Jonathan Agnew is one of England's best known cricket broadcasters, both on radio and TV, so much so that it's sometimes easy to forget that in the 1980s he played three Tests for England before taking up his position in the commentary box.
A fast bowler with the ability to swing the ball, Jonathan was one of the most consistent English pace bowlers in the 1980s. He began work as a sports producer with BBC Radio Leicester in the late 1980s, but it was when he partnered the legendary Brian Johnston in the commentary box that his popularity as a commentator really came to the fore. Even for those who were not cricket aficionados, the Agnew-Johnston partnership often provided highly entertaining exchanges. Agnew was the catalyst to Brian Johnston's infamous fit of the giggles after Ian Botham failed to get "his leg over", which has been voted "the greatest piece of sporting commentary ever" in a BBC poll.
Jonathan Agnew is one of the mainstays of Test Match Special and writes regularly for the BBC Sport website. Michael Henderson, one of Agnew's peers and rivals, describes him as "a master broadcaster ... the pick of the sports correspondents at the BBC". Jonathan has also written four books on cricket, all of which reveal his engaging personality and ready wit, making him the perfect choice for Awards Hosting, Conference Dinners and After Dinner speaking.
If you require a Sports Personality for your Event, Jonathan is an ideal choice as an After Dinner speaker, Award Host and for other Presentations. Please contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent on 020 7251 8222 to discuss your requirements.
- Qualified GP and international stand up comic and a Chaser on the quiz show The Chase.
- One of television's foremost sports presenters who has covered major sporting events from the Olympics to Football and Formula One to Golf.
- One of the UK’s most successful javelin throwers having won seven gold medals.
Steve Backley OBE