- Justin Lee Collins
name = Justin Lee Collins
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birth_date = Birth date and age|1974|7|28
occupation = Stand-up comedian,
Justin Lee Collins (born
28 July, 1974) is an English comedian, television, radio presenterand amateur dartsplayer from Bristol, often known as 'JLC'. His distinctive West Countryaccent, enthusiasm for cult television and music and his " cave man" image are amongst his trademarks. He still lives in his native Bristol.
In 1990, Collins left Speedwell school at the age of 15 with no qualifications and started working at
Marks & Spencer. Three years later he went to Filton Collegeand earned a BTECin performing arts.
Collins worked as a double-glazing demonstrator before making a brief foray into
stand-up comedyin which he won the New Comedy Competition at the 1997 Glastonbury Festivaland reached the finals of the BBC New Comedy Awardsat the Edinburgh Festival. He gave up doing stand-up in 2002 to concentrate fully on TV and radio presenting. He claims he will never return to the stand-up circuit.
Collins began hosting a radio show on
XFMin 2003, initially on Sundays at 1 to 3 am, but later progressing to Saturday afternoons from 3 to 6 pm. He left in December 2005.
Collins was heard performing a Tom Jones impersonation on
BBC Radio 1's Chris MoylesShow in January 2008. [cite web | url = http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chrismoyles/galleries/2877/8/ | title = Chris Moyles guests 2008 | accessdate= 2008-06-17]
Collins was part of a double act on local west country TV show "Pirate TV".
In 2002, Collins made a number of shows for Bravo and MTV but his big break came when he became the host of the companion show for the first series of "
Strictly Come Dancing". He was replaced by Claudia Winklemanthe following year and the show moved from BBC Threeto BBC Two.
He was also one of the presenters of
Channel 4and Paramount's " Flipside TV".
Collins is the current presenter of "
The Sunday Night Project" alongside Alan Carrfor Channel 4. He has also hosted a number of " Bring Back..." shows in which he aims to reunite groups, normally who are associated with TV or music. He also made a series for Channel 4 titled "The Convention Crasher", aired in late 2007 and early 2008, in which he learned skills such as clowning and ventriloquismin an attempt to win prizes at professional conventions.
May 7 2007, he became the latest "celebrity friend" of Paul O'Gradyto fill the comic's shoes as guest presenter on "The New Paul O'Grady Show" on Channel 4 whilst O'Grady took a break.
Collins appeared on Top Gear with
Alan Carron June 22nd 2008, for Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car. [cite web|url=http://www.onthebox.com/program/2559135/top-gear.aspx|title=Top Gear|publisher=On The Box|accessdate=2008-06-19]
His catchphrases include "Good Times!" (and occasionally "Bad Times!"), "I love it!", "Get in!", "Rock On!" and "Rock and roll!". Aside from his passion for cult television whether it is
The A-Teamand Mr. Tor The New Avengers, he is known to be a big fan of classic rockmusic. He can often be seen wearing T-shirts depicting his favourite bands, for example The Clash, Whitesnake, Ramones, KISS, Def Leppard, Hall and Oates, Guns N' Roses, Saxon, Tom Pettyand The Wurzels.
Collins is known for a passion for
dartsand often cites it as his favourite sport. On June 23, 2008, a show was aired on Sky Oneentitled "Justin Lee Collins: 180", which followed his quest to be a professional darts player. In the show, he practised with Keith Dellerand played in the BDO International Open, which took place on June 15, 2008. He lost in the first round 3-0 in legs to county player Stuart Bousfield, who was in the top 100 in the BDO rankings at the time. [cite web|url=http://www.bdodarts.com/results/2008/BritIntlOpen2008Men.pdf|title=BDO International Open Brean 2008 - Singles 15/06/08|publisher=BDO Darts|date=2008-06-16] He is nicknamed The Bristol Flyer.
Collins is an ardent Bristol City fan and goes whenever he can.His wife Karen gave birth to their first child, a boy called Archie, on
16 May 2005. [ [http://news.independent.co.uk/media/article2062715.ece Justin Lee Collins: My Life in Media - Media, News - Independent.co.uk ] ] During his appearance on UK breakfast show This Morning on 17 January 2008, Collins announced that his wife had recently given birth to their second son, Harvey. [This Morning TV show (17 January 2008)] Collins still lives in Bristol with his wife and children.
He is a patron of the charity GWR Kids based in Bristol. [ cite web | url = http://www.gwrfmbristol.co.uk/Article.asp?id=400914&spid=15800http://www.gwrfmbristol.co.uk/Article.asp?id=400914&spid=15800| title = Justin Lee Collins - Patron | accessdate = 2008-04-07]
* [http://www.memorabletv.com/interviews/c/collinsjustinlee.htm Interview with Collins]
* [http://www.pfd.co.uk/clients/collinsj/a-pre.html Official Biography]
* [http://www.xfm.co.uk/justin/ Biography at XFM]
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