Considered one of the most powerful entertainment personalities in Britain, Jonathan Ross worked as a talk show host, TV presenter, game show host, film critic, movie actor, and radio broadcaster, among various other disciplines. His career began in the late '80s when he hosted a wide-ranging American-style talk show called "Last Resort with Jonathan Ross" (Channel 4 1987-88). The success of the show catapulted Ross into the national spotlight, and by the mid-'90s his career had expanded to include award show hosting duties for ITV's "British Comedy Awards" as well as multiple appearances on numerous British television programs. By the early 2000s, Ross's mainstream appeal earned him his very own talk show on the BBC, "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" (2001-2010), where his provocative style and off-beat manner always seemed to draw the ire of the British news media. By late 2013, Ross had added product spokesperson to his growing list of titles, after being hired by Microsoft to promote its Xbox gaming system, thus further establishing the multi-faceted entertainer as one of Britain's most influential names in Britain.