- Category : Entertainment-Comedy
- Type : GE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Small (6)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Migration 1
British-Australian larger-than-life radio funnyman, Jonathan 'Jono' Coleman was born in London but was 'deported' (or so he says) to Sydney, Australia, with his parents at an early age. He worked in the advertising world, played R 'n' B keyboards in various bands and appeared regularly as a reporter on the very popular "Simon Townsend's Wonder World" afternoon kiddy-adult television show, eventually becoming top of the TV ratings as the bigger half of the TV and radio duo, "Jono and Dano."
A number of films followed, including "Young Einstein," 1988. Following his success in films, Coleman was offered a role in the (later globally-popular) Australian soap, "Neighbours" which he turned down believing it would never succeed. After three decades in Australia, Coleman returned to Britain in 1990. His first slot was as a host of a prime time show for the critically acclaimed Power Station on BSB along with Boy George, Suggs, Chris Evans and Danny Baker. His heavyweight presence and light-hearted personality have had considerable impact on TV and radio across the UK ever since.
In April 1993, following stints on Radio 4 and GLR, Coleman was chosen by Richard Branson for his new network. He co-hosted the award winning breakfast slot Russ ‘n’ Jono's Breakfast Experience, for which he achieved a Sony Gold in 1996 for the Best Breakfast Show and a New York award for Best International Show. In February 1997, the multi-talented broadcaster,
nicknamed the "Mound of Sound," joined the crew at Heart 106.2. Not content with dominating the airwaves, Coleman is the star of three prime time television programmes: "Exclusive" and "Mixing It" - for Channel 5 and "Bonkers" - for ITV. He is currently hosting "Hit for Six" on VH1.
When he won the national Commercial Radio Presenter of the Year award in the UK in 2000. The judges said that they "admired his very warm, naturally witty style and the way his personality flows through everything he does." Jono Coleman, a rotund and jovial guy, is happily married to film producer Margot Fitzpatrick and they have two children, Oscar and Emily.