Jon Culshaw is warmly regarded as the best impressionist in the UK. With a catalogue of over 350 hilarious impressions, his own series The Impressionable Jon Culshaw was broadcast on ITV1 and he has also received rave reviews for the BBC2 TV series Dead Ringers which filmed its 7th series this year. As well as being a talented impressionist and comedian, Jon is also in demand as a presenter. Most recently he filmed a series for BBC1 called Jon Culshaw’s Commercial Breakdown. He has also presented Countdown to the Comedy Awards in both 2004 and 2005.
Dead Ringers transferred from Radio 4 to television and still enjoys equal success on Radio 4. On television this programme has won the Best Political Satire Award at the Political Studies Association Awards 2004 and on radio it has won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Radio Comedy’, the Sony Gold Radio Academy Award and the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for ‘Best Radio Programme’. Other radio credits include The Now Show, It’s Been a Bad Week, Chris Moyles Show, BBC Radio 4’s Secret World and recently presented Virgin Radio show on Sundays.
The unique format of Alter Ego was commissioned by ITV and to date has enjoyed three specials. This is Jon’s own impression show in which he interviews celebrities as themselves. As part of Children in Need, Jon was honoured to take part in a sketch as Ozzy Osbourne along with the real Ozzy. As well as confusing the audience, at one point even Sharon Osbourne was unsure as to which of the Ozzy’s was her husband!
Jon’s other television credits include Headcases (ITV1), Happy Birthday Brucie! (BBC1),Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (BBC1) , 2DTV (ITV1), Parkinson (BBC and ITV1), Daily Politics Show (BBC), Little Britain (BBC1), Doctor Who Confidential (BBC3), The Sky at Night 50th Anniversary Edition (BBC1), Mock The Week (BBC2), Comic Aid Live and Uncut (Ch.4), The Royal Variety Performance (BBC and ITV1), They Think its All Over (BBC), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC), Peter Cook, A Posthumous Tribute (BBC), The Secret Policeman’s Ball (Ch.4) and Spitting Image where he provided the voices to over forty characters.
As an actor, Jon has guest starred in Hotel Babylon (BBC1), Heartbeat (ITV1) and has filmed a one-off comedy drama for the BBC called Kombat Opera Presents. Jon has also made his film debut playing our former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, in the movie Churchill: The Hollywood Years.
Jon is always in demand to host various Awards Ceremonies, and was honoured to host both the 2003 and 2004 Golden Rose Television Awards in Montreux and Lucerne, The Bafta Television Craft Awards in 2005 and 2006 and the TV Channel of the Year Awards 2005 in Edinburgh
Jon first made international headlines by calling the switchboard of no. 10 Downing Street after fooling the operators with his ‘William Hague’ impression. He then found he was talking directly to former Prime Minster, Tony Blair, live on London’s Capital FM, from 10 Downing Street. The incident was later reported in Hansard!