Julia Bradbury

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Julia Bradbury
Born Julia Bradbury
(1970-07-24) 24 July 1970 (age 45)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality British
Ethnicity English
Occupation Journalist, presenter
Notable credit(s) Countryfile (2009-2014)
Watchdog (2005-09)
Take on the Twisters (2013)
Fightback Britain (2013)
Mystery Map (2013)
Keeping Britain Safe 24/7 (2013-14)
The Wonder of Britain (2015)
Home town Rutland, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Children 3
Website Official Website

Julia Bradbury (born 24 July 1970)[1] is an English television presenter, employed by the BBC and ITV, specialising in documentaries and consumer affairs.

She is most recognised for co-presenting the BBC One programme Countryfile with Matt Baker from 2004 until 2014.

Early life[edit]

Bradbury's English Derbyshire-born, steel-industry father Michael Bradbury and Greek mother were in the Republic of Ireland when Bradbury was born.[2] The family returned to Britain, where she attended primary school in Edith Weston, Rutland, followed by King Edward VII School in Sheffield, where her father worked for British Steel and her mother ran a fashion business. Bradbury attended acting classes, and took part as a child in the Crucible Theatre's stage production of Peter Pan, starring Joanne Whalley and Paula Wilcox.[2]

Bradbury left school at 16 after O-levels.



Bradbury started as a television presenter with Chrysalis TV, followed by L!VE TV,[3] before making the transition in 1996 from cable TV to terrestrial with GMTV as their Los Angeles correspondent.[3] She has since presented Watchdog,[3] Top Gear,[4] Accidental Heroes,[5] Wainwright Walks[6] and Railway Walks for the BBC, as well as Rough Guide for Channel 5.[7] She has also presented Wish You Were Here...? for ITV[6] and anchored Exclusive! for Five.[3][8] With Tim Vine, she presented the launch of Channel 5 in 1997.[3][9]

Bradbury and co-host Arkin Salih hosted the BBC's Are We Being Served?, which examined customer service in the UK and ran for six programmes in the summer of 2006.[3][10] The show later received strong criticism from comedian Lee Mack when he named it as 'the most evil programme ever made' during his appearance on TV Heaven, Telly Hell.

From 2008 to 2011, Bradbury presented four series of Kill It, Cook It, Eat It on BBC Three.[11][12] The first series concentrated on commercially farmed animals such as chickens, pigs, sheep and cattle. The second series featured hunted wild game such as ducks, rabbits, deer and grouse. The third series focused on fast food; a group of six people went through the process of killing, cooking and eating animals.[13] The fourth series focused on how animal products from the first series are used outside of the meat trade. Bradbury was joined by young consumers to uncover the animal origins of many of western society's favourite things as body parts were transformed from abattoir to shop display.[14]

From 2 March 2009, Bradbury temporarily stepped down from BBC One's Watchdog following allegations in the press concerning irregularities in her Virgin Atlantic frequent flyer account.[15][16] (Anita Rani stepped in to co-present the show with Nicky Campbell.) On 15 April 2009, Bradbury was cleared of any wrongdoing in the investigation, and it was confirmed that she would return to present Watchdog, which she did on 20 April 2009.[17]

She did not have to repay £20,000 worth of Air Miles, as was incorrectly reported in several papers – her account (and several others) had been tampered with by an employee who was later arrested and charged. In April 2009 it was announced that Bradbury would present the relaunched primetime Countryfile[18] with Matt Baker.[19] Anne Robinson returned to Watchdog after an 8-year absence.[20][21]

In August 2007, Bradbury presented Ultimate Britain – Climbing on BBC One,[6] with rock climber Tim Emmett. Bradbury's lifetime ambition to be a 'real' rock climber was achieved when the pair successfully ascended Cornwall's Commando Ridge, Crackstone Rib in the Llanberis Pass, and the Old Man of Stoer.

That year, Bradbury also presented Wainwright Walks on BBC Four,[6] in which she followed the mountain routes of the renowned fell walker and guidebook author Alfred Wainwright. The series was later repeated on BBC Two and ran for two series. Her appearance in this and the Railway Walks series earned her the title of "Walking Man's Totty".[22] On 20 July 2009 her series Coast to Coast started on BBC Two.[23][24][25]

In 2010, Bradbury went to South Africa and embarked on a series of South Africa Walks as part of South Africa season for the BBC during the 2010 World Cup.[26]

In December 2010, she presented another walking-themed series, Julia Bradbury's German Wanderlust on BBC Four in which she explored Germany and its Romantic movement through a series of walks across the country.[27] The series was repeated on BBC Two in January and February 2011.[28] In May 2011, she presented Canal Walks with Julia Bradbury.

