Chris Evans
British DJ and TV presenter
Chris Evans
Christopher James "Chris" Evans is an English broadcaster, businessman and producer for radio and television.
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Chris Evans's personal information overview.
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Chris Evans Was Warned Not To Talk About Trump, But Does It Anyway
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'You Are Not Alone': Celebs Stand Up For Trans Kids After White House Drops Civil Rights Protections
Huffington Post - 29 days
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Chris Evans channeled Captain America as he gave a unifying response to a hateful tweet
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Cap has no time for rude people. Chris Evans, the super handsome man who plays Captain America on the big screen, is known for his insane muscles and sweet personality. He's also no stranger to bringing the values of his character into his real life. SEE ALSO: Captain America would be proud of this San Jose councilman So, when David Duke, former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, asked Chris Evans over Twitter on Sunday why the movie star "hates the women of his own people," Evans responded with a message of love and unity. Why does Chris Evans, who plays the Jewish inspired super hero, Captain America, hate the women of his people so much? #WhiteGenocide pic.twitter.com/nGjlf42wkG — David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) February 12, 2017 I don't hate them. That's YOUR method. I love. Try it. It's stronger than hate. It unites us. I promise it's in you under the anger and fear https://t.co/RGnH4rrblq — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) February 13, 2017 Way to handle a troll with class, Captain Evans! B ...
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Chris Evans Proves He's Really Captain America, Takes On Former KKK Leader
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Chris Evans takes his Captain America duties very seriously.  In fact, as noted by HuffPost and other outlets, his responsibilities are apparently extending beyond the Marvel Cinematic Universe and into real life via his Twitter account. Now the Cap is at it again, taking on former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Evans couldn’t remain silent after Duke gave his support for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation. The actor tweeted, “If David Duke....DAVID!...DUKE!... thinks you’re right, then you are unequivocally wrong.” If David Duke....DAVID!...DUKE!... thinks you're right, then you are unequivocally wrong. The confirmation of @jeffsessions is beyond words. https://t.co/CuLUznwO6S — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) February 9, 2017 Like villains would do in Marvel movies, Duke fired back, calling Evans a “typical dumb actor.” Typical dumb actor - if everything I say is wrong, then when I say I oppose these Zionists wars, you must be for them, C ...
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Cobie Smulders Says Training For A Tom Cruise Movie Is Tougher Than Giving Birth
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Cobie Smulders may not have played “the mother” on “How I Met Your Mother,” but in reality, she is one. Though it’s a tough job being a parent, the actress recently found something that’s equally, if not more, challenging: being in a Tom Cruise movie. “It was the most physically demanding thing I ever had to do in my life, and I’ve given birth twice if that’s saying anything,” said Smulders when talking about training for “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” Smulders plays Major Susan Turner in the film, and she wanted to live up to what actual women have to do to earn that position. “It’s one of those things I look back on, and I trained so hard for that because it’s really important to me to portray this woman in a realistic way. The real women who decide to enlist to work their way up in the ranks to become a Major in the United States Army are some freakin’ tough broads.” Smulders knows something about being a “tough broad” herself. She prepared for the movie while also car ...
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A 'Venerable Human Being': Celebrities Pay Heartfelt Tribute To John Hurt
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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Forbes Names Scarlett Johansson As 2016's Highest Earning Actor
Huffington Post - 3 months
2016 may have been the worst year for many, but Scarlett Johansson certainly made the most of it. The star topped Forbes annual list of highest grossing actors, with her films bringing in $1.2 billion worldwide. Top-grossing actors of 2016: 1. Scarlett Johansson 2. Chris Evans Robert Downey Jr. (tie) 4. Margot Robbiehttps://t.co/u8bcu6GRxu pic.twitter.com/LmDQUZQa4u — Forbes (@Forbes) December 27, 2016 The magazine cited Johansson’s role as Black Widow in “Captain America: Civil War,” which grossed more than $1.15 billion worldwide. The star’s role in “Hail, Caesar!” also helped to earn her the top spot.  “Captain America: Civil War” costars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. tied for second place on the highest grossing actors list, as the blockbuster was the highest grossing movie of the year. Johansson cemented her place in history as the highest grossing actress ever in June, when Box Office Mojo reported that movies featuring the star grossed $3.3 bi ...
