time it was closed. On Motor Trend Magazine's Power List for 2011, listing the fifty most influential figures in the automotive industry, Clarkson was ranked 49th.
Personal life: Clarkson was the son of a teacher and a travelling salesman. His parents originally ran a business selling tea cosies but later expanded their business to selling stuffed toys - this expansion is what funded their son's private school education. Clarkson was eventually expelled from Repton School. Until his voice broke, Clarkson played the role of a public schoolboy in a BBC radio Children's Hour show. In 1989 he married Alexandra James (now Hall) but the two separated after six months. Four years later he married his manager Frances Cain in Fulham. The two lived in the Cotswolds with their three children. Clarkson's second wife reportedly filed divorce proceedings in April 2014.
Clarkson's beliefs and views branch into a number of areas, from politics to the environment and cultural concerns. He openly opposes any government which tries to impose regulation and reduce what he regards as personal freedom. He was against the smoking and fox hunting bans established through labour governments and often criticises proposals such as road charging - he regularly highlights John Prescott the former transport minister for ridicule. Clarkson was invited to attend Margaret Thatcher's funeral in 2013. Clarkson has also held beliefs on the fear of 'hoodies' and intimidating adolescents, and in 2007 he was cleared of allegations of assaulting a hoodie in Milton Keynes.
Clarkson is also against the cause of the green movement and organisations such as Greenpeace. Whilst he doubts whether the impact of global warming will be as negative as it's made out, he also believes that a gradual and quiet attempt to be more eco-friendly on a daily basis is something that people should do. Many believe that Clarkson's public persona doesn't necessarily reflect his personal views. The BBC has also stressed on several occasions that these are Jeremy's views and not those of the BBC.
Throughout his career Clarkson has become increasingly well-known for his controversial statements both inside and outside of his work with the BBC. Some of these incidents on Top Gear include a joke involving lorry drivers in 2008, jokes involving Indian culture in 2012, and ethnic slurs in 2013 and 2014.
On the 25th of March 2015 it was revealed that Clarkson's contract with the BBC would not be renewed following him physically and verbally attacking a Top Gear producer at a hotel.
Clarkson was filming in Detroit in 1997 when a street gang thought the crew was trespassing on their territory.
Jeremy Clarkson has revealed how he once had a machine gun held to his head while filming ‘Top Gear’ over two decades ago.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror on Thursday (January 10th), the 58 year old presenter recalled an incident that occurred in the American city of Detroit back in 1997 when he and the ‘Top Gear’ crew unwittingly wandered into a street gang’s territory during filming.
“Somebody held a gun against my head in Detroit,” Clarkson said. “It’s a long, complicated story but we were trying to do some filming and some people thought we were trespassing on their turf. It was pretty nasty.”
Clarkson, along with colleagues Richard Hammond and James May, is to focus solely on "big budget specials" after wrapping season 3 of 'The Grand Tour'.
After nearly two decades presenting shows such as ‘Top Gear’ and ‘The Grand Tour’, Jeremy Clarkson has announced that he’s quitting studio-based motoring shows in order to focus on longer specials, along with long-time colleagues Richard Hammond and James May.
The notorious trio recently wrapped filming on the third season of their Amazon car show ‘The Grand Tour’, where reportedly Clarkson told the studio audience that it was “the end of an era”.
And, according to a report in The Sun on Friday (December 14th), he and co-stars Hammond and May are set to abandon the studio-based format in order to present “big budget specials” – think something along the lines of the ‘Top Gear’ specials – which will apparently be rolled out over the next couple of years.
Continue reading: Jeremy Clarkson To Quit Studio Based Car Shows
His new television job has not been easy to get the hang of.
It's been three years since Jeremy Clarkson was let go from 'Top Gear', and while it's taken some big feet to fill his shoes, he's about to fill some even bigger ones as he takes over from Chris Tarrant for the 20th anniversary comeback of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'. It's safe to say he couldn't be more nervous.
Jeremy Clarkson at The Sun Military Awards
Not only has 58-year-old Clarkson got to worry about ad breaks now that he's on ITV and not BBC, but he had no idea how complicated and strict his new show would be. There's no room for banter and misbehaviour when the financial future of his guests is at stake.
Reports at the weekend suggested that Amazon Prime was not going to green-light a fourth series of 'The Grand Tour'.
Jeremy Clarkson has hit back at recent reports that his lavish motoring show ‘The Grand Tour’ is about to be cancelled by Amazon Prime, describing them in his inimitable, colourful way as “horse****”.
A report in the Mail On Sunday over the weekend suggested that, while Clarkson, his colleagues James May and Richard Hammond, and the production team were busy working on the third of three seasons initially commissioned by Amazon Prime, there had been “nothing to suggest” that the streaming giant was about to green-light a fourth series of 'The Grand Tour'.
“There is nothing to suggest they are going to do another,” a source told the publication. “No one has signed anything and employees are wondering where everyone will go once filming wraps.”
