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Gethin was born in Cardiff; he's 32 years old. He was educated at Glantaf Comprehensive School and went on to obtain a degree in economics and geography at University in Manchester. Music: Gethin has passed his Grade 8 violin and Grade 7 piano. He was also leader of three county orchestras and has played with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and played a duet live with Nicola Benedetti.
Sport: Gethin captained the university first XV to the final of the BUSA Championships (British Universities Sports Association) for the first time in their history, represented Lancashire and had trials with Sale RFC. Television: Gethin presented five series of Popty on Welsh channel S4C from 2000-2003. He then went on to present the channel's flagship youth magazine show called Uned 5 for two years from 2002. He 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! He's also presented numerous live outside broadcasts for S4C and the BBC. Whilst on Uned 5, he obtained a private pilot's licence as part of a filming challenge lasting over eight months. Gethin presented Blue Peter for three years before leaving CBBC's flagship show in June 2008. His time on Blue Peter saw him take on the most extreme, wonderful, scary and strangest challenges of his life. He flew with the Red Arrows and in a WW2 Spitfire. He's been attacked by an alligator in Louisiana; ridden the highest, fastest, tallest rollercoasters in the world (he hates them!); was the first person to light a candle at Elvis's vigil to celebrate the 29th anniversary of his death; performed The Canterville Ghost with the English National Ballet in front of 2,000 people; skated the infamous Cresta Run in St Moritz; and fought as a samurai warrior in Japan. But his biggest moment was when he became the first civilian (and Blue Peter presenter) to finish tha Marine Commando 30 mile yomp - he finished in a time of eight hours, 20 mins... in about seven pieces! He was also a semi-finalist in BBCl's Strictly Come Dancing 2007. His 2008 projects included: presenting a Police Camera Action special for ITV1; Gethin Jones' Danger Hunters for Virgin!, where he chased deadly weather around the world; E24, a weekly news entertainment/showbiz round-up for BBC News: The Gethin Jones Show on Saturday and Sunday mornings on Radio 5 Live. Gethin also narrated and presented BBC Young Musician of the Year, live at Cardiff's Millennium Centre. In January and February 2009, Gethin took to the dancefloor one again, touring nationwide with the Strictly Co Dancing arena tour. Also in 2009, Gethin hosted a new game show Sell Me the Answer for Sky1. The 50-show run started transmitting in November. He also presented his own Saturday morning show for 13 weeks over the summer on Radio 5 Live. In August, he co-presented a week of The One Show for BBC1. He also presented shows for the National Lottery on BBC 1 throughout the year. Christmas 2009 saw Gethin star in his first pantomime, Cinderella, in Guildford, playing Prince Charming. After this run ended in January 2010, he hosted the Golden Globes' red carpet coverage for Sky1. 2010 continues to be a busy year for Gethin. He took part in Soccer Aid for ITVl, playing for the Rest of the World team, and in July and August hosted the new ITV1 series of Police Camera Action. He also returned to Radio 5 Live with his own Saturday show, which ran over the summer. Gethin hosts the new ITV1 show filmed in the Arctic called 71 Degrees North, which started transmitting in September. He is also the face of Holland & Barrett, the UK's leading retailer of vitamins and mineral supplements.
Strange facts about Gethin...He can play the bagpipes (well, play a tune or two) and has a tapir named after him at Woburn Safari Park! He also enjoys tennis, golf, football and travelling, and is holder of four Guinness World Records!!
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