When you think of scientists, you rarely think of them in a band on stage with hair flapping around wildly and throwing looks at adoring fans, but rather standing by a test tube and a Bunsen burner.
But the universe is full of surprises and so are some of your favourite television presenters.
Although many may know him as the BBC’s science programme presenter , others might know him as the heartthrob keyboard player for the band D:Ream in the 1990s.
53-year-old Brian Cox has been wowing viewers with his scientific knowledge by day and his musical prowess by night.
Away from the spotlight, the TV favourite enjoys time with his fellow presenter wife, Gia Milinovich.
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Before entering the world of stage lights and TV prompters, Brian was a young boy with a love for science.
After reading Carl Sagan’s book called Cosmos, he found his way into the world of physics.
However, his passion for music began to supersede his interest in astronomy and astrophysics and he landed a place in a band called Dare.
Brian took his hand at playing the keyboard for the group with his indie looks and moody rockstar swag and stuck with the band for two years from 1988 to 1991.
When Dare disbanded, Brian went back to his first love and went on to study physics at the University of Manchester to study physics.
But it wasn’t long before he was back at his keyboard, providing the instrumental for a new band called D:Ream.
D:Ream had the huge No 1. hit ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ in 1994 and it went on to become a Labour Party election anthem.
But despite the burgeoning success, the gravity of his thirst to learn about physics kept pulling him back.
Eventually, the keyboard player hung up his blacks and whites and decided to complete a PhD in particle physics.
The physicist’s studies led him down the route of writing books such as Why does E=mc2?
Eventually his expertise opened the door for broadcasting and he was once again in the spotlight.
Brian has since presented numerous BBC centred around his scientific knowledge of the solar system and time.
Programs such as Stargazing Live on BBC Two and Wonders of Life.
But the scientist has also delved into fiction and played himself on an episode of Doctor Who in 2012.
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The star then went on to host a show called The Science of Doctor Who where he took viewers through an explanation of space and time.
In 2010 he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to science and Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2020 Birthday Honours for services to the promotion of science.
Now, Brian will present another riveting scientific series on BBC Two, Universe in which he “journeys across the vastness of time and space revealing epic moments of sheer drama that changed the universe forever”.
But when he isn’t taking on deep subjects about the planet, the 53-year-old spends time with his wife and their son George Eagle Cox.
So although the star is no longer swaying his head to the sound of screaming fans, he’s still managed to stay in the spotlight and fulfil his dream.
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