17 Facts About Jonathan Dimbleby


Jonathan Dimbleby was born on 31 July 1944 and is a British presenter of current affairs and political radio and television programmes, author and historian.


Jonathan Dimbleby is the son of Richard Dimbleby and younger brother of television presenter David Dimbleby.


Jonathan Dimbleby then studied philosophy at University College, London, where he was editor of the student newspaper Pi, and graduated in 1970.


Jonathan Dimbleby was later elected an honorary fellow but resigned in 2015 in protest at the forced resignation of Tim Hunt as an honorary fellow.


Jonathan Dimbleby is an Honorary Fellow of Bath Spa University and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of England.


Jonathan Dimbleby began his career at the BBC in Bristol in 1969.


Jonathan Dimbleby wrote, presented and co-produced two documentary series: The Last Governor about the final five years of British rule in Hong Kong, and Charles: The Private Man, the Public Role, in which Prince Charles spoke about his first marriage and his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, now his wife and Queen Consort.

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Jonathan Dimbleby anchored ITV's general election coverage in 1997,2001 and 2005.


In 2022 following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Dimbleby wrote and presented the documentary Charles, the Monarch and the Man which aired on ITV on 13 September 2022.


Jonathan Dimbleby wanted to be a farmer when he left school and worked on the Royal Farm, Windsor, trained as a professional showjumper and studied at the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester.


Jonathan Dimbleby is a past president of Voluntary Service Overseas, past president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, past president of the Soil Association and a past president of the RSPB.


Jonathan Dimbleby is chair of the Richard Dimbleby Cancer Fund, the charity established in 1966 in memory of his father.


Jonathan Dimbleby was chairman of the Index on Censorship's Board of Trustees from 2008 until 2013, when he was succeeded by David Aaronovitch.


Jonathan Dimbleby is the son of the Second World War war correspondent Richard Jonathan Dimbleby, who was later to become presenter of the BBC TV current affairs programme Panorama.


Jonathan Dimbleby's elder brother David Dimbleby is a current-affairs commentator and presenter of BBC programmes.


Jonathan Dimbleby married author, journalist, and broadcaster Bel Mooney in 1968.


In May 2003, Jonathan Dimbleby began a relationship with the soprano Susan Chilcott, with whom he lived until her death from breast cancer in September 2003.