Find out more about our Gethin and how he got to where he is today...
I was born in Cardiff, educated at Glantaf Comprehensive School and went on to obtain a degree in Economics and Geography at University of Manchester.
I passed my grade eight violin and grade seven piano and was also leader of three County orchestras. I also played with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall!
I presented five series of Popty on Welsh Channel S4C from 2000 to 2003 and then went on to present the channels flagship youth magazine show called Uned 5. I 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!
Whilst on Uned 5, I obtained a Private Pilots’ Licence as part of a filming challenge lasting over 8 months.
I presented Blue Peter for three and a half years before leaving CBBC’s flagship show in June 2008. My time on Blue Peter saw me take on the most extreme, wonderful, scary and strange challenges of my life. I flew with the Red Arrows and in a WW2 Spitfire, have been attacked by an alligator in Louisiana, rode the highest, fastest, tallest rollercoasters in the world and was the first person to light a candle at Elvis’s vigil to celebrate the 29th Anniversary of his death.
My 2008 projects included presenting a Police Camera Action special for ITV1, Gethin Jones’ Danger Hunters for Virgin1 (where I chased deadly weather around the world and E24), a weekly news entertainment/showbiz round-up for BBC News.
In 2009 I hosted a new game show Sell Me The Answer for Sky1 and also presented my own Saturday morning show over the Summer on Radio 5 Live. I also presented shows for the National Lottery on BBC1 throughout the year!
2010 was a busy year for me; I took part in Soccer Aid for ITV1 playing for the Rest of The World Team, at the end of July hosted the new ITV1 series of Police Camera Action and returned to Radio 5 Live with his my own Saturday show from July, running for seven weeks. I also hosted 71 Degrees North for ITV1 which transmitted from September.
2011 saw me hosting two new shows for ITV1; Holding Out For a Hero and Adventurers Guide to Britain. In November, I hosted a series of programmes on BBC1 daytime for Remembrance Week, and launched the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal for 2011.
As well as being a regular face on Daybreak, I also featured in ITV1’s primetime series Britain’s Secret Treasures this summer, which saw me continue my relationship with Sky’s multimedia cycling initiative Skyride, which aims to encourage the nation to get on their bikes and enjoy the benefits of biking!