Gethin was born in Cardiff, educated at GlantafComprehensiveSchool and went on to obtain a degree in Economics and Geography at University in Manchester.
Gethin has passed his grade 8 violin and grade 7 piano. He was also leader of three County orchestras, has played with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and played a duet live with Nicola Benedetti.
Having captained the University 1st XV to the final of the BUSA Championships (British Universities Sports Association) for the first time in their history, Gethin also represented Lancashire and had trials with Sale RFC.
Gethin presented five series of Popty on Welsh Channel S4C from 2000-2003. He then went on to present the channels flagship youth magazine show called Uned 5 for 2 ½ years from 2002. He also presented Y Briodas Fawr (the big wedding) and Jones Jones Jones at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre (in both English and Welsh), where the world record was broken for the biggest gathering of people with the same surname! He’s also presented numerous live OBs for S4C and the BBC.
Whilst on Uned 5, he obtained a Private Pilot’s Licence as part of a filming challenge lasting over eight months. Gethin presented Blue Peter for 3 ½ years before leaving CBBC’s flagship show in June 2008. His time on Blue Peter saw him take on the most extreme, wonderful, scary and strangest challenges of his life. He flew with the Red Arrows and in a WW2 Spitfire. He’s been attacked by an alligator in Louisiana, ridden the highest, fastest, tallest rollercoasters in the world (he hates them!), was the first person to light a candle at Elvis’ vigil to celebrate the 29th Anniversary of his death and performed the Canterville Ghost with the English National Ballet in front of 2000 people. Gethin skated the infamous Cresta Run in St Moritz and fought as a Samurai Warrior in Japan, but his biggest moment was when he became the first civilian (and Blue Peter presenter) to finish the Royal Marine Commando 30 mile Yomp – he finished in a time of 8hrs 20mins… in about 7 pieces!
In 2007 Gethin was a semi-finalist in BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. His projects the following year included presenting a Police Camera Action special for ITV1, Gethin Jones’ Danger Hunters for Virgin1 – where he chased deadly weather around the world, E24 – a weekly News Entertainment/Showbiz round-up for BBC News, and The Gethin Jones Show on Saturday and Sunday mornings on Radio 5 Live. He also narrated and presented BBC’s Young Musician of the Year, live at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre.
In January and February 2009, Gethin took to the dance floor one again, touring Nationwide with the Strictly Come Dancing arena tour. He then went on to host new game show Sell Me The Answer for Sky1 – a 50 show run that started to transmit in November. Gethin also presented his own Saturday morning show for 13 weeks over the Summer on Radio 5 Live, and in August he co-presented a week of The One Show for BBC One, as well as shows for the National Lottery throughout the year.
Christmas 2009 saw Gethin star in his first pantomime, playing Prince Charming in Cinderella in Guildford. After this run ended in January 2010, he hosted the Golden Globes red carpet coverage for Sky1.
2010 was a busy year for Gethin – he joined the Rest Of The World team and took part in Soccer Aid for ITV1, hosted the new ITV1 series of Police Camera Action at the end of July and returned to Radio 5 Live with his own Saturday show, running for seven weeks. Gethin hosted ITV1’s 71 Degrees North which transmitted from September, and returned to Wales for a week long run as Narrator Rocky Horror Show musical.
2011 saw Gethin hosting two new shows for ITV1 – Holding Out For a Hero and Adventurers Guide to Britain. In November, he hosted a series of programmes on BBC One daytime for Remembrance Week, and launched the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal for 2011.
During the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Gethin hosted his own live radio show for Real Radio Wales. He is also the face of Holland & Barrett, the UK’s leading retailer of vitamins and mineral supplements.
Summer 2012 saw Gethin feature in primetime ITV1 series Britain’s Secret Treasures, while he also continues his relationship with Sky’s multimedia cycling initiative Skyride, which aims to encourage the nation to get on their bikes and enjoy the benefits of biking.
Gethin can be seen as a regular face on ITV1’s flagship breakfast programme Daybreak as Features Reporter for the show, and will be travelling to Nepal in early 2013 to front BBC ONE’s monthly charity appeal strand ‘Lifeline’ for Renewable World, a small charity tackling poverty and environmental issues worldwide through renewable energy for small communities.