Louis Theroux

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Louis Sebastian Theroux (born May 20 1970) is an American television presenter who first came to public notice as a reporter on Michael Moore's TV Nation and is best known for his series Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends and When Louis Met.... In the latter, he accompanied a different celebrity in each programme as they went about their day-to-day business, interviewing them about their lives and experiences as he did so. He is noted for his ability to get people to admit to revealing things about themselves by asking questions in a seemingly na´ve and innocent way (see Socratic irony). This mock-na´ve style is often credited to Nick Broomfield.

He was born in Singapore[1] (http://internettrash.com/users/louis_theroux/overview.html), and was educated at Westminster School (where he was a friend and contemporary of the comedians Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish) and Magdalen College at the University of Oxford where he gained a first class degree in modern history. Also while at Oxford, he developed his skills at table football, building upon his previous experience of the game gained during a gap year in Zimbabwe.

He is the younger son of the American travel writer and novelist, Paul Theroux. His elder brother, Marcel Theroux, is also a writer and television presenter. He retains US citizenship, although his upbringing in Britain, and his British accent often leads people to think he is British.

In the 1990s he worked for Spy magazine and Michael Moore's TV Nation series. His first journalism job was at Metro Silicon Valley, an alternative weekly in San Jose, California.

On April 21, 2002, he won the "Richard Dimbleby Award for the Best Presenter (Factual, Features and News)" at the BAFTAs, for his series When Louis Met...[2] (http://www.bafta.org/television/announce.htm).

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