38 Facts About Aled Jones


In September 2012, Jones joined ITV Breakfast where he presented Daybreak, alongside Lorraine Kelly and Kate Garraway.


Aled Jones was born in St David's Hospital in Bangor, Caernarfonshire, the only child of Nest Rowlands, a teacher, and Derek John Aled Jones, a draughtsman for a shipbuilder.


Aled Jones was raised in the small Welsh-speaking community of Llandegfan on Anglesey, and attended Ysgol David Hughes.


Aled Jones joined the choir of Bangor Cathedral at age nine and was lead soloist within two years, although he was never Head Chorister.


In 1982, Aled Jones won the Cerdd Dant solo competitions for competitors under 12 at the Urdd Eisteddfod.


Aled Jones became famous for the cover version of "Walking in the Air", the song from Channel 4's animated film The Snowman, based on the book by Raymond Briggs.


Also in 1985, Aled Jones was employed by Mike Oldfield to sing on his single "Pictures in the Dark", a three-voice song, on which he performed with Anita Hegerland and Barry Palmer, but the song did not reach the UK Top 40.


Aled Jones' recording career was temporarily halted when his voice broke at 16.


Aled Jones sang at the wedding of celebrities Bob Geldof and Paula Yates in 1986.


Aled Jones had the distinction of being the first artist to have two classical albums listed simultaneously in the popular music charts, and worked with Leonard Bernstein.


In September 1990, Aled Jones made his acting debut at the Royal Theatre in Shaun McKenna's adaptation of Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley playing the teenage Huw Morgan.


From September 1996 to May 1997 Aled Jones played the young Tom Gradgrind in a large-scale national touring production of Charles Dickens's Hard Times.


In 2005, Jones launched his autobiography, Aled: The Autobiography, written in collaboration with Darren Henley.


Aled Jones released two singles with Terry Wogan in aid of the Children in Need appeal.


From 3 July to 30 August 2008, Aled Jones played the lead role of Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.


On 11 October 2010, Aled Jones was confirmed to take over as stand-in presenter of the early morning breakfast slot on BBC Radio 2 following the departure of Sarah Kennedy, a role he occasionally covered in the years leading up to her departure.


Aled Jones covered this slot for six weeks until the beginning of his UK tour.


Aled Jones is mentoring Isabel Suckling, the youngest classical recording artist signed by Decca Records and first choirgirl to sign a record contract with a major music label.


Suckling's debut album was strongly endorsed by Aled Jones, who described it as "breathtaking" and it was released on 29 November 2010.


Aled Jones was a presenter of Friday Night is Music Night, and has been a regular stand-in presenter for Sarah Kennedy and Ken Bruce on Radio 2, until he left Radio 2 in 2012.


Aled Jones's show reaches over a million listeners, which is a record number for weekend breakfast listenership, alongside the Saturday show at the same slot with Alan Titchmarsh.


Aled Jones is one of the main presenters of BBC One's Songs of Praise.


Aled Jones has presented the annual "Big Sing", the 50th Anniversary edition from Alexandra Palace in 2011, and the 60th Anniversary edition from Westminster Abbey.


Since 2009, Aled Jones has presented editions of Escape to the Country for the BBC.


Aled Jones was a presenter on Cash in the Attic between 2010 and 2012.


On 4 May 2012, Aled Jones was confirmed as the new presenter of the ITV Breakfast programme Daybreak with Lorraine Kelly and Kate Garraway, replacing Adrian Chiles.


Since 2012, Aled Jones has presented the annual Christmas Carols on ITV programme, which airs late on Christmas Eve.


Since February 2016, Aled Jones has co-presented the daily magazine show Too Much TV, for BBC Two.


Since 2016, Aled Jones has presented Going Back Giving Back, a daytime programme for BBC One.


Aled Jones has been on the judging panel for the Pride of Britain awards twice.


In 2022, Aled Jones appeared on the third series of The Masked Singer as "Traffic Cone".


In November 2017, Aled Jones was being investigated by the BBC following allegations of inappropriate behaviour.


On 9 November 2018, Aled Jones released In Harmony, a collaboration album with British tenor Russell Watson.


Aled Jones met English circus performer Claire Fossett whilst both performed in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in Blackpool, Lancashire.


Aled Jones is a practising Christian and has stated that he would not be able to present the BBC religious series Songs of Praise unless he was a Christian.


On 28 October 2009, Aled Jones was presented with a BASCA Gold Badge Award in recognition of his unique contribution to music.


Aled Jones was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to music and broadcasting and for charitable services.


On 14 February 2014, Aled Jones was nominated as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music; he was presented with the fellowship on 3 July 2014.