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Greg James

For other people named Greg James, see Greg James (disambiguation).

Greg James
Born Gregory James Alan Milward
(1985-12-17) 17 December 1985 (age 28)
Lewisham, London
Residence London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Radio presenter
Employer BBC

Gregory James Alan "Greg" Milward[1] (born 17 December 1985) is a British television and radio presenter best known for his roles within BBC Radio 1. He is godfather to Ruby, the younger daughter of England cricket star James Anderson (cricketer).


James studied drama at the University of East Anglia in Norwich and achieved a 2:1. During his three years at the university, he presented several shows on the students' union radio station Livewire 1350AM, becoming the station manager in 2006. He also presented several breakfast shows on Future Radio in Norwich before he got his break at BBC Radio 1.[2] During university holidays he presented stints on Galaxy North East. He is an alumnus of The Bishop's Stortford High School, where he was deputy head boy.


On 21 September 2009, a new schedule was launched on Radio 1. Along with Fearne Cotton who moved from Weekend late-afternoons to Weekday mornings, James moved up from Early Breakfast to an Early Afternoon slot; 1pm to 4pm - replacing Edith Bowman, who moved to the weekend breakfast slot.[3][4][5] His early breakfast show was taken over by Dev.

It was announced on 28 February 2012 that James and Scott Mills would swap shows as of 2 April 2012. James currently hosts the 'drive time' show (4-7pm) weekdays, while Mills took over the weekdays 'early afternoon' show (1-4pm).[6]

From 10 December 2012 for a week, James hosted his show from the BFBS Radio Studio in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Whilst in Camp Bastion, James met with a large number of troops and invited some personnel to 'shout-out' to their family and friends, and also invited celebrities to read out messages from the families of serving soldiers from the BBC Radio 1 studios in London.[7]

James also co-hosts Not Just Cricket on 5 Live with England Cricketers Graeme Swann and Jimmy Anderson that is broadcast once every few months. The shows main focus is talking about cricket, but they also talk about anything else they fancy.

James guest hosted the 16 February 2013 edition of the 5 Live comedy sport programme Fighting Talk, standing in for Colin Murray.


James is also a TV presenter. In 2010, he presented a TV show for BBC Three called Sun, Sex and Holiday Madness, about British tourists in Magaluf and Young, Jobless and Living at Home, also for BBC Three. He has presented Sound on BBC Two’s Switch and he hosted the backstage winners' podium at the 2009 BRIT Awards, which he did again in 2010.

Greg also filmed Cash Mob for BBC Three investigating how teenagers are surviving with the credit crunch, and in 2011 had a non-speaking cameo role in the Doctor Who episode "Closing Time".[8] He was a regular presenter of entertainment news on E24 for the BBC and also MTV News.

Music festivals

In 2011, James was one of the presenters for BBC Three's coverage of Glastonbury and in August 2012, the Reading and Leeds Festival (both with Fearne Cotton). He presented coverage of T in the Park 2012, alongside Edith Bowman in July. In 2013, James co-presented extensive coverage of Radio 1's Big Weekend on BBC Three with Alice Levine. In June 2013, Greg once again hosted BBC Three's coverage of Glastonbury, alongside Gemma Cairney .


In 2012, James co-presented two series of Unzipped (originally named Britain Unzipped) on BBC Three with Russell Kane and later How to Win Eurovision, a two-hour show, on 11 May 2013. In December 2012, James and Gabby Logan presented 50 Greatest London 2012 Olympics Moments on BBC Three, the show was broadcast on his 27th birthday.

On 2 March 2013, Greg appeared on the Let's Dance for Comic Relief judging panel alongside Arlene Phillips and Lee Mack.[9]

On 25 September 2013 James along with Kane starred their chat show Staying in with Greg and Russell on BBC Three.


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Preceded by
JK and Joel
Radio 1 early breakfast show host
October 2007–September 2009
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Edith Bowman
Radio 1 early afternoon show host
September 2009–March 2012
Succeeded by
Scott Mills
Preceded by
Scott Mills
Radio 1 drivetime host
April 2012 – present
Succeeded by
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