Inside Jools Holland’s life from cancer battle to wife’s famous father unveiled

Julian Miles Holland, more famously known as Jools Holland, has kept viewers entertained not only with his music but also his popular New Year’s Eve annual Hootenanny show as well as his jovial personality.

Jools rose to fame after starting his work as a session musician and he was a founding member of the British pop band Squeeze. With his musical background, the BBC star has given a platform to an array of talent from Adele, David Bowie and Missy Elliot just to name a few.

But his personal life hasn’t always been as harmonious as his music.

The television presenter and musician was born in Blackheath, south-east London, in 1958, and he’s been an ever-present fixture on British TV since the 1980s.

He co-hosted Channel 4’s legendary music show The Tube – a showcase for up-and-coming as well as world-famous acts – alongside Paula Yates from 1982 to 1987.

In 1987, Holland formed the Jools Holland Big Band, which gradually expanded to become the 18-piece Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra of today.

Away from music, most recently Jools now 66 shared some personal health news, speaking out about his 2014 prostate cancer battle for the first time in March 2022.

The broadcaster spoke candidly about his diagnosis that same year.

Jools was unexpectedly diagnosed following a routine blood test and the results came as a shock as he had no symptoms.

He told PA: “Thankfully I was successfully treated, but if more people were aware of their risk and caught the disease early, then more lives would be saved.”

He has since made a full recovery following his diagnosis.

Jools married his long-term girlfriend Christabel McEwen in 2005. She is the daughter of artist and musician Rory McEwen.

He is the proud father of four children including Mabel, Rosie and George. And his stepson, Frederick Lambton, Viscount Lamton.

The broadcaster previously shared that all of his children are musically gifted.

He told the Guardian: “All my children are musical. My daughter Rosie does backing vocals for my band and my other two children, Mabel and George, like playing music, although not professionally.”

Jools has since teamed up with Sir Rod Stewart for their joint album Swing Fever.


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