Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for the motoring programmes Top Gear and The Grand Tour alongside Richard Hammond and James May. Since 2018, Clarkson has hosted the revived ITV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
About Jeremy Clarkson in brief
Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for the motoring programmes Top Gear and The Grand Tour alongside Richard Hammond and James May. He also currently writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun. Clarkson rose to public prominence as a presenter of the original format of Top Gear in 1988. Since 2018, Clarkson has hosted the revived ITV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, replacing former host Chris Tarrant. His opinionated but humorous tongue-in-cheek writing and presenting style has often provoked a public reaction. His actions, both privately and as a Top Gear presenter have also sometimes resulted in criticism from the media, politicians, pressure groups and the public. Clarkson attended Repton School alongside Formula One engineer Adrian Newey and former Top Gear Executive Producer Andy Wilman. He played the role of a public schoolboy, Atkinson, in a BBC radio Children’s Hour serial adaptation of Anthony Buckeridge’s Jennings novels until his voice broke. Clarkson’s first job was as a travelling salesman for his parents’ business, selling Paddington Bear toys. He later trained as a journalist with the Rotherham Advertiser, before also writing for the Rochdale Observer, Wolverhampton Express and Star, Lincolnshire Life, Shropshire Star and the Associated Kent Newspapers. He has written regularly for Top Gear magazine since its launch in 1993. In 1987, Clarkson formed the Motoring Press Agency with fellow motoring journalist Jonathan Gill, in which he conducted road tests for local newspapers and automotive magazines such as The Sun and The Amstrad CPC.
He started up his first motoring outlet as a motoring columnist with the Shropsy Star with his first Peugeots and Fiats. It was about seven years before he was allowed to drive an Aston Martin Lagonda. In 2015, the BBC decided not to renew Clarkson’s contract with the company after an assault on a Top gear producer while filming on location. Clarkson has stated he was deeply unhappy at Repton school, saying that he had been a \”suicidal wreck\” there, having experienced extreme bullying, which he alleged included: being thrown into a cold plunge pool, night time beatings, being forced to lick the lavatories clean, routine damage to his property, defecation in his tuck box, and the cutting up of his clothing. His parents, who ran a business selling tea cosies, put their son’s name down in advance for private schools, with no idea how they were going to pay the fees. However, shortly before his admission, when he was 13, his parents made two PADDington Bear stuffed toys for Clarkson and his sister Joanna. These proved so popular that they started selling them through the business, with the family eventually selling to Britain’s then leading toystore, Hamleys. The income from this success enabled the Clarksons to be able to pay for Jeremy to attend Hill House School, Doncaster.