Best known as a co-founder of Monty Python, Jones got together with the other Pythons in 1969 and wrote and performed Monty Python's Flying Circus until 1974. Jones co-directed the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Terry Gilliam in 1975 and directed Monty Python's Life of Brian in 1979 and Monty Python's Meaning of Life in 1981, which won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. He directed Personal Services (1987), and in 1989 he wrote and directed Erik The Viking, the revised director's cut of which will be released this summer. He wrote, directed and played Toad in The Wind In The Willows (1995) which won the Chicago Children's Film Festival and the Wisconsin Children's Film Festival. He also wrote the screenplay for Jim Henson's Labyrinth .
He has presented numerous TV documentaries: The Crusades (BBC, 1993), Ancient Inventions (Discovery, 1997), Hidden Histories (Discovery, 2002), and Medieval Lives (BBC, 2004), The Story Of One (BBC 1, 2004), and most recently Barbarians! (BBC 2005). His first children's book Fairy Tales, written in 1981, has been translated into six foreign editions and adapted for television and radio. The Saga of Erik the Viking won the 1984 Children's Book Award. Nicobobinus was awarded a Silver Seal by the Parents' Choice editors; Fantastic Stories won the Smarties Prize 1992; His new series of books, The Knight and the Squire and The Lady and the Squire, was short-listed for the 2002 Whitbread Prize. He is just finishing the third in the series: The Tyrant & The Squire .
Jones wrote Chaucer's Knight in 1981 and frequently lectures on the late fourteenth century in universities in Britain, Europe and the United States. His most recent book Who Murdered Chaucer? was published in 2003 and in paperback in 2004.
A well-known pacifist, Jones has written numerous anti-war editorials for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, and the Observer. Terry Jones's War On The War On Terror was published in January 2005 by Nation Books in New York.
Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, and read English Literature at Oxford University in England.