Coming from a family of renowned prolific writers, Louis Theroux has done justice to his family name by keeping his legacy alive while writing exceptional plays that have gained international recognition. Among his highly regarded works are Louis Theroux’s documentary series Weird Weekends, When Louis Met… and the BBC Two specials. More so, Louis has picked up awards from prestigious associations like the British Academy of Films and Television Arts and the Royal Television Society Television Award.
Biography of Louis Theroux
Louis birth details show that he was born in Singapore on May 20, 1970 but he was brought up in London. He had his early education at Westminster School, where he befriended Adam Buxton, Joe Cornish and Nick Clegg. Upon finishing high school, Louis Theroux went to Magdalen College in Oxford to study modern history in 1991 with first class honors.
While at Oxford he is said to have starred in a number of plays Bugsy Malone as the character Looney Bergonzi, Ritual for the Puppets where he played the role of an army officer, and in the play The Falls Splendor where he portrays a troubadour.
Early career and documentaries
With his excellent grades from college, Louis was offered a job at Metro Silicon Valley to fill in as a reporter, which he accepted and later wrote some articles for Spy Magazine. On top of that he reported for the TV series Nation and when the curtains were drawn on it he moved on to the BBC where he pioneered Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends which ran from 1998 to 2000. He then came with When Louis Met… a documentary series that requires him to interview popular people in England in each segment.
Additionally, Louis developed his famous BBC Two Specials program in 2003 which featured documentaries like Louis, Martin & Michael, Louis and the Gambling Nazis in Las Vegas, Transgender Kids as well as Savile. The documentary filmmaker is also credited for the series The Most Hated Family in America which aired from 2007 to 2017.
More works by Louis Theroux include his 2014 play titled LA Stories which had featured segments like LA Stories: City of Dogs, LA Stories: Edge of Life and finally, LA Stories: Among the Sex Offenders. Louis is also the mastermind behind the controversial documentary titled My Scientology Movie which was based on revelations made by former participants of the group, Church of Scientology. Recently in 2017 he started a documentary with the title Dark States.
When it comes to his net worth, Louis has done pretty well for himself as he is known to have a whopping $4 million to his name. Well, it is definitely worth it as his documentaries show that he spends a lot of resources as well as quality time to work on a piece. His awards are also proof that he did his best as a documentary filmmaker.
Family life – wife, children
Louis Theroux is the son of writer PaulTheroux and his mother is Anne Castle. He is known to have an older brother named Marcel Theroux who is also a prolific writer and television personality. Going further down his family line, actor Justin Theroux is his cousin and his two uncles, Alexandra Theroux and Peter Theroux are also renowned writers. No wonder it wasn’t difficult for Louis to thrive in what he does in his documentary series because he had definitely inherited his writing skills from his family.
The British-American documentary filmmaker was first married to Susanna Kleeman in 1998 and they divorced about 3 years later in 2001. It is common knowledge that Louis’ marriage to Susanna was not born out of love as he revealed that he had to marry her to enable her to obtain work permits.
About 11 years later in 2012, Louis Theroux got married to his mistress, Nancy Strang who is also a television personality and they have three children together named Frederick, Albert and Walter Theroux.
Is Louis Theroux Jewish?
It won’t be wrong to describe Louis as a man of his own life as a documentary filmmaker who made it known in one of his documentaries The Ultra Zionist that as an atheist he does not exercise any religious activity. On that note, Louis Theroux is not Jewish and is not a loyal member of any religious movement.