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Celebrities react to the death of Carrie Fisher on Twitter
Yahoo News - 3 months
News of the death of actress Carrie Fisher hit hard on Tuesday. Friends, family and fans were wishing for a fast recovery after Fisher suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles last Friday.  Best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, the brazen and gifted actress and author upheld an active social voice on Twitter. Countless fans and dozens of celebrities expressed their condolences on the platform upon hearing the sad news. SEE ALSO: A life in the stars: Carrie Fisher in pictures The wide range of heartfelt responses after the news of Fisher's death only proves she was a strong force who left a huge impact on the entire world.  no words #Devastated pic.twitter.com/R9Xo7IBKmh — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016 She loved to give one the oddest and most randomly silly presents. These are the last three things she gave me. #CarrieFisher pic.twitter.com/qmI7YWqlZ6 — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 27, 2016 I thought I had got what I wanted ...
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Want the most bang for your buck? You want Chris Evans
LATimes - 3 months
If you’re looking for the most cost-effective actor, you should be lining up to join Team Captain America. Chris Evans has topped Forbes’ Best Actor for the Buck list for the second year in a row. Evans has played Steve Rogers in Marvel blockbusters since 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,”...
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Celebrities Express Disgust Over Non-Consensual Rape Scene In 'Last Tango In Paris'
Huffington Post - 4 months
Over the weekend, an old video interview with director Bernardo Bertolucci resurfaced online. In the clip, Bertolucci says the rape scene involving Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider’s characters in “Last Tango In Paris” was non-consensual. Naturally, the revelation ― which was news to many ― garnered some passionate responses from members of Hollywood who shared their disgust on social media.  Jessica Chastain, for instance, tweeted about the news, writing, “I feel sick.”  To all the people that love this film- you're watching a 19yr old get raped by a 48yr old man. The director planned her attack. I feel sick. https://t.co/qVDom2gYf6 — Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) December 3, 2016 The “Miss Sloane” star expanded on her tweet in an interview with People magazine.  Brando and Bertolucci “conspired to basically rape” Schneider, Chastain said. “She didn’t know that that was going to happen, and he said he didn’t want her to act humiliated, he wanted he ...
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Researcher writes codeless exploit that bypasses Linux security measures
Yahoo News - 4 months
An exploit that was recently released by security researcher Chis Evans is quite well-written and uses some unusual methods to exploit a memory corruption vulnerability in GStreamer, but it's of primarily academic interest.
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'Avengers' cast is assembling against Donald Trump on Twitter
Yahoo News - 4 months
The stars of the Avengers films may not actually have superpowers, but a lot of them do have Twitter accounts. Author Suleikha Snyder noticed Monday that several of the Avengers have spoken out against Trump on Twitter to the delight of many franchise fans. "The Avengers are assembling," Snyder wrote, highlighting tweets from Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury, who is admittedly not an actual Avenger). SEE ALSO: ‘The Avengers’ remade with zero budget looks almost as super The Avengers are assembling. pic.twitter.com/cADUNW82ia — Suleikha Snyder (@suleikhasnyder) November 14, 2016 The internet appeared very enthused — particularly about Jackson's characteristically badass commentary. @suleikhasnyder Omg. That SLJ tweet. — sarah maclean (@sarahmaclean) November 14, 2016 @suleikhasnyder I love that Evans' tweet sounds like a Captain America speech — Austin Shinn (@untitleduser) November 14, 2016 @suleikhasnyder @rainbowrowell HELL YEAH TIME ...
