My career begin in BBC local radio aged 16 whilst still at sixth form college, before becoming a presenter and producer at BBC GLR in London alongside Chris Evans, Danny Baker, Chris Morris, Johnnie Walker, Tommy Vance and other luminaries. The legendary Radio Luxembourg alongside a very young Chris Moyles was next. Following Luxy's demise I returned to London to be part of the opening DJ line-up at Virgin Radio. I then moved on to BBC Radio 1 as a DJ and host of film show "Clingfilm". At the same time I took over from Mariella Frostrup as host of The Little Picture Show on ITV.
I’ve presented live in front of thousands at Radio 1 road shows, hosted Top Of The Pops with Robbie Williams, travelled the world as a reporter for The Travel Channel, presented live entertainment show Dial Midnight for ITV, Royal Movie Premieres from London's Leicester Square and a TV series about inventions with HRH Prince Edward. I've interviewed Al Pacino, Tom Hanks, J-Lo, and many more Hollywood stars.
In 1997 I co-hosted Talk Radio's breakfast shows with Nick Ferrari the week of the death of Princess Diana. For many years thereafter I hosted my own speech radio shows on both LBC and Talk Radio, interviewing authors, politicians and all manner of public and private citizens with stories to tell.
I also enjoyed a stint as a stand up comic and co-wrote and performed the show Asteroid Haemorrhoid for The Edinburgh Festival with Lizzie Roper. As well as a divine period singing Jazz standards at events, I have written, recorded and performed music, and released my album Duvet Tuesday in 2007 (available on iTunes). I've also shared my skills with a new generation of media professionals, teaching for two years at La Salle College of The Arts in Singapore.
Based in London, I continue to be a film critic for radio and TV, regularly reviewing for BBC Radio Scotland and writing psychologically informed reviews for the British Psychological Society's magazine. I have been one of the top British voiceover artists for over 25 years, and am represented by Yaketyyak. I was the voice of BBC2’s Great British Menu for nine seasons and continue to narrate many TV shows and documentaries as well as many national advertising campaigns on both TV and Radio. I have my own engineer approved recording studio which enabled a smooth transition to home recording during the pandemic. I continue to work in a hybrid capacity - and it's nice to be able to back back in commercial studios again!
In 2019 I was proud to win the British Psychology Society Award for the top first class BSc in Psychology with the Open University, scoring higher than over one thousand fellow students across all four of the OU's Psychology degrees - read my story here.
In Jan 2022 I achieved an MSc in Culture and Society with distinction at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Read my experience of being a mid-life mature student for Noon.
My MSc dissertation in inequalities in film criticism inspired me to launch my podcast Open To Criticism in March 2023 and continue the conversation out in the real world. Each week I explore how we talk about movies, who gets to do it and why it matters. My guests include film critics, journalists, social commentators and academics - click here to listen.