Alice Levine

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Alice Levine
Born (1986-07-08) 8 July 1986 (age 35)
NationalityBritish
Alma materUniversity of Leeds
OccupationDJ and television presenter
Years active2008–present
EmployerBBC, Channel 4
Known for
Television

Alice Esme Levine (born 8 July 1986)[2] is a British radio and television presenter, narrator and comedian.

Early life and education[edit]

Levine was born in Beeston, Nottinghamshire. Her father is a retired lecturer at the University of Nottingham. Her mother is a caterer and former artist. She attended Alderman White School in Bramcote, where she was head girl.[1]

Levine studied English at the University of Leeds, where she met her future My Dad Wrote a Porno collaborators, Jamie Morton and James Cooper.[1] She was an active part of Leeds Student Television, the university's TV station.

Career[edit]

Levine was voted "Best On-Screen Female" at the National Student Television Awards in 2008.[3] Her first television job was hosting Celebrity Bites for MTV, which later led to other shows including coverage of the EMAs.[clarification needed]

Levine hosted Big Brother's Bit on the Side with Jamie East, from the reality show's revival in 2011 on Channel 5, until 2013 when they left the show. During this time, she was one of the voices of "Big Brother" herself, which included talking to housemates in the diary room and announcing tasks and news to the housemates. She also has worked on Channel 4's Pop Up Pop Quiz. In 2012, Levine appeared on Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats.

On 7 January 2013, Levine joined BBC Radio 1 to present a show with Phil Taggart in the much coveted John Peel slot. The show was broadcast from 10pm to midnight on Mondays to Thursdays.[4] She hosted Lovebox coverage for Xbox. The same year, she was a presenter on the Red Bull Soap Box Race on Dave TV. In October 2013 she appeared on Nevermind the Buzzcocks on BBC2 on Noel Fielding's team. In August 2014, she left her weeknight slot with Taggart to present a solo weekend afternoon show on the station (1pm–4pm) taking over from Huw Stephens.[5] In 2014, she hosted the Barclaycard Mercury Music Sessions for Channel 4, as well as coverage of the Mercury Music Prize later that year.

On 16 November 2014, it was announced that Levine, along with several other celebrities and the choirmaster Gareth Malone had reached Number 1 in the UK music chart with their cover version of Avicii's "Wake Me Up" in aid of the charity Children In Need.

She is one of the three co-creators of the podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno.[6]

In 2016, Levine presented the red carpet for the British Independent Film Awards with Geoff Lloyd.

In February 2017, as well as in 2018 and 2019, Levine presented backstage at the BRIT Awards for ITV2. She was also the red carpet and backstage host for the BAFTA Craft Awards, followed by the BAFTA TV Awards in May the same year. Levine presented Levine on Love, a series on BBC iPlayer in which she explored the world of modern romance. She also appeared in the fifth series of Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled for Dave.

In 2018, Levine was one of five contestants in the sixth series of the comedy game show Taskmaster on Dave. She appeared in series 7 of Room 101 on BBC2. Levine also co-hosted a series of Channel 4's reality show, The Circle, with Maya Jama. However, they were replaced in the second series by Emma Willis.

In 2019, Levine visited Tallinn in Travel Man for Channel 4, as well as presenting Sleeping with the Far Right, also for Channel 4.

Levine has hosted the Women in Music Awards for five years running to 2019.

In addition to her broadcast work, Levine co-founded a food and lifestyle brand, Jackson & Levine, with business partner Laura Jackson. As a pair, they are the food columnists for Marie Claire, take part in the monthly column, the Food Club with Jackson for Company magazine,[7] and have published a book.

Levine has designed three blouses for Finery and designed two ranges for Habitat under Jackson & Levine; the first range was a linen collection followed by a ceramics range which sold out within three hours.

On 15 July 2020, Levine announced that she was leaving Radio 1 after nine years at the station. She revealed the news via an Instagram post.[8] Her last show was on 9 August 2020 after a series of three farewell shows.

In August 2020, it was announced that Levine would become curator of a BBC Radio 4 programme The Museum of Curiosity and co-host alongside John Lloyd, its chief host. Series 15 of the show was aired in September/October 2020.