Continue reading: Jeremy Clarkson Rubbishes Suggestions 'The Grand Tour' Is To Be Axed
ITV has commissioned seven hour-long episodes of the iconic quiz show later in 2018, to mark its 20th anniversary.
Jeremy Clarkson is set to replace Chris Tarrant as host a new set of episodes of iconic game show ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ later this year, to mark the 20th anniversary of the programme.
Tarrant fronted the legendary quiz show when it first launched back in 1998, and he hosted it all the way until 2013, when he made the decision to step down as presenter, saying it had “run its course” amid gradually declining ratings.
At one point, however, it was one of the most-watched shows in Britain, with 19 million people tuning in each week to watch contestants try to win £1 million in ever-increasing steps with harder questions each time, able to resort to lifelines of asking the audience, phoning a friend and taking a 50:50 option.
His stay with pneumonia left him paralysingly bored.
As flippant as he has been about his stay in hospital, Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that his struggle with pneumonia was a lot more serious than he initially made out. However, the subsequent boredom made him more of a danger to himself than any illness could.
Jeremy Clarkson at the Sun Military Awards
The 57-year-old 'Grand Tour' presenter fell ill on holiday in Mallorca recently having come down with a bad case of pneumonia. In fact, the lung infection was so bad that the doctors told him he could die if he left hospital, despite the fact that all Jeremy wanted to do was get back to work.
Continue reading: Jeremy Clarkson Hated Hospital So Much He Was Suicidal
The presenter was rushed to hospital last week and Hammond and May are roasting him for it.
Jeremy Clarkson isn't having quite the vacation he expected in Majorca this month. In fact, it looks like he'll spend the rest of it in hospital as he is currently being treated for a bad case of pneumonia. Though it looks as though his main concern is having his first sick day in almost 40 years.
Jeremy Clarkson at The Sun Military Awards
The 57-year-old 'Grand Tour' presenter was rushed to hospital on Friday morning (August 4th 2017) (while on holiday with his family, and is currently hooked up to a bunch of tubes and in a wheelchair as doctors treat him for the lung infection. Needless to say, he's remains in relatively good spirits and joked about his predicament on social media.
Jeremy Clarkson admitted that the injuries suffered by his colleague Hammond after his high-speed car smash in Switzerland will inevitably affect filming for 'The Grand Tour'.
The planned second series of ‘The Grand Tour’ will inevitably be affected by Richard Hammond’s broken knee that he sustained in a recent high-speed car crash, his colleague Jeremy Clarkson has admitted.
47 year old Hammond was extremely fortunate to escape with his life after he careered off a Swiss mountainside at 120mph in his £2 million electric supercar, which burst into flames.
While he sustained little more than a broken knee in terms of injuries, it does mean that he is currently unable to drive, putting a big question mark over the second series of his Amazon Prime show ‘The Grand Tour’, which he co-hosts with his former ‘Top Gear’ colleagues Clarkson and James May.
Continue reading: Richard Hammond's Injury Will Affect 'The Grand Tour', Says Clarkson
The Grand Tour presenter crawled from a burning wreckage on a broken leg in Switzerland
Grand Tour TV presenter and self-confessed daredevil, Richard Hammond, has apologised to his wife and daughters after barely surviving another high-speed car crash. As one third of the Clarkson, May and Hammond trio, the 46-year-old was filming in Switzerland and lost control of a Rimac Concept One electric car while taking part in the famous Hemburg time-trial.
Richard Hammond apologised to his wife, Mindy, for getting caught up in another car crash
As Hammond approached a tight bend he appeared to lose control and the vehicle - travelling at 220mph - careered off the road.
Jeremy Clarkson at The Sun Military Awards 2016 (Millies) held at the Guildhall, London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 14th December 2016
Clarkson's new Amazon Prime show 'The Grand Tour' has announced that its first stop will be the South African city of Johannesburg.
Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that the very first episode of his new Amazon Prime motoring show ‘The Grand Tour’ will be filmed in Johannesburg in South Africa.
After months of deliberating over what they were going to call their new show, Clarkson and his old ‘Top Gear’ co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May revealed last month that the gigantic-budget series will be called ‘The Grand Tour’ and that it would document their usual brand of vehicular mayhem in various locations around the world.
Jeremy Clarkson's 'The Grand Tour' will be stopping first in the South African city of Johannesburg
Jeremy Clarkson - Jeremy Clarkson arriving at London Heathrow Airport with girlfriend Phillipa Sage after a flight from Istanbul at Heathrow airport - London, United Kingdom - Monday 20th April 2015
Jeremy Clarkson - Top Gear Festival Sydney 2014 - Sydney, Australia - Sunday 9th March 2014
Jeremy Clarkson and Frances - Jeremy Clarkson with wife Frances Thursday 6th December 2012 Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards held at the Imperial War Museum - Arrivals.
Date of birth
11th April, 1960