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12 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
Yahoo News - 5 months
We’ve got a fresh selection of movie trailers for you this week, including a brand new Wonder Woman clip. Vin Diesel’s next xXx film also has a new trailer you should check out. Finally, there’s a trailer for the Trainspotting sequel that you need to see, and a new trailer for Life , a space movie we’ll certainly want to see. DON’T MISS: The best MacBook Pro alternatives now that Apple ruined everything 20th Century Women We talked about 20th Century Women in the past. It’s the story of three women living in Southern California in the late 1970s. The picture opens on Christmas Day and stars Elle Fanning, Annette Bening, Laura Wiggins, and others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JnFaltqnAY All We Had All We Had is a new Katie Holmes movie hitting cinemas on December 9th. It’s a family drama about a mom, her daughter, and making the best life you can. Let’s call it 21st century women? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usa1lBKEDnY Gifted In Gifted we have a different family drama. Rather th ...
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Watch Jon Stewart fondly recall his Twitter war with Donald Trump
Yahoo News - 5 months
Remember the good old days, when Twitter wars were just Twitter battles, when fighting on the platform was something we laughed at, not something we discussed at presidential debates? Haha — those days are gone. During Tuesday's Stand Up for Heroes Event in New York City, John Stewart couldn't help but reminisce about his Twitter encounter with Donald Trump in 2013, when the business mogul called him "a pussy." Zooey Deschanel teams up with James Corden for powerful duet about a glove Vin Diesel kicks ass, gets the girl, looks dope in trailer for new 'xXx' 'Gifted' trailer pairs Chris Evans with real-life girlfriend Jenny Slate Samantha Bee is trying to prove that Donald Trump is illiterate
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Martin Shkreli Wants You To Punch Him In The Face (Really)
Huffington Post - 6 months
The pharmaceutical executive who wanted to make HIV patients pay through the nose for medication is now willing to get punched in the nose for charity. Martin Shkreli, aka Pharma Bro, said he is currently auctioning off the chance to punch him in the face to raise money for the family of Mike Kulich, his former PR consultant who died in his sleep on Saturday morning. I will auction one slap/punch in the face to benefit my friend Mike who passed away & leaves behind a young son who survived cancer. DM bids — Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) September 26, 2016 Kulich, 29, left behind a young son who had just finished treatment for leukemia. Shkreli promised to match the winning bid “to a certain point,” and is willing to let the winner use a proxy puncher such as Mike Tyson to land the blow. The winner can also film the punch for posterity. So far, demand seems fairly high, according to Shkreli. So far the two highest bidders to punch or sla ...
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Martin Shkreli Taunts Hillary Clinton: 'Are You Alive?'
Huffington Post - 6 months
This is a low blow, even for “Pharma Bro.” Donald Trump supporter and internet troll Martin Shkreli heckled Hillary Clinton when she left daughter Chelsea’s Manhattan apartment on Sunday after feeling ill at a 9/11 ceremony. Shkreli even posted a video (above) on his Twitter page that showed him yelling at the Democratic presidential candidate: “Are you alive? Do you need Pharma Bro’s help?” At least he got the caption right: “Me Yelling Stupid Stuff At Hillary.”  According to the New York Daily News, Shkreli yelled in his Periscoped performance as well: I enjoyed screaming "why are you so sick" and "go trump" at @HillaryClinton . Get well soon bae! — Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) September 11, 2016 So, Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, was outside for Clinton's apartment departure pic.twitter.com/jdrmDci3ln — Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) September 11, 2016 Shkreli also told the News tha ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Evans
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 49
    On 4 July 2016 Evans announced that he would be stepping down as presenter of Top Gear.
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    On 4 July 2016 Evans announced that he had stepped down as presenter of the show and cutting his contract with Top Gear short by two-years.
    More Details Hide Details He tweeted: "Stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that's not enough. The team are beyond brilliant, I wish them all the best." Throughout the duration of the new series, Evans had received strong criticism due to his presenting style. Evans has a daughter, Jade (born 1986), by former fiancée Alison Ward. In 1998 after a long running dispute, the couple reached an out of court arrangement whereby Evans provided a home for his child and an allowance to Ward.
    In June 2016 it was reported that fellow presenter LeBlanc had threatened to quit the show unless Evans was sacked, because of inappropriate behavior on set.
