Clemency Burton-Hill

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Clemency Burton-Hill
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Burton-Hill in December 2011
Born Clemency Margaret Greatrex Burton
(1981-07-01) 1 July 1981 (age 35)
London, England
Other names Clemmie Burton-Hill
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) James Roscoe

Clemency Margaret Greatrex Burton (born 1 July 1981, in London) is an English actress, novelist, musician, journalist and radio presenter.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

The daughter of the television presenter and writer Humphrey Burton and Gillian Hawser, an agent (who had married Robert I Hill in 1970), she attended St Paul's Girls' School and Westminster School before reading English at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Burton-Hill is a former scholar at the Royal College of Music, where she was the recipient of the Hugh Bean Violin Prize.

Acting, music and presenting[edit]

Burton-Hill has worked as an actress since 1997 in film and television productions, appearing in Dream Team (1997–98), The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000), Midsomer Murders (2004), Supernova (2005), Hustle (2006), and playing the regular role of Sophie Montgomery in Party Animals (2007).

She has toured with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. In 2005 Burton-Hill co-founded Aurora Orchestra and is a trustee of the Choir of London and a member of its orchestra, with whom she regularly tours to the West Bank and Occupied Territories.

In 2008 and 2009, she was a member of the live presenting team at the Proms for BBC Four and BBC Two, interviewing Philip Glass and Daniel Barenboim. She has fronted the medical documentary Operation Smile, filmed in Madagascar; presented a film about Frédéric Chopin for BBC World as part of their Visionaries series; and in 2009 co-presented, with Huw Edwards, six films about the Leeds International Piano Competition for BBC Four.

In April and May 2010 Burton-Hill presented the BBC Young Musician 2010 programme on BBC Four, with the semi-finals and final also shown on BBC Two.[2] She did this again in 2012, 2014 and 2016.[3][4] The Young Musician event was originally presented by her father.

Burton-Hill was a presenter on BBC Radio 3's classical music weekend breakfast programme and remains a contributor to The Culture Show on BBC Two television. In December 2013, Burton-Hill replaced Sara Mohr-Pietsch as the co-presenter of Radio 3's weekday Breakfast programme.[5]

On the 2015 Children In Need special edition of the BBC show Only Connect, she appeared alongside David Baddiel and Philip Hensher in the "Music Monkeys" team playing against team "Chess Pieces" made up of Bonnie Greer, Hugh Dennis and A.N.Wilson.[6]

Writing career[edit]

Her first job in journalism was as a staff fashion writer at Vogue and she has since written for The Economist, The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Times Literary Supplement, Elle, and The Mail on Sunday. She has also been a columnist at Total Politics and The Liberal magazines and also for The Daily Telegraph and is a freelance contributing editor for The Spectator.

In January 2009 Burton-Hill's first novel, The Other Side of the Stars, was published by Headline Review, a division of Hodder Headline. She then signed a new two-book deal with Headline, and All The Things You Are was published in October 2013.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Burton-Hill married James Roscoe, Communications Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II,[8] on 18 October 2008. The couple moved to New York where Roscoe was posted as a United Nations envoy but later moved back to London when the UN posting came to an end.[9]

According to an announcement by BBC Radio 3 on Twitter in March 2014, Burton-Hill gave birth to a boy, accompanied by Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier.[10] Colleague Petroc Trelawny also announced the birth, on the Radio 3 Breakfast programme on 10 March.[11]

She is a trustee of Dramatic Need.[12] She appeared on Pointless celebrities in December 2013, getting to the head-to-head but losing out 2–1, thus not reaching the final round.


Year Film Role Notes
1992 Emily's Ghost Kelly
1993 The Higher Mortals Melissa
1997 Dream Team Georgina Jacobs
The Promise Elizabeth Gage
2000 The Last of the Blonde Bombshells Young Vera
Hit List Nicky
2002 Until Death Emma Oldfield
2005 Midsomer Murders Hettie Trent
La Femme Musketeer Marie Mancini
2005 Supernova (TV movie) Ginny McKillip
Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God Melora
A Higher Agency Anna
2006 Party Animals Sophie Montgomery
Hustle Melissa DeMonfort
The Prince and Me 2: The Royal Wedding Princess Kirsten direct-to-video
2007 The Palace Alice Templeton
Shoot on Sight Pamela Davies
The Wreck Isabelle
2008 Agatha Christie: Poirot Claudia Reece-Holland 1 episode
Kis Vuk Arabella voice
2009 Shadows in the Sun Isabelle
Elegy Mother completed
Vivaldi Laura Padovan post-production
Crusades Rebecca post-production


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