23 Facts About Louis Theroux


Louis Sebastian Theroux is a British-American documentarian, journalist, broadcaster, and author.


Louis Theroux has received three British Academy Television Awards and a Royal Television Society Television Award.


Louis Theroux transitioned into television as the presenter of offbeat segments on Michael Moore's TV Nation series and later began to host many more documentaries for the BBC, including Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends, When Louis Met.


Louis Sebastian Theroux was born in Singapore on 20 May 1970, the son of English mother Anne and American father Paul Theroux, a noted travel writer and novelist.


Louis Theroux is the nephew of novelist Alexander Theroux and writer Peter Theroux.


Louis Theroux's older brother, Marcel, is a writer and television presenter.


Louis Theroux moved with his family to England when he was one year old, and was raised in the Catford area of south London.

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Louis Theroux went from primary school to Tower House School in East Sheen in 1979 or 1980 and then to Westminster School, a public school within the precincts of Westminster Abbey.


Louis Theroux performed in a number of school theatre productions including Bugsy Malone as Looney Bergonzi, Ritual for Dolls as the Army Officer, and The Splendour Falls as the Minstrel.


Louis Theroux read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with first-class honours.


Louis Theroux worked as a correspondent on Michael Moore's TV Nation series, for which he provided segments on offbeat cultural subjects, including selling Avon to women in the Amazon Rainforest, the Jerusalem syndrome, and attempts by the Ku Klux Klan to rebrand itself as a civil rights group for white people.


Louis Theroux has written for a number of publications, including Hip Hop Connection and The Idler.


In Weird Weekends, Louis Theroux followed marginal subcultures such as survivalists, black nationalists, white supremacists, and porn stars, often by living among or close to the people who were involved in them.


In When Louis Met Max Clifford, Max Clifford tried to set up Theroux, but he was caught lying as the crew recorded his live microphone during the conversations.


Louis Theroux explores child psychiatry, and the prison systems in California and Florida.


In October 2016, Louis Theroux premiered a feature-length documentary, My Scientology Movie.


Louis Theroux published his first book, The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures, in Britain in 2005.


Louis Theroux released a memoir, Gotta Get Louis Theroux This, in September 2019.


Louis Theroux released his third book, Theroux the Keyhole, a diary recorded during the UK COVID-19 lockdowns, in November 2021.


In December 2015, Louis Theroux captained the team representing Magdalen College, Oxford on BBC Four's Christmas University Challenge.


Louis Theroux married his long-time girlfriend, Nancy Strang, on 13 July 2012.


Louis Theroux dabbled with cannabis at 17 and later said that, while he acknowledges that cannabis is an intoxicant and can trigger certain mental health issues, he supports its legalisation.


Louis Theroux has revealed that he has a fear of flying.