Edith Bowman

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Edith Bowman
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Presenting at the BT Digital Music Awards in 2006
Edith Eleanor Bowman

(1974-01-15) 15 January 1974 (age 45)
Anstruther, Fife, Scotland
ResidenceLondon, England
OccupationRadio DJ, television presenter
Known forFormer weekday afternoon Radio 1 show
Tom Smith (m. 2013)

Edith Eleanor Bowman (born 15 January 1974) is a Scottish radio DJ and TV presenter. She hosted the Weekday Afternoon Show and the Weekend Morning on BBC Radio 1 until 2012, and has presented a variety of music-related television shows and music festivals.[1]

Media career[edit]


Bowman's first on-screen job on TV was as a news reader on MTV UK. She went on to host many shows for the station, including co-presenting chart show Hitlist UK with Cat Deeley, with whom she also presented travel show Roadtripping for BBC Choice in 2002. She also worked as a presenter on Channel 4's breakfast show RI:SE when it launched on 29 April 2002. In 2004, she co-presented the BBC Scotland series Teen Commandments with Cameron Stout. After occasional appearances in 2003, Bowman co-presented Top of the Pops until the end of the series, replacing Fearne Cotton while she was away. In total she appeared on the show ten times including the final weekly episode. She returned to Top of the Pops for the 2006 Christmas Special.

She has also presented various music programmes for Channel 4 such as Channel 4 Presents...'Evo Music Rooms' and TBA. Bowman also appeared on children's art program SMart in 2007 and has appeared in coverage of festivals such as Glastonbury, T In The Park and Reading and Leeds Festival, for both BBC Radio and TV. On 29 April 2011, she was a reporter for BBC TV on their coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.[2] In 2011, she narrated Channel 5's documentary series McFly on the Wall.[3]


Bowman presented Hit Music Sunday with Cat Deeley on Capital FM in 2001–2002. On 29 March 2003, she teamed up with Colin Murray, who had also worked on RI:SE, to co-host Colin and Edith on BBC Radio 1. In April 2004 this show moved from a weekend morning slot to weekday afternoons, broadcasting between 13:00 and 16:00, after the departure of Mark and Lard from the station. In August 2006, Bowman became the sole occupier of the BBC Radio 1 afternoon 13:00 to 16:00 slot, with Murray taking over a Late Night Specialist slot. In September 2008, she returned to the airwaves following maternity leave, initially taking over from Dick and Dom on the Sunday Morning Lie In from 10:00 to 13:00. She then returned to weekday afternoons on 3 November 2008.

In July 2009 it was announced that Radio 1 were to change their daytime schedule, and this saw Bowman moved to Weekend Breakfast. She said that she felt she had taken her shows as far as she could, and the move meant she could create a new show for a new market.[4][5] In February 2012, it was announced that Bowman was being replaced by Gemma Cairney on Weekend Breakfast, and would move to Tuesday evenings, in order to take over The Review Show, from DJ Nihal. Bowman left Radio 1 on 1 April but continues on different projects through out of house productions which air on the station. Her first show of the new Review Show was on 24 April 2012.

In November 2012 she began to co host a radio show on BBC Radio 6 Music alongside Adam Buxton on Saturday mornings. In June 2014, it was announced that starting 1 September 2014, The Review Show on BBC Radio 1 will no longer be broadcast, ending Bowman's career at the station.[6] In February 2016, she was announced as the only solo female commercial radio breakfast show host with the re-launched of Virgin Radio UK Breakfast Show from 30 March.[7] She stopped presenting the programme on Virgin Radio on 29 September 2017.


Bowman has presented 'Soundtracking', a weekly half hour podcast in which she interviews film-makers about musical influences and their choice of music in films.[8] Recent interviewees have included Ben Wheatley, Todd Phillips and Jon Favreau.[citation needed]

Career milestones[edit]

In 2005, Bowman presented BBC Scotland's coverage of the Live 8 event at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, and hosted the network's T in the Park programmes with Dougie Anderson who had also worked on RI:SE.[9] Also in 2005, she hosted the Q Awards with Colin Murray live on BBC Radio 1. She also presented the BBC Three TV coverage of Glastonbury, T in the Park and The Reading Festival with Colin Murray. She also hosted the TV coverage of the first Electric Proms with Zane Lowe. On 7 July 2007 she was a presenter of the BBC coverage of Live Earth.

