Louis Theroux is an English-American TV presenter and writer, best known for his TV documentary series Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends and When Louis Met…
In Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends (1998-2000), the eponymous presenter spent weekends with American 'subculture' groups and individuals, such as survivalists, black nationalists and white supremacists, not to mention porn stars! In When Louis Met…, which ran from 2000 until 2002, Louis accompanied a different British celebrity in each programme as they went about their day-to-day business, interviewing them about their lives and experiences as he did so. His episode about the disgraced DJ and TV personality Jimmy Savile (When Louis Met... Jimmy) was voted one of the top 50 documentaries of all time in a Channel 4 survey.
Louis' talent was officially recognised when he won a BAFTA in the same category two years in a row - specifically, the Richard Dimbleby Award For Best Presenter (2001 and 2002). Louis has also received a Royal Television Society (RTS) Award for his work with the BBC.
Louis began his career as a journalist in the USA with Metro Silicon Valley, an 'alternative' free weekly newspaper based in San Jose, California. In 1992, he was hired as a writer for Spy Magazine, before working as a correspondent on Michael Moore's TV Nation series, for which he provided segments on off-beat cultural subjects, including selling Avon to women in the Amazon Rainforest! When TV Nation ended, Louis was signed up by the BBC to develop Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends.
Other documentary credits include Life With Louis and The Most Hated Family In America. At the 2016 London Film Festival, Louis premiered a feature length TV documentary entitled My Scientology Movie, which documented Louis' attempt to gain access to the secretive Church of Scientology.
In 2005, Louis published his first book, The Call Of The Weird: Travels In American Subcultures, which recounts his return to the USA to learn more about the lives of some of the people he had featured in his earlier television programmes. In addition, Louis has also written for a number of periodicals, including Hip Hop Connection and The Idler.
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