Jools Holland

Inside Biography


Jools Holland is an English pianist, singer, composer as well as television presenter. He is most recognized for his work Later...With Jools Holland, The Tube and Juke Box Jury.

Holland is also BBC personality and founder/keyboardist of British pop band Squeeze.

Early life and education

Jools Holland was born as Julian Miles on 24 January 1958 in Blackheath, London, England. He belongs to white ethnicity and holds a British nationality. He grew up with his younger brother Christopher Holland.

Holland went to Shooters Hill Grammar School in Shooter’s Hill. Later, he attended Royal Borough of Greenwich but was expelled for damaging a teacher’s Triumph Herald. He learned to play piano at an early age of eight.


Jools Holland began his career when he was only 15. He used to play in clubs and pubs in South London. In 1974, he became the professional keyboardist of the band he formed with Glenn Tilbrook entitled Squeeze.

The band released their first EP Packet of Three in 1977. Likewise, the band acquired millions of record sales within no time.

Later In 1978, Holland released his solo debut EP Boogie Woogie ’78. He then went on to release an array of singles. 

Moreover, Holland joined the television line co-presenting the Newcastle-based TV music show The Tube alongside Paula Yates. He was suspended from the show for six weeks for using the inadvertent phrase 'Be There or be an ungrooved f** Ker' in an evening TV trailer. 

Holland then featured in the sitcom The Groovy Fellers with Rowland Rivron. Afterward, he co-hosted NBC late-night television Sunday Night with David Sanborn.

Furthermore, Holland presented a program on BBC2 in 2012. In 2017, he played at the Glastonbury Festival on the Pyramid stage along with his Orchestra featuring Chris Difford's special appearance.  

Holland is a hard worker and has achieved a lot throughout his career. As a television presenter and musician, he was honored with an OBE in 2003 in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list.

Holland was also appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Kent and an honorary fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University at the ceremony held in 2009.

Personal life

Holland is married to his longtime girlfriend Christabel McEwen, daughter of artist Rory McEwen. Before getting married, the duo dated for 15 long years prior to their marriage in 2005.

Their wedding ceremony was attended by the several celebrities, Robbie Coltrane, Dawn French, Ringo Star, Stephen Fry, Jennifer Saunders, Andri Edmonson and Barbara Bach.

The husband and wife are parents of a child, named Mabel. He has two children from his ex-wife Mary.

Net worth

Being involved in the multi field of career, Jools earns a lucrative amount. He has acc u mulated an estimated net worth of $5 million.

Holland owns a studio entitled Helicon Mountain in southeast London, Westcombe Park area of Blackheath. His house in Kent was built in the medieval ruins of Cooling Castle.

by Bchrome, 18 Aug, 2017

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