    More Details Hide Details The source alleged that Evans had become jealous of the attention the other presenters were getting and had become distanced from the group.
    In February 2016, it was confirmed that Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, Sabine Schmitz, Chris Harris and Eddie Jordan would also be joining Evans for the twenty third series of Top Gear.
    More Details Hide Details It was also revealed that the new series would begin airing in May 2016. The first episode of the new series of six episodes was broadcast 29 May 2016.
    As of 2016 he continues to present the popular BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.
    More Details Hide Details Evans was born in Warrington, Lancashire, England, the youngest child of bookmaker and health authority wages clerk Martin Joseph Evans (1921–1979), and Minnie Beardsall, who managed a corner shop. His siblings are brother David (born 1953) and sister Diane (born 1963). He started his schooling at St Margaret's Church of England Infants and Junior School, and later the Junior School in Orford, Warrington. Evans' father and both paternal uncles died of colorectal cancer. Evans' mother is a breast cancer survivor. Evans passed the Eleven-Plus exam and started at Boteler Grammar School, Warrington. After the death of his father, the 13-year-old Evans took part-time work at an outlet of T. J. & B. McLoughlin's newsagent–tobacconist in Woolston, and ran an alternative tuck-shop at Padgate High School, which was a comprehensive school he attended for the final three years of his secondary education. Evans left secondary school at age 16 after moving into the sixth form, and he then had a number of dead-end jobs in and around Warrington, including a private detective agency and notoriously as a "Tarzan-ogram."
  • 2015
    Age 48
    On 16 June 2015, the BBC announced that Evans had signed a three-year deal to be the main presenter on the BBC Two motoring show Top Gear, following the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.
    More Details Hide Details On his radio show the next morning he confirmed his acceptance and explained the offer came after James May and Richard Hammond had confirmed to the BBC they would not be returning to the show. Before the announcement, he sent text messages to May, Hammond and Clarkson and received supportive replies from all three.
  • 2011
    Age 44
    In January 2011 Evans returned to Channel 4 to present a new reality show Famous and Fearless, in which 8 celebrities in two teams, Boys and Girls.
    More Details Hide Details The celebrities that took part on the boys' team were: Rufus Hound, Charley Boorman, Sam Branson (Son of Richard Branson) and Jonah Lomu. On the girls' team were Jenny Frost, Kacey Ainsworth, Sarah Jayne Dunn and Dame Kelly Holmes. Holmes won the girls'; Boorman won the boys' and the show outright. In February 2011, it was reported that the show had been axed after one series due to poor ratings.
  • 2010
    Age 43
    In 2010, it was announced that Evans would be replacing Adrian Chiles as the Friday co-presenter of The One Show on BBC One.
    More Details Hide Details Chiles and then co-host Christine Bleakley left the show to join ITV. Evans now presents the show on Fridays with Alex Jones, and occasionally covers other weekdays. Matt Baker presents the show on a regular Monday to Thursday basis. In 2015, Evans announced he was quitting The One Show to focus on Top Gear.
  • 2007
    Age 40
    Evans married Shishmanian in Guildford Register office on Saturday 11 August 2007, and held a reception in Faro, Portugal the following weekend, attended by ex-wife Piper. On 17 July 2008, the DJ announced that the couple were expecting their first baby together. Their son, Noah Nicholas Martin, was born on 10 February 2009 at London's Portland Hospital. On 1 June 2012, Shishmanian gave birth to the couple's second son.
