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Ulrika Jonsson
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Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika Jonsson (born 16 August 1967) is a Swedish television presenter whose most famous work has been on British television.

Jonsson moved to England at the age of 12. Her TV career began on TV-AM in 1989 where she worked as a weather forecaster. In 1992 she moved into mainstream presenting and played host to numerous shows including Gladiators, the Big Breakfast, The National Lottery and the Eurovision Song Contest. She is a team captain on surreal quiz show Shooting Stars, where she is known by the name Ulrikakakaka.

Jonsson's private life has frequently been in the public eye. She spent many days on tabloid front pages in 1998, after it was revealed she was the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of her then boyfriend, footballer Stan Collymore.

In 2002 Jonsson had a short-lived relationship with England national football team manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. The event caused a tabloid frenzy as Erikson had a long-term girlfriend, Nancy Dell'Olio, at the time. He later spurned Jonsson for Dell'Olio.

Later that year Jonsson wrote in her autobiography that an unnamed television presenter had sexually assaulted her earlier in her television career. Matthew Wright named John Leslie as the alleged perpetrator on his television show The Wright Show. Jonsson made no public comment on Leslie's naming and did not co-operate will police over the matter. Police investigated Leslie but never charged him with respect to the Jonsson case.

Jonsson married Lance Gerrard-Wright on 9 August 2003. They have two children, one born in 1994 to Jonsson's previous husband John Turnbull. She is currently pregnant with a third child.

References

Honest, Jonsson's autobiography, ISBN 0330411748.