Another walking programme, Julia Bradbury's Icelandic Walk, aired on 11 May 2011 on BBC Four. Her challenge was to walk the 60 kilometres of Iceland's most famous hiking route, which includes the newest hills on Earth. This route ends at Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano whose copious eruptions of volcanic ash brought air traffic across Europe to a standstill in April 2010. She also presented a new series in May 2011, following the routes of some of the UK's canals.[29]

From November to December 2011, Bradbury presented a series called That's Britain! with Nick Knowles, focusing on the good, the bad and the ugly in Britain. She presented with Hugh Dennis a four-part BBC One documentary series The Great British Countryside, which began in February 2012. She has co-presented (with Richard Hammond) a programme about the wildlife of different countries called Planet Earth Live in 2012, which has aired on BBC One.

Between 22 July and 30 August 2013, Bradbury presented the ITV quiz show Take On the Twisters.

In 2013, Bradbury co-presented the BBC One show Fightback Britain with Adrian Simpson, the ITV show Mystery Map with Ben Shephard and the BBC One show Keeping Britain Safe 24/7 with Matt Allwright.

On 3 March 2014, it was announced that Bradbury would be leaving Countryfile and the BBC completely later in the year before joining ITV full-time after doing odd jobs for them in the past. On 6 January 2015, Bradbury will present an ITV programme called The Wonder of Britain.[30]


Bradbury has also presented on radio for BBC London 94.9,[3][31] and Radio 5 Live. She crossed NUJ picket lines to present Radio 5 Live's breakfast programme on 15 July 2011. She presented the programme with Ian Payne who also broke the strike.


Year Title Channel Role
2005-2009 Watchdog BBC One Co-presenter
2006 Are We Being Served? The BBC Co-presenter
2008-2011 Kill It, Cook It, Eat It BBC Three Presenter
2009-2014 Countryfile BBC One Co-presenter
2011 That's Britain! Co-presenter
2012 The Great British Countryside Co-presenter
Planet Earth Live Co-presenter
2013 Take On the Twisters ITV Presenter
Mystery Map Co-presenter
Fightback Britain BBC One Co-presenter
The One Show Stand-in presenter
Keeping Britain Safe 24/7 Co-presenter
2015 The Wonder of Britain ITV Presenter
Guest appearances

In January 2007, Bradbury appeared as a contestant on Just the Two of Us on BBC One,[32] singing alongside Tony Christie.[6]

In February 2009, Bradbury appeared on Celebrity Come Dine with Me with Christopher Biggins, Philip Olivier and Edwina Currie,[33][34] and received a score of 19.

In Summer 2009, Bradbury was one of the celebrities who took part in the BBC programme Around the World in 80 Days, where 'in a re-enactment of Jules Verne's literary odyssey, six pairs of celebrities raced against the clock to raise money for 2009's BBC Children in Need'.[35]

In January 2011, Bradbury appeared on an episode of The Magicians with professional magician Pete Firman.

In May 2014, Bradbury appeared in Dictionary Corner on Countdown.

Personal life[edit]

Bradbury lives in Rutland and west London.[36] In summer 2006, she was treated for endometriosis. In February 2011, Bradbury and her partner, Gerard Cunningham, announced they were expecting their first child, despite the problems associated with endometriosis.[37][38] On 4 August 2011, Bradbury gave birth to her first child, a son named Zephyrus Cunningham.

On 26 September 2014, it was announced that Bradbury and Cunningham were expecting again, this time with twins which were conceived via IVF.[39] On 12 March 2015, Bradbury gave birth to twin girls Xanthe and Zena.

Charity work[edit]

Bradbury is an ambassador to several charities including the Scout Association, Oxfam Trailtrekker and Marie Curie.

In 2009, she competed in the Macmillan 4x4 UK Challenge[40] with her sister, Gina Fox, raising £7,000 towards the £105,000 raised for Macmillan Cancer Support. Later that year, she travelled from Kazakhstan to Mongolia with Countryfile co-star Matt Baker in BBC's Around the World in 80 Days in aid of Children in Need.[35]

Bradbury is President of the Friends of the Peak District and CPRE in South Yorkshire.[41] In April 2010 she became president of the Ramblers.[42][43][44]

Bradbury also works with the British Heart Foundation to encourage people to exercise more.[3]

In February 2012, Bradbury was appointed an ambassador for the Scout Association.