    More Details Hide Details Evans announced the baby's birth live on air during his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show by telephone. In March 2008, Evans said in his Radio 2 blog that he had taken "magic mushrooms" a couple of days before he attended a Meat Loaf concert at the Royal Albert Hall. He said "I thought I was chronicling the Albert Hall moving sideways on the back of a giant rock and roll crab, something I didn't think the world should miss." A fan of fast cars, and particularly Ferraris, Evans was banned from driving for 56 days in 2001 and fined £600 after admitting to a speeding charge at Staines Magistrates' Court after being stopped by Surrey Police when driving at on the A3 road in Esher in January 2001. In 2005 Evans crashed his silver 575M Maranello into a verge near his then Surrey home. On 18 May 2008, Evans attended RM Auctions/Sotheby's Ferrari auction in Maranello, Italy, and bought a 1961 250 GT Spyder California SWB formerly owned by US actor James Coburn for the then world record price of 6.4 million euros. In May 2010 he bought a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, one of only thirty-six built, for £12 million. Reportedly he sold three Ferraris from his collection to pay for it. He sold it three years later for $42 million, more than triple what he paid for it.
    Almost three years after they had separated, Evans and Piper divorced in May 2007, but have remained on good terms.
    More Details Hide Details A keen golfer who plays with a handicap of 15, Evans met professional golfer, part-time model and columnist for Golf Punk magazine Natasha Shishmanian when they became golf partners in the All*Star Cup celebrity tournament in Newport – Evans gave his 17-year-old caddy at the 2005 event, Natalie Harrison, a £10,000 Russian Kristall Smolensk diamond he won for the quality of his play.
    Evans was voted the 82nd most influential media personality in The Guardian newspapers 2007 poll.
    More Details Hide Details After his success in the 1990s, Evans' attempts at a TV comeback in the 21st century have been mixed with a record of poor ratings and cancellations, including falling viewing figures for his recent role as co-host of Friday editions of The One Show. In November and December 2005 Evans presented OFI Sunday on ITV. In a move described by Private Eye as Partridgean, ex-wife Billie Piper was the first guest on the programme. OFI Sunday was cancelled after just five shows following poor reviews and low viewing figures. Its cancellation led Evans to complain on air during his Saturday BBC Radio 2 slot that he no longer knew how to be successful on television.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 39
    In May 2006, Evans was named music radio personality of the year at the annual Sony Radio Academy Awards, defeating rivals Jamie Theakston, Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley and Tim Lovejoy to win.
    More Details Hide Details When accepting the award, Evans thanked the BBC for giving him "a second chance." Evans won 'music radio personality' the following year, while his show won the Entertainment award. "I didn't expect this," he said. "I wouldn't have minded if I didn't win, but I really love the fact I have won."
    The second set of RAJAR's published in October 2006 showed his audience was up by 109,000-year-on-year, and up by 33,000 compared with the previous quarter.
    More Details Hide Details Figures showed he was drawing an average audience of 4.9 million a day on his drivetime show. By the end of 2007, the show was averaging over five million listeners. On 7 September 2009 it was announced that Evans would take over breakfast show from Sir Terry Wogan after Wogan announced his intention to leave the show at the end of the year. Evans took over Radio 2 breakfast show on 11 January 2010, succeeding Sir Terry Wogan and eventually also Sarah Kennedy. While Evans replaced Wogan owing to his long-planned retirement, the circumstances of the latter remain controversial and supporters of Kennedy allege there was a deliberate intention to force her out so Evans' show could be lengthened. His first three songs were The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" and "Got to Get You into My Life"; and Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly with Me". His co-presenters include ex-BBC TV newsreader Moira Stuart, sports presenter Jonny Saunders who was replaced in June 2011 by Vassos Alexander, and travel reporter Lynn Bowles. Features include The Gobsmackers (two songs selected by a listener that sound good played back to back).
    RAJAR audience figures published in August 2006 showed Evans had 150,000 fewer listeners than his predecessor's last show but was on par with previous years.
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    The show was well received by listeners and critics, and Evans was announced as the successor to Radio 2's Drivetime show on 2 March 2006 forcing out long-time host Johnnie Walker, beginning on 18 April.
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  • 2005
    Age 38
    In 2005, it was confirmed that Evans and Piper would divorce, with Piper publicly stating that she would take no money from Evans.
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    Evans then joined Radio 2 on a permanent basis in September 2005, presenting a weekly Saturday afternoon show from 14:00 to 17:00.
