Griff Rhys Jones

Welsh comedian, writer, actor, and television presenter

Griffith Rhys Jones (born 16 November 1953) is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor, and television presenter. He starred in a number of television series with his comedy partner, Mel Smith.

Griff Rhys Jones
Birth nameGriffith Rhys Jones
Born (1953-11-16) 16 November 1953 (age 68)
Cardiff, Wales
MediumFilm, television
Years active1979–present
GenresImprovisational comedy, sketch comedy
SpouseJo Jones

Rhys Jones came to national attention in the 1980s for his work in the BBC comedy sketch series Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones. With Smith, he co-founded the television production company Talkback Productions. It is now part of RTL Group. In 2005, he created the production company Modern Television.[1]

Rhys Jones also worked as a television presenter and writer while he was acting. From 2008 to 2016, he presented the television bloopers show It'll be Alright on the Night for ITV. He replaced Denis Norden.Norden had hosted the series for almost 30 years. Rhys Jones was replaced in 2018 by David Walliams.[2]


  1. "Griffith Rhys Jones biography". Modern Television. Archived from the original on 18 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  2. Reynolds, Simon (2008-08-15). "Rhys Jones to host 'Alright On The Night'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2022-05-05.