After leaving Radio 1, Bowman presented several one-off film specials for Channel 4. She also presented Evo Music Rooms a late night music programme for Channel 4 and The Vue Film Show, also for Channel 4. In 2011, she presented coverage of the T in the Park music festival for BBC3. She also had a stint with BBC America as an entertainment presenter in 2014. Between 30 March 2016 and 29 September 2017, Bowman was presenter of the breakfast show on Virgin Radio.

Charity interests[edit]

In May 2008, Bowman supported the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign in support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer,[10] alongside fellow celebrities: comedian Alan Carr, actress Anna Friel, singer Natalie Imbruglia and model Twiggy.[11]

From 2015 until 2017 Bowman hosted the annual Young Scot Awards.[12][13]


Bowman's television debut was on the Grampian Television talent show The Big Break.[14] At the age of 14, she covered Bananarama’s Venus which was itself a cover of the Shocking Blue original, but finished joint last in her heat.

On 11 March 2005 she won the TV talent show Comic Relief does Fame Academy, a charity music contest in which she sang Champagne Supernova with Jools Holland's band.[15] Earlier in the competition she sang a version of Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone". The show also featured Al Murray, Kim Medcalf, Adrian Edmondson, Jon Culshaw, Konnie Huq, Dawn Steele, and other celebrities.

Personal life[edit]

Bowman was born in Anstruther in Fife, Scotland. She attended secondary school at Waid Academy in Anstruther and then continued her studies at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. She lives in London with Editors frontman Tom Smith.[1] They have two sons; Rudy (born 2008) and Spike (born 2013). The couple married in December 2013.[16]

In 2006, Bowman was forced to apologise for using racially insensitive language, after reading out listener correspondence describing Japanese people as 'Nasty Nips'.[17]


  1. ^ a b "Festival Queen Edith Bowman gets down and dirty". Mail Online. 12 May 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
  2. ^ BBC confirms presenting team to celebrate the Royal Wedding BBC Press Office, 29 April 2011
  3. ^ "McFly on the Wall episodes". Channel 5. Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  4. ^ Kadri, Anisa (16 July 2009). "Cotton to replace Whiley on Radio 1". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Radio 1 bosses replace Jo Whiley, 44, with Fearne Cotton, 27, in prized weekday slot". Mail Online. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  6. ^ "Radio 1 and 1Xtra changes specialist, weekend schedules". BBC Newsbeat. BBC News. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Virgin Radio announces lineup including Edith Bowman".
  8. ^ Kane, H (9 August 2016). "Soundtracking with Edith Bowman". Phoenix Magazine. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Edith and Dougie duet to present BBC Scotland's T In The Park 2005 coverage". BBC Press Office. 28 June 2005. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
  10. ^ "Target Breast Cancer - Let's Find A Cure". www.targetbreastcancer.org.uk.
  11. ^ Celebrities show true colours in charity fashion campaign Archived 4 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine FAMEmagazine.co.uk, 1 May 2008
  12. ^ "'It's so emotional' Young Scot host Edith Bowman reveals how hankies are a vital part of her outfit ahead of inspirational awards night". Daily Record. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Young Scots 2015: Edith Bowman says our fabulous finalists are creative, compassionate, talented and driven - and she's thrilled to be hosting this year's awards". Daily Record. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  14. ^ "A vintage Edith Bowman clip reveals her teenage Bananarama moment". STV. 17 December 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  15. ^ DJ Edith Bowman wins Fame Academy BBC News, 12 March 2005
  16. ^ Lyons, Beverley (26 December 2013). "Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman marries Editors frontman Tom Smith in secret festive ceremony". dailyrecord.co.uk. Daily Record. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  17. ^ https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/radio-dj-apologises-over-nasty-nip-remark-7170081.html

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