    More Details Hide Details His first show featured singer Robbie Williams, and accompanied by a posse including friend "Big" Pete Winterbottom and newsreader Andrew Peach. Evans told listeners to his first show: "We've had a couple of test drives over the summer and we've decided to take it. Yes, we like this vehicle."
    From April 2005, Evans presented a number of one-off Bank Holiday shows for BBC Radio 2, including coverage of the Live 8 concert in London.
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    Evans re-entered public life in early 2005, presenting the breakfast slot of UK Radio Aid's day of programming for the victims of the Asian Tsunami, which was aired on most of the UK's commercial radio stations, and also The BRIT Awards in 2005 and 2006.
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  • 2002
    Age 35
    In August 2002 Chris Evans set up a radio and television production company, UMTV, with the aim of specialising in live, cutting-edge, entertainment programming.
    More Details Hide Details Over the next 3 years UMTV produced more than 375 hours of television, with mixed success. TV shows included Boys and Girls hosted by Vernon Kay for Channel 4, Johnny Vegas: 18 Stone of Idiot for Channel 4 / E4; OFI Sunday for ITV; Live with Christian O'Connell and Live with Chris Moyles for Five; and the BAFTA award-winning School of Hard Knocks for 4 Learning. Following two high-profile shows which failed to perform in the ratings, UMTV hired Terry Wogan and Evans' former Big Breakfast co-host Gaby Roslin to host a weekday morning magazine show, The Terry and Gaby Show. Evans said publicly that if this show failed he would set up a market stall. Despite critical acclaim the audience numbers never took off and Channel 5 axed the show after its year-long run, citing its high cost as a reason. True to his word, Evans was pictured at the end of the final show with a market stall and later he opened it for real at Stables Market, Camden.
  • 2001
    Age 34
    Later photographed by the tabloids that week with new wife Billie Piper in the nearest pub to their home in Hascombe, Surrey while claiming he was too ill to present his show, he was dismissed on 28 June 2001 for repeatedly failing to arrive at work.
    More Details Hide Details Evans was replaced by the older Steve Penk, whom Evans criticised for his age – 39 versus Evans's then 35. Evans attempted to sue Virgin Radio, claiming that he was unfairly dismissed and denied share options worth £8.6 million. On 26 June 2003, in the judgement of Evans v SMG Television Ltd. & Ors 2003 EWHC 1423 (Ch), Justice Lightman found that he had been fairly dismissed and was not entitled to the share options. Giving his ruling at the High Court, Evans was publicly criticised for his attitude by the judge, who said of Evans: "He has the temperament of a prima donna." Virgin Radio/SMG later countersued, with Evans ordered to pay £1m towards their legal costs. In his autobiography, Evans writes that shortly after the sale of Virgin Radio he was offered £56m for his SMG shares by Goldman Sachs. He declined the offer and eventually sold them for £250,000.
    As a present to him, she proposed on his 35th birthday, and the couple married in a £200 ceremony at The Little Church of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada on 6 May 2001, in a ceremony attended by six guests including best man Danny Baker.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2004, news stories circulated regarding a trial separation – Evans at the time had a stall at Camden Market, where he was found selling furniture and paintings from his London and Los Angeles homes, commenting: "I just want to get rid of it all, it's just a headache."
  • 2000
    Age 33
    Evans is a supporter of the Labour Party; he also donated £100,000 to former Labour MP Ken Livingstone's mayoral campaign when he stood as an independent candidate in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Evans is also an Ambassador for The Scout Association. The following lists are the main shows Evans has presented: To date, Evans has written three autobiographies:
    In May 2000, Evans met teenage pop star Billie Piper, whom he dated for a while.
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    In May 2000, the station was fined £75,000 (then the largest penalty imposed by the Radio Authority) for his repeated on-air endorsement of Ken Livingstone in the London mayoral elections.
