From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
Louis Theroux is a broadcaster best known best known for filming the documentary series Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends. Theroux was educated at Westminster School and Magdalen College, Oxford, then went into journalism, writing for Metro Silicon Valley in San Jose, California, and then for Spy. He then worked for Michael Moore on the TV Nation series, producing segments on the weird and off-beat parts of American culture.
He was then hired by the BBC to produce Weird Weekends, where he films American subcultural movements, often those of a fringe or bizarre nature: professional wrestlers, Black nationalists, California body builders, porn stars and right-wing survivalists in Idaho. He has also done a series of interviews with British celebrities and public figures: eccentric DJ Jimmy Saville, "Cash for Questions" MP Neil Hamilton and his wife Christine, publicist Max Clifford, Chris Eubank and Ann Widdecombe. Theroux has also interviewed Joseph Jackson, Michael Jackson's father, spent time with Lamb and Lynx Gaede, toured San Quentin Prison and filmed the Westboro Baptist Church (Topeka, Kansas).
Theroux has won the "Richard Dimbleby Award for the Best Presenter (Factual, Features and News)" at British Academy Television Awards twice, in 2001 and 2002.