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John Leslie
Born 22 February 1965 (1965-02-22) (age 44)
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Television presenter, property developer
Known for Blue Peter, Wheel of Fortune (UK game show) and This Morning

John Leslie (born John Leslie Stott on 22 February 1965, Edinburgh) is a Scottish former television presenter. He has presented BBC One's Blue Peter and ITV's This Morning and the ITV gameshow Wheel of Fortune. He was also the roving reporter for the first series of the UK version of Survivor. His current profession is that of a property developer in his native Edinburgh[1]


Personal life

John Leslie Stott is the brother of Grant Stott. He attended James Gillespie's High School. He spent his early years in the church choir and studied music on leaving school and worked as a DJ in Copenhagen. His first television work was on Yorkshire Television when he hosted Music Box's all-night music show, Formula One, in 1989. Prior to his television career he worked as a DJ in Edinburgh Nightclubs, Cinderella Rockafellas and The Amphitheatre as well as nightclubs in Newcastle.

In the move to television, Leslie dropped his last name of "Stott" while working at the Edinburgh nightclub The Amphitheatre, after being told by nightclub DJ Ray Hollis that many people might have a problem pronouncing it. He became simply John Leslie.

Blue Peter

On 20 April 1989 Leslie became Blue Peter's first Scottish presenter, and also the tallest at 6'4".[2] He was the second Blue Peter presenter to take part in the London Marathon, following Peter Duncan. Despite training with athlete Steve Cram, he found the run strenuous. He finished in four hours, thirty-six minutes.

On his last show he was set John's Final Challenge which involved abseiling down BBC Television Centre, completing a velcro and wheelbarrow obstacle course, then trampolining and conducting an orchestra in the studio.

Leslie presented Blue Peter with Caron Keating, Yvette Fielding, Diane-Louise Jordan, Anthea Turner and Tim Vincent.

Rape allegations

In October 2002 Ulrika Jonsson wrote in her autobiography that a television presenter had raped her at the beginning of her career when she was his junior. Amid media speculation, Matthew Wright disclosed - supposedly by accident - on his television show The Wright Stuff, that Leslie was the alleged person. Jonsson refused to tell the public or the police whether the correct person had been named. Shortly afterwards, several other women made accusations relating to indecent assault by Leslie, who was arrested and charged with assaulting a woman twice between 25 May and 28 May 1997. He was never charged with offences against Jonsson.

The police dropped the charge against Leslie on 31 July 2003 after the complainant brought additional information to the attention of the prosecution service. The information, which was alluded to at the time in the Daily Express, is believed to have been a letter the complainant wrote to a friend in 1997 detailing the Leslie assault as well as a bad sexual experience she had had at an earlier time. The case was withdrawn because the complainant had not disclosed the earlier experience when she reported the alleged assault by John Leslie. On the court steps after his clearing, Leslie said that he had "been to hell and back" and that he had "maintained [his] innocence throughout". Leslie's career never recovered, although he and Wright did make light of the situation by appearing together in the video for Bo' Selecta's Christmas 2003 single "Proper Crimbo".

On 23 June 2008 British media reported that Leslie had again been arrested in relation to an alleged rape that happened in November 1995.[3] However, again no charges were brought.[4]

In January 2006 Leslie was interviewed for the BBC series My Childhood in which he analysed his childhood memories with psychiatrist Linda Treliving. In the programme Leslie admitted that he "had never learnt how to treat women with respect" and "never learnt how to chat up women", admitting that he abused women and drugs, but claiming he did so as a result of childhood trauma. Shortly afterwards in an interview with The Independent he repeated this version of events, admitting "my behaviour was at times inappropriate".[5][6]


Leslie is also known for his affinity for football. He played in goal for the Scottish team in the Celebrity World Cup Soccer Six tournament which took place on 14 May 2006 at St. Andrew's, the home of Birmingham City.

He is a supporter of Hibernian.[7]



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Preceded by
Mark Curry
Blue Peter Presenter No. 18
Succeeded by
Tim Vincent
Preceded by
Bradley Walsh
Host of Wheel of Fortune
Succeeded by
Paul Hendy
Preceded by
Coleen Nolan and Twiggy
Host of This Morning
with Fern Britton
Succeeded by
Phillip Schofield

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