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Justin Lee Collins, often known as JLC, (born 28 July, 1974) is a Britishmarker comedian, television and radio presenter from Bristolmarker. His West Country accent, enthusiasm for pop culture and "caveman" image are amongst his trademarks, a trait he claims was inspired by Chewbacca from Star Wars. He still lives in his native city of Bristol.

Early life

In 1990, Collins left Speedwell Technology College (Now known as Bristol Brunel Academy) school at the age of 15 with no qualifications and started working at Marks & Spencer. Three years later he went to Filton Collegemarker and earned a BTEC in performing arts.


Stand-up comedy

Collins worked as a double-glazing demonstrator before making a brief foray into stand-up comedy in which he won the New Comedy Competition at the 1997 Glastonbury Festivalmarker and reached the finals of the BBC New Comedy Awards at 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 XFM in 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 Moyles Show in January 2008.

Television work

Collins in 2007
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 Winkleman the following year and the show moved from BBC Three to BBC Two.

In 2005 and 2006, Collins presented The Games: Live At Trackside on E4 alongside Caroline Flack. The series was the companion show to Channel 4's sports-based reality programme The Games.

He was also one of the presenters of Channel 4 and Paramount's Flipside TV.

Collins is one of the current presenters of The Sunday Night Project (previously named The Friday Night Project) alongside Alan Carr for 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 entitled The Convention Crasher, aired in late 2007 and early 2008, in which he learned skills such as clowning and ventriloquism in an attempt to win prizes at professional conventions.

On 7 May 2007, he became the latest "celebrity friend" of Paul O'Grady to 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 Carr on 22 June 2008, for the Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car segment.His most recent programme was entitled Bring Back Star Trek and featured him trying to bring back the cast of the popular 1960s television series.

He signed a £3 million deal with ITV for a show which focussed on topical issues, but with a comedic twist, titled The Justin Lee Collins Show on ITV2 which ran from March to May 2009.

In 2009 Collins became the host of the Sky1 show OOPS TV, which shows home videos of people doing stupid things and things going badly wrong.

His catchphrases include "Good Times!" (and occasionally "Bad Times!"), "I love it!", "Get in!", "I'm the Honeyman!", "Rock On!" "Cheeky", "Acid Jazz!" and "Rock and roll!". Aside from his passion for cult television whether it is The A-Team and Mr. T or The New Avengers, he is known to be a big fan of classic rock music. He can often be seen wearing T-shirts depicting his favourite bands.

JLC Is, a six-part series on Sky1 HD in August 2009 showed the comedian taking on challenges to become a Mexican Wrestler, a Surfer, a Ballroom Dancer, a Ten Pin Bowler, a High Diver and a West End Star.

On 11 September 2009, whilst being interviewed on BBC Radio 1's Chris Moyles Show it was announced that Collins had signed an exclusive deal with Channel 5, and Collins confirmed that he would therefore not be making another series of The Justin Lee Collins Show for ITV2.


Collins is known for his passion for darts and often cites it as his favourite sport. On June 2008, a show was aired on Sky One entitled Justin Lee Collins: 180, which followed his quest to be a professional darts player. In the show, he practised with Keith Deller and played in the BDO International Open, which took place on 15 June 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. He is nicknamed The Bristol Flyer.

Musical Theatre

Following on from the idea of learning to play professional darts Collins has performed in professional Musical Theatre in London's famous West Endmarker. For a TV programme on Sky One Collins learned the skills necessary to perform on the musical stage, gaining a part in the hit show Chicago . Playing alongside Aoife Mulholland (as his wife Roxie Hart) Collins rehearsed for the role of Amos Hart at the Cambridge Theatre. Collins said of his role, "I'm over the moon to be playing the sexiest part in the best show on the West End stage. I've already gone through a dozen pairs of tights.".

The Wrestler

In Justin Lee Collins: The Wrestler, Justin aims to be allowed to compete in a Mexican wrestling (Lucha libre) match. He trains for 10 days in Mexico with a Mexican transvestite Luchador (Mexican wrestler) who fights under the name Cassandro, as an exotico. Justin adopts a rudo Luchador persona, El Glorioso, or The Glorious One, with his own wrestling mask. His persona is given the blessing of El Hijo del Santo (The Son of Saint). Returning to London, Justin fights Cassandro in a Lucha libre event in The Roundhousemarker, ultimately losing and being de-masked.


In September 2009 Collins' autobiography Good Times! was published by Ebury Press.

Personal life

Collins is a Bristol City F.C. fan. His wife Karen gave birth to their first child, a boy called Archie, on 16 May 2005. During his appearance on UK daytime television show This Morning on 17 January 2008, Collins announced that his wife had recently given birth to their second son, Harvey.

He is a patron of the charity Bristol Kids, run by Heart Bristol, a radio station based in Bristol.

Television credits


  1. "JLC Is..." Trailer
  3. Justin Lee Collins: My Life in Media - Media, News -
  4. This Morning TV show (17 January 2008)

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