In February 2021, Channel 4 announced a new series called Sex Odyssey, which would be presented by Levine. Among the producers was the award-winning documentary maker Louis Theroux.[9][10] Later retitled Sex Actually with Alice Levine, it began airing on 22 September 2021.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2008, Levine won the National Student Television Award for "Best On-Screen Female".[citation needed]

As the co-creator and presenter of My Dad Wrote a Porno, Levine has been the recipient of numerous awards and nominations. The series received nominations at the Audio and Radio Industry Awards, Lovie Awards and British Podcast Awards, as well as winning a Webby Award in 2019.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 B-box Main presenter Web show
2010 Celebrity Bites Main presenter
2011–2013 Big Brother's Bit on the Side Main weekend presenter
2012–2013 The Hot Desk Presenter
2013 Crazy Beaches Narrator
2013–present Radio 1's Big Weekend Co-presenter with various
2013 Red Bull Soap Box Co-presenter with Ed Leigh
2014 Invasion of the Job Snatchers Narrator 1 series
2015 Girls Can Code Presenter 2 episodes
2015, 2017 Glastonbury Festival Presenter
2016 Debatable Panel member 4 appearances
2016 Books That Made Britain Presenter
2016 Bargain Hunt Contestant Children in Need Special
2016 Celebrity Advice Bureau Herself 3 episodes
2016–2017 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Panellist
2017–present The BRIT Awards Backstage presenter
2017 Levine on Love: Radio 1 Stories Presenter Web show
2018 The Circle Co-presenter with Maya Jama
2018 Taskmaster Participant Series 6
2019 Sleeping With The Far Right Presenter Documentary
2019-2021 Would I Lie to You Participant Series 13, Episode 5 & Series 14, Episode 1
2019 Baewatch: Parental Guidance Narrator 1 series
2019 My Dad Wrote A Porno Herself Special; also executive producer
2019–present Eating with My Ex Narrator 2 series
2020 I'll Get This Participant
2020 Have I Got News For You Participant Series 60, episode 10
2021 Sex Actually with Alice Levine Presenter Three-part documentary series[12]
Radio
Year Title Role Slot Station Notes
2013–2014 Phil Taggart and Alice Levine Co-presenter 22:00–00:00 Mondays-Thursdays BBC Radio 1 with Phil Taggart
2014 Newsjack Voice actor 22:30–22:55 Thursday BBC Radio 4 Extra 1 episode
2014–2018 Alice Levine Presenter 13:00–16:00 Saturday-Sundays BBC Radio 1
2018 Radio 1's Weekend Breakfast Show Co-presenter 06:00–10:00 Friday-Sundays with Dev
2018–2020 Dev & Alice 13:00–16:00 Friday-Sundays
Podcasts
Year Title Role
2015– My Dad Wrote a Porno Co-presenter
2018 Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast Guest
2019 Table Manners Guest
2021 British Scandal Co-host

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wilson, Simon (1 June 2018). "Beeston's Alice Levine lands new role at Radio 1 as Nick Grimshaw quits". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  2. ^ GRO reference: August 1986, Vol. 8, Page 1396
  3. ^ "Awards 35 – NaSTA History Wiki". Wiki.nasta.tv. 12 April 2013. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Newsbeat – New shows announced for Radio 1 late evening slots". BBC. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Radio 1 announces new Rock Show". BBC. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
    - "Radio 1 and 1Xtra announce schedule changes". BBC. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  6. ^ Ling, Thomas. "13 secrets of My Dad Wrote a Porno". Radio Times. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Laura & Alice #Food Column". Company. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  8. ^ @thisisalicelevine (15 July 2020). "End of an era 🎙📻🎙📻🎙📻🎙 I've decided it's the right time for me to hang up the headphones (not a thing) and say goodbye to Radio 1". Retrieved 30 December 2020 – via Instagram.
  9. ^ "Channel 4 to embark on Sex Odyssey (w/t) with Alice Levine | Channel 4". www.channel4.com. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Alice Levine to present new Channel 4 series Sex Odyssey". Royal Television Society. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Channel 4's Sex Actually: Alice Levine's new doc starts this week". 21 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Sex Actually with Alice Levine". channel4.com. Retrieved 17 September 2021.

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