Posted by The Celebrity Group on Apr, 19 2012

Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika is a much admired Swedish television presenter, most well known as the former presenter of Gladiators and as a team captain on Shooting Stars. Ulrika Jonsson began her TV career on TV-am in 1989 where she worked as a weather presenter. From 12 September 1989, she was also the weather presenter for Swedish TV3, broadcasting from London. In 1992 she moved into mainstream presenting and played host to numerous shows including Gladiators, The National Lottery, plus two major international broadcasts in 1998 and 1999, the Eurovision Song Contest and Miss World respectively. She also modelled for Playtex Lingerie during this period and was a team captain on the BBC TV quiz show Shooting Stars. In 1997, she interviewed the then British Prime Minister John Major for the BBC2 programme, The Enormous Election. Then in 1998, she interviewed the then-Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, for her BBC2 programme Ulrika in Euroland. In 2002 she was also the subject of a Channel 4 documentary, Ulrika Jonsson: the Truth About Men. Also in that year Ulrika Jonsson presented TV makeover show Home On Their Own, a show where children made alterations to their house (how they wanted the house to be) during the course of a weekend, while their parents went on holiday. Some of the home improvements included an Austin Powers room, doorbells for the children and a cinema living room. Jonsson was also a contestant on the BBC's Comic Relief does Fame Academy. In 2005, she appeared with four other celebrities on Channel 4's daytime show Come Dine With Me. In April 2009 it was confirmed that Jonsson would return to Shooting Stars as team captain for a full series airing that autumn Her debut novel, The Importance of Being Myrtle, which focuses on relationships was published by the Penguin Group on 1 September 2011. Ulrika has been in the public limelight for a number of years and her appearance at any event or endorsement campaign is bound to make a huge impression.