24 July 1970
|Occupation||Journalist and television presenter|
|Notable credit(s)||Watchdog (2005–2009)
Take on the Twisters (2013)
Fightback Britain (2013)
Mystery Map (2013)
Keeping Britain Safe 24/7 (2013–2014)
The Wonder of Britain (2015)
Best Walks with a View (2016)
Famous, Rich and Homeless (2016)
|Home town||Rutland, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
Bradbury's English Derbyshire-born, steel-industry father Michael Bradbury and Greek mother were in the Republic of Ireland when Bradbury was born. 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 Corporation 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.
Bradbury left school at 16 after completing her O-levels.
Bradbury started as a television presenter with Chrysalis TV, followed by L!VE TV, before making the transition in 1996 from cable TV to terrestrial with GMTV as its Los Angeles correspondent. She has since presented Watchdog, Top Gear, Accidental Heroes, Wainwright Walks and Railway Walks for the BBC, as well as Rough Guide for Channel 5. She has also presented Wish You Were Here...? for ITV and anchored Exclusive! for Five. With Tim Vine, she presented the launch of Channel 5 in 1997.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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 with Matt Baker. Anne Robinson returned to Watchdog after an eight-year absence.
In August 2007, Bradbury presented Ultimate Britain – Climbing on BBC One, 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, 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". On 20 July 2009 her series Coast to Coast started on BBC Two.
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. The series was repeated on BBC Two in January and February 2011. 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.
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.
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. In 2015, Bradbury presented an ITV programme called The Wonder of Britain.
In 2016, Bradbury began presenting her own eight-part ITV series Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury. A book was published alongside with the series called Unforgettable Walks. Also in 2016, she took part in the third series of Sport Relief's Famous, Rich and Homeless programme.
Bradbury has also presented on radio for BBC London 94.9, 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.
Bradbury lives in Rutland and west London. 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. 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. On 12 March 2015, Bradbury gave birth to twin girls Xanthe and Zena.
In 2009, she competed in the Macmillan 4x4 UK Challenge 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.
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 and Scott of the Antarctic.
Awards and honours
|2006||Are We Being Served?||BBC||Co-presenter|
|2008–2011||Kill It, Cook It, Eat It||BBC Three||Presenter|
|2012||The Great British Countryside||Co-presenter|
|Planet Earth Live||Co-presenter|
|2013||Take On the Twisters||ITV||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|
|2016||Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury||Presenter|
|Famous, Rich and Homeless||BBC One||Participant|
- Guest appearances
- In January 2007, Bradbury appeared as a contestant on Just the Two of Us on BBC One, singing alongside Tony Christie.
- In February 2009, Bradbury appeared on Celebrity Come Dine with Me with Christopher Biggins, Philip Olivier and Edwina Currie, 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 Children in Need 2009.
- In January 2011, Bradbury appeared on an episode of The Magicians with professional magician Pete Firman.
- In 2013, 2014 and 2016, she appeared as a panellist on The Agenda.
- In May 2014, Bradbury appeared in Dictionary Corner on Countdown.
- In 2016, she appeared in an episode of Lorraine, an episode of The Saturday Show, an episode of The One Show, an episode of Good Morning Britain and an episode of Sunday Brunch and numerous episodes of The Superhumans Show.
- 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
- Canal Walks with Julia Bradbury (2011)
- Walker, Tim (17 April 2009). "Julia Bradbury: A lady of an uncertain age". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 April 2009.
- Biography Julia Bradbury
- My Life In Media: Presenter Julia Bradbury The Independent, 29 October 2007
- 5 minutes with... Julia Bradbury TalkTalk
- Real Life: Accidental Heroes Express.co.uk, 28 August 2008
- Julia Bradbury womenspeakers.co.uk
- Julia Bradbury and Toby Amies OK Magazine, 9 December 2008
- "Personal file". London Evening Standard. May 1999. Retrieved 6 December 2006.[dead link]
- Comedy – Tim Vine Croydon Advertiser, 12 September 2008
- Watchdog BBC One
- "Kill it, Cook it, Eat it". BBC Three. Retrieved 14 January 2008.
- My perfect day: Julia Bradbury Walk – The Magazine of the Ramblers, 28 August 2009
- Kill it Cook it Eat it Pipers Farm, 8 January 2010
- "Kill it, Cut it, Use it". BBC Three. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
- "Julia statement". Watchdog. BBC. 15 April 2009.
- Watchdog host Julia Bradbury linked to £20,000 air mile scam London Evening Standard, 20 February 2009
- Presenter to return to Watchdog BBC News, 15 April 2009
- Countryfile peak-time move sparks ageism row guardian.co.uk, 28 November 2008
- Presenter O'Reilly seeks BBC 'ageism' compensation BBC News, 2 February 2010
- , guardian.co.uk, 15 April 2009
- Anne Robinson returns to Watchdog BBC News, 11 May 2009
- INTERVIEW: Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury Caravan Times, 1 March 2010
- The Coast to Coast Walk
- Stick-in-the-mud Julia's Coast-to-Coast will screen in spring grough, 20 October 2008
- Wainwright Walks: Coast to Coast BBC Four
- South Africa Walks guardian.co.uk, 16 June 2010
- TV review: Al Murray's German Adventure and Julia Bradbury's German Wanderlust guardian.co.uk, 2 December 2010
- Episodes from Julia Bradbury's German Wanderlust BBC Four
- Julia Bradbury's Canal Walks on BBC4
- The Wonder of Britain Episode 1 | presscentre
- The Breakfast Show BBC London 94.9, 21 February 2011
- Ali Hussain (11 March 2007). "Watchdog host is happy to be well heeled". Times Online. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
- Pregnant Julia Bradbury tells of delight Scotsman.com News, 28 February 2011
- Julia Bradbury: 'Miracle' baby for TV star at 40 fertility-ovulation-pregnancy.com
- TV presenter Julia Bradbury, 44, pregnant again following IVF - 3 years after first difficult birth - 3am & Mirror Online
- Land Rover Owner Mac 4x4 Feature Mac 4x4 UK Challenge, May 2009
- Around the World in 80 Days BBC One, 15 November 2009
- Julia Bradbury: New President of Campaign to Protect Rural England, Peak District & South Yorkshire Derbyshire Life, 27 February 2009
- "New face for walking as Julia Bradbury elected President". Ramblers. 13 April 2010.
- "Update from General Council 2010". Ramblers. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010.[dead link]
- Kennet and Avon Canal relay marks Ramblers' anniversary BBC News, 8 May 2010
- "Dr Julia Bradbury". Sheffield Hallam University. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
- Just the Two of Us – About the Show BBC, December 2006
- Who's cooking in Celebrity Come Dine With Me Channel 4, 9 February 2009
- Celebrity Come Dine With Me Julia Bradbury
- South Africa Walks With Julia Bradbury (DVD) BBC Shop, 7 June 2010