Jeremy Paxman Biography
Jeremy Paxman (full name: Jeremy Dickson Paxman) is a British broadcaster, journalist, author who was born on 11 May 1950 in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. He is also the quizmaster of University Challenge, having succeeded Bamber Gascoigne at the time the programme was revived in 1994.
Jeremy Paxman Education
Paxman went to Malvern College in 1964, and later read English at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and edited the undergraduate newspaper Varsity. While at Cambridge, Paxman was briefly a member of the Labour Club. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the College.
In 1972, he joined the BBC graduate trainee programme initially at BBC Radio Brighton, although he relocated to London in 1977. In coming years, he worked on Tonight and Panorama before becoming a newsreader for the BBC Six O’Clock News and later a presenter on Breakfast Time.
He became a presenter for the BBC Two programme Newsnight, in 1989, during which he interviewed a wide number of political figures. He is quite known for his forthright and abrasive interviewing style, particularly when interrogating politicians. These appearances were sometimes criticised as aggressive, intimidating and condescending, yet also applauded as tough and incisive.
In 2014, Paxman left Newsnight after 25 years as its presenter and has since done occasional work for Channel 4 News.
Jeremy Paxman Age
The former Newsnight presenter was born on 11 May 1950 in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom. He is 68 years old as of 2018.
Jeremy Paxman Family
Jeremy was born in a family of four children of Arthur Keith Paxman and Joan McKay (née Dickson). The couple brought up their children in Hampshire, Bromsgrove, and Peopleton near Pershore in Worcestershire. Jeremy is the eldest of four children: one of his brothers, Giles, was the British Ambassador to Spain having previously been ambassador to Mexico, and the other, James, is the chief executive of the Dartmoor Preservation Association. His sister, Jenny, is a producer at BBC Radio.
Jeremy Paxman Wife
Paxman is not married and has never been. He has however had a partner for 35 years of his life whom he lived with in Stonor, southeast Oxfordshire. Her name is Elizabeth Ann Clough and together they have three grown-up children. The pair amicably separated in 2016 after 35 years together.
Ms Clough made history in 1968 in her youth as one of 25 girls to end the all-male tradition of the English public school when she joined Marlborough College, later attended by the Duchess of Cambridge and Samantha Cameron. From there, she read history at Somerville College in Oxford.
Ms Clough, a former BBC producer, gave up her BBC job as a producer on the corporation’s faith and ethics programme The Big Questions, when it moved to Glasgow, so she could remain close to her partner.
Jeremy Paxman Children
Paxman has three grown up children: a daughter by the name Jessica, and twins Jack and Victoria, with former partner Elizabeth Ann Clough.
Jeremy Paxman Net Worth
Jeremy Paxman has worked with the BBC since 1972. He went on to become one of the BBC’s highest-paid presenters, signing a four-year deal with the broadcaster in 2010, said to be worth about £3.2 million.
Jeremy Paxman Michael Howard Interview
Howard later talked of the famous interview and blamed his performance during the interview on being tired from campaigning for the Conservative leadership.
Jeremy Paxman Autobiography – A Life in Questions
This is Paxman’s autobiographical book in which he highlights news, views and hilarious stories from his time with Newsnight and as long-standing quiz master of University Challenge.
Originally published: 2016
Author: Jeremy Paxman
Jeremy Paxman Books
- A Life in Questions
- The English: A Portrait of a People
- Great Britain’s Great War
- The Political Animal
- On Royalty
- Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British
- Friends in High Places: Who Runs Britain?
- Fish, Fishing and the Meaning of Life
- A Higher Form of Killing: The Secret History of Chemical and Biological Warfare
- A Higher Form of Killing
- Through the Volcanoes: A Central American Journey
- The 20th Century Day by Day
- On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry Into Some Strangely Related Families
- The Victorians
Jeremy Paxman Beard
Jeremy Paxman has issued this statement after Twitter went into meltdown when his beard made its Newsnight debut pic.twitter.com/xruDncID0N
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) August 13, 2013
Jeremy Paxman Twitter
Jeremy Paxman is not on Twitter. In an interview with Jon Snow for Channel 4 News, he was asked why he wasn’t on Twitter. Paxo said witheringly: “Twitter? This is an activity for people who have got nothing going on in between their ears, or nothing going on in their lives. I don’t want to lead anyone anywhere. I want to find things out. I have no thoughts that I want to share with people … I don’t want people to follow me.”