Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika Jonsson
Born Eva Ulrika Jonsson[1]
(1967-08-16) 16 August 1967[1]
Sollentuna, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Other names Ulrika Johnson
Occupation Actress, television presenter, journalist, novelist
Years active 1988–present
Known for Presenting:
Shooting Stars
Eurovision Song Contest 1998
Being a contestant on:
Celebrity Big Brother
Dancing on Ice
Ultimate Big Brother
  • John Turnbull (m. 1990–95)
  • Lance Gerrard-Wright (m. 2003–06)
  • Brian Monet (m. 2008)
Children 4

Eva Ulrika Jonsson (born 16 August 1967)[1] is a Swedish television presenter living and working in the UK. She became famous as a TV-am weather presenter and moved on to present Gladiators and became a team captain of the show Shooting Stars.


After working as a secretary, Jonsson began her TV career on TV-am in 1989 where she worked as a weather presenter. From 12 September 1989, she was also the weather presenter for Swedish TV3, broadcasting from London. In 1991, she co-presented the short-lived daytime quiz show Who's Bluffing Who?, and starred in the critically acclaimed French film, The Annunciation of Marie. In 1992 she moved into mainstream presenting and played host to numerous shows including Gladiators, The National Lottery – plus two major international broadcasts in 1998 and 1999, the Eurovision Song Contest and Miss World respectively. She also modelled for Playtex Lingerie during this period and was a team captain on the BBC TV quiz show Shooting Stars.

In 1997, she interviewed the then British Prime Minister John Major for the BBC2 programme, The Enormous Election.[2] In 1998, she interviewed the then-Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, for her BBC2 programme Ulrika in Euroland.[3]

She presented the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998 when it was hosted in Birmingham alongside Sir Terry Wogan. She presented Dog Eat Dog (reality game show) from 2001 to 2003, on BBC1, and The Joy of Text in 2001.

In 2002, Jonsson presented TV makeover show Home On Their Own, a show where children made alterations to their house (how they wanted the house to be) during the course of a weekend, while their parents went on holiday. Some of the home improvements included an Austin Powers room, doorbells for the children and a cinema living room.

In 2002 she was also the subject of a Channel 4 documentary, Ulrika Jonsson: the Truth About Men. The programme featured a candid interview with Jonsson, received heavy press attention and attracted 2.8 million viewers.[4]

After intense media attention relating to events in her personal life, she decided to return to Sweden. The Swedish television network TV3 offered her the role as hostess of the Miss Sweden beauty pageant. She accepted the invitation. In March 2003, Jonsson was a contestant on the BBC's Comic Relief Does Fame Academy. In 2005, she appeared with four other celebrities on Channel 4's daytime show Come Dine with Me. On 20 January 2007 she joined 10 other celebrities to take part in the ITV reality TV show Dancing on Ice, where she was partnered with Pavel Aubrecht. With previous skating experience in her native Sweden, Jonsson was expected to go far in the event but finished 9th after being beaten in the skate-off by Kay Burley during week 3.

On 20 March 2007 she appeared in the confessional TV show, Ulrika: Am I A Sex Addict?, broadcast on Channel 4. The show charted Jonsson's personal journey to uncover the truth about sex addiction. She has appeared on BBC One's Would I Lie To You? (2007). In March 2009, she appeared in the new ITV series Piers Morgan's Life Stories, each episode of which included a celebrity figure and a one-to-one interview with Morgan about their lives.[5]

In April 2009 it was confirmed that Jonsson would return to Shooting Stars as team captain for a full series airing later that year.[6] She presented the new series of BingoLotto, on Virgin 1 every Sunday night at 7 pm which started on 13 September 2009.[7]

Her debut novel, The Importance of Being Myrtle, which focuses on relationships[8] was published by the Penguin Group on 1 September 2011.[9]

Big Brother

In January 2009, Jonsson took part in Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother.[10] She eventually won with 57% of the final vote during the final on 23 January.[11][12] As results were announced to the contestants, Jonsson said "Oh my god, that's bonkers."[13]

She had been nominated by her fellow housemates on each occasion, firstly by 'head of house' Terry Christian and then by other housemates, but survived the public vote on five occasions. Jonsson eventually progressed to the finals night, as the only woman left, after La Toya Jackson was evicted by public vote on Day 20.[14] Before her entry into the house, various newspapers had reported that Jonsson had negotiated a £175,000 payment, nearly eight times as much as some of the other celebrities. Jonsson commented "It is singularly the weirdest experience of my entire life and I've had quite a weird life."[15]

Jonsson once again entered the Big Brother house on 24 August 2010 for Ultimate Big Brother, reaching the final and finishing seventh.

Autobiography and John Leslie scandal

Jonsson wrote in her autobiography[16] that an unnamed television presenter had raped her earlier in her television career. Matthew Wright named (apparently accidentally) John Leslie as the alleged perpetrator on his television show The Wright Stuff. Jonsson made no public comment on Leslie's naming and did not cooperate with police over the matter. Police investigated Leslie but never charged him with the alleged offence.[17] Leslie's career never recovered from the rape allegations.[18]

Personal life

Jonsson lives in Cookham Dean, Berkshire.[19] She has been married three times and has four children.

