Josie d'Arby

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Josie d'Arby
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Born (1972-10-03) 3 October 1972 (age 45)
Newport, Wales, UK
Nationality Welsh
Occupation Television Presenter, writer, director, painter

Josie d'Arby is a Welsh television presenter and painter from Newport, Wales. She presented a number of high-profile shows and in 1999 became the youngest British woman to host her own chat show on Channel 5.


Josephine d'Arby was born and raised in Newport, Monmouthshire. As a teenager she attended the Anna Scher Theatre in London before winning a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[1]


She began a presenting career while still a student of acting at RADA. In the early 1990s, she presented on Children's BBC and on SMart, and had her own show, Josie, on Channel 5. She presented a number of high-profile programmes including the Bigger Breakfast (a spinoff from The Big Breakfast) and Top of the Pops. Recently, she has been a presenter on BBC Young Musician of the Year, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World BBC Songs of Praise and BBC Choir of the Year.

Her first high-profile dramatic acting role was as series regular WPC Jodie Finn, in the BBC drama, Merseybeat. From February 2005, she starred as Peally Maghti, one of the presenters of the BBC's award-winning spoof of 1980s science programming, Look Around You.

She was one of the six cast members in Channel Four sketch series Spoons, and has made guest appearances in BBC comedy series Miranda and appears as herself in the Working Title movie Blackball with Vince Vaughan.

She has also worked in radio, as a co-presenter of The Steve Wright Show for BBC Radio 2 and has presented a number of documentaries for BBC Radio 4 . She also presented a live edition of The Choir for BBC Radio 3 and in 2017 hosted the BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year final. In November 2011, she wrote and directed the off-beat New York Comedy A Magpie in the Mirror. The festival arts documentary 'National Eisteddfod 2017 with Josie d'Arby' was broadcast in the summer of 2017 on BBC4 and BBC2 Wales. She regularly presents BBC Proms in the Park.

Continuing her diverse career in television and the arts, she has also appeared on the stage.[2] in 2012 She wrote and directed the play, The Newport Monologues, about life in her hometown, opened to rave reviews from press and audience in September 2012.[3] She produced and directed the arts project Private View, which featured the actor Michael Sheen.

D'Arby won a Royal Television Society award for her work presenting the current affairs programme Inside Out for BBC West.[4]

Charity work[edit]

In Summer 2012, d'Arby was one of 8 core walkers who walked 200 miles from South to North Wales in aid of Wales Air Ambulance charity.

She was a celebrity ambassador for the British Red Cross for whom she has travelled to both South Africa and Cambodia[2] and been a guest speaker at their national assembly. She and Cerys Matthews hosted the Children in Need section for Wales. d'Arby often hosts Proms in the Park for BBC Four.

D'Arby was name-checked in the YouTube hit video by M.J. Delany "Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind)" with the explanation: "Yes, it's strange, we didn't know either – Thank you Wikipedia." She appeared in the 2011 video for the song, along with several other Welsh celebrities, made for Comic Relief.


She worked closely with Survivors Fund (SURF), a charity that supports survivors of the Rwandan genocide of 1994.[5]


  1. ^ "Josie d'Arby Songs of Praise". BBC One. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Josie D'Arby". Archived from the original on Oct 8, 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  3. ^ The Newport Monologues, The Riverfront, South Wales Argus, 27 September 2012.
  4. ^ Diverse On Screen Talent Directory, BBC
  5. ^ Josie d'Arby,, 14 August 2007.

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