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Jonathan Durden

Jonathan Durden

Job

Partner/writer.

Company

Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy

Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7073 6900

Address

15 Rathbone Street, London, W1T 1NB

Born

21st October 1957

Career highlights

Anglia TV, FGA, John Ayling & Associates, WCRS, co-founding PHD, MCBD and publishing my first novel.

Most cringeworthy moment of your career

The aftermath of being on Big Brother and returning to my first industry black-tie event. (My minders were Jeremy Miles, Helen Calcraft and Michael Baulk, so it was fine.)

Best thing about your job

I don't have one that restricts me, only inspires me.

Worst thing about your job

I have to set my own deadlines and boundaries.

Advice for a wannabe A Lister

Nobody cares except you.

If you could be anyone else in this business, who would it be?

I would be me, as I have the best life in the world.

What would you do on a sabbatical?

My life is a sabbatical, occasionally interrupted by work. Last time I had a real one I wrote my book, so I'd do that, I suppose. (I am doing that and a screenplay now.)

Your USP?

No fear, no excuses, no sat nav.

What would you change about yourself?

Disarming the temptation to ever press any sabotage button.

Favourite media

Television, cinema.

Favourite shop

Waitrose.

What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?

I can't answer this without getting emotional, so I won't.

How many toilets do you own?

18, across various houses.

What can’t you live without (apart from family)?

A sense of humour.

Lowdown

Durden made a name for himself in the Big Brother house last year, but he has turned over a new leaf. Dividing his time between England and Portugal, he is working on the screenplay for his novel, Essex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll, writing a new book, Tragic Roundabout, and expecting a baby. Remains one of the best and most likeable thinkers around.


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