A rare talent within the media, Paul is as well known behind the cameras as in front, on radio as on television, and as a serious journalist as well as a quick-witted celebrity.
Born on his father’s 18th birthday New Year’s Eve 1956, Paul is the eldest of five boys and one girl. He grew up in Leytonstone, North East London where he went to the first comprehensive in the area, and then went on to Kent University and then Exeter to read and research English literature.
Having trained as a journalist in the west country Paul then got a job at LWT working for Greg Dyke as a researcher on the Six O’ Clock show with Michael Aspel, Chris Tarrant and Danny Baker. He later ended up editing that show, as well as the London Programme. Other behind-the-camera credits include two series of Channel 4’s cult classic The Word, Tonight with Johnny Vaughn and Ant and Dec’s Christmas Takeaway.
His first job as a TV presenter was on a serious current affairs show called “Eyewitness” which ran for two years and saw him filming in Sicily, the States, Brazil and Russia. He also fronted the police appeals show “Crime Monthly” for ITV, “Big City” and presented a gazillion game shows including “All Over The Shop” and “No Win No Fee” for the BBC, “Jeopardy” for Sky One, “Endurance UK” for Challenge TV. And “Tellystack,” “Mystic Challenge” “You Don’t Say” “Upshot” “Ballpark” “Mind the Gap” “A Slice of the Action,” “Life’s a Punt” and many, many more.
Paul has also guested on everything from “Through the Keyhole” and “Stars in their Eyes” to “Celebrity Mastermind” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “The Weakest Link.” More recently he has recorded “Dickinson’s Real Deal” and “Donny Osmond’s Pyramid Game” for ITV1. In 2004 Paul became resident showbiz correspondent and film critic for “This Morning”. In the past he has written regular columns for Tatler, News of the World and the Daily Star on Sunday. As a presenter he far prefers radio – because he feels “it’s more intelligent and less controlled by dull scheduling and compromise.” He has been hosting shows since the early nineties – mainly talk shows including BBC London 94.9’s flagship breakfast show with Jo Good and BBC Southern Counties Saturday morning show.
Paul moved out to Marlow in Buckinghamshire after filming “Celebrity Fit Club” there, and says he is “ecstatically happily married to the current and final Mrs. Ross”. He has five children and a French Mastiff called “Gracie”.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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