14 June 1969 |
London School of Economics
|Notable credit(s)||The World at One
The World This Weekend
Ley was educated at two state schools in Devon in south west England: at Lynton Primary School, in his hometown of Lynton, and at Ilfracombe College (which has since been renamed Ilfracombe Arts College), in the seaside resort of Ilfracombe on the North Devon coast, followed by the London School of Economics, in central London.
After a stint as a schoolboy presenter on the short-lived That's Life! Junior in 1980, Ley joined the BBC as a graduate trainee in 1990, and later worked on the regional news programme Points West. He then presented Around Westminster, before becoming a national political correspondent in 2001. He began presenting The World This Weekend in 2005. He is also an occasional relief weekend presenter on BBC World News.
Ley is a longtime fan of the BBC series Doctor Who and in 2011 he presented and narrated When Worlds Collide, a documentary accompanying the DVD release of The Happiness Patrol, which looked into the series' political and ideological influences over the years.