Jonsson's first marriage, to cameraman John Turnbull, lasted from 1990 to 1995.[20] They have one child together, son Cameron, born circa 1994.[20][21]

Jonsson subsequently dated footballer Stan Collymore.[22] In June 1998, during the 1998 World Cup, Collymore issued a public apology after an argument between them in a Paris bar became violent.[22]

Soon after the end of her relationship with Collymore, Jonsson began dating German hotel manager Marcus Kempen.[23] She gave birth to their daughter, Bo, in November 2000.[23] Jonsson's relationship with Kempen ended soon after the birth.[20]

In April 2002, Jonsson confirmed reports that she had had an affair with Sven-Göran Eriksson, then manager of England's football team, who had a long-time girlfriend. Jonsson stated that her relationship with Eriksson had recently ended.[24][25] Partly as a result of her involvement with Eriksson, she was given the job as a columnist for the News of the World newspaper in 2003, in which she regularly commented on Eriksson's personal life. Her column was stopped in 2007,[26] a year after Eriksson resigned as England manager. It was announced in 2011 that she had taken legal proceedings against the newspaper over allegations an investigator had hacked into her mobile phone.[27]

While presenting Mr. Right, a 2002 reality television show, Jonsson met Lance Gerrard-Wright, who was a bachelor faced with choosing a girlfriend from a group of women during the show. However, the eventual winner turned Gerrard-Wright down, and he and Jonsson subsequently began a relationship.[28] They married in August 2003, and Jonsson gave birth to their daughter, Martha, in May 2004.[20] Jonsson and Gerrard-Wright split in October 2005.[28]

Jonsson married her third husband, American advertising executive Brian Monet, in March 2008. They have one son together, Malcolm, born in June 2008.[21]

Jonsson is a Manchester United fan.[29]


Year Film Role
1991 The Annunciation of Marie (L'Annonce faite à Marie) film Violaine Vercors
2004 Bob the Builder: Snowed Under TV film Jana von Strudel (voice)

See also


  1. 1 2 3 (Jonsson 2003, p. 1)
  2. Does he mean me? The Guardian. 10 July 2007
  3. Cast-ULRIKA IN EUROLAND British Film Industry (BFI)
  4. Ulrika confesses to 2.8 million The Guardian. 18 October 2002
  5. Piers Morgan's Life Stories ITV (Press release). 9 February 2009
  6. Shooting Stars back for fresh run BBC. 3 April 2009
  7. ULRIKA IS BINGOLOTTO!!!. February 2016
  8. Ulrika 'fascinated' by relationships Daily Telegraph. 29 March 2009
  9. The Importance of Being Myrtle Amazon.com. 16 January 2011
  10. Celebrity Big Brother Cast Page
  11. Ulrika in Celeb Big Brother pay row
  12. Ulrika Jonsson wins Celebrity Big Brother 2009 The Telegraph. 24 January 2009
  13. Ulrika Wins Celebrity Big Brother. February 2016
  14. Ulrika Jonsson is last woman in Celebrity Big Brother house Archived 15 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. upon winning Celebrity Big Brother 2009
  16. (Jonsson 2003)
  17. BBC NEWS | UK | Leslie sex charges dropped.
  18. "John Leslie: 'I went from £350,000 a year to nothing overnight'". The Daily Telegraph. 4 October 2015.
  19. Maidenhead Advertiser – Cookham celebrity saved from Big Brother eviction, 12 January 2009
  20. 1 2 3 4 Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian, 27 August 2011, Ulrika Jonsson: 'I'm a walking dichotomy'
  21. 1 2 Singh, Anita (17 June 2008). "Ulrika Jonsson introduces baby Malcolm". The Telegraph. London.
  22. 1 2 BBC News, 10 June 1998, Sorry for attacking Ulrika - Collymore '
  23. 1 2 Hugh Davies, The Guardian, 11 November 2000, Ulrika's baby needs open-heart surgery'
  24. Vivek Chaudhary, The Guardian, 20 April 2002, Sven 'playing away' with Ulrika
  25. BBC News, 24 April 2002, Ulrika admits Sven 'relationship'
  26. Full stop for Ulrika's column. 19 September 2007
  27. Ulrika Jonsson to sue News of the World over alleged phone hacking. 17 May 2011
  28. 1 2 BBC News, 23 October 2005, Ulrika splits from her Mr Right'
  29. Thorpe, Vanessa (14 June 1998). "Profile: Almost one of the lads; Ulrika Jonsson". The Independent. London.


Media offices
New creation Host of Gladiators
with John Fashanu (1992–1996)
Jeremy Guscott (1997–1998)
John Fashanu (1999–2000)

Show ended.
Later revived
in 2008 with Ian Wright
and Kirsty Gallacher as hosts.
Preceded by
Republic of Ireland Carrie Crowley and Ronan Keating
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Terry Wogan)
Succeeded by
Israel Yigal Ravid, Dafna Dekel & Sigal Shahamon
Preceded by
Shilpa Shetty
Celebrity Big Brother UK Winner
Series 6 (2009)
Succeeded by
Alex Reid
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