Jermaine Jenas: Biography highlights
Jermaine Jenas is one England’s most recognisable footballers and a successful broadcaster and football pundit
Full biography of Jermaine Jenas
During his football career, Jermaine played in the Premier League and represented England through the age groups before making his first team debut for the Three Lions in 2003. His honours include the PFA Young Player of the Year in 2003 and a Carling Cup Winner’s medal in 2008 at Tottenham Hotspur, where he had moved to from Newcastle for £7m in 2005. Since retiring from the game, Jermaine has established himself as a respected pundit for BBC and BT Sport, providing commentary and thoughtful analysis for both channels, at home and internationally.
Upon retiring from injury, Jermaine made a successful start to his punditry career in 2014. He has been a regular on BT Sport, Match of the Day, Football Focus and co-hosts the Friday Football Social for BBC Radio 5 Live alongside Darren Fletcher – which has been nominated twice for an AFA Award. In 2019 Jermaine launched a brand new primetime show on BBC Two, MOTDx, which features a rotational panel of talent discussing topical football and social events.
From being the youngest ever pundit on Match of The Day, Jermaine’s career has blossomed and he has covered some of the biggest games in football, including the 2016 European Championship and 2018 World Cup with the BBC. An astute co-commentator, he also had the unprecedented accolade of commentating on both the 2019 FA Cup Final for the BBC and the 2019 Champions League final for BT Sport. Jermaine also works for international broadcasters such as CBS and also Amazon Prime.
Jermaine’s skill in front of a camera is not limited to discussing football. His documentary in 2017 with BBC Three proved he can tackle one of the country’s most pressing issues amongst young people. The documentary, Teenage Knife Wars, saw him return to his hometown Nottingham to investigate the spike in knife crime devastating young lives and families. He also received critical acclaim for his open and honest contribution to the BBC’s A Royal Team Talk 2019, as part of a panel discussing mental health in football with the Duke of Cambridge, Thierry Henry, Danny Rose and Peter Crouch. In late 2019 Jermaine also released a documentary on veganism in football, which aired on both BBC iPlayer and BBC One.
In 2020 and 2021 Jermaine broadened his broadcast portfolio, officially joining The One Show team, co-hosting Monday-Wednesday alongside Alex Jones interviewing high profile celebrity names, such as, Dolly Parton, Annie Lennox and David Dimbleby. Jermaine also made apperances on shows such as Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel on ITV and BBC One’s primetime House of Games Night alongside Jennifer Saunders, Jason Manford & Roisin Conaty. He also won a different kind of trophy on Miranda Hart’s Games With Showbiz Names on BBC One where he competed with his wife Ellie alongside other celebrity couples for a virtual night of competitive Christmas chaos.
His natural talent and versatility have led to him undertaking various ambassadorial roles, Jermaine has worked with L’Oreal, Coca-Cola, Tag Heuer, Jacamo, Beko and Mitre on successful campaigns. In 2020 Jermaine partnered with eBay & Kia on their ‘Bring the Noise’ campaign.
He also co-founded the Aquinas Education and Aquinas Foundation. Aquinas is the UK’s fastest growing recruitment agency, specialising in security cleared and teaching jobs working with schools and playgroups. The Aquinas Foundation has a variety of programmes for schools to help tackle areas of concern such as truancy, punctuality and youth crime. Education is a huge passion and priority for Jermaine.
In-between his busy schedule, Jermaine is a father to three daughters, enjoys healthy eating, cooking, fitness and golf.