Who is Richard Jones? Britain’s Got Talent 2016 winner and soldier


He was the first magic act to win Britain’s Got Talent in the show’s history when he crowned the victor in 2016.

Then the army man starred in his own TV show which saw him entertaining his fellow troops and forces’ sweetheart singer Katherine Jenkins. But who exactly is Richard Jones? Here’s the lowdown on the magician who won over the nation…

Richard Jones
Richard Jones is a British magician, mentalist and mind reader who won Britain’s Got Talent in 2016
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Who is Richard Jones?

Richard Jones is a British magician, mentalist and mind reader who was born in Leytonstone, London and grew up in Chigwell, Essex.

He joined the British Army in 2010 and studied for a year at the Royal Military School of Music.

Richard spent three years with the band of Parachute Regiment before being posted to the band of the Household Cavalry as a mounted dutyman.

In June 2016, Richard performed as a bandsman in the Trooping the Colour for the 90th birthday celebrations of Elizabeth II.

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The army man is set to star in his own TV show which sees him entertaining his fellow troops

How did Richard Jones win Britain’s Got Talent?

Lance Corporal Jones beat off singer Wayne Woodward to win BGT in 2016 following over two and half million votes from the public.

Richard left Alesha Dixon and viewers at home in tears as he told the story of a 97-year-old war veteran with a card trick.

Mixing both his passions – the army and magic – he described Fergus Anckorn’s life, revealing he was a survivor of the Thai-Burma Death Railway and also a magician.

When the trick reached its culmination, the curtain on stage lifted to reveal the 97-year-old war hero and Richard’s army band.

Richard won £250,000 and the chance to perform at the Royal Variety performance where he got Prince Charles to become his assistant for his trick.

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Lance corporal Jones wowed the nation on the BGT finale in 2016

Richard went on to star in his own hour-long prime-time ITV show in April called Operation Magic.

During the show he entertained his fellow troops and singer Katherine Jenkins.

Viewers followed him during his busy schedule of magic shows which he combines with his duties in the Household Cavalry band.



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