Louis Sebastian Theroux (/θəˈruː/ LOO-ee thə-ROO; born 20 May 1970) is a British documentary filmmaker and broadcaster. He is best known for his documentary series, including Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends, When Louis Met…, and his BBC Two specials. His career started in journalism and bears influences of notable writers in his family, such as his father Paul Theroux and brother Marcel. He works with the BBC producing his documentaries and television series.
Theroux was educated for a couple of years at Allfarthing Primary School before moving on to Westminster School. While there he became friends with comedians Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish, and the Liberal Democrat politician Nick Clegg (with whom he travelled to America).
After Westminster, Theroux read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford from 1988 to 1991, attaining first-class honours.