In October 2013, she became President of The Camping and Caravanning Club, the first woman to hold the post and following such luminaries as Dr David Bellamy, Lord Baden Powell 1st Baronet, Lord R. Baden Powell 3rd Baronet, and Scott of the Antarctic


On 14 November 2013, Bradbury was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University.[45]


  • Wainwright Walks Series 1 – presented by Julia Bradbury (2007)
  • Wainwright Walks Series 2 – presented by Julia Bradbury (2008)
  • Julia Bradbury's Railway Walks (2009)
  • Wainwright Walks: Coast to Coast (2009)
  • The Julia Bradbury Collection (2009)
  • South Africa Walks[4][46]
  • Canal Walks with Julia Bradbury (2011).


  1. ^ Walker, Tim (17 April 2009). "Julia Bradbury: A lady of an uncertain age". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Biography Julia Bradbury
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h My Life In Media: Presenter Julia Bradbury The Independent, 29 October 2007
  4. ^ a b 5 minutes with... Julia Bradbury TalkTalk
  5. ^ Real Life: Accidental Heroes Express.co.uk, 28 August 2008
  6. ^ a b c d e Julia Bradbury womenspeakers.co.uk
  7. ^ Julia Bradbury and Toby Amies OK Magazine, 9 December 2008
  8. ^ "Personal file". London Evening Standard. May 1999. Retrieved 6 December 2006. [dead link]
  9. ^ Comedy – Tim Vine Croydon Advertiser, 12 September 2008
  10. ^ Watchdog BBC One
  11. ^ "Kill it, Cook it, Eat it". BBC Three. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  12. ^ My perfect day: Julia Bradbury Walk – The Magazine of the Ramblers, 28 August 2009
  13. ^ Kill it Cook it Eat it Pipers Farm, 8 January 2010
  14. ^ "Kill it, Cut it, Use it". BBC Three. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Julia statement". Watchdog. BBC. 15 April 2009. 
  16. ^ Watchdog host Julia Bradbury linked to £20,000 air mile scam London Evening Standard, 20 February 2009
  17. ^ Presenter to return to Watchdog BBC News, 15 April 2009
  18. ^ Countryfile peak-time move sparks ageism row guardian.co.uk, 28 November 2008
  19. ^ Presenter O'Reilly seeks BBC 'ageism' compensation BBC News, 2 February 2010
  20. ^ [1], guardian.co.uk, 15 April 2009
  21. ^ Anne Robinson returns to Watchdog BBC News, 11 May 2009
  22. ^ INTERVIEW: Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury Caravan Times, 1 March 2010
  23. ^ The Coast to Coast Walk
  24. ^ Stick-in-the-mud Julia's Coast-to-Coast will screen in spring grough, 20 October 2008
  25. ^ Wainwright Walks: Coast to Coast BBC Four
  26. ^ South Africa Walks guardian.co.uk, 16 June 2010
  27. ^ TV review: Al Murray's German Adventure and Julia Bradbury's German Wanderlust guardian.co.uk, 2 December 2010
  28. ^ Episodes from Julia Bradbury's German Wanderlust BBC Four
  29. ^ Julia Bradbury's Canal Walks on BBC4
  30. ^ The Wonder of Britain Episode 1 | presscentre
  31. ^ The Breakfast Show BBC London 94.9, 21 February 2011
  32. ^ Just the Two of Us – About the Show BBC, December 2006
  33. ^ Who's cooking in Celebrity Come Dine With Me Channel 4, 9 February 2009
  34. ^ Celebrity Come Dine With Me Julia Bradbury
  35. ^ a b Around the World in 80 Days BBC One, 15 November 2009
  36. ^ Ali Hussain (11 March 2007). "Watchdog host is happy to be well heeled". Times Online. Retrieved 15 January 2008. 
  37. ^ Pregnant Julia Bradbury tells of delight Scotsman.com News, 28 February 2011
  38. ^ Julia Bradbury: 'Miracle' baby for TV star at 40 fertility-ovulation-pregnancy.com
  39. ^ TV presenter Julia Bradbury, 44, pregnant again following IVF - 3 years after first difficult birth - 3am & Mirror Online
  40. ^ Land Rover Owner Mac 4x4 Feature Mac 4x4 UK Challenge, May 2009
  41. ^ Julia Bradbury: New President of Campaign to Protect Rural England, Peak District & South Yorkshire Derbyshire Life, 27 February 2009
  42. ^ "New face for walking as Julia Bradbury elected President". Ramblers. 13 April 2010. 
  43. ^ "Update from General Council 2010". Ramblers. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010. [dead link]
  44. ^ Kennet and Avon Canal relay marks Ramblers' anniversary BBC News, 8 May 2010
  45. ^ "Dr Julia Bradbury". Sheffield Hallam University. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  46. ^ South Africa Walks With Julia Bradbury (DVD) BBC Shop, 7 June 2010

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