    More Details Hide Details Virgin Radio's new programme controller Paul Jackson, in light of audience figures which had dropped from a peak of 2.7 million to 1.7 million, had pruned Evans's "zoo" team and installed a music policy which replaced more eclectic choices with a strict diet of chart pop. As a result, on 20 June Evans was followed throughout the day by tabloid newspaper photographers, and undertook an "18-hour bender" which started after his show at 9.30 in the morning, and ended – after numerous pints of Kronenbourg and Guinness, plus five bottles of Dom Pérignon – with Evans asleep in front of a lap-dancer at Stringfellows.
    Following poor reviews of TFI Friday, and Evans himself handing over presentation of the last series to a series of "friends", the show was cancelled in December 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Evans continued to host the station's breakfast show, but echoes of his earlier dismissal from Radio 1 began to emerge.
    The sale made Evans the highest paid entertainer in the UK in 2000, estimated by the Sunday Times Rich List to have been paid around £35.5million.
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    On 14 March 2000, Evans agreed the sale of Ginger Media Group to SMG plc for £225m.
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  • 1997
    Age 30
    His first show was on 13 October 1997, the same day as Kevin Greening and Zoë Ball on Radio 1.
    More Details Hide Details Starting at 7:00 am, Evans' crew presented the show from Monday to Friday, but without Evans participating on a Friday. As Sir Richard Branson had decided to reduce his media holding, he began talks to sell the station to Capital Radio in a deal that would have given him 10% of holding company Capital Group. As this became public knowledge, Evans, who did not want to work for Capital, publicly dismissed them as "a bleating, blowing asthmatic dog." On 9 December, with the assistance of investors, Evans' vehicle Ginger Media Group bought Virgin Radio from Branson for £85m, to control the interests both of Ginger Productions and Virgin Radio. Both Apax Partners and Branson each owned 20% of Ginger Media Group, while Evans and his investors owned the remaining 60%. The group later engaged in the prospect of buying the Daily Star newspaper, but decided against from commercial angles.
    After more publicised public drinking and self-confessed illness, Evans' spell at the station ended in January 1997 when he quit after his demand not to host the show on Friday (to have a full day getting ready for his TV show) was not accepted.
    More Details Hide Details The Radio 1 Breakfast Show was taken over by Mark and Lard (Mark Radcliffe and Marc Riley). When Evans found out that they were a ratings disaster, he quickly got in touch with BBC Radio 1 management to ask whether he could take back the show again. Station management declined but did offer him a weekend slot, which he turned down. In response to the falling ratings, bosses decided to replace its presenters with the relatively unknown Kevin Greening and the well known children's TV presenter Zoë Ball. Their tenure started on 13 October 1997. During a holiday in Killarney, he listened to the Irish broadcaster Gerry Ryan on the radio. Evans claims the variety on Ryan's show made him want to return to radio. Evans was then hired by Virgin Radio to host its breakfast show, prompting an immediate upsurge in station listening figures of 1.8 million to 2.6 million.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 29
    In 1996, broadcasting watchdogs investigated a continual trail of complaints against the show: Radio 1 refused to comment, Evans never said sorry.
    More Details Hide Details Evans also made increasing public demands of the Radio 1 management: after taking an extra week of unplanned holiday, Evans chose to turn up half an hour late for his 06:30 show and then demanded that his hours were changed so that it was a permanent fixture – this request was accepted. However, after the summer break things got decidedly worse. Criticised by the broadcasting watchdog for a tasteless joke about Holocaust victim Anne Frank, Evans countered with an item about haemorrhoids. Asked by Bannister to watch the rules, Evans the next day branded Bannister "The Fat Controller". In November, Evans announced on air that he was medically unfit to be on the radio – Bannister re-negotiated his contract to double his holiday to twice that of other Radio 1 DJs.
  • 1995
    Age 28
    Beginning to think he was indispensable at Radio 1, the first big falling-out with management came in December 1995 after taking his crew out on a 17-hour pub-crawl which ended two hours before they were due on air: Evans was fined one day's pay, £7,000.
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    In April 1995, Evans returned to radio to host the flagship Radio 1 Breakfast Show.
    More Details Hide Details Evans negotiated into his contract with Radio 1 a clause allowing him to still make television programmes, and specifically an option to make a Friday night programme for Channel 4. Allowed to create the "zoo" format he had previously been disallowed from performing on Radio 1, Evans was given a free rein by his friend, Radio 1 controller Matthew Bannister. Critics hated innuendo-laden features like Honk Your Horn and In Bed with Your Girlfriend, but Evans put on 600,000 new listeners over Steve Wright – one for every £5 spent on salary and advertising. The effect also flowed through into the listening figures for later programs. The audience grew as the breakfast format became more outrageous: humiliating assistant Holly Samos by repeatedly asking her about her sex life (Evans and Samos were reportedly in a relationship at periods through their time working together), and encouraging two female guests to perform a strip show on live radio. The show's highest listening figure reached 7.5 million.
  • 1994
    Age 27
    Their 1994 split was not amicable and McGiffin has been scathing about Evans in newspaper articles in the years since. The two divorced in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details During his time at BBC Radio 1 and Virgin, Evans had well publicised relationships with Kim Wilde, model Rachel Tatton-Brown (whose sister was a researcher on The Big Breakfast), assistant producer Suzi Aplin, Anthea Turner, Geri Halliwell, and Melanie Sykes.
    Evans left The Big Breakfast on 29 September 1994 and formed his own television production company, Ginger Productions.
    More Details Hide Details Its first major programme, Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, was broadcast between 1994 and 1995. The original concepts proved to be lucrative for Evans as its format was sold to numerous foreign broadcasters.
  • 1992
    Age 25
    Evans' departure from radio was in part so he could devote his time to the new Channel 4 breakfast television show, The Big Breakfast, from 28 September 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Evans co-hosted the show with Gaby Roslin.
    His show, Too Much Gravy, was broadcast from 14:30 to 16:00 and ended in September 1992.
    More Details Hide Details His move to Radio 1 was short-lived but seen as a huge success, with controller Johnny Beerling later admitting he wished he'd offered Evans a full-time show there and then. At the time, however, Evans objected that Radio 1 had attempted to constrain his style, preventing him from using the "zoo" format, allegedly because Steve Wright was already doing that on the station. In April 1993, Evans left GLR and joined the new Virgin Radio, to host a Saturday morning show.
    In addition to his Saturday morning show on GLR, in March 1992 Evans began presenting a Sunday afternoon show on BBC Radio 1, replacing Phillip Schofield.
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  • 1991
    Age 24
    Evans married Carol McGiffin in 1991.
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    In early 1991, as a result of his first regular TV hosting work presenting the Power Up breakfast show on The Power Station for British Satellite Broadcasting, Evans moved to presenting Round at Chris's, every Saturday morning from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, which he continued to present until April 1993.
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  • 1990
    Age 23
    Three months later, he started presenting The Greenhouse, a Monday to Thursday evening show; he remained on this slot until the end of 1990.
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    Evans became a GLR presenter in early 1990, taking over a Saturday afternoon show.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 17
    Evans switched to a full-time position at the station in 1984, his new role including being driven around the Manchester area in the radio car to turn up at listeners' houses.
    More Details Hide Details In addition he was producer to presenter James H. Reeve. Following this he presented a weekday graveyard slot with competitions and segments where listeners had opportunities to sell their belongings on air. After working as a producer on Richard Branson's service The Superstation, where he produced material for Jonathan Ross, Evans went on to work at BBC London radio station GLR, first as a producer on Emma Freud's mid-morning show, then Weekend Breakfast with Danny Baker.
    Until 1984 Evans had three jobs: as an assistant to Timmy Mallett, and playing a character on his show called 'Nobby Nolevel' ('No 'O' Level'); acting as a disc jockey in the evenings at local pubs when he was not at Piccadilly Radio; and still working at the newsagents, opening up daily at 5 am to sort out the newspaper deliveries.
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  • 1983
    Age 16
    Evans began his professional career at Piccadilly Radio, Manchester, in 1983, where he had previously had unpaid schoolboy work.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Born on April 1, 1966.
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