Louis Theroux's documentaries follow his attempts to get to know the people at the heart of some of the world's - and especially America's - most controversial and fascinating lifestyles.
In a career spanning nearly two decades he has interrogated the engrained criminals at San Quentin prison; lived with the extreme believers of the Westboro Baptist Church; gambled with the high-rollers at a Las Vegas mega-casino, and stalked game with trophy hunters on South Africa's wild animal farms.
Louis started out as a correspondent on Michael Moore's TV Nation before being signed up by the BBC to make his own series, Weird Weekends, about unusual American subcultures. In 2000 he began a series of specials about intriguing British public figures, including one featuring disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile and another which saw him live with the disgraced Tory minister Neil Hamilton and his wife Christine as they were falsely accused of rape and subjected to a media siege.
Since then, he has immersed himself in numerous documentaries, spending more than a month in Miami for a two-part series about the inmates at one of America's most violent jails, revisiting his 1997 documentary about the world of male performers in Twilight of the Porn Stars and visiting one of the best schools in America for autism in Extreme Love: Autism.
Louis' feature-length documentary "My Scientology Movie" was released in the UK in Autumn 2016 and was the highest-grossing theatrical release documentary that year.
Louis is currently filming his next documentaries for the BBC both here and in the US.
Louis’s programmes have won numerous accolades including two Baftas and an RTS award and are shown all over the world. He also writes for print publications.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
His 2005 travel book about some of his adventures, THE CALL OF THE WEIRD was re-published by Pan Books in 2018 with some additional material.
Pan Macmillan are set to publish two new books by Louis Theroux, the first of which, described by Louis as a “forensic and thoughtful appraisal of my life and career”, will be published in 2019.
Robert Caskie manages Louis Theroux's literary career in association with Anita Land Ltd.