Gemma Cairney

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Gemma Cairney
Born Gemma Margaret Cairney
(1985-03-19) 19 March 1985 (age 30)
Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Occupation DJ, Presenter
Years active 2008–present

Gemma Cairney (born 19 March 1985) is a radio presenter and former fashion stylist, known for presenting the early breakfast show on BBC Radio 1, Monday to Friday 4:00-6:30am

Early career and radio presenting[edit]

Prior to her career in radio, she was a stylist for acts such as Florence and the Machine and The Pigeon Detectives, leading to her well publicized passion for avant-garde fashion. Then, following a course at Point Blank Music College[1] Cairney fronted several radio shows for Channel 4's 4radio before landing the role of co-presenter for Big Brother's Big Ears for Big Brother 2008 alongside Iain Lee. Cairney began her 1Xtra career co-hosting the Breakfast Show with co-presenter Trevor Nelson.[2] Prior to starting on BBC Radio 1Xtra, she co-presented the Kiss FM breakfast show for two weeks in August 2008. She co-presented to BBC Radio 1Xtra breakfast show for 2 years before moving to a solo weekday afternoon show on the station from 1-4pm. In February 2012, it was announced that Cairney would take over Weekend Breakfast on BBC Radio 1. Sarah-Jane Crawford took over her slot on 1Xtra.

On 10 January 2014, Radio 1 announced a schedule change that would see Cairney and weekday early breakfast show host Dev swap shows. They swapped 29 March 2014.[3]


In autumn 2008 and spring 2010 Cairney was the roving reporter for T4's Frock Me, hosting alongside Alexa Chung and Henry Holland. Other TV appearances have included reaching second place on Pick Me MTV and a regular slot as a co-presenter of Channel 4's online series Bite. In November 2010 she was a guest panelist on ITV2's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! Cairney also hosted the television coverage of 1Xtra's live music events and contributed to the BBC's Glastonbury coverage.[4]

In October 2010 Cairney fronted the Turn Up The Style, Turn Down The Heat campaign for green organisation Global Cool at Britain's Next Top Model Live in London.[5]

Preceded by
Edith Bowman
Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast Show host
April 2012-March 2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Radio 1 Early Breakfast host
March 2014-
Succeeded by


  1. ^ "Point Blank Music College | Point Blank Music School". Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (7 December 2008). "How to perk Trevor up in the morning". The Observer (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "BBC Radio 1's Gemma Cairney to swap shows with Dev". Digital Spy. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Radio 1Xtra - Gemma Cairney - Gemma Cairney in profile". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "School of Cool #15: Gemma Cairney". Global Cool (UK: Global Cool Foundation). 14 October 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 

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