He became known to most of the general public in the UK by way of comedy news show Have I Got News For You. His career at that time had been journalist based.
For many he remains a slightly comical figure who has had his fair share of controversy but is there more to Boris than meets the eye?. Personally I think there could be.
Watching him on October 4, 2011, on BBC2's Newsnight he certainly seems to be a capable politician. Unlike many others he was not rattled by Jeremy Paxman's interview questions. However it did seem as if Paxman had a soft spot for Boris, and perhaps the Tories, and was less rigorous in his questioning.
Boris managed to show his human, humorous and charming sde whilst making valid points on the economy and Tory policy. As Paxman attempted to pin Boris down Boris managed to side step questions regarding his political future. It would be unlikely that he was ever offered a leading role in a Tory government but don't rule that out.
Many see Boris as a figure of fun who has an edge and wild hair. Perhaps many more are starting to see him as a thoughtful politician. Much will depend of his record as Mayor of London. Time will tell but matbe an elder statesman will morph from the young Boris Johnson sooner or later.