Jeremy Paxman

Biography: A Yorkshireman by birth, Jeremy Paxman is the son of Arthur Keith Paxman and Joan McKay Dixon. He has a brother, Timothy Paxman, who is in the diplomatic service and is currently deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Paris. Jeremy was brought up in Worcestershire, England, and attended Malvern College, a boarding school, for four years. He then read English at St Catherine's College, Cambridge, and decided to become a journalist. He spent three years covering Northern Ireland, then moved to London as a BBC current affairs presenter. He is well-known for his firmness and complete lack of deference when questioning important people in the public eye, and can be ferocious in pursuing an unanswered question. Indeed, his boss at BBC Television, John Birt, is often incensed by his star interviewer's excesses. But Paxman's refusal to be overawed by the powerful and famous makes him the most popular journalist on British television, and he is certainly also the most feared political interviewer now working in the U.K.With his partner, Elizabeth Ann Clough, Jeremy has two daughters and a son. Jeremy has been writing books for more than twenty years, and they include: A Higher Form of Killing (1982), Friends in High Places: Who Runs Britain? (1990), Fish, Fishing, and the Meaning of Life (1994), The Compleat Angler (1996), The English (1998), and The Political Animal (2002). In 1999, he was awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Leeds and Bradford, and in 2000 he was elected an honorary fellow of his old Cambridge college and also of St Edmund Hall, Oxford. Expand

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tbd Who Do You Think You Are? (UK): Season 2 Jan 11, 2006 Jeremy Paxman tbd