- Sarah Joanne Cox
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- United Kingdom
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- Beaming And Down-to-earth Bold And Sassy Full Of Sexual Charms Sassy And Characterful Northerner Who Is Buxom
Sara Cox (born 13 December 1974), born Sarah Joanne Cox, affectionately known as "Coxy", is an English TV presenter and radio DJ. Her most prestigious role was that of presenting the breakfast show on BBC Radio 1 from 2000 to 2003. Cox has started her Sunday-mid morning show on BBC Radio 1 as well as presenting Channel 4's The Album Chart Show, series 5.
Cox, a farmer's daughter, was born in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England as Sarah Joanne Cox, but later dropped the use of the letter 'H' from her first name. She attended Smithills High School until aged 16, and left Canon Slade School after her A-levels to pursue a career in modelling. Cox won her first television show role in 1996, presenting early "Girl Power" show The Girlie Show. She later had stints on Channel 5 entertainment show Exclusive and Channel 4 music programme Born Sloppy. During this period she appeared in photo spreads for UK 'lads mags' such as Loaded. In 1997 Sara presented on the UK feed of MTV, hosting MTV Hot, a late night music show. In September 1998 she became a presenter of The Big Breakfast, following in the footsteps of her friend Zoë Ball (Cox was a bridesmaid at Ball's wedding to DJ Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, in 1999). During her time on The Big Breakfast she interviewed such stars as Robbie Williams, Sting and Leonardo DiCaprio. However, unlike Paula Yates's famous "On the Bed" interviews, Cox preferred to do interviews in her dad's caravan which was situated in The Big Breakfast garden.
A transfer to radio came in 1999 where she joined BBC Radio 1. At first she co-hosted the Saturday lunchtime with Emma B from 1pm-3pm. In September 1999 she launched the hugely popular Sunday Surgery with Dr. Mark Hamilton. This was a health and welfare show where listeners called in about their problems, with Sara acting as "Nurse Coxy". The Sunday Surgery still proves popular today, and is now hosted by Aled Hayden Jones, day producer from the Chris Moyles show. In December 1999 it was announced that Cox would again step into Zoë Ball's shoes - this time as presenter of the weekday breakfast show. Ball had decided to leave the organisation to bring up a family. Cox's breakfast show stint began on 31 March 2000, three days early so she could calm her nerves. Initially her listening figures were very good, earning Radio 1 its largest breakfast audience ever - higher than that of Chris Evans and Zoe Ball. The number of listeners grew from 6.9m to 7.8m over her first fifteen months in the job. The tide turned however, and by August 2002 numbers had dipped back under 7m. In August 2000, she said live on air that the Queen Mother "smelt of wee" and was reported to have been very close to losing her job. In January 2003, she denied rumours that she was preparing to leave the BBC for a rival show, and signed a three-year contract with the public service broadcaster, tying her to the breakfast show until April 2004 and with the BBC for two years after that. In August 2003, the BBC again denied rumours, reported in the Daily Mail, that she had been given 10 weeks to increase ratings, or to face replacement. However just two months later the BBC announced that Cox, whose listening figures had slipped to 6.6m, would be replaced by Chris Moyles in January 2004. She hosted her final breakfast show on 19 December 2003. Her final track was "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes from the soundtrack to the film Dirty Dancing. Cox then presented the afternoon "drivetime" slot, effectively swapping shows with Chris Moyles. She hosted the Drivetime show for 6 months with features such as; 'For Your Ears Only', 'Me, Myself and I' and 'Chaps Eye Pub Quiz' (referring to her then sidekick Mark Chapman). She began maternity leave to give birth to a baby girl, Lola Anne, in June 2004. Before she returned to Radio 1 in early 2005, Scott Mills, the presenter who took over her slot during her maternity leave, was given the drivetime slot permanently. From February 2005 she took over the afternoon show (1pm-4pm) on Saturdays and Sundays. On 17 February 2008, she presented her last show for six months before leaving on maternity leave to have her second child, Annie Mac presenting the show during Cox's absence. She later covered for Jo Whiley who was on maternity leave between October 2008 and February 2009. She has now started her new Sunday mid-morning show.
In Summer 2006, she was a celebrity showjumper in the BBC's Sport Relief event Only Fools on Horses. In November 2006 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bolton for contributions to broadcasting. In July 2007 Cox became the presenter of The Album Chart Show on Channel 4. She hosted Series 3 and 4 and she is back for Series 5.
Cox was engaged to Prodigy dancer Leeroy Thornhill, but they split up in June 2000. She married DJ Jon Carter on 6 October 2001, but they eventually split in December 2005. She gave birth to a baby girl, Lola Anne Carter, on 13 June 2004 at St John and St Elizabeth Hospital in North London. Cox is currently dating British advertising executive Ben Cyzer. In Summer 2007 the couple and Cox's daughter Lola moved into their new house in North London. On 16 September 2007, Cox announced on her BBC Radio 1 weekend show that she was expecting her second child. Cox's last weekend show was on Sunday 17 February 2008 before she left for 6 months maternity leave. Her second child, a baby boy named Isaac, was born on 10 March 2008 weighing 7lb 12oz, at a London hospital. She returned to Radio 1 in September 2008. In November 2007, when a guest on humorous news quiz Have I Got News For You, Cox revealed that she had been born with a dislocated hip.