James May - Biography

Last Modified: Jun 6, 2020

James May
Nick Name: Captain Slow
Profession: Television presenter, Author
Best Known For: Top Gear, Grand Tour
Salary: $10 million
Net Worth: $25 million

Personal Details

Born on : January 16, 1963 (age 59)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
James Daniel May
Birth Place: Bristol, England
Horoscope: Capricorn
Father's Name: James May Sr.
Mother's Name: Kathleen May
Siblings: 3

Sarah May (sister)
Jane May (sister)
a brother

High School: Caerleon Endowed Junior School, Oakwood Comprehensive School
University: Pendle College, Lancaster University
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Nationality: British


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: In Relationship
Girlfriend Name: Sarah Frater

Body Measurements

Height: 1.83 meter (6 feet 0 inch)
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: Light Brown, Grey
Eye Color: Blue
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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James May: Age, Family, School

James May was born on 16 January 1963 in Bristol, England. His birth name/full name is James Daniel May. He is one of the four children of her mother Kathleen May and father James May Sr. His sister’s names are Sarah May and Jane May while his brother’s name is still under wraps.

According to James May, he did not grow up in one part of England but moved all over. James May had shared, “I moved all over Britain. Home life was very happy. We all had food and shoes,” 

Source: motoringbox  (James May as a child)

Since he was a young boy he loved music, vehicles, and machinery.

James May attended Caerleon Endowed Junior School, Oakwood Comprehensive School and later joined Pendle College, Lancaster University where he studied Bachelor of Music, specializing in harpsichord and piano.

Source: motoringbox  (young James May)

And at the age of 18, he got his first car which was an Mk1 Vauxhall Cavalier. He said that he got it because his father used to run a factory and had many for their sales.

May recalls:

“This was in the days when companies used to buy cars for staff, rather than doing all these leasing things that they do now. When they got to about 98,000 miles they sold them off, and they had become pretty worthless by then so he simply bought one of them and gave it to me. 

Technically it was my dad’s car, I did drive it on his insurance. I ran it until it got a bit daggy, so I sold it.. and then he got my another one!”

James May: Girlfriend, Wife, Children

James May is not a married man but is in a relationship. He lives in Hammersmith in west London with his longtime girlfriend Sarah Frater. Frater is a dance critic and they have been together since 2000.

Source: dailymail.co.uk (James May with partner Sarah Frater)

The couple has not had any children as of yet.

David Muir - Journalist, Anchor at World News Tonight with David Muir

James May: Career

James May started his career as a young Journalist and wrote for Autocar magazine in the early 1980s. By 1992, he was already in the post of sub-editor. But at the end of 1992, he was fired

He had been putting a hidden message in featured article reading "SO YOU THINK IT'S REALLY GOOD, YEAH? YOU SHOULD TRY MAKING THE BLOODY THING UP. IT'S A REAL PAIN IN THE ARSE"

Source: motoring box (James May's secret message in Autocar magazine)

After he was fired from Autocar, he became a writer for publications such as Car Magazine, Top Gear magazine, The Daily Telegraph.

James May has also presenter many shows over the years such as Inside Killer Sharks,  James May's 20th Century, James May's Big Ideas, James May's Man Lab, To Space & Back (2013), James May at the Edge of Space, James May on the Moon, Oz and James's Big Wine Adventure, Oz and James Drink to Britain.

Source: Paul Tan (James May with co-presenters Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond)

James May then became a co-presenter for the Top Gear in 1999. Later in 2003, he again became a co-presenter for the show along with Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson. On March 25, 2015, BBC did not renew Clarkson’s contract with Top Gear.

He is currently a co-presenter of Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour along with Clarkson and Hammond.

In October 2006, he obtained a light aircraft pilot's license after training at White Waltham Airfield. 

Jenna Bush Hager - TV host, host of Today Show 

James May: Fancy cars

May has owned many luxury cars over the years.

His cars includes: 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S facelift,  Jaguar XJS, 1992 Range Rover Classic Vogue,  2005 Saab 9-5 Aero, Bentley T2, Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1, 1984 Porsche 911, 2005 Porsche Boxster S,  Rolls-Royce Phantom,  Fiat Panda, Datsun 120YTriumph 2000,Ferrari F430, Rover P6, Alfa Romeo 164, Ferrari 458 Italia, 1971 Rolls-Royce Corniche.

Source: Instagram (James May)

Currently, he drives a BMW i3 and a 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale. In November 2019, he bought yet another car and the announcement reached #1 trending on Twitter.

James May: Net Worth, Salary

The net worth and annual salary of May is estimated at $25 million and $10 million respectively.

James May: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media handles such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, James May is followed by millions of followers.

Jill Wagner - Actress